Jun 27, 2014

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    Jun 20, 2014

    Staple Cross

    June 7th & 8th, 2014

    Staple Cross Branding weekend.

    Gathering takes up the first part of the day on this 33,000 acre Santa Fe County ranch.

    Part of the "All Army" ~ Cowboy Up! Crew.
    Lt. to rt.: Sarah, Andrew and Eric!

    (Following photos by Sarah J. ~ gotta love those Smart Phones).

    Time to sort.

    Heating up the irons.

    Eric and Andrew flanking.

    This is just a GREAT shot Sarah!!!

    Hawkins Chuckwagon, circ. 1890.

    Thanks to Jo Hawkins and Richard, Ethan and Jay
     for the fabulous meal! Hard to beat ribeyes on the grill.

    Sunday & Day 2  brought us the same cool temperature for our working.

    Someone is looking to go jeepin'!

    Rick taking the lead in the Sortin' pen.

    Heating those irons once again.

    Marine suckin' dirt while flanking - nice job Paul!

    Paul and Rick after a dusty day at Staple Cross ranch.

    All done.  Time to mother-up and get back to grazing!

    June 19th, 2014

    After a spell, it is important to make sure that all the pairs have made their way to the correct pasture, sometimes some make their way to a different pasture so we prowl, find em' and  and move them to where they're supposed to be.

    So we make our way through the purple verbenia...

    ...find the cows and get 'em moved home.
    It's always a pleasure to be able to spend a day horseback!
    Another job well done by our Cowboy Up! crew!

    Jun 9, 2014

    Horse Health Day 2014

    June 4th, 2014

    Our Annual Horse Health Day with Veterinarian Stuart McCall DVM.

    Cowboy Up! veterans discuss maintaining good health and prevention of problems for program horses.

    Executive director Rick Iannucci explains the importance of vaccinating.

    Doc McCall illustrates how to properly give intramuscular injections.
    This area is where there is deep muscle and the vaccination can penetrate well and get distributated throughout the body.

    Then our veterans vaccinate the rest of the herd. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

    Here Doc is showing us the second location to listen for a healthy gut.
    The stethoscope is a valuable tool to have in the barn's first aid kit!

    No enamel points, so no teeth floating for "Hollywood".
    Floating means to smooth or contour horse's teeth, as a horses teeth keep growing. There are times horse's teeth can develop sharp edges making it difficult to chew food or cause pain in their mouth.
    A horse will have two sets of teeth throughout their lifetime - starting with temporary baby teeth, like us humans, until around age five when most have their permanent teeth. 
    An adult horse may have between 36-44 permanent teeth.

    June 6th, 2014

    First day at Cowboy Up! for Iraq veteran Paul Duran (USMC).
    Part of grooming is going over every area making sure all is A-Okay!

    Eric demonstrates some round pen work with "Houdini".

    Next was Paul's turn with "Knight".

    Beautiful job!

    Before heading out, Paul observes some of the skills he will be learning. 
    Here Chris and "T4" demonstrating how to safely open and close the gate while horseback.
    These are essential skills used when we are working on our Program Partner ranches.

    Jun 6, 2014

    Women Veteran's Retreat

    Saturday May 31st Horses For Heroes - NM, Inc. had their 1st Women Veterans Day Retreat of 2014. The retreats are offered free to New Mexico Women Veterans with a scrumptious 
    homecooked lunch provided by our very own chef and Executive Director, Rick Iannucci. 

    The day was kicked off with Sara Sherman 
    of Discovery Horse of MN.  
    Sara and Nancy De Santis, Cowboy Up! Director, met at Touched By a Horse and graduated the Equine Gestalt Coaching program developed by Melisa Pearce, a core founder since 1980's of the horse-human healing movement.

    Lance and Sara Sherman.

    The day began setting up the tents and preparing for the day.

    Introductions and lively conversation.

    Our horse handlers, all top notch NM horsewomen, made sure both horses and
     humans were comfortable and safe throughout the day.

    Horses at liberty...

    ... while we all look on.

    Knight watches ringside after having a bit of fun himself!

    Afterward our first activity of the day...

    ...ladies meeting the herd.

    For many it was their very first time meeting...

    ... and greeting a horse....

    ... for others it was a re-connection.

    Special moments did truly abound.

    There was lots more, but you will have to just come and 
    experience a retreat for yourself!
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    Group Photo ~ we loved having you all!

    Read what the women had to say 
    about taking part in the day:

    "The benefits I received..."

    "Feeling empowered by the horses energy and pure joy"

    "I learned to trust"

    "Life changing, what a gift I've been given to come here!"

    "I am honored to have been part of this beautiful circle."

    "A day of rest and renewal"

    "Learned so much about myself"

    "Energy to keep moving forward"

    "An appreciation of my sister veterans"

    "Feeling empowered + strong + loved, feeling so happy" 

    Feeling a sense of self-love and confidence"

    "The day far exceeded my expectations"