Donate Your Car to Help Animal Shelters

smellshorsey Archive on March 7, 2011, 9:34 pm


It's been a long time since I've posted anything on this or any other blog. Today I got an opportunity to write a post that will help animal shelters, so in memory of my dog, Parker (pictured), I decided it was time to break my silence and write about SPCA car donation. Somebody, somewhere has probably come up with a statistic for the percentage of horse people who also own dogs. Based on the horse people I know, it's probably close to 100 percent, with many people owning more than one
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The Good Samaritan: The Story

smellshorsey Archive on December 30, 2009, 12:22 pm


Bad things happen. We were at the November Pony Club meeting at Hunter Trial Hill in Camden. It was a beautiful, wonderful day. The morning was spent at the Pony Races at the Steeplechase Museum (I should have blogged about that very entertaining event and might yet, but the bad thing that followed took away my impulse to write about that day). The afternoon was a regular Pony Club meeting on Hunter Trial Hill, that sacred, inviting place for jumping that's used only one day per year. I competed
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Do It Yourself Medical Armband

smellshorsey Archive on December 14, 2009, 7:38 pm


 I haven't been posting in a while because I've been looking for stuff we've lost, most recently, our USEA Medical Armbands. Lily was all set to go to a horse trials last Saturday and even though I had nagged, yes nagged, her for two weeks about did she know where everything was, she admitted on Friday night that no, she didn't know where her required medical armband was. The one you can't ride without.For readers who aren't eventers, medical arm bands are cheapo plastic
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Why We Were Having a Problem Loading Our Horse

smellshorsey Archive on October 21, 2009, 9:48 pm


I don't know why any horses get on trailers. I wouldn't. They must really trust us.Lily's new horse, Markus, has never, ever gotten on our trailer on the first try. At first we cut him some slack. We have a step-in, slant-load trailer (very open, so it's well lit), and his former owner had a ramp-load trailer. We figured he wasn't used to a step-in and  it would just take some time. Soon he'd be hopping in, like Buddy.But no. Time didn't help. Markus was never
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Be Careful How You Tie Your Horse

smellshorsey Archive on July 29, 2009, 4:32 pm


  You don't have to fall off a horse to get hurt. A girl on the University of South Carolina Equestrian Team (pictured jumping grey horse) is in critical condition after the horse she was grooming spooked, pulling loose the rail he was tied to. The rail hit Victoria Middleton in the face and knocked her to the ground, where she hit her head on concrete. You can read the story here. She is now able to track visitors with her eyes and they may take her breathing tube out tomorrow. So sad
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What Should Really be Tattooed on a Horse's Lip

smellshorsey Archive on July 19, 2009, 11:54 pm


It's hot, we have horseflies as big as horses and the barn fans got struck by lightning and I haven't fixed them, or the dog's invisible fence, which was on the same circuit. Poor Markus, our lovely new horse, thinks he has been sold down river. (Photo from Pony Club camp.)Seems like everything we do to take care of him backfires. I got him way expensive gel galloping boots to protect his beautiful, precious legs. At Pony Club camp we used them for the first time. He tried to outrun
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You Can Catch Poison Ivy from Your Horse

smellshorsey Archive on June 23, 2009, 11:34 pm


Who can resist this face, which says, "Pat me! Pat me!" Yes, It's hard to keep hands off of such a cute pony. But if you could read the sign, which you probably can't since I can't either, it said something along the lines of "Do NOT touch this horse. Poison Ivy!"I thought maybe that was the pony's name. There's probably a pony somewhere appropriately named "Poison Ivy." Maybe the pony bites. Lures you in with a cute face, then CHOMP.Or maybe the
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Back from Carolina's Region Pony Club Camp

smellshorsey Archive on June 22, 2009, 11:36 pm


We're back from five days in Tryon, N.C. at the Pony Club Carolina's Region summer camp. I love this photo, which I took on the cross-country course at FENCE. I don't know this girl but her horse was green and he jumped off of the bank jump like a happy five-year-old child who'd just discovered jumping off the side of the swimming pool. I love how he seems to be flying through the air with the mountains in the background.Lily was also in this group of five girls and horses. It was
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Getting Ready for Pony Club Camp

smellshorsey Archive on June 8, 2009, 1:08 am


School ended Friday. We're getting ready for Pony Club camp, which is in less than two weeks. I don't know what I'm getting myself into but since the materials state "this is not the kind of camp where you drop off your child and leave," I'm staying. And since I'm staying I'm bringing my horse as well as Lily's new horse. I'm actually excited, especially since we decided to stay in a hotel instead of a stall. Or a tent. I really couldn't be civil if
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One Trendy Style Horse People Can't Wear

smellshorsey Archive on June 3, 2009, 4:55 pm


It's hard to be a horse person and to dress stylishly. For one thing, all the money for style goes to buy horse blankets to replace the ones that the horse thoughtlessly and gleefully shredded. And then there's the horse food. And the riding lessons. There's also little reason to spend good money on any clothes that don't look good covered in green slobber. Or clothes that can't stand up to a good bleaching.But then there's another obstacle for horse people who want to dress
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Am I the Only One Who's Never Heard of a "Numnah"?

