Author Archives: Mike

About Mike

Michael Heggen is a horseman, maker, and thinker who lives in Salem, Oregon with his wife, Kim, and "three to eight cats". He stays quite busy riding, driving, and caring for their three horses, Boulder, Shasta, and Bob. Among other things, Mike has been a fencing coach, police chaplain, computer consultant, aspirant to the diaconate, computer salesman, box boy, carpenter, computer technician, typesetter, church youth leader, copy machine operator, and network administrator. His other interests include juggling, reading voraciously, and (pretty occasionally these days) cycling.

Two good-lookin’ hawrses….

First, the gear report: HoofJack The draft-size cradle worked much better, and my body positioning was better today. Boulder still hasn’t figured out that he can actually let some of his body weight rest on the stand, so eventually he … Continue reading

Posted in Boulder, Horses, PA Protege ("Bob") | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

An easy day

I showed Frankie how to put boots on Boulder this morning. Actually, she did most of the work and I just kibitzed. It took her some time, but she still did a better job than I did the first time. … Continue reading

Posted in Boulder, Horses, PA Protege ("Bob"), Rail-to-trail | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Boots on the ground

I got out to the barn earlier today and put Boulder’s boots on before he was turned out (thanks to Frankie holding him in his stall a bit later than the others). I walked him down to the pasture where … Continue reading

Posted in Boulder, Horses, Rail-to-trail | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

These boots are made for walkin’….

Today was an Experiment Day with Boulder. I wanted to see what effect his boots had on his pasture behavior, but I only got to the barn about 20 minutes before the herd was brought in for the day, so … Continue reading

Posted in Boulder, Horses, PA Protege ("Bob") | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Join up (sort of)

I had a really productive day today, which always makes me happy (and is all too rare an event, unfortunately). I got the tires on Kim’s car rotated and balanced, went to Lowe’s to buy stuff for two small projects, … Continue reading

Posted in Boulder, Horses | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Boulder’s first trail ride (sort of)

It really was a trail ride; the “first” part is that it was that first one since I officially became Boulder’s new owner. But first, the boot report…. The Boa boots went on much more easily today. I decided to … Continue reading

Posted in Boulder, Horses | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

St. Francis-tide means it’s time for the Blessing of the Animals!

It’s been two days since I got out to the barn, and there was quite the dust-up going on when I got there this afternoon after church. A gate that keeps two of the bands of horses separated got left … Continue reading

Posted in Boulder, Horses, PA Protege ("Bob") | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Apple cinnamon… nom!

Bob was Roberto again, today. I doctored his feet on one of the tracks (in the shade, this time!) while he was tied to a sturdy fence post. He was very good. Then we walked up to the barn and … Continue reading

Posted in Boulder, Horses, PA Protege ("Bob") | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A pinch o’ this…

Today I left for the barn in enough time for a short ride on Boulder. Uh huh. Sure. No, really, I did! Jenn was running a little late bringing the herd in, but I had stuff to do in the … Continue reading

Posted in Boulder, Horses, PA Protege ("Bob") | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Boas that do not constrict, I hope

I didn’t get out to see the boys Monday.  Today, however, I spent some good quality time grooming the big guy. I didn’t have to go chase Boulder, as Frankie told me when I got there that she was about … Continue reading

Posted in Boulder, Fencing, Horses, PA Protege ("Bob") | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments