Trainer talks horse ownership

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Christina Calloway Wendy Toombs has been around horses her whole life and that love and knowledge for horses transitioned into adulthood. Owner of Abrazos Adventure, the Horse Connection riding school in Portales, Toombs has researched the cost and care of owning a horse. She gave a presentation to horse owners and prospective horse owners Tuesday […]

In search of ponies: Horses share strength

Her voice was strained and tired as she described the stress and challenges their family was enduring. But most of all, what she wanted was her baby boy with her. Though it’s been years, I can still remember hearing her pain as she told me how it just wasn’t right leaving him there at the […]

New horses meet rough country

Whenever we introduce a new horse to the ranch, it often takes a while for them to adjust. The country where I live is pretty brushy, meaning cat claw, mesquite, and cactus of all kinds. It is also riven with steep sides, arroyos, canyons and jagged rocks. I’d traded for a young horse and took […]

In search of ponies: Hen’s duck act ends tragically

The laughter on the other end of the phone line was predictable. “A chicken?” my Mom asked. “Yes, a chicken. I had two but the other one drowned,” I replied. She stifled her laughter long enough to issue an, “awww….” “But what about the drought? How did a chicken drown?” It was a valid question. […]

Hay meant for horses, not serpents

In the southwest, the price of hay can be daunting to horse owners. I keep our ranch horses up in the corral. When hay gets above $10 a bale, I actually weigh each feeding! Clyde has a little band of broodmares on his southern California operation. His place is sandwiched by irrigated alfalfa fields to […]

Game warden gets dose of humility

Glenda Price One summer we managed a guest ranch in the New Mexico mountains. Besides taking reservations, cleaning cabins and doing laundry, we had a string of dude horses. We took care of the horses and accompanied guests on trail rides in the nearby forest. We had one other duty — trash. The cabins were […]

HPJRA: Physical trait often determine horses’ names

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By Clarence Plank CLOVIS — What’s in a name? For the participants in the 36th annual High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals in Clovis on Friday, they often named their horse after a physical trait. Keylee Crowder, 9, of Hobbs competes on her horse named Keebler. “When he was born he was as small as […]

Horses have their hangups

The owner told Warren that Della had a reputation of being hard to shoe. She was an 18-year-old mare whose foals were sought after for the cutting genes she passed down. He had been offered $50,000 for her but declined. He wanted her shod. Since Warren did the shoeing, he was chosen to confront her. […]

Portales Past: May 7, 1910

May 7, 1910: Roosevelt County commissioners had introduced an ordinance aimed at prohibiting cattle, horses, mules, asses, swine, sheep and goats from running at large in the more populated precincts.

A lifetime of riding

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Wendy Toombs of Roosevelt County has gone from a child insisting on pony rides to a woman who finds peace and challenge working with horses. The horseback riding instructor recently earned a denim jacket for logging 750 hours in the saddle of a registered quarter horse over several years […]