smellshorsey Archive on May 28, 2009, 10:41 am


We don't normally watch the National Spelling Bee, but we caught a few minutes of it last night and I'm glad to say we caught this very, very funny moment when one boy was asked to spell "numnah," which is a pad used between the saddle and the horse. I have never heard of a numnah, but after watching this, I won't forget it. (We use a variety of pads, but no numnahs.)Watch this video -- precious!
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Beware of Scams When Selling Your Horse

smellshorsey Archive on May 27, 2009, 12:12 pm


If you haven't already invested in that Nigerian scheme guaranteed to make you lots of money, you might want to be aware of the various scams afoot where somehow, instead of selling your horse, you end up getting scammed out of your money.I got a breathless offer by e-mail from a potential buyer who really wanted Buddy and needed to buy him right away. Unlike the other breathless offers, which were mostly from teenaged girls without a shift key on their computers, this one was from a guy named
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Redneck Fence Repair in Tajikistan

smellshorsey Archive on May 20, 2009, 8:44 pm


I sent the photo of my neighbor's Redneck Fence Repair to a friend who lives in Tajikistan. She one-upped me with this photo of how the Tajiks take recycling to a new level (does this make them rednecks?) I guess if you take your truck apart, it goes further for fencing. Wonder what kind of creature gets to live in this not very inviting pasture?
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Redneck Fence Repair

smellshorsey Archive on May 20, 2009, 10:17 am


As you have read in my series on "That Horse Isn't Loose, He's Grazing," I have a neighbor whose horses escape regularly. It started out with him letting the horses loose to graze in his yard. Now the horses have decided that they want out when they want out. His fence has had missing boards and gaps for months, but now he's decided to fix them. I almost wrecked the car when I saw this. What you can't see in the photo (because the truck is blocking it) is a section of fence
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That Horse Isn't Loose, He's Just Grazing Part III

smellshorsey Archive on May 19, 2009, 10:35 am


This is the third (and I hope final) part of a series about people who let their horses loose and call it "grazing." I call it "Loose Horse!" Click for Part I and Part II.Sometimes I see things that aren't there when I go to feed the horses in the morning. Like no horses at all (they're behind the barn) or three horses where there ought to be two. But no, on this particular early Sunday morning there were actually three horses out there. Two inside my fence, one outside.
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That Horse Isn't Loose, He's Just Grazing Part II

smellshorsey Archive on May 18, 2009, 6:01 pm


Maybe I'm unusual, but I think a horse belongs either tied up to a trailer or safe inside a fence.This is Part II to a series I'm calling, "That Horse Isn't Loose, He's Just Grazing." You'll find Part I here under the title "some people are even stupider than me."Okay, I'll admit it. One day I did turn Lucy out in the back yard -- under my supervision -- because I didn't think she'd go anywhere with Buddy screaming for her from the pasture and
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More on the Mouse Mystery

smellshorsey Archive on May 17, 2009, 9:12 pm


Okay, so I had one dead mouse with two holes in him on my tackroom floor. Then I found another dead mouse, this one obviously fell in a Rubbermaid tub, couldn't get out and died. And then there was the shredded horse blanket, the chewed open bag of feed and the strange piles of things I didn't put in strange piles.I went back to the pound to get the aggressive cat, and the pound was out of cats! They were down to two because it turns out the Charleston pound had a waiting list of 400 people
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How to Keep Your Horse's Hooves from Getting Dirty

smellshorsey Archive on May 16, 2009, 12:43 pm


Don't let them touch the ground. (I got a faster camera for my birthday and I'm having a wonderful time learning how to take pictures of Lily and her new horse, Markus. Here they are at their most recent lesson.)
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How to Sell a Horse

smellshorsey Archive on May 15, 2009, 4:43 pm


The first thing you have to do, if you want to sell a horse, is convince your daughter that she'd have more fun with a different horse. This may take months and will involve many tears. During this time give her many opportunities to ride other horses and have fun on them.Yes, it's true that no other horses is as wonderful as the current horse (in this case, Buddy, who is truly wonderful as long as you don't want to jump). Nobody has as much personality or is as friendly (also true,
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When Winning Isn't Everything

smellshorsey Archive on May 11, 2009, 4:58 pm


Winning is never everything, but sometimes winning can be an embarrassment. We have this new horse, Markus (left), who has done a great many things, from racing to eventing at the preliminary level. And also at the beginner novice level and novice level with his previous owner. When I checked online, I saw that they had won one event at the beginner novice level, and been eliminated at other events on the cross country phase. Oops!We know what he can do. We don't know yet what he can't
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