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Norma Vela
Southern California
I write, I ride, I read.
Interests: arizona, colorado, horses and learning. i am the owner of today's horse trader magazine - look for it in new mexico, west texas and a tiny bit of wyoming.
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I am the Grandmama who has moved in with my son, his wife, stepson and my first grandson. We bought a farm together and I was finally able to move in after a year (stuck in leased house in California and miserable). It was been a huge change for me - going from my own home of 25 years to a rental house half the size to sharing the farmhouse, where my office and bedroom together is smaller than my office and closet at my California home. In addition to the change of space, is also the change in control. I was boss of my own world for decades and am now working according to others' schedules and needs. Fortunately, my family takes my needs into account as well, encouraging me to do things (like return to riding my horse after a hip fracture). It's a big change for sure, but we're all working together and the gifts of being with family again, being present to help raise my grandchild - couldn't ask for anything better.
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Standing by to call the midwives for birth of my first grandchild. This would be a great gift for the new mom and dad.
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Sign me up! We could use warm winter hats for sure.
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My OTTB rescue horse I know you haven't heard from me in a long, long time. A lot has happened - including a fall while jumping that resulted in a broken hip. But after six months recovering, I was finally... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2012 at Heart and Desire
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From our JUNE 2011 ISSUE - Written by Debbie Bibb - With much of the western United States facing another summer of drought, it’s important to have a good plan in place in case of a wild fire (or any other emergency) in your neighborhood. Many people are caught off guard by these events. Don’t let this happen to you. Even if you don’t have a trailer, you should still be prepared. I had never thought much about what I’d do in case of a forest fire and evacuation until the Colorado Hayman Fire in 2002. That fire came just... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2011 at Today's Horse Trader
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I lost my best partner last night. Gordon was my jumper, bought in 2001. He was imported from Ireland as an eventer but an injury changed his career - also his attitude. His previous owner said Gordon just wasn't "interested"... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2011 at Heart and Desire
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Just a quick note - if you are subscribed under Daily Parelli, you won't be able to receive my posts anymore. You'll need to come to http://heartanddesire.com and resubscribe. And I hope you WILL! Thanks! Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2011 at Heart and Desire
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Well, I went all quiet again, but wanted to adhere to my father's lesson - if I didn't have something good to say, I shouldn't say anything. Then I went to visit my son and learned a great lesson that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2010 at Heart and Desire
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Two topics in this post - first, I promised that I would reveal what Dr. Temple Grandin shared with me about why she believes horses buck at the canter when first saddled. This is a long one, so apologies in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2010 at Heart and Desire
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E very now and then I have to ask you to just bear with me on a thought. I hope I've earned your trust, because I'm going to ask you to do it again - which you probably anticipated once... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2010 at Heart and Desire
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You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough. ~Wm. Blake (1757-1827) Written over 200 years ago, this simple idea remains true. If you're not familiar with William Blake, he was a poet, an artist,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2010 at Heart and Desire
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R emarkably, 2010 marks Lynn Palm's 40th year as a horse trainer, competitor and clinician. As a thank you to her loyal supporters and fans, the world champion has created a list, “40 Tips for the Competitor” to share some of her vast knowledge from her perspective as a judge and as a competitor. Palm created the list as part of her “Fabulous at 40” celebration that includes 40 weeks of prizes from Palm Partnership Training and sponsors such as Troxel, Wrangler, Professional's Choice, Equine Ambience Jewelry and Purina. "These are really useful tips that I use when competing. My... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2010 at Today's Horse Trader
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W hat if today you went to your horse and greeted him as preparation for putting on his halter? And what if you put on his halter as preparation for flexing him a bit? And what if you flexed him... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2010 at Heart and Desire
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Just go with me on this. Trust me. It'll be fun. Really. I promise. Get a can of soup - the size of the can doesn't really matter and it also doesn't really matter if it's soup. A can of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2010 at Heart and Desire
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July 10th is National Helmet Awareness Day! There are even some great deals to encourage you to get a new helmet (you want to replace your helmet anytime you've had an "experience" with it...) Here's a helpful video to get proper FIT, which is super important. Helmet brands that are to be included in the promotion to date include: Troxel, Charles Owen, GPA and Aegis (Devon-Aire). Visit www.riders4helmets.com to locate a dealer near you. But don't wait till then to get a helmet on - please, please wear a helmet every time you ride. If you're worried about looking cool,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2010 at Today's Horse Trader
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Okay - here we go - Today's Horse Trader magazine has its own blog. Why? Because a lot of times we get exciting news or events or ideas that don't make it into the magazine - and we wanted a way to still get the word out to the Horse Community. We also wanted to be able to include MORE information on certain topics - like follow-up on articles, updates on anything that needs updating and just more cool stuff about horses in the region. This blog is also another great place for you to talk back to us! Ask... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2010 at Today's Horse Trader
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I had a lot of time to contemplate recently as I painted three rooms (including ceiling, trim, doors... I'm whupped). I thought about how much effort I put into NOT doing the things that I really wanted to do. (Sound... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2010 at Heart and Desire
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I got an e-mail response to my last post asking for some ideas for working in small spaces. So here's a challenge - and don't think because you've got 20 acres that you get a pass - TRY IT! Pat... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2010 at Heart and Desire
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Looking through the reports and studies one will find that there are approximately 120,000 neglected equines in the USA. Some studies claim as many as 170,000. This epidemic of neglected horses is only a SYMPTOM, however - the result of... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2010 at Heart and Desire
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It's coming up on fly season...ugh. "Hate" is a very strong word... but I'm not sure it's strong enough for how I feel about flies. So I asked the question recently on our Facebook Page, "What is YOUR favorite solution to your fly problem?" And we got all kinds of answers: "Nematodes and martins. The nematodes eat the larvae and the martins eat the flies (good for mosquitoes and they have a pretty song too.)" "Proper removal of manure. Fly traps. Keeping it clean. Last resort chemicals.. "We've used Solitude with great success. It's pretty spendy, though. We're trying SimplyFly... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2010 at Today's Horse Trader
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Looking through the reports and studies one will find that there are approximately 120,000 neglected equines in the USA. Some studies claim as many as 170,000. This epidemic of neglected horses is only a SYMPTOM, however - the result of a greater dysfunction. The American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA) set out to understand the CAUSE of this shameful epidemic. Some of the studies point to the new slaughter laws. Other studies strees over breeding and lack of education on the cost of horse ownership. The poor economy definitely took the horse world in a new direction. And there are... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2010 at Today's Horse Trader
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"... You should try a little of it yourself before you start passing it out to friends." Well, hello again. I found that little expression the other day and posted it on my magazine's Facebook page. Then, as I was... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2010 at Heart and Desire
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Mar 15, 2010
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From Michelle - Weekly Task Challenge: Playing Catch-up!Since it is a holiday week, your challenge is simple. Play catch-up! In between visiting with family, making dinner, and opening gifts, try to carve out a little time to watch a DVD,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2009 at Heart and Desire
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Weekly Task Challenge: Knots to Know! (from our Task Mistress Michelle!) Do you know how to tie your knots and what they are for? This week study and learn about your knots. Start by listing the know, search on Google,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2009 at Heart and Desire