There’s Harmony in Hoofbeats

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on September 7, 2010, 1:03 pm


by Sabino Mesteno After 50 years of dreaming about and drawing horses, I have finally achieved my dreams. I get to draw, paint, sculpt horses. I have ponies! They are my inspiration and it just came naturally to portray them and their adventures in a cartoon. So it is more than just a Summer of Horse Dreams, this “Summer” will last forever… On the gallery submission form for our Summer of Horse Dreams Roundup, we ask contributors to answer the question “Tell us how this
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Summer of Horse Dreams Roundup

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on September 4, 2010, 4:09 pm


Climb in the saddle and get seated for the Summer of Horse Dreams Round-Up! Let’s share our summer experience connecting with horses and horse people in the real world and participating in one or more of the Summer of Horse Dreams Challenges hosted by our very own Julia and Madelaina! Submissions are now open (earlier than expected!) for: Non-fiction blogs and poetry about your horse adventures over the summer. Non-fiction blogs about what you did to complete one or more of the tasks from
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Challenge Three: Stand up for Mustangs

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on August 14, 2010, 2:25 pm


by Madelaina, age 14 Hi girls! Start tacking up for the Summer of Horse Dreams Round-Up by taking on one last challenge! As you all may be aware of, the American wild horses are currently being driven off of their land and rounded up in holding facilities. For this last challenge, we want YOU to connect with the mustang world and take a stand. To complete this challenge, you must do one or both of the following: Hold a fundraiser for a horse rescue organisation or sanctuary (this will benefit
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Horse Savvy with the Sage

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on August 8, 2010, 2:52 pm


by HorseFeathers, age 17 My first real riding instruction was given to me by my good friend Ms. Grant. She has been my inspiration to English riding and to the world of dressage. I enjoy her lessons and learning from her. She will never know how much her instruction means to me. I prepared a short interview with her and I would like to share her answers with you all. 1. How many years have you been riding and when/how did you first get into the equine business? I got my first horse, Ginger, in
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We All Have Our Own Point of View

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on August 8, 2010, 2:51 pm


by Martha Lee Halstead, age 13 My interviewee is my riding teacher, Olana. Her family is trying to re-create the Spanish Iberian Barb on their horse/cattle ranch. In addition to instructing people how to ride, she has trained her own horses, and has been riding ever since she was able to walk. 1. What is your opinion on the Mustang population? My opinion is that it’s too large and overpopulated and that they should be reduced in number whether that means humanely killing them, or slaughtering
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Interviewing Russ About Cow Horses

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on August 8, 2010, 1:59 pm


by catscowgirl, age 15 Hello! We’re interviewing Russ. He was a saddle bronc rider who has worked in feedlots and cow calf operations, trained cow horses, and is now breeding top quality quarter horses. 1. How old were you when you started working with cow horses? About eighteen. I rode horses before then, but not cow horses. 2. What are some of the things that cow horses have to do? Roping, cutting, herding and knowledge about cows is important with cow horses. 3. How do you train a cow
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Challenge Two: Be the Journalist

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on July 24, 2010, 1:00 am


by Julia, age 16 Hello again everyone! Can I get a drum roll before introducing your next challenge? For this challenge, you’ll need to be curious, be smart, be creative and be you! We’re asking you to interview someone related to the horse world and write up an interview. It actually isn’t as easy as it sounds, because this time we’re challenging you to take a journalistic approach — focusing on fact rather than opinion. Here are some guidelines: Only one interview per person.
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Summer of Horse Dreams: Vision Boards

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on July 14, 2010, 1:08 pm


Here are two of the vision boards created by GHCers for Challenge One of our Summer of Horse Dreams. Special THANKS to DianaLUV for sharing her vision! Vision Board by DianaLUV Vision Board by LeadMare NOTE: If you submitted a vision board and don’t see it here, it’s because your image was not uploaded correctly. Please use the email link at the bottom of the page to inquire about resending. More to read...Realizing Your Horse Dreams: How to Get Started Blogfest #2: Realizing Horse
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Challenge One: Vision Board

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on July 6, 2010, 1:09 pm


by Julia, age 16 For your first Summer of Horse Dreams challenge, you will be designing a poster/vision board that features the following: A horse. Looking through local newspaper ads or online resources, find a horse that is currently for sale or up for adoption. Print out/scan/draw that horse and place it on the center of your board along with the price (and any other captions you want). Everything you need for your horse. Again, by either searching magazines and newspapers or browsing online,
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Are You Up for a Challenge?

