Trailer...yes or no?

Equine Mine Archive on February 4, 2009, 9:58 pm

I have been trailer shopping for a few months. By that I mean I cruise through Craigslist and Dreamhorse looking for deals or dreaming about owning certain ones. I found one this week that is just across the river in my price range ($4,000 or less:-). It is a two horse slant Triton with a tack room. I have an appointment tomorrow to go check it out. I have heard the arguments for both straight and slant, and I really haven't formulated my own opinion yet. I was just looking for a trailer that seems
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What did I miss?

Equine Mine Archive on January 19, 2009, 12:38 am

Just a shot of Maddy running out to meet her buds after a good workout in the arena. Probably anxious to hear about all the things she missed during that hour and half. Classy found a patch of really good grass. Kayla rolled a bit and Basha can't take her eyes of that lovely black gelding across the way.
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Deep thoughts....

Equine Mine Archive on January 11, 2009, 2:27 am

The film, Michael Clayton, came out last year starring George Clooney. It was a legal thriller full of corruption which at times leaves you with a sense of hopelessness for humanity. For those who have seen the film, you can probably guess where I am going. There is a short scene at the beginning and again at the end of the movie involving three horses. Mr. Clooney is in deep and his life is a mess. He is driving through the countryside when his GPS malfunctions. He pulls over and sees three horses
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Never too young

Equine Mine Archive on January 10, 2009, 5:17 am

This is my little nephew, Weston. I opened my email this morning and found these two photos from my sister-in-law. Seeing him sitting in a saddle with that big grin made my day. It is hard to live 5 states worry you are missing so much. But to see Weston that happy in the saddle, I know I already have had "some" influence in his life:-) I didn't know cinch straps could be so "tasty."
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Before and After

Equine Mine Archive on December 30, 2008, 4:09 am

I found a riding program about five years ago in Ridgefield, Washington. It was a very inexpensive way to get back into horses after taking a LONG hiatus. Helen, the woman in charge, had five horses available to ride according to your experience. I rode this wonderful sorrel mare, Honey. Honey was amazing...loved her to pieces..still have pictures of us all over my fridge. She also had a old retired roping horse named "Blue," that you could put anyone on. He always took care of his rider. He was
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Making the news..

Equine Mine Archive on December 27, 2008, 4:35 am

It took me a week longer than planned to get back to Portland, Oregon due to the weather. Flight cancellations and then the back log of travellers prevented me from getting back. I arrived today and heard that our barn made the news. They were snowbound and battled power outages and lack of hands to help with the battered fences and frozen buckets. I appreciate my boarding place more than ever. They turned the horses out every day to play in the arena and worked round the clock to keep them fed
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Right Place, Right Time

Equine Mine Archive on December 23, 2008, 9:37 pm

I decided to drive a different way home today, not really sure why. As traffic slowed in front of me, I really began to wonder why I chose this route. Then, a whirl of brown flashed by my window...and then another. Three little ponies and two horses had escaped their confines and were running alongside the ditch, dangerously close to the highway. I pulled over and so did another lady. We both ran and waved them back to the ditch, anything to keep them from the road. It was cold, but as we stood
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Sad news...Stable Fire

Equine Mine Archive on December 12, 2008, 7:59 am

I was working tonight at my ABC station in Portland and saw this come down from Seattle. PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. -- Fifteen horses have died in a fire that broke out at a stable near Parkland on Thursday night.Officials said a 2-alarm fire broke out at Eckstein Stables, LLC in the 13100 block of Bingham Avenue East just before 7 p.m., causing a part of the structure to collapse.No one was injured aside from the killed horses which were being boarded there.The owner of the stable said as soon as a heat
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Happy Birthday Jerri!

