Mustangs Musts...

Mustangs Musts...
Veedawoo Aragon Escalante Galitzier

Thursday, May 17, 2012

LIFE IS WHAT HAPPENS WHILE WE ARE MAKING OTHER PLANS>>>>

This was the view from my house on the second morning...

As the crow flies 5 miles
Western Ridge Restaurant and Resort just downhill from me





looking east from 74E Redfeather Lakes Road


In our case it meant the first big spring fire. On Monday at 1pm I was hiking with my friends Frank Auer and Jacques Rieux in the Bonner Peak area close to Seaman Reservoir to look at some land that was for sale with great horse property and conditions, except that it had burned badly 7 years ago...when we drove out we noticed a plume of smoke. That it was: a fire 100 acres. Today another story. 7800 acres and 5% contained (one does not know what that means) The fire has flip-flopped directions several times burning first east, then north, then west and then north and east again with evac notices following... With my horses in 4 different locations and pastures I opted to start bringing them down to the flatlands yesterday the day before yesterday, including my 4 year old Colt Galicio, who had cut himself quite serious on the inside of the right hock (with great concern it might have exposed the joint)
Galicio leaving CSU VET hospital
He spent the night at the hospital while I was agonizing about the general fate of my horses and the future of MUSTANG ECO TOURS, if these conditions would continue...Late in the night the surgeon called and said that we had had luck and the joint was not compromised, even though the canonbone was exposed...we made a plan and today my guardian angel Kelsey Anne and I picked him up and brought him to a safe place far away from the fire to my trusted veterinarian Deb.

She still had the Christmas lights up to instill peace and quiet to a tired vet coming home in the evening from exhausting medical calls all day long...Ruigoord the 27 year old Icelandic was with us to give the young colt the necessary security around the temporary shelter from the fire.

Kelsey greeting some of the residents

After securing the little horses and thanking everyone for their support, we headed to Tim Singewald's place to check on Silhouette, Veedawoo, Aragon and Coppersmith. They had been evacuated from a perfectly good pasture to a smoke filled and health alert coral in Wellington not understanding what the purpose was.

Kelsey taking a well deserved snooze after a sleepless night
Then we headed down the road to Mountain View Arabians, where my friend and Trainer Trisha Swift  had offered to take the injured colt for the first night and Escalante, who was not agreeable with staying with the other mustangs.

Escalante being his usual impatient...
In between our eyes back on the fire....


Headed back to Aragon and Coppersmith to feed them
And then back to Redfeather to assess the situation...after 3 days of this we were getting tired....

7900 acres and 5% contained....
Shawnee is 14 years old and did NOT understand what was going on....

Channel 9 News had updates and briefing stations at the Livermore Fire Station and the neighborhood rose to the task....The fire has burned back on itself at this time and all of the evacuations have been cancelled. We will be sleeping tonight. Thank you everyone.

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