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SPARKY from the Calico Mountains (NV 222)
Here is Sparky the day I adopted him. But I couldn't bring him home until his brand had been inspected and he had a Coggins test, so that he would be legal to cross state lines.
Unfortunately, while waiting for the Coggins and brand inspection, he and most of his herd-mates came down with strangles, so the whole facility was quarantied and he could not be released to go home until mid-April
April 18, Sparky comes home; April 19, Sparky begins gentling
May: Sparky moves into pasture with Ruby & Silver
Sparky and I begin training with Jerry Tindell
Tindell "Challenges" Clinic
November: First Ride
Sparky & Nancy at
Western States Wild Horse & Burro Expo
CADAMA Playday Trail Course: We won First Prize!
Benny, Sparky & Ruby are BLM Ambassadors at the Brentwood Adoption
Santa Claus Parade in Downtown Napa
Riding at home
2005: Sparky goes to Napa Schools Farm Day
2005: Sparky and Ruby & Benny go to Pt. Reyes - their first long trail ride - 14 miles round trip from parking lot to beach and back.
2006: Jerry Tindell Riding Clinic
2006: Trail riding at Skyline Park in Napa
Sparky's first trick: "Give Me A Kiss"
2006: First Horse Camping Trip: Warner Wilderness
Warner Wilderness: Happy Trails!
Teaching 'Lie Down"
Tindell Clinic: Come to the fence for mounting
Sparky gets a real harness
Giving grand-niece, Steffi, a ride
January 2007: Raye Lockert clinic and Arena practice
Summer 2007: Little Benjamin from Singapore rode Sparky and learned what he wants to be when he grows up: a Cowboy!
Spring 2007: Trail Riding at Skyline Park
September, 2007: The Fearful Crossing Wagon Train Ride - 71 miles from Lovelock to Fallon, NV over the Humboldt Sink to the Carson Sink to the Carson River
"Fun With Sparky The Mustang" demo at the Longears Cele-Bray-Tion in Red Bluff, CA
With other riders from the Napa Valley Horsemens Asociation at Skyline Park, in April of 2008
|Sparky is fully mature now, and what a nice guy he is! Totally kind, yet full of mischief. My riding instructor calls him "a rocket scientist trapped in a clown suit."|
We're riding more than ever now, taking advantage of the wonderful parks in the Bay Area withint easy driving distance of home.
We're also continuing to work - sporadically - on trick training. Sparky has the tricks I've taught him in previous years down pat - now I just need to teach him some new ones.
At Bodega Dunes State Park in April
"Mustang Ambassadors" at a BLM adoption in April, 2008
Dressed for a party
4th of July Parade - Mike rode Sparky, I rode Max
Ponying Piney at Napa Mustang Day 2009
2009 Fearful Crossing Wagon Train & Trail Ride
2010 was a busy year for Sparky
Camping at Euer Valley
NVHA Playday at Running I Ranch
Running I Ranch - BLM Volunteers' Play Day
Napa 4th of July Parade - Mike riding him
Jerry Tindell riding Sparky bridle-less to go after a runaway donkey
Getting decorated for the parade
Sparky gave rides to lots of visiting kids this summer
Having our own arena (THANKS, BOB BROWN!!!) has revolutionized our horse scene - any time we want we can get out the horses and play or ride, even when there isn't enough time to trailer somewhere.
|2011: Sparky gets better as I get better|
(It's amazing how much your horse knows, once you know...)
NVHA Poker Ride
Riding with Misty & Cache
Running I Ranch
Giving a ride to little Quincy
Campout with WANAC
Riding at Skyline Park with Petra and Ti
Late winter 2011/Early 2012: Lots of Skyline Park rides with Midori and friends.
June Jerry Tindell clinic in Gilroy
Ruby and Sparky as Ambassadors at Santa Rosa adoption
High Sierras horse camping trip
Fun with Liberty play
|June 2012 Western States Horse Expo - BLM Breed Demo|
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