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Horseback riding among the giant saguaro cactus in Arizona

As we travel around the southwest this winter we have been staying at different places where we can both keep our horses and hook up our motor home. This time we stopped at the ‘Lost Cowboy Ranch’ in Scottsdale, Arizona. The owners, Brian and Susan Bowers, were great hosts and gave us great advice about where to ride. We were even able to work our schedules out so that we could go on some rides together.

In this video we loaded up and drove to the McDowell Mountain Regional Park and then rode the horses all the way home. We could have ridden off the property to the park and back…it just would have made for a longer ride. The park trails were very well marked, not only with their names but even with the road numbers. As we headed home we followed signs for 158th Street and when we left the park we road to 160th, which is where Lost Cowboy Ranch is.

The landscape was unique and I loved riding among the giant saguaro cactus. The desert is much more interesting than I had imagined it to be. The variety of plants, birds, rabbits and other things that live there is fascinating and at this time of year (January) the weather can’t be beat.


Posted by on January 27, 2015 in Life, Video


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Horseback Canyon Ride in New Mexico with Stacy Westfall

We started out this ride on the road where we parked the horse trailer but soon we were following an arroyo, a dry river bed, to find our way to this old homestead. Most of this was filmed on BLM land.

We have been staying in New Mexico at Kiva RV Park and Horse Motel which is owned by Robert and Diane Wiltshire. Diane volunteered to be our tour guide and I am so glad that she did, especially on this day.

Newt DID do some of the filming…both from on his head and from on his girth…motion sickness warning for that part, lol.

I have to admit that before riding here I was just thinking of New Mexico as a stop on the way to Arizona and California but now I can see why it is called the land of enchantment. Diane also gave us a book, Saddle Up, New Mexico: The Statewide Horse Trail and Travel GuideI think she is trying to tempt us into coming back..and I think it is working!


Posted by on January 13, 2015 in Life, Video


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“What’s a day like living in your rv with Jesse, and the kids?”


The food I was cooking tonight.

“What’s a day like living in your rv with Jesse, and the kids? What do u eat, do make your own food? Like crockpot meals? What are some of your recipes? (u look great by the way) Do u workout? u play games? And the horses do they get to play?” -Paula D.

Living in the motor home isn’t much different than living in our house was, just a lot more mobile. The difficulty, and fun at times,  is that we don’t really have typical days. In the last week for example I had two days that my kids had standardized testing, I rode horses, met with my web designer, shopped at Congress, attended phone conferences and one face to face conference in Indiana, got health papers for the horses, and drove to PA. Add blogging, email and other ‘office work’ to all these days.

A closer look at today: wake at 6 am, work online, pack up motor home and horses (everyone fed themselves breakfast), on the road by 9 am, business call on hands free device while driving, lunch in the motor home (PB&J for me, chicken patties for everyone else…it was fend for yourself again), kids did school work while we drove, on road until 6 pm, settle horses into horse hotel, cooked dinner (tacos, rice, three bean chili…yep, leftovers for tomorrow), computer work (it is 9:50 right now)…

We don’t eat much fast food anymore, we have traveled for so many years that even the boys don’t want it anymore. We like nice restaurants but we eat at ‘home’ more because it saves money, is healthier, and often is better. I like cooking with leftovers as part of the plan. I cook runners waffles from scratch and freeze them for quick and healthy breakfast.

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We are parked just outside the horse motel tonight.

Most of my exercise is horse related but I try to do yoga a couple times a week, I would like to do more but…

I don’t really enjoy many games, I’m not sure why but I never have. I did get bronchitis one winter and was restricted to inside only. I conquered the video game ‘Pikman’ at all levels. That was years ago and I haven’t played anything since. Everyone else here like to play games:)

Our horses get out to play a lot unless we are at a show where they don’t have the facilities. We left Congress October 12th and our horses have only been ridden a few times and have spent most of their time turned out. We are headed to Maine right now where they will stay mostly in my moms pasture.

It is 10:40 pm now and are parked outside the horse motel we stopped at. Tomorrow we will drive the rest of the way to Maine. Right now I need to brush my teeth, do some yoga stretches and go to bed. Thanks for the questions…keep them coming!

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The game I conquered all levels of the winter I had bronchitis.


Posted by on October 25, 2014 in Life, Members Question


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Stops with Stacy: traveling with horses; horse motels brought to you by Tekonsha

We frequently travel with our horses to far off places. We have trailered horses from Maine to California, Florida, Texas, Nebraska, several times into Canada to name a few.

To keep both horses and humans safe, on long trips we stop for the night. Recently, I have made several trips between Texas and Ohio. The drive takes about 20 hours which I break into a two day trip.

The nice thing about traveling the same route is that it is possible to become familiar with certain amenities…including the horse motels along the way.

If we are traveling an unfamiliar route and need to find a place to stop we go to The website features a map that gives an idea of where the stable is located so I can quickly see if there is one on my route.

My favorite feature of the website is the comment area. It is a section of the website where people who have stayed at each horse motel can rate the stay and leave comments. We have been using the site for years and have stayed at dozens of the stops. By reading the descriptions and the comments all have been what was described.

Some places can handle a large number of horses and other might only take two or three. We try to call in advance to let people know we are traveling through the area and to ask if they will have room. There have been time, however, when we have hit bad weather and could not make it to our original horse motel. The original hotel has always been understanding and the new hotel, with as short as one hour for notice, has also been accommodating.

Some offer lodging for the humans also in the form of cabins, apartments or RV hook ups. If they don’t they can give valuable advice as to how far human hotels are and what they recommend; much of this is already listed at

Cindy Ruprecht and Circle R Horse Lodge has been my go-to stop between Texas and Ohio. Her place is close to the highway and her stalls are big, sturdy and clean. Like most horse motels Cindy checks the horses health papers and coggins, which I like. Stopping at Cindy’s place already has the feeling of visiting with a friend and I like knowing that she checks on the horses while I am headed to my human hotel and again in the morning before I arrive.

Many of these places could be destination trips. Some have miles of trails or easy access to other horse activities and others can offer invaluable information for things that might occur on the road. For example Cindy has a local horse trailer shop and RV store nearby if you need repairs as well as a feed dealer and tack store.

Traveling with horses is extra work but it is also a great way to get to know other horse people around the country.


Posted by on June 5, 2014 in Stops with Stacy, Video


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Let the travels begin! Horse motels and the weather.

Happy Valentine’s Day and happy moving day!SNOW 1

We officially moved out of our house in Ohio today and our first stop it Texas…but the midwest isn’t done with us yet. We planned on driving 374 miles in six hours (per map quest)….but add snow into it and we managed to drive 181 miles in six and a half hours.

On the up side, we haven’t had a reason to stay at a horse motel this close to (our former) home. We had already arranged a horse motel, thanks to, but when the travel slowed to a max of 40 mph we began a new search.

We try to schedule ahead but with weather issues that sometimes isn’t a choice. We were happy to find Cuttin’ horse motelUp Stables and Mike and Melinda Gerrish. They were very understanding about the weather…especially considering that we were calling on Valentine’s Day!

Maybe the best part was that Mike was kind enough to offer to help us in the morning if we have trouble loading our horses, lol! Turns out not only does he like to ride cutting horses….he also likes verbally ‘cuttin’ up’….lol

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Well plowed drive….

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Horse at entrance, nope, he isn’t frozen…just a statue….


Posted by on February 14, 2014 in Life


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