Mongolian Horse Race

Equine Mine Archive on June 30, 2009, 4:35 am


This article came across the wires tonight at work and just wondering what all my horse blogging friends think about it. There is a local Portland Company, Mercy Corp, known for aiding disaster victims that is getting a lot of criticism from "The Long Riders Guild" about its involvement in the 534 mile race across Mongolia. The Guild is billing the race as "the biggest, baddest equine affair on the planet." Horse and riders will be exposed to wold attacks, bubonic plague, rabies, flash floods, foul
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Canterbury Park

Equine Mine Archive on June 22, 2009, 8:03 pm


I was back in Minnesota a week ago and went to visit my father at Canterbury Park. For those who don't know, my dad trains and races horses at tracks across the Midwest. For me, visiting the track is always bitter sweet. I love the horses, the sounds, and the community that makes up the backside. On the other hand, I hate seeing horses bound to stalls unless they are working on the track or going in mindless circles on a hot walker. I hate the drugging, I hate the running of horses younger than
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Walter Zettl

Equine Mine Archive on June 17, 2009, 8:03 am


I feel so honored to have met WAZ, otherwise known as Walter Zettl, one of the world's most revered masters of classical dressage. He has joined with the Parellis to bridge the gap between natural horsemanship and dressage. For me going through the Parelli program, I went from a loose rein hackamore and then to bridle, but there wasn't a lot of teaching about contact and collection. I was studying Parelli and taking dressage and the two seemed a bit at odds sometimes. I was torn between my loose
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Parelli Celebration

Equine Mine Archive on June 13, 2009, 4:30 pm


On Wednesday, I flew to Minneapolis and then drove to Madison, WI for my four days of being a volunteer for the Parelli Celebration. On Thursday morning, I arrived at the Alliant Center to an arena filled with trucks and a lot of set up to do. We had 18 volunteers and we divided into groups and got to work. Lots of skirting of tables, setting up banners, hauling boxes, and setting up merchandise. We got things done fairly quick. We went back to our hotels a bit sore, but everyone was excited for
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Figure 8

Equine Mine Archive on June 1, 2009, 7:24 am


My boyfriend came out to the barn on Friday night and video taped me playing with Maddy. I wanted to do a run through of some stuff we have been working on so I could watch it and look for things I can improve upon. I am posting a little clip of Maddy doing some figure 8's with a little canter. In the video, she does a couple decent figure 8's, then I ask her to canter, she does so nicely, then she breaks gait and I ask her back to canter and she has a little tantrum. I am trying to figure out
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Beach Trip

Equine Mine Archive on May 31, 2009, 6:19 am


Kacy from All Horse Stuff and I took our mares to the beach over Memorial Day weekend. She has a friend that owns a beautiful beach house near Tillamook Bay on the Oregon coast. I went last year, and things went really well, she was a little amped, but she worked through things. This time, Maddy was cool as a cucumber. She settled right in and buddied up to Washashe. We had a first ride on Saturday and even with the wind, she just plugged along and had some really nice, relaxed canters on beach.
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My latest video project

Equine Mine Archive on May 16, 2009, 5:41 pm


I was hired by a local equine body worker last week for a promotional piece about his practice. His name is Jeff Moore and he works locally around Portland. The day I was with him, he worked on a horse that had flipped, a horse with a previous shoulder fracture, and a horse with a possible stifle injury. It was really fascinating to watch. For me on a limited income, body work for my horse is a bit out of reach at $135 an hour, with sessions sometimes up to 2 hours. It seemed very effective and
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Making Cavallettis

Equine Mine Archive on May 14, 2009, 8:09 am


I am working on making Cavallettis. It started with a trip to Home Depot and checking out all the "plastic." I found these 4x3 drain basins, drilled two 1 inch holes on each side.Next, I cut 3/4 inch PVC pipe into 16 inch long pieces and stuck them thru the drilled holes. I lined them up and then used electrical tape to keep the pipe in place. Just kept going around and around until the pipe was secure.I capped the ends of the pvc pipe with little caps they had at Home Depot for 13 cents a piece.
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We have moved

Equine Mine Archive on May 4, 2009, 4:45 am


A lot happened this week. Maddy and I moved over to our new barn, Lundervold Stables. It is about 4 miles down the road from Templeton Equestrian Center, so I am still close to all my old friends. The move went pretty smooth. We got off the trailer and I let her take everything in. I took her over to graze and we got visit different spots on the property and then back to her grazing spot. It was a good tactic to get her adjusted. It went smoother than I expected. I need to quit underestimating my
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Shame on the Polo Field

Equine Mine Archive on April 24, 2009, 5:43 am


21 dead horses in Wellington, Florida after a botched illegal injection of Biodyl, a French made drug that aids in exhaustion. Biodyl is not approved by the FDA for use in the US and is a banned substance. Still the polo team, Lechuza Caracas, thought they were above the law and went and hired a pharmacist to mix it for them and administer it anyway. Every press report keeps calling this a mix up in "vitamins." This was an illegal substance. No one is calling for game suspensions for this team,
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New Trailer!!

