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So much happened today! Dalton, Dominic, farrier, ride!

So much happened today and I’m so upset that I forgot to use my camera!

First, Gillian Larson brought Dalton back!  Gillian is a Thru-Rider (Pacific Crest Trail) and she has been training Dalton for over a year!  They arrived to Grass Valley yesterday evening.  Hubby made dinner, she spent the night, we rode together at Empire Mine in the late morning and then she left.  Whirlwind!

The farrier came at 7am this morning, before our ride.  That got me up early!

Then, at 3pm, Dominic had an appointment with a specialist to rule out DSLD.  He passed!  He’s just made that way!  No hint of any issue on his ultrasound.  Yay!

Here are the few pics that I managed to remember to take today…



This is Gillian. She is a Thru-Rider who has trained Dalton for over a year! She brought him home today. Check out her website! (

I totally forgot to take any pics of the farrier besides this one. That’s Missy Miss’ nose.


I didn’t take any pictures AT ALL of our trail ride (what was I thinking?!) – DRAT!


I drove Dominic to Loomis Basin Equine Hospital to get him checked. I wanted to rule out DSLD due to his recent suspensory injury – and his way of going.

Dominic on deck, waiting to go in for his ultrasound. He was a very good boy. No fretting. No fuss.

Here he is afterwards – drugged and floppy eared.. A clean bill of health! No DSLD! He’s just made that way…. I need to bring him in again, in a year, just to rule out any changes.

After our ride, I put Dalton in the pasture above Finn. He knows Finn/Mo/Missy Miss very well, but I didn’t want to upset Finn by putting Dalton in his pen – so soon after losing Wrigley and BG, who were his best friends.  Dalton challenges Finn, and I didn’t want to subject Finn to Dalton’s exuberance.  So, Dalton is next door.

Dalton was very good on our ride. He walked out very fast but was pokey going home. He wanted to stay out in the new riding place!  He seemed very happy on the trail.

Dalton always comes when called!  His mustang head is much larger than you would think. A horse-sized fly mask was too small!  But, such a sweet boy… He’s been living with 3 – 2 year-old Morgan fillies. They loved him and he loved them. So, I need to keep Dalton busy and find his new friend here.  I thought about putting Dominic and Dalton together… they are very much the same, very playful.   I’m a bit worried they will break several fences if they are together.   Tomorrow, I will put Dominic next to Dalton and see how they do.


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A little update on Dalton!

Wednesday, March 29th, 2023 | Filed under Dalton

Many of you may remember that I sent Dalton to Thru-Rider, Gillian Larson, a while back.  I wanted him to have miles of trail experience – and the timing was perfect because I knew that my life was going to get very busy.

Well… he’s been there longer than he needed to be, but it worked out because I’ve had so much going on, it really was fine… and he’s in love with the three Morgan fillies she has – he is completely happy there.  Most days, he gets to go to school, then run on 45, hilly and treed acres with his filly friends.

Recently, Gillian asked if she could use Dalton during one of her weekend workshops.  Of course!  It only helps me that he experiences as much as possible.

Here is the photo from the trail ride on Saturday at Montana de Oro (a lovely mountain/beach ride on the Central Coast of CA).  Dalton is the last horse on the right.  His rider is in a blue jacket.

Dalton is on the far right. His rider is in a teal jacket.


Here is what Gillian said:

One of the things dominating my agenda recently was the wilderness camping workshop scheduled for this weekend, which I had to move to Montana de Oro due to damage at Lopez Lake.  Then the weather seemed like it wasn’t going to cooperate for a while (and a fallen tree was blocking the horse camp at MDO too), so it was super stressful. But in the end it worked out really well and I had a great group of people (all women!), including one person who came all the way from Germany, though to be fair she was also working in Atlanta this coming week, so it wasn’t just for the workshop.  

And Dalton spent the weekend at MDO with me.  He was a champ the whole time; very cool and relaxed about traveling and staying somewhere different and all the new horses coming in.  He was a little excited to go out when my mom rode him on Thursday (but to be fair it had been raining for several days so he was a bit fresh and it was cold and windy), but he was a perfect gentleman the rest of the weekend.  I will attach a couple of photos from a big ride we had on Saturday when one of the participants rode him on the trail. She was from Minnesota and it wasn’t feasible to haul her horse to CA for the weekend, but Dalton was great for her.


I’m not sure.  If Gillian can keep using him, he will stay for a few months.  If not, he may be home by Summer.  I will keep you posted!

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