Entries by Deb Lee Carson

The Kick – Level 4

“Always have class but always kick ass.” ~A.D. Posey The kick!  Making contact or attempting to is what the kick is all about!  Kicking and biting are both part of the fourth level of agonistic behavior.  I didn’t have to travel far to find examples of the kick, and these two stallions living wild in Theodore […]

The Chase – Level 3

 “The chase and the cheap thrills don’t last long.”  ~Pavitraa Parthasarathy Oooooo….now it’s going to start getting exciting….the chase!  As agonism escalates the aggressor may chase its adversary at a gallop to displace he/she from the immediate area.  This level can quickly escalate to the more exhilarating levels of agonism, for me anyone, maybe not […]

The Bump – Level 2

“Nothing is more revealing than movement. The body says what words cannot.” ~Martha Graham The bump, the push….I cannot tell you how difficult it was to find an image that represents this next level of agonistic behavior displayed here by these two, gorgeous stallions of the Pryor Mountain Range.  In fact it, I spent the better […]

The Threat – Level 1, Part 2, Mares vs Stallions

“Intruder on level one. All aliens, please proceed to level one.” ~Anna Lee I chuckle again at this quote….”Intruder on level one!” In my mind I can hear Maiden saying to the young ones…”Don’t worry, I got this alien!” Maiden’s laid back ears (the black mare coming in from the left of the image) clearly […]

The Threat – Level 1, Part 1 Stallion vs Stallion

“What if I take you apart and turn you into a toaster oven, how would you like that tin can?”  ~Julie Kagawa I giggle when I see the first initial and most common agonistic behavior between stallions, thus the tongue in cheek quote today!  Can you imagine the conversation between these two stallions as they […]

Am’rous Causes

“What dire offence from am’rous causes springs, What mighty contests rise from trivial things,…” ~Alexander Pope (Two wild stallions fight over a yearling filly on the range in southern  Wyoming.) Ahhhh yes, am’rous causes for sure in this battle of giants, although the ‘trivial thing’ was that sweet little bay yearling filly. Mr. Palomino was […]


“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.” ~Pascal Mercier   I could not do it; my brain just could not process the thought of driving over the […]

Bonnie and I

Bonnie and I are hitting the road! Saying goodbye to Lander. Next stop Salt Lake City! Over the South Pass I’ll crawl….the winds gusting to 75 mph! I’m nauseous thinking about it. So as Bonnie, as in Raitt, drawls… “Sometimes I miss that feeling of falling….” I’ll turn her up to drown out the wind […]


No words….just memories stacking up! As we focus on Resurrection Sunday, don’t forget to pause in the stillness of the days between Good Friday and the day of Resurrection. There is treasure to be found in the sacred peace as it comes as you breath in that quiet place of surrender. ~Katherine Walden (The wild […]

The West Begins

“Out where the world is in the making,Where fewer hearts in despair are aching,That’s where the West begins” ~Arthur Chapman (1917) Saying goodbye to the wilds of McCulloch Peaks, with their backdrop of the Big Horns this time, and traversing through the Wyoming countryside on the way to Lander, what an eye-opening for this Minnesota […]