Equine Mine Archive on April 21, 2009, 9:37 pm


I am thrilled. I bought my first trailer today. Look out trails and beach and mountains...here we come! I was lucky to find such a nice one right in my area and the previous owners took such good care of it. I am really happy. It wasn't even that hard to write the check. I have been saving for awhile. For me, decisions are painful. They keep me up at night (like last night...no sleep for me)! I worry so much about making a mistake. But this trailer was immaculate, exactly what I need, and the woman
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Get to be a Parelli Volunteer!

Equine Mine Archive on April 21, 2009, 4:05 am


In June, I am heading to Madison, Wisconsin to volunteer at the Parelli Tour stop. I was notifided a couple weeks ago and just really excited to be a part of the event. The Reno stop fell on a bad weekend for me and I knew I would be in the Midwest in June, so I thought "what the heck." I gain so much motivation by going to horse events, being a bigger part of it will really inspire me. I have been getting back into my Parelli work, hoping I can pass Level 2 and 3 this year. On Thursday, I am filming
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Mud Fever

Equine Mine Archive on April 10, 2009, 5:05 am


Maddy has Mud Fever. I am mad at myself for not checking into it earlier. On Saturday, I noticed her right hind was a little swollen and there was a tough patch of skin on her leg. I brushed it and the tough patch loosened up and I went to work her and she seemed fine so I didn't think much of it. On Wednesday, I went to brush her legs and felt all sorts of lumps and scabs. I talked to my trainer...yep...she has mud fever. I was told to mix a concoction of Desitin, anti-fungal cream, and triple
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Rick Lamb

Equine Mine Archive on March 25, 2009, 9:00 pm


One of my favorite horse reads is "The Revolution in Horsemanship: and what it means to mankind." It was written by Rick Lamb, host of the "The Horse Show" on RFD-TV and Dr. Robert Miller. It is one of those great books that brings equine history together along with science to talk about the evolution in training methods. It reads very well and hard to put down. I was fortunate to meet Rick at the NW Horse Expo and was able to let him know how much I enjoyed his book. He signed autographs and Kacy
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Endurance Clinic

Equine Mine Archive on March 9, 2009, 6:09 am


Pacific Northwest Endurance Riders hosted a clinic out our barn on Saturday. It was $25 for the whole day (including lunch!). The day started by talking nutrition and electrolytes. Then a presentation by Naomi Preston on Tellington T-touch...very interesting. For those that don't know, T-Team, is circular touching and motion designed to improve performance and health. My dressage trainer, Michelle Merkin gave a demo on finding your center of balance or the "sweet spot." She had us do some partner
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Sad

Equine Mine Archive on March 6, 2009, 8:46 am


My board is going up $35 a month. April 1st, I will be paying $510 a month. It was painful at $475, but I can't justify $510. Thinking about leaving gives me a lump in my throat. I have been at Templeton since a month before it opened. A few months later, I bought Maddy. As the barn has grown and changed, we have too. Everyone there is like family to me. Many would say, "What's $35 more dollars?" When you tack on $140 for lessons, $85 every 6 weeks for shoes, supplements about $40....it all adds
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Horse Blankets

Equine Mine Archive on March 4, 2009, 3:55 am


Growing up on the racetrack, you notice a lot of horsemen have old wringer washers outside their barns. They swear by them...they are great for washing "horse stuff." I have been keeping an eye out for one and finally found one on Craigslist. I went to see it. It was owned by one lady since the 1940s....it was in perfect working order. Even the wringer rollers roll along without protest. I was almost afraid to put a dirty, stinky blanket into it, worried I would wreck this beautiful machine. But,
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Gosh..this snow!

Equine Mine Archive on February 27, 2009, 7:53 am


Snow again. Maddy was walking on "high heels" when I went out to see her today. He shoes had compacted the snow and she was about 3 inches off the ground. She is in heat and has romancing the handsome Fresian cross, Ronan. This week has been a little difficult with her attention elsewhere. We are pushing on and doing cavalettis under saddle. Wow, what a great feeling that is to get that stretch over the poles and have her continue like that through out her workout. She is starting to feel like a
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More Snow

Equine Mine Archive on February 12, 2009, 7:02 pm


On Tuesday I woke up to snow on the valley floor in Portland. If falls in the city, you know in the higher elevations they got a lot more. The roads seemed fine, so I headed to the barn. Beautiful big flakes were falling and there was a nice blanket. We switched farriers at the barn, so I really had to go. I prefer to hold her for the vet and farrier because I like to see how she does with different people. I also see what needs to be worked on. We have been plugging away on our dressage lessons
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Goodbye Cara

Equine Mine Archive on February 9, 2009, 7:37 am


Our barn manager, Cara, is moving on to greener pastures. She is heading to Idaho to help care for her sick grandfather. We are really going to miss her around the barn. She was a hard worker and great with the horses. She is a good kid with a kind heart. I liked to tease her about guys...she tends to like cowboys and flirts with the farriers and the hay man. When I went to see Clinton Anderson, I had to get a "butt" shot for her. Ahhh...to be that age again. It will be quiet around the barn without
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