Pretty under the peaks

25 11 2022

Maia and Alegre are a pretty pair under the basin’s iconic pair of McKenna Peak and Temple Butte.





Happy Thanksgiving!

24 11 2022

As noted earlier this week, every day in Spring Creek Basin is a day of thankgiving. … For our land, for our mustangs. This year, as last year, we were especially blessed by summer monsoon rains that filled our ponds, which continue to provide water for the mustangs. Speaking of water, we also got our second new water-catchment project built, courtesy of our awesome BLM range guys.

We have a lot for which to be thankful, from our friends who are like family and family who passed on a love of horses in the first place (!); to our BLM partners, who are great friends to us and the mustangs; to Mother Nature, who needs all the love we can give her now and into the future; and, of course, our amazing mustangs, who bring such joy to so many, just by their freedom and wild beauty. 🙂

And to YOU, dear readers! Thank you for reading and enjoying and supporting these mustangs and this blog. I am thankful for you and your comments (those of you who like posts and comment most every day, especially!). When I started this blog about the Spring Creek Basin mustangs, it was with the wish to share the horses I love with the world, and you all have enabled me to do that, sharing in the joys and accomplishments we’ve made along the way.

I hope you all enjoy all the gifts in your lives and let gratitude be your guide!

Happy Thanksgiving!





Looking toward light

23 11 2022

Tenaz watches some deer while grazing on a sun-drenched autumn evening.





Mr. Cool

22 11 2022

Hollywood: Handsome in every light and enhancing every background. 🙂





Water catchment 2 – phase 2, day 4

21 11 2022

It’s finished!

In terms of pix and storytelling, that’s jumping the gun a bit, but I am so excited and proud of this project (as I am of all the projects we do in Spring Creek Basin for our mustangs), that it seemed appropriate to start with the best part of the news.

What follows – in this post and one more future post – are pix of the last two days of work that take this water-catchment project from nearly done to ready to catch snow and rain!

Early last week, Garth Nelson and Daniel Chavez sneaked out to the basin with the purlins needed to weld onto the I-beams and got started welding them into place. Wednesday – the day featured in these images – Mike Jensen and I joined them to start putting the propanel (metal) roof sheets into place and screwing them into place atop the purlins. Above, Mike puts the first screws in place to hold the first sheet down!

Garth and Mike align the front edges of the roof sheets – which will just overhang the gutter – and screw them into place while Daniel watches.

As the first roof sheets were laid down, Daniel and Garth returned to their partnership of setting the purlins in place and welding them to the I-beams.

Mike and I got the roof sheets up and screwed down pretty quickly and then would wait while Garth and Daniel methodically welded each purlin in place.

Mike had the yellow drill, and I had the red. … I was pretty fond of that little tool over the two days. 🙂 Note how the purlins face in different directions. Garth and Daniel did that on purpose. Because the purlins had some “bend” to them, they reasoned that alternating the directions of the purlins would increase stability. Mike and I, walking about and drilling on that roof, can attest to the stability!

The purlins met atop the I-beams, to which Daniel and Garth welded them.

As Daniel welded, Garth held his end of the purlin in place, and vice versa, as you can see a couple of pix above.

As always, the guys used their portable welder on the back of the truck. The propanel roof sheets were on the flatbed trailer, and Mike and would lift a few of those to the roof at a time, then climb back up on the roof (using their second truck as our “ladder”) and screw them down.

Closing in on the end of the roof!

I was happy to grab photos while Mike and I waited for Garth and Daniel to weld their purlins.

And we found ways to fill our time and stay busy. That little walk-through gate will eventually allow us to access the “interior” of the water catchment – under the roof – to do any maintenance or attend to valves at the tanks, etc. The panel “fencing” will go up later. How do you attach hinges to round steel pipe?

The welders weld the hinges to the pipe, of course!

And so the ends wouldn’t stick out to catch an unwary mustang, Mike sawed them off. 🙂 Always thinking about the horses, these guys!

This view is from up the hill, “behind” the water catchment, looking down the hill. You can juuuuust see the trough at far right behind Daniel.

And about here is where Wednesday’s work ended.

Our weather has been sunny and cold (teens) in the early mornings, followed by highs in the 40s or so – warm enough when you’re working! And among the benefits, remember: No gnats! 😉

As Paul Harvey used to say – at the end of the story – “the rest of the story” will be coming soon!





For love of a place

20 11 2022

Every day is a day of thanksgiving in Spring Creek Basin. … Maybe we appreciate it just a little bit more when quiet is restored after a time of chaos. 🙂





Peace in the valley

19 11 2022

Again.





Fab

18 11 2022

Usually, I like to see at least one eye of the horse in the pic, even if it doesn’t always work out to get a nice catchlight. But Sundance’s fabulous forelock hides his eyes, even as it makes him look, well, Fabio-fabulous!





Fair mosey

17 11 2022

Skywalker with the kind, dark eyes and fair face. Just moseying to catch up with his pal on a nippy late-autumn evening.





Water catchment 2 – phase 2, day 3

16 11 2022

We may not have snow, but the temps are telling us that winter is nigh! Garth Nelson and Daniel Chavez were in the basin this week, working in the cold wind to get the first batch of purlins in place and welded to the I-beams. They said they saw more vehicles in the basin the last two days than in the last year. … Have I mentioned that third rifle season here is like Grand Central Station? … Fortunately, not for much longer; it’s over half an hour after sunset Friday.

Every little bit brings the project closer to completion!