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on June 27, 2010, 2:31 am


by Julia, age 15 Hey Girls Horse Club! How’s your Summer of Horse Dreams been so far? Mine has had its ups and downs — but most of all it is filled with a lot of horses. I wish I could give some of my incredibly good fortune to all of you so everyone could ride and work with the animals we all love so much, but unfortunately I can’t do that. I would love for each and every one of you, especially those of you who rarely have horses in their lives, to delve a little deeper into the equestrienne
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Summer of Horse Dreams

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on June 6, 2010, 2:59 pm


Tap-tap. Testing one, two, three. Is this thing on? Oh, hello GHCers! I hope you’re having a bright, beautiful spring in your little corner of the world. Here in Northern California, the rain persisted through most of the season. While that wasn’t ideal for getting out on the trails, it did keep the grass growing and the wildflowers blooming, and that made the horses happy. Now here we are on the cusp of summer, and some of you have emailed or posted on the GHC Facebook asking about
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Keep Marching!

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on March 31, 2010, 12:00 pm


THANK YOU to everyone who came out to March for Wild Horses. We read dozens of inspired contributions to our blog, and the gallery artwork was stunning. Your collective, creative voice made a powerful statement: We have an unwavering passion for wild horses, and we’re determined to assure they’re protected and preserved for horse girls and boys of the future. I addition to all the great GHC creations shared throughout the month, we were very lucky to learn about and interact with TJ
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Still Memories

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on March 31, 2010, 9:00 am


Written and Illustrated by Madelaina, age 14 The quiet was almost as deafening as the rage of hooves that spoke for unheard terror. Even the mere dust, sleeping, moaned with its lifeless tints of the nightmares, chaotic. They lay where they had settled when mustangs and air became one to glow together in the sun. But then, even the heavenly gold clouds of winged earth were black and white, deaf and blind. The wild horses, they were being chased away to the last thoughts which would cross our mind
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Outcast!

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on March 30, 2010, 9:00 am


by Violet Inkpen, age 13 Prologue | Chapters: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 Prologue A lone figure in the dark stood on top of a gentle slope, its eyes cast far over the horizon. The sadness came again with a pang of loneliness. Ah, how simple life was so long ago when he was a foal! The figure sighed and looked at the sky. It was a dark shade of pink and orange, the last fading lights began to turn from orange to purple and soon the world would be dark. The figure slowly lowered its head and walked towards
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Run

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on March 29, 2010, 9:00 am


by HorseFeathers, age 17 Run, keep running my young one Or the great sky bird will catch you Follow me And I will keep you from harm’s way I know you are tired, as am I But we must keep going or face death No… no you mustn’t stop! Get up my child danger is behind the herd You must try Very well, you may rest I will stand over you No beast can separate us Do not worry I am here * * * Image: BLM Photo Library More to read...Safety The Mustang Running Free
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The Mustang

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on March 28, 2010, 9:00 am


by IllinoisCowgirl, age 9 We are swift and strong Free and majestic Our manes and tails blow in the wind Our hearts are wild We roam in herds Our lead stallion protects us from danger We fight for grazing lands People want to take us away from our homes To lock us in cages We live in the rolling hills of the Old West We frolic and gallop on the open range We our free from cages Free from fences and barns We leap with the antelope And soar with the eagle We are the Mustang Image: BLM Photo Library More
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Int*l Horse: Sanuye

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on March 27, 2010, 9:05 am


by Madelaina, age 14 Chapters: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | Epilogue Chapter 1 When I was younger, I remembered sitting on the green-tan Nevada hills, listening to my dad dictate the beauty of the landscape with his admiring voice and that adventurous glint in his eyes that nothing else can lure out. The highlight of these quiet moments, when we locked ourselves away from the world, was the sight of a mustang band in the distance. We’d listen to the creek giggling not too far
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Int*l Horse: Summer of the White Stallion

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on March 27, 2010, 9:00 am


by Autumn Thompson, age 14 Chloe Stewart sat at the kitchen table, painting her nails hot pearl pink. She admired the sparkle it gave out as the sun shone through the window and sighed happily. It was finally June, and she could hardly wait for summer vacation to begin. Three whole months of hanging out at the pool with her friends, going to the movie theater to see the latest summer flicks, and shopping in the ritzy New York city stores—this was going to be the best summer ever, especially
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Int*l Horse: The Lady of Shilot

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on March 27, 2010, 9:00 am


by Jonannah, age 14 Parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | Epilogue Part 1 The Nevada sun beat down on Leigh’s back. It was a super hot day and she thought she must be crazy to take this hike. But the words still rang through her ears. “Have you ever seen a wild horse?” Her cousin, Christy, had asked her. Leigh had just smiled and shrugged, “No, never.” Leigh was visiting her uncle’s family in Nevada. She was from Minnesota and had never seen a wild horse. “Oh, Leigh!
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Never Ending

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on March 26, 2010, 8:55 am


by horsesincorporated, age 12 Be strong horse of the west Your spirit is never ending Blade nor spade can kill your spirit No, not even the best Let the wind blow And horse haters know Your spirit is never ending Never treated fair in rights That soon shall be no more The saddle of justice The cinch pulled tight The fierce rain and wind The cowgirl’s night Be strong horse of the west Your spirit is never ending * * * Image Source: BLM Photo Library More to read...Wild, Day and Night Symbols
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