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Terri Farley
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Monday, February 26, 2007

The Real Phantom

Dear Readers,
Want to make your day a good one by sighing over something beautiful? Here's a new photo of the real Phantom, taken by a volunteer at the Wild Horse Sanctuary in Shingletown, and used by her permission. Isn't he majestic?
In more good news, I've put a news clip which tells the complete story of the real Phantom Stallion up on Phantomstallion.com.

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Wild Horses in So. Cal. !

Meet the Mustang Day
Sunday, March 4, 2007
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Presented by Least Resistance Training Concepts(LRTC)/Wild Horses in Need (WIN) - 10:00am - 4:00pm Silent bidding ends at 11:00 Demonstrations of Wild Horse Gentling, Bomb Proofing, Clicker Training, and Trail Horse Obstacle Course Training throughout the day. Baby Mustangs, Yearlings. Starting bids $250 Location: 2884 Poe Lane, off Byron HWY near Delta Road in Knightsen/Brentwood, CA 94513

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Crazy Time

Dear Readers,
I'm delighted -- honest, that's me giggling with delight, not hysteria -- that so many readers requested WILD HORSE ISLAND bookmarks. People are telling me they are clinging to the bookmarks to hold off their excitement until May 22 and that kindles something like magic for me.
HOWEVER, I've received soooooooo many emails from readers who want bookmarks, at the same time I'm helping the Wild Horse Sanctuary with its contest, that I've had to hire helpers. This has made things a little confusing, uh, insane, or, I'll admit it -- absolutely bonkers -- around here. So, I'm asking you: if you don't get one right away, or get two, please be kind. :)
I've already heard from German & Australian readers who've received theirs, so we're doing something right! As always though, I'm trying to go in order.
If you sent me an email with more than the request, you might want to resend the note, without bookmark in the subject line. Why? I love writing to my readers and even though I'm slow, I don't want to miss anyone.
Happy trails,

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

More Q & A

Q: i like it when you write books about not giving up, especially on old horses. Most people when they find a horse they like better, just go out and buy a new one but that is not me. Is it you?

A: It's for sure NOT me and I'm delighted to hear that you don't believe in "disposable" horses. I feel the same way about all animals! Once I adopt them, they're here for life! My husband even accused me of running an "old chicken's home" because even after our hens stopped laying eggs, I kept them as well, sort of pets!

Q: Are any of the characters you write based on you?

A: I'm a little like Sam because she often thinks with her heart instead of her head. I'm guilty of that far too often. And when I was a kid, I was a lot like Darby, the main character in the WILD HORSE ISLAND books -- city girl, kinda timid, but I would do ANYTHING to be around horses. And those of you who've heard me talk in person know what I'm talking about...wink.

Q: Has your publisher for WILD HORSE ISLAND decided to have a new cover artist for the new series?

A: Yes

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Galloping through my Dreams

Dear Readers,
I woke up to find this article in my email this morning. I think you'll like it -- and the newest photo of the Phantom's family -- a lot.
The environmental reporter (now, there's a cool career choice for those of your who care about wildlife and wild places!) spent time at the Wild Horse Sanctuary interviewing Dianne Nelson, watching the Phantom and his family and talked with me by phone. I think he did a great job. Even if he mis-heard Shy's name as Sky...that sort of suits her, as well.


Wishing for wild horses in your dreams, too --

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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Bookmarks & Name the Filly

Dear Readers,

Personalizing your bookmarks is taking some time, but please don't worry if you haven't received a confirmation from me saying you'll get one. You will!

Also, some of you have asked for guidance in naming the Phantom's filly. I will NOT pick the winning name, but if I were entering, I might think of the filly's family -- Phantom, Shy and Rain Cloud -- and of her home range where there are things like pogonip, thunderstorms, the Sierra Nevada mountains, the Virginia Highlands, sagebrush and tumbleweeds. And I might visit http://www.travelnevada.com/ and look at maps for Nevada place names.

In case of a tie in the name the filly contest, the winning name with the earliest date will get the prize.

Keep reading and riding!

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Castle of Horses

Dear Readers,
Last night my wonderful website designer helped me to update my PhantomStallion. website and there's lots more for you to explore. It's like wandering through a castle of horses. Don't miss anything!

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Wild Horse Art on License Plate

Dear Readers,
I met Sally Summers about two years ago at a BLM wild horse adoption day. Even then, she was working on a great idea. She wanted the state of Nevada to have a car license plate depicting the beauty of wild horses. Her plan was that the state would charge extra for the license plates & the profits would go to protecting animals -- especially wild horses -- in need.

To read how --once again-- dreams can come true, have a look at this:


And yes, of course my fingers are crossed that I can get one!

