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Wednesday, December 16, 2015


I have a few painted ponies and this is my favorite! With my stories about the noble and great horses who are chosen to become unicorns when they die, this is one I simply had to have! Of course, there is a secret unicorn in every horse...especially yours!

The story of the founding of the Painted Ponies by author Rod Barker is interesting. The author, who lives in Santa Fe, was on a trip to Chicago to do research for a book. While there, he chanced upon an exhibit of painted cows. Everyone know horses are more beautiful than cows so he went home and came up with the idea for "The Trail of Painted Ponies." Many of the first ones were native American in theme, fitting with Santa Fe. But now, there are all sorts of designs. You can even submit your own design by going to this website:

Except for the unicorn garden, I like the Christmas designs best! Here are some pictures of my favorite Christmas designs.

So if you need to start a new collection...

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Thursday, December 3, 2015


Most of the mustangs running wild in the U.S. are found in 10 western states: Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Oregon, California, Arizona, North Dakota and New Mexico. My own state of Colorado has a mustang refuge in the western part of the state. It was my interest in these herds that spurred me on to write In the Heart of  a Mustang.

However, some mustangs also live on the Atlantic coast and on islands such as the Sable, Shackleford, Assateague and Cumberland Islands off the Atlantic coast.

Just as I was releasing my book about the Mustangs in the west, another wonderful author was writing and releasing a book about Mustangs in Pennsylvania, Christian author and writer of the popular Keystone Stables series just released
Snow: Phantom Stallion of the Poconos.

The author kindly asked me to review her book and I gladly accepted. 

Snow is the wonderful story of a young teenage girl, challenged by a damaged leg from a horse injury when she was six. She has never abandoned her love of horses nor her dream of owning one again. Dallis has few friends and is the victim of much bullying by two other girls at her school.

A local legend has circulated around the appearance of a white stallion leading a herd in the Pocono mountains, While some campers and hikers have claimed to have seen him, no one has captured him on film to prove their claims. Dallis, the protagonist, is determined to find out if he exists.

While attending a church youth group winter camp, Dallis meets the stallion whom she names Snow. An immediate connection forms. Several months later, while attending an auction of Mustangs, they meet again. I don't want to spoil it so you will have to read it yourself!

Snow is a wonderful book for 9 to 12 year-olds. It is 110 pages long and an easy read. You can purchase it from amazon here: