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Horsemen's Voice Newsletter 04-25-04

March 6, 2004

In this issue

Lobos, NMSU, and History

Newsletter vs. Magazine

Fun with Jazz

Magazine Errata

Fun Things to do March 6 - 14


Lobos, NMSU, and History


I'm in a good mood to tonight. The Lobo Women's Basketball team beat Colorado State to earn a tie for first place in the Mountain West Conference and a first place seed in the conference tournament next week. We'll be watching the game on TV Wednesday at noon. Come on over, if you want to join the fun.


Sometimes I put something in this newsletter that is intentionally a little provocative. For example, I've been chastised for saying "girls don't know nuthin' about football."  What surprised me was not that I made a comment about women, but that the women who responded objected to my comments about football. One female reader defended basketball over football and said nothing about my jab at women. Another woman was upset because I said a University of Georgia football game was boring and was casting aspersions on my Lobos saying that we didn't play real football out here.


Actually saying anything about women is bound to get a rise out of this readership since most of you are women. Three girls for every guy. Sounds like a Beach Boys song.


But, this time, it was a man who rose to the bait. I mentioned in passing about the age old rivalry between UNM and NMSU, the Lobos and the Aggies. Many people will think that UNM people look down on State. I played into that stereotype and said that I used to look down on Aggies and Las Cruces, but I got over it with my recent trips there. I received this note from Bill Cotton:

Just a note in passing I deeply resent your audacity in subject newsletter by stating that as a UNM alumnus you 'look down your nose' at NMSU nee New Mexico A & M. How dare you? ? ?


Still enjoy the letter but just had to sound off on this. Huumph!



A dyed in the wool Aggie from NMA&M

"New Mexico A&M"? I looked and looked on the internet for New Mexico Agricultural and Mining, but that wasn't the name of the school. Here is what I finally found on NMSU's web site.

New Mexico was still a territory when Las Cruces College opened the doors of its two-room building in the fall of 1888. The organizers of Las Cruces College—led by Hiram Hadley, a respected educator from Indiana—had even bigger plans in mind.

In 1889, the New Mexico territorial legislature authorized the creation of an agricultural college and experiment station in or near Las Cruces. The institution, which was designated as the land-grant college for New Mexico under the Morrill Act, was named the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts.

Las Cruces College merged with N.M.A.&M.A., and the new school opened on January 21, 1890. That first semester there were 35 students in the college level and preparatory classes and six faculty members. Classes met in the old two-room building of Las Cruces College until suitable buildings could be put on the 220-acre campus three miles south of Las Cruces.

By 1960, the school had grown greatly, and its name was changed by state constitutional amendment to New Mexico State University.

Today New Mexico State University sits on a 900-acre campus and enrolls 15,409 students from all 50 states and from 87 nations. Regular faculty members number 674 and staff, 2,788.

So, ya see? State ain't no Podunk U. I knew it all along. This was your history lesson for the week.


What did the cheerleaders yell at NMAMA games? "Go MAMA"?


Did you hear the joke about the Aggie who... I'm not even gonna go there.


Bill said that he graduated from that school in 1952. Man, you must be OLD!


I suppose I am going to hear from the geriatric set for that comment...


...and speaking of history...


I read something in the Valencia County News Bulletin this morning that got me to thinking. (I can hear most of you groaning, here he goes a'thinkin again) A writer used the line,


"And the rest, as they say, is history."


First of all, any thing you tell us about what already is happened is history. Duh! I hate it when sportscasters say, "Jones made history tonight by being the first left-handed shortstop to hit three singles off two right handed pitchers on a Wednesday night after a rain delay while playing in a city whose name begins with 'B'". It doesn't matter what Jones accomplished. Even if he struck out three times, it's history. It happened. Therefore it's history.


Secondly, has anyone actually heard anyone called "they" say, "The rest is history"? I bet that no matter who "they" are, they say, "and the rest, as they say, is history." So, I say, "They all say, 'the rest, as they say, is history.'" Most of of them, anyway. The rest of them say "the rest, as we say,  is history," or just "the rest is history." If the rest say, "the rest is history," does that mean they are all gone? So, there is no rest and they all say, 'the rest, as they say, is history." Also, there is no rest for the wicked. Not only are the rest not saying, "as they say", they don't have anything for the wicked. If I were wicked I'd be annoyed at not having any history.


And where do They get off deciding what is History? Who said They are the chosen ones? Actually History will decide who They are. Pogo said, "We have met the enemy and They are Us." The fact that They are Us annoys Them. They want everyone to think They are so smart, but They won't let Anyone know who They are. 


You know who I think They want to be? Nobody. Whatever They do, Nobody does it better. When They miss an appointment, Nobody shows up. When They don't stand up for Us, Nobody is there to stand up for Them.  They can't stand it if Nobody cares. But Nobody does care, which is good for Them. That's why They want to be just like Them.


On the other hand, They are better than the Rest. Aha! It's starting to make sense. They say the Rest is History. But History is Nobody's fool. And History will show that They are better than the Rest. That's what They want.


If you don't get it, that's OK. Nobody understands. It's Nobody's business.


I am the man Nobody knows. Nobody knows the trouble I've seen. Nobody thinks I should continue this silliness. They don't care about me, and I don't care about Them, and all the Rest. Nobody likes me. Nobody wants to read this stuff. Nobody likes a show off. How do I know? Everybody tells me so. 


Nobody is happy here, because there is something Nobody knows. When They and the Rest of Them go home,


Nobody wins.


Newsletter vs. Magazine


In the last two months, I have run across two separate subscribers to this newsletter who think that by getting this newsletter, they are getting The Horsemen's Voice. It got me to wondering how many other people who read this newsletter don't know about our printed magazine. This silly little newsletter was created as an adjunct to the printed magazine, mostly to try to let people know about news that doesn't fit the monthly news cycle. The magazine has a lot more stuff in it.


The Horsemen's Voice is New Mexico's All Breed, All Discipline horse magazine. It was started in 1983 by Sally Pennybacker as the newsletter for the New Mexico Horse Council, and it grew to be an important part of the horse community.


Four years ago, when Sallie decided to stop publishing The Voice, Nancy and I bought the magazine, and have been publishing it since then. We have tried to not only keep up Sallie's high standards of journalism, but we think we have improved the magazine both in look and content.


The magazine is published 11 times per year, which is monthly except for January. (That gives us a break in December.) An annual subscription is $18 and two years is $30. You may pick up a copy for $3 at these stores around the state:


Name City
Amigos Tack Shop Corrales
Arroyo Feed Belen
Bierwirth's Albuquerque
Border's Book Store Albuquerque
Broome Feed & Supply Moriarty
Chical Bosque Farms
Circle W Trading Co. Farmington
Cross Country Bosque Farms
Dan's Boots and Saddles Albuquerque
Desert Wind Saddlery Santa Fe
Downtown Subscription, Inc. Santa Fe
Glenwood Trading Post Glenwood
Horsemen's Feed Albuquerque
Ladyhawk Belen
Lil' Red Mare Albuquerque
Mesilla Valley Feeds Las Cruces
Millers Feed Albuquerque
Mortenson's, Clint Santa Fe
Old Mill Los Chavez
Page One Albuquerque
Taos Tack Shop & Pet Supply Taos
The Feed Bin Santa Fe
The Tack Shop Espanola
Triangle Grocery Sandia Park
Village Mercantile Corrales
Wagon Mound Ranch Supply Wagon Mound
Western Merc - Dan's Tijeras
Western Merc - South Valley Albuquerque
Western Merc - Valencia Los Lunas
White Horse Ltd. Albuquerque


If your favorite feed or tack store doesn't carry The Horsemen's Voice, let us know, and we will ask them if they want to carry it.


Here is this week's deal to get you introduced to the Horsemen's Voice:


If you are not currently a subscriber, go to our web site,,  before March 13, 2004, and sign up for a one year subscription. The web site will tell you that it costs $18. However, when I process the payment, I will change the amount to only $12, if you send me an e-mail to telling me you are a new subscriber. A two year subscription is usually $30, but I will discount it the same six bucks to $24.



Fun with Jazz


Nancy has been working with Jazz, our coming yearling PMU foal, this week. Jazz has been always a little more afraid and a little more aloof than our other foals. While Martha and Mohawk are very people friendly, Jazz has never quite gotten to trust us. Jazz's problem was exacerbated when we had him gelded a couple of weeks ago. He had to be captured and roped and tied down, and generally manhandled to get the procedure done. When the vet came out to give him his West Nile booster shot, this week, Jazz was subjected to more excitement to get him caught. It did not help him build any trust in us.


At the vet tech's suggestion, we left Jazz in the roundpen with his halter on. He was alone, except for when we came to feed him. Nancy used all of the taught-to-be-caught techniques we have learned over the years, and says she even improved her own feel, timing, and balance in this process. At first it would take an hour for Jazz to trust Nancy enough to clip a lead rope on him. We were out there in the dark Tuesday night and were wading through the mud Wednesday morning. We could have made the process faster by throwing a rope over his neck or other mechanical means, but we figured that the time invested was worth it. We wanted him to learn to trust us on his own terms. By Friday morning, Jazz had learned that being attached to a rope didn't necessarily mean that he was going to be captured, poked, and cut on. He figured out that it was his ticket to being watered and fed. He is even starting to relax and enjoy some rubbing. He's not a perfectly calm horse, yet, but he is learning.


Nancy and I are sad that Jazz had to go through the trauma he went through when the vet was here. We don't blame the vet. She had a job to do, and did what she needed to get it done. Our failure was that we didn't spend enough time with Jazz to prepare him and get him used to ropes and people touching him. Now he has that bad memory that he has to get over. It would have been better if he had never had that experience. Now, we have more work to do to build his trust. Pat Parelli told us, "Do less sooner, instead of more later." If we had taken the time early on to work with Jazz, our task wouldn't be so hard now.


This is a hard lesson to learn, but how many of us have fallen into that trap?  How many times have we needed to get a horse in a trailer "right now", only to find that we hadn't taken the time beforehand to make that task easy? Anyone else have any stories about how you could have saved time and trauma if you had just prepared your horse better?


Magazine Errata


Those of you who subscribe to The Voice, should have received your March issue in the mail by now. If you don't have it yet, it should be there soon.


A couple of errors have been pointed out to me that I thought I needed to mention here.


First, the March 14 Enchantment Driving Society Show at the North Valley Equestrian Center has a wrong phone number. Call 822-7946 for info. The number that is shown in the Coming Events in the magazine belongs to someone who doesn't have anything to do with horses. Please don't call that number.


The second error is more egregious. In the Facilities, Instructors, and Trainers directory, the wrong maps got printed. They were last month's maps. I found out about the error when the folks at Bar H Horse Haven called about their new listing. They are the new number 5 in the FIT directory, and they wondered why their dot in the map shows them in Placitas instead of San Acacia. My heart sank when I looked at the map. Since Bar H is the new number 5, we moved all of the other numbers down one. BC Stables was number 5, and now is 6, but the dot on the incorrect map shows number six in Edgewood.


So, my apologies to the people listed in the FIT directory. We know we sent the right map to the printer, but we missed the error in the final proofing before going to press.


But, don't worry. Nobody is taking the blame for this one.


Fun Things to Do  March 6 - 14


Since last week's newsletter didn't come out until Monday, the Fun Things calendar is the same this week. Whew! One less thing for this lazy writer to do.