Happy Valentine's Day,

p.s. keep your eyes on Phantomstallion.com for two exciting updates this week

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Look for your Bookmark

Dear Readers,
I'm mailing the first batch of autographed WILD HORSE ISLAND bookmarks today and I don't think you'll have any trouble at all telling your envelope from your parents' mail!
Happy Tuesday Trails,

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Monday, February 12, 2007


Dear Readers,
My order for bookmarks featuring the cover of WILD HORSE ISLAND: The Horse Charmer is back from the printer! THEY ARE GREAT & should be ready to mail this week.
However: I'm discovering a few of you haven't given me your addresses or forgot to include your first and last names for mailing.
I'll be getting photos of the Phantom & Shy's new filly up on the website asap. Guess who she reminds me of?

Happy trails,

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Saturday, February 10, 2007


Dear Readers,
I just heard from Dianne Nelson at the Wild Horse Sanctuary that Shy foaled. The new filly is very dark, probably black, with a white star on her forehead. She was born Wednesday at dawn and is "a tiny little thing." Even though the Phantom and Shy are trying to keep her out of the rain, the filly is running all over the place.
Dianne asked me if PHANTOM STALLION readers would like to help her and of course I said YES!
Dianne will send me a photo as soon as she can and I'll post rules asap. The name decision will be made by a panel of those who've seen her at the Wild Horse Sanctuary.

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Mountain Lions & Wild Horses

Dear Readers,
If you've read book six in the PHANTOM series, THE CHALLENGER, you probably remember the interaction between the wild horses & cougars. When the book first came out, I told many of you that the stories were based on real events.
Here's more news on horses & big cats: http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=8666
If you go read it, you might want to look around TheHorse.com for other stuff. It's an information and easy to navigate website.
Best to you,

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Shopping for a saddle-trained mustang?

Okay, I know most of you can't be at the Warm Springs Correctional Center (WSCC), in Carson City, Nevada -- yep, where the Phantom was first corraled -- on Saturday. If you could, though, you could bid on wild horses ranging in age from three to six years, saddle-trained for 120 days Beginning bid on all horses are only $150!
If you'd like to window-shop for a friend for life, check out the a catalog of BLM wild horses and Nevada state "estray" horses at http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/nv/field_offices/carson_city_field/wild_horses_and_burros.Par.87424.File.dat/Warm%20Springs%20Saddle%20Horse%20Catalog%20February%2010%202007.pdf

Cowboy & Blake are my favorites...Mugsy's cute, too, and ...yes, of course, they're all wonderful! What do you think, should I write about the prison's wild horse training program someday?
Have fun,

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

don't give up

Dear Readers,
Yay! For the first time in weeks, I've got my list of emails to-be-answered down below 300. Okay, so I still have 298 to go, but don't give up.
Happy trails,

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Sunday, February 04, 2007


Q: I know by the way you write that you like all animals -- especially dogs and cats -- in addition to horses, but do you like any unusual animals? Like, I have snakes and they're not slimy and they do respond to handling -- in a good way!
Q: What's your favorite breed of dog?
Q: What kind of cat is Cougar? Have you ever had a pedigreed cat? What was it?

A: It's pet week in my mailbox! So, I'll answer all of the above.

--First, I've never owned any snakes, but since I was seriously asthmatic, my pets had to be furless. I had : a black newt named Jackie & a maroon salamander named Elmer; two desert tortoises, April and August; Penny, my famous chameleon. And, though she wasn't really mine...the first gift I ever gave my husband (when he was my college boyfriend) was a hamster. He promptly named her Fang.

--I love dogs, so it's hard to pick a favorite breed, but if I were forced, I'd have to say Collies & German Shepherds. In fact, I wrote Gal, the German Shepherd in RUN AWAY HOME in honor of my dog Rosie, who died not long ago. She was such a good dog and I miss her.

-- Cougar is a barn kitty -- a mixed breed cat whose heritage I couldn't guess. I've never had a pedigreed cat, but two were half Siamese. Most of my cats have been rescues and I like that "breed" just fine!

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Saturday, February 03, 2007

5 Other Things to do During the Super Bowl

Hi -- I know people who love watching the Super Bowl with their families. I have friends who go skiing because they don't care about football, and I've read that Super Bowl Sunday is one of the highest days for domestic abuse.
If you don't live in the U.S., I should explain that the Super Bowl is to football what the World Cup is to soccer -- only not as fun to watch, if you're me :) ! And the abuse part, is surely because, like the World Cup, this game inspires too much drinking.
If you'd like to make tomorrow -- or any other day -- productive & fun, consider doing some of the things below:

HELP THE HORSES: HR 249 is a bill introduced in Congress to restore protection for wild horses. What's the best way to make sure your opinion's heard? As Bonnie Matton, a wild horse activist and friend says: REMEMBER, THEY CAN JUST 'THROW AWAY' FAXES AND EMAILS, BUT THEY HAVE TO ANSWER THE PHONE AND TAKE NOTE OF THE CALL!
Here's a super-simple way to get your member of congress' phone number. Go to:
http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/ type in your zip code and then, when a list of names pops up, write down the name & phone number of the person with REPRESENTATIVE before her/his name.

