The Horses at the Hearst Ranch… WR Hearst, Morabs and Arabs!






I was at work today and it was slow, so I read through the entire HEARST RANCH coffee table book.

I took some photos of particular pages that spoke of WR Hearst’s love of the Arab breed, the Morgan breed (Yay!) and his combination of them both to create the Morab Registry.

First, though, here are the private horses who reside at the Hearst private residences in San Simeon, CA.  I park my car right next to where they are fed, so I see them whenever I am at work.  These guys look like quarter horses.  They are very well maintained, always looks groomed and they have proper fly masks and hoof care.  However, they are shy, so getting photos wasn’t easy.  I crouched next to the alfalfa bale, which made me more interesting.

I don’t know who owns these horses… but they live on private Hearst property.  And, their paddock is inclusive of the original little San Simeon schoolhouse – plus a zillion lovely acres of California coastline.  I so wish I could ride my horses on these premises.

I found this image on the internet… a good angle. The horses live in the same field as this original schoolhouse, which is below the castle. The Hearst children and the children of workers all attended this school.  WR Hearst would ride his horses from the castle to the beach (here) and back – and he rode all over his property all the time. he was known as a horseman.
I work across the street from all of this on the ocean bluff.

THE HEARST HORSES.

These are two of the Hearst horses. Not the cowboy string horses who take care of the cattle… these are personal Hearst horses. They are very well maintained. Look at their awesome, huge pasture! From as far as you can see, that is Hearst property.

I park my car right by their feeding area. There is always a bale of alfalfa sitting here. Note the enormous eucalyptus tree… they are everywhere. Of course, Hearst donated the castle (arrow) to the state of CA as a park. But the rest of the land is for cattle and riding. If only I could figure out a way to ride on this private land… LOOK at it! Rolling hills, pristine and right on the coast.

 

WHAT WAS INSIDE THE BOOK!  HEARST AND HIS ARABS, MORGANS AND MORABS!

 

I need to research more about this… but WR Hearst loved Morgans and rode them on the ranch.  He also had a great appreciation for the Arab breed and scoured their continent to bring back the best specimens to the US.  He then bred them and created the Morab registry!

Here is the book that we have at work… and I’ve read it cover to cover!

This is the coffee table book that I’ve read.


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GRAPES and SILLY GELDINGS!


Monday, September 9th, 2019 | Filed under Dalton




Today, I don’t have much to report except some silliness and some fruit around here!

FIRST, THE SILLY GELDING.

As you all know, Dalton is only 6 and still very, very playful.  Today, while brushing him, he picked up the brush I wasn’t using… and brushed the dirt with it.  Nice!

SECONDLY… MY GRAPES!

OK, so I don’t water these vine… I don’t tend to them.  I don’t stake them.  I don’t weed around them.  I do nothing.

This year, the vines are again LOADED with green grapes.

I have searched and searched but cannot yet determine what kind of grapes there are, based on their leaves.  If any of you know, please inform me!!

(I actually think that no weeding around them keeps the critters and birds off of the vines.  There are thistles all over and no one goes in there to steal grapes!)

Around here in wine country, harvest isn’t for a few more weeks.  But here, our grapes are very close to ready!

This is two vines that lay on the ground… they crawl and get bigger every year. When we purchased this place in 2016, the vines were tiny. I think he had just planted them.  Anyway, they have no water and I don’t tend to them.

As you can see, there are weeds and thistles growing all around and inside of the vine canopy, which I don’t trim. Here is a fresh cluster of grapes.

LOADED. Here I’ve just stepped back to show you how many juicy, huge, fat clusters are in just one little section of vine – with NO WATER. Amazing.

 


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