EVERY SUNDAY            HABANEROS POLOCROSSE PRACTICE, 1 p.m., Albuquerque South Valley.  All are welcome, gear not necessary for practice.  Info:  235-6457


6            TRAINING SHOW, NM Palomino Exhibitors Assoc., Dairy Barn, NM Expo (formerly NM State Fairgrounds).  Judge:  Ann Clemons.  Info:  Shelley Bateman, 832-6867 (, or Lloyd Aker, 281-3032 (  Premium at


6 – 7            QUARTER HORSE SHOW, SW Quarter Horse Assoc., Rio Grande Valley Ranch, Canuntillo, TX.  Info:  Farrel, 505-382-5911 or or


6 – 7            TULLY TEAM ROPING, Expo NM Horse Arena


6 – 7            CUTTING, NM Cutting Horse Assoc.  Ladyhawk Ranch, Santa Rosa.  Info:  Patti Rawls, 856-6540


7            SHAGGY TRAINING SHOW, NM Pinto Horse Club, Bosque Farms Rodeo Arena, 10 a.m.  Info:  Marilyn, 865-6568


7            AHANM ALL-BREED TRAINING SHOW, Expo NM Horse Arena.  Registration 7 a.m., classes start at 8 a.m.  Info:  Marvin Solsrud, 281-5525


11 – 13            2004 FOUR STATES AG EXPO & SOUTHWEST HORSEMAN’S SYMPOSIUM, w/Craig Cameron Training Clinic.  Fairgrounds, Cortez, CO.  Info:  970-565-1836 or


13        BFRA JUNIOR RODEO SERIES, Bosque Farms Rodeo Arena, 8:30 a.m.

Buckles & Hi Points & more prizes.  Entries:  Brenda Adcock, 865-3751.  Info: Charlie Long, 866-1602


13            EQUINE EXPO, sponsored by Purina & Broome’s Feed & Supple, Rockin Horse Arena, Moriarty, NM.  Info:  832-0438


14            TRAINING SHOW, NM Buckskin Assoc., Western & English classes, Bosque Farms Rodeo Arena, 9 a.m.  Info:  Lynn Rogers, 896-0737, or Sharon Eastman, 869-2763


14            TRAINING SHOW, North Valley Equestrian Center, including Hunt Seat, Saddle Seat & more.  Judge Charles Chaddick.   9521 Rio Grande NW, office open at 8; sow at 9.  Info:  Melanie Omer, 890-4338


14            SPRING CREEK FARMS FUN SHOW, Hunters/Jumpers & Under Saddle classes.  Old Town Farm, 949 Montoya Rd. NW  Info:  Anita Endean, 321-2175, or Jenny Paisley, 303-748-8477


14            MORIARTY HERITAGE RODEO ASSOC. & MORIARTY HIGH SCHOOL XTREME RODEO TEAM, Wrights Arena, north of Moriarty.  Info:  Don Martinez, 832-0438


14            ENCHANTMENT DRIVING SOCIETY SHOW, North Valley Equestrian Center.  Info:  Mike Sullivan, 822-7946


Abbott and Costello


When I wrote to warn Bill that he was going to be the butt of the joke again tonight, he said, "Butt of a joke? Story of my life, I hope to grow old but do not plan to grow up! It's fun! If you lose your humor you lost it all anyway." That's what They all say.


"Green side up!" Anyone hear that Aggie joke? It's my favorite clean Aggie joke. Let me know if you want to hear it. If enough people want to hear it, I'll publish it next week.


I have been channeling Abbott and Costello tonight. Thanks, Guys. You don't believe it? That's OK. Nobody believes me. Nobody said life was fair.


You might say, "Enough! Shut up, already!" Nobody tells me when to quit.


Nobody says, "NOW!"




Happy trails...




The above newsletter was written when Nancy Gage and Jay Koch owned The Horsemen's Voice magazine. The Horsemen's Voice name and logo are used here with permission of the new owner, Catherine Logan-Carillo, who is a fine, upstanding member of the community. Catherine disavows any silliness, stupidity, vapidity, errors, or unintentional offenses, and the reader should know that she would know better than publish anything like this.

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