Then, Monday or Tuesday, phone and say, I would like to urge _______ to support HR 249, to stop the slaughter of wild horses.

Have you ever noticed that lots of star athletes have nicknames? I mean, Eldrick Woods' nickname is Tiger..and triathelete Wendy Ingraham's nickname is Wingnut. One creative way to make up your Super Star name is by using the name of one of your pets for your first name, and adding any street you've ever lived on as your last name. For instance, I could be a softball star named Rookie Kaye or a soccer player named Bootsy Bridge.

PLAY WITH YOUR PETS: teach your pet a trick!

GET SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL FOR FREE: Want a free, autographed WILD HORSE ISLAND bookmark? Just email me your mailing address (after checking with your parents) and I'll pop one in the mail to you as soon as I can.

LEARN SOMETHING: go to Google.com, click on the NEWS tab and put in words that interest you...WILD HORSES, for instance, will being up lots of news stories...or SEA LIONS...or PHANTOM STALLION ...

Have fun & stay safe!

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Friday, February 02, 2007

More Q & A

Q: Could you explain what is the difference between some of the horse colours.... like grey, fleabitten grey, dappled grey,, bay,chestnut, liver chestnut, sorrel, brown, roan, strawberry roan, blue roan, dun palomino, spotted, piebald, skewbald,cream, buckskin,and brindle? When I see pictures of horses that are bay or sorrel, to me they look like brown. And which are horse colours are going to be on WILD HORSE ISLAND's covers?

A: Here's a cool website to SHOW you the differences! http://www.equusite.com/articles/basics/basicsColors.shtml .

On the first four WILD HORSE ISLAND covers you'll see a sorrel, a black, a rose roan, and then a cremello!

Q: Do you know of some places that I could find ways of training my horse the Native American way?

A: A good start would be any book by Gawani Ponyboy. I have most of his books and I've seen him work with horses and he's amazing.

Q: What's your favorite INSPIRING quotation, not counting Shakespeare?

I have lots of favorites, but two that jump to my mind that might pick you up when you're down, are these:
The first is from Maya Angelou:
"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination...full of hope."
I don't know the source of the second one. If you do, please let me know!
"In the end, everything will be all right. If it's not all right, it's not the end."

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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Thursday FAQs

Q: I was amazed at what Rachel said to Samantha in RUN AWAY HOME. Did you know all along that that was going to happen?
A: Nope, it surprised me, too. I wrote that scene and thought I was finished with it when Rachel said, "He has the best tax attorney money can buy...and we shall hope that is enough."
Then, I heard her walk away, heard the kids in class start to relax and talk and then, totally without warning, I heard Rachel's high heels tapping back down the hall toward the classroom! When those words came out of her mouth, I wondered if they were just an after thought or if she'd been trying to get up the nerve to say them. I did have a little more respect for her, after that.

Q: I was practically celebrating with Sam when Linc got arrested! Oh I've been meaning to ask, how is Slocum pronounced -- Slah-come or Slo-com?
A: The second way & yes, after all the awful things he's done, I loved putting him in jail!

Q: So, Sam & Jake are at least on the edge of being in love, right?
A: Sam & Jake's friendship has definitely changed over the course of 24 books, hasn't it? The friendly-enemy sparring started when they were kids, and when Sam returned to River Bend and saw Jake pitched off that little mare, they just got right back to what was normal -- for them.
I think they are headed toward being boyfriend/girlfriend, or shy Jake would never have held Sam's hand! In love, though...hmmm...knowing those two, I think that will happen when they're older -- after they've been to college and had lots of adventures together & apart.

Q: Is it fun writing the new series and when will it come out?
A: I'm having a wonderful time exploring wild Hawaii through the eyes of Darby, a newcomer to horses and Hawaii! The first WILD HORSE ISLAND book, The Horse Charmer, will be out on May 22 and most stores will have it on the book shelves no later than June 1.

Q: Have you ever been in a horse show?
A: Yes, when I was really young. The two I remember best are when I rode in Western Pleasure and didn't come close to placing because I'd never ridden the horse before ; I was a friend's last minute replacement because she was late getting back from a lunch break!
I also showed a Quarter Horse mare named Dyna-Mite (Popcorn is sorta based on her!) in a halter class and earned a second place ribbon -- all because of Dyna, believe me!

One more thing : An AP (Associated Press) newspaper story about the Phantom and his foal will appear in newspapers across the country this weekend, but I don't know which ones!!! Just keep your eyes open for photographs of the Phantom and Rain Cloud, his "buttermilk and buckskin" son and please email me if you see it!
Happy trails,

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