Perhaps there is hope for wild horses

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist It’s been a long time since I’ve felt anything but sadness for the wild horses. I was a veterinarian in the Idaho-Nevada-Oregon sagebrush country the year that Wild Horse Annie managed to make wild horses a government dependent. Virtually all the dire predictions of the outcome have come true. Lack […]

Local briefs 11-14

Semi truck hits horses A tractor-trailer hit and killed four horses on N.M. 206 early Thursday morning, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. The semi driver, 52-year-old Harlin Shrock of Portales, was not injured in the crash, which occurred about 4:30 a.m. near the Mooreland Road intersection. The vehicle was disabled. Shrock’s truck was […]

Business feature: Portales woman turns love of horses into business

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer Wendy Toombs has been sharing her love of horses by teaching people to ride for the last nine years. “Working with horses, kids and the outdoors, it can’t get much better than this,” said Toombs, who with her husband operate Abrazos Adventure horse riding school in Roosevelt County. Saddling […]

Wild horses not always wild

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By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico It’s hard to tell who adopted who, the human the horse or the horse the human, but one thing’s for certain, Josephus is anything but wild. Josephus, or “Little Joe”, is a 2-year-old mustang adopted about three months ago through the Bureau of Land Management’s wild mustang adoption program. […]

Founder recalls early days

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By Eric Butler, PNT Correspondent Trying to control his horse after missing his target in the steer breakaway roping, Payson Moore knew he had trouble when the rope got near the horses feet. That’s because his horse had previously had a similar incident — but with barbed wire instead. But Moore did get the animal […]

Pony Express rides again

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Despite heat, dust and a few slightly uncooperative horses, the mail to Pep got through Saturday. Normally that’s not a major accomplishment for the tiny little village 23 miles south of Portales but Saturday it arrived from six other southeast New Mexico communities on horseback. The newly formed Southeast […]

The horse, of course, must be compatible

Most children love horses, whether or not they’ve ever been on one. They love stories about horses, too. “My Friend Flicka,” “Black Beauty” and “The Black Stallion” come quickly to mind along with the classic Zane Grey novel, “Wildfire.” Most of us know and love Will James’ many books about horses, also. Lest we think […]

Sometimes, cowboys don’t smile back

One fall my husband decided to buy extra alfalfa, the idea being we could sell it during the winter and make some extra money. He stacked it behind the house so it would be easy to back trailers down the lane when people bought only a few bales. It worked. By January, people passing by […]

Trainer seeks horse, rider in harmony

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By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Michael Richardson has been at ease working with horses from a young age but a life-changing event completely reshaped his approach to interacting with horses and launched a career working with horse lovers. Richardson, a paraplegic horse trainer from Hico, Texas, taught two seminars Tuesday entitled �Enlightened Horsemanship� at […]

Official: Little evidence to support bear rumor

Freedom New Mexico Five horses found dead southwest of Ranchvale have generated rumors of bears and mountain lions in the area. But a New Mexico Game and Fish official said there’s little evidence to support those rumors. Bruising around one dead horse’s neck could be consistent with a bear attack, but there is no indication […]