Roger Hatfield

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Wise Words

The worst thing that happens to you may be the best thing for you if you don't let it get the best of you.
~ Will Rogers

When you're bustin' out a bronco

  better get him slicker broke. You'll have to do it sometime, when it isn't any joke. When the wind begins to howl and it snaps his mane and tail, and a big dark cloud is comin' full of lightning, rain, and hail. You know if you step off him he will quickly pull away, so you try it in the saddle and you're hopin' that you stay. Now your horse goes to buckin' when you get it halfway on, then your arms and sleeves are tangled and he throws you and he's gone. Now your slicker's tore and busted and the wind has took your hat, and you see your horse and saddle go driftin' down the flat. About that time you get an idea, and you don't forget it pal, better slicker break your bronco in a mighty good corral  ~ Anonymous

To tell the age of any horse

  inspect the lower jaw of course; The six front teeth the tale will tell, and every doubt and fear dispel.

Two middle nippers you behold before the colt is two weeks old; Before eight weeks two more will come. Eight months the corners cut the gum.

The outside grooves will disappear From the middle two in just one year. In two years from the second pair In three years 'corners' too are bare.

At two the middle 'Nippers' drop At three the second pair can't stop; When four years old the third pair goes, At five a full new set he shows.

The deep black spots will pass from view At six years from the middle two; The second pair at seven years; At eight the spot each corner clears.

From middle 'Nippers' upper jaw At nine the black spots will withdraw. The second pair at ten are bright, Eleven finds the corners light.

As time goes on the horseman knows The oval teeth three sided-grows, The longer get project before till twenty, when they know no more.  ~ Unknown


Beginning around 2006 there was a housing meltdown and financial crisis. Because of the direct effect on business we moved to a lesser but more affordable piece of ground. It had become a daily struggle just to keep our 35 horses bellies full. It was an old broken down turkey farm with about 20 acres of pasture. With some new timber we shored up the caving roofs of the turkey houses and converted them into horse stalls for the better prospects to keep them groomed and looking pretty for potential buyers. The problem was nobody was buying. Many who found themselves underwater with their homes were selling off their luxury items including their horses. As I couldn't see a resolution to the financial problem coming any time soon I began to look for alternatives.

I moved into an old stock trailer lining the walls with cardboard to keep the weather out and found a clean mattress and bought a good sleeping bag. It was a good thing too, because that winter turned out as the coldest on record for that area in California, the temperature dipping to 12 degrees and staying below freezing until around noon for about 12 days. I bought a computer and an air card with the idea of learning to build websites. I set up a computer work station in the old stock trailer and enrolled in online classes at Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA. I dedicated to it and during the cold days and nights remember working that keyboard until my fingers wouldn't move anymore due to fatigue and the cold! There I acquired the basics of HTML and CSS (basic web design), and have since added advanced website development skills.

Rusti(c) Cabin

My home, classroom, and computer workstation for the spring semester of 2007 at Cabrillo College.

For the love of horses

For twenty years I had bed them down at night and woke up with them in the morning. I had come to understand them and respect their courage. Their intuitive nature bordered on the mystical, and their willingness to try so hard precipitated my admiration.

Hasta otro dia! (until another day)

It was difficult for me to leave the horses and a way of life I thoroughly enjoyed.

A Journey. Slices of life.

and the fire and floods of 2016-17

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Little boy running up the cement stairs
Emma McCrary steppin up on her horse after opening the gate
Beautiful cedar cabing in the woods
View from a distance of beautiful cedar cabin in the woods
Inside the cabin
Preparing to mount a horse as I leave for work
A quick pose for the camera on my horse leaving for work
Beautiful view of the surrounding mountains from the trail
Beautiful view of the Big Sur coastline by Bixby bridge
Ruth posing with a plate of food in her hand
Scott and Laura eating and watching the band at Phil's restaurant
Ruth trudging up the steep road to home
Stunning light streams coming through the Redwood trees
View from my place on Garrapata ridge toward the Pacific ocean
Looking toward the ocean from Garrapata Ridge a cloud of smoke appears
A wall of fire coming over and down the ridge
At night and as far as the eye can see the Big Sur coastline is on fire
The ash left aftermath of the fire. Looking at how close the fire came to our homes
What's left of a home after the fire Off of Palo Colorado Rd.
Scorched rock, a gallon jug, and an old tin pot
Garrapata Creek becomes a raging river
Road is washing out. Big ruts appearing in the road
The road turning into a mudslide
The Front of Scott and Laura's house
Long table spread with food at a restaurant with about 20 of my dearest friends sitting around it
My computer work station
Me with joy on my face


New Beginnings

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Father and son with arms around each other's shoulders posing, as Debralee takes a picture
Caleb and Debralee posing for picture in trailer.
Caleb, Debralee and her son standing in front of Debralee's mom's house
Father and son with arms around each other's shoulders as passerby takes a picture
Caleb sitting on his horse
Debralee sitting on her horse
Caleb and Debralee's brand new baby girl
Caleb holding his brand new daughter
Paisley Rose all wrapped up and sound to sleep in the cradle of a saddle
Debralee holding her brand new baby girl


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Roger Hatfield
15006 Revilla Drive
Castroville, CA. 95012

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