Equine Mine Archive on December 9, 2008, 8:31 am

My good friend Jerri over at Learning Horses had a birthday on Friday. We celebrated with a barn dance down at her place in Junction City. She is the lovely lady in the middle. I give Jerri all the credit (and blame:-) for getting me back into the horse world. I stepped away after college, throwing myself into work and moving around the country. About 6 years ago, I realized there was something missing...horses! Knowing I couldn't afford one, I looked for opportunities on Craigslist to ride and
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Branding at the Rockin Maddy Ranch

Equine Mine Archive on December 4, 2008, 4:46 am

Maddy has a freeze brand on her left front shoulder. It is a small, white heart. I think it is cute and gives her character. It reminds me of where she is from and when I see the "Hart" brand, I know the horses are members of Maddy's family. Today, Laura, the woman I bought her from, sent me some photos of the freeze brand process. They usually use liquid nitrogen, but this time they used dry ice and had lots of success. A freeze brand kills the pigment in the cells and the hair grows back white.
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A compliment

Equine Mine Archive on November 23, 2008, 7:04 am

The coolest thing has been happening when I go to get Maddy out of the pasture. I go down to where ever she is and I stop a few feet from her. She walks up to me, I give her a scratch and turn and start walking up to the gate and she follows. Today she walked next to me and then trotted up to the gate and waited for me to catch up. It was really one of the best compliments your horse could give you. "It is about time you showed up, I want to go ride."
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Parelli Clinic

Equine Mine Archive on November 17, 2008, 6:06 pm

I audited a Level 2 Advanced Parelli clinic this weekend up at Kozy Manor in Ridgefield, Washington. I would like to get back on track with my Parelli work. As some of you know, the day I received my Level One certificate, I first noticed Maddy "hop" on the lunge line. X-rays revealed that she had fractured her coffin bone and things and life got put on hold for awhile. The Parellis are changing their teaching format from levels to patterns in on-line, finesse, liberty and freestyle. By going to
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New Boarders

Equine Mine Archive on November 12, 2008, 7:38 am

The rain has begun, the mud is here, the blankets are on and still we are squeezing the last bit of summer out of every day. If there is even a chance of decent weather, Maddy and I are hitting the trails. I know I need to be working on some drills in the arena, but the allure of the changing leaves and the crisp air is too much to resist. We have some new boarders, Karen and Sonja. I hooked up with them this weekend, to show them a few trail options. Sonja is 15 and should be very proud of herself.
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Pasture Burns

Equine Mine Archive on November 8, 2008, 3:46 am

Maddy was raised in Southern California at the Hart Ranch. I got a message today along with some photos of the 2000 acres that burned down there and the rescue efforts to round up the the Hart horses. Here is the email Laura sent me....Good Morning..... I just got back from Southern California where I helped my folks gather some horses..... we had a 2000 acre pasture leased at Camp Pendelton and it burned to a crisp..... it takes time to ride and find all the horses, as they split into their own
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Equine Mine Archive on November 3, 2008, 7:53 am

Kacy over at All Horse Stuff tagged me with a good game. *First you grab the book closest to you*Turn to page 56 and go to the fifth sentence on that page.*Share the next couple lines with us.I just finished "A long way gone" by Ishmael Beah. It is memoirs of a boy soldier in Sierra Leone. It is a pretty good read.Here are the lines from page 56."Everyone ran when they heard of the "seven boys" on there way here. I couldn't run at all. So they left me behind. No one was willing to carry me and I
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Half Trace

Equine Mine Archive on November 2, 2008, 6:48 pm

Maddy just finished her half trace clip in this picture and realized there was a bag of apples just around the corner. Being a pig trapped in a horse's body, she couldn't resist sneaking around to try to nab them while I was trying to take a picture of her pretty new hairdo. I decided to do just half a trace and see how she does with that before taking so much hair off. Just this past week, the rains have started and the temperature is dipping down at night. The bag of apples was their Halloween
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Trace Clip

Equine Mine Archive on October 31, 2008, 6:40 am

Off to do a trace clip tomorrow on Maddy. She has a pretty good winter coat coming in...the problem, it is still warm out and she is working 4 days a week. She has been getting pretty sweaty, so it is time to get out the clippers. Most of the horses at the barn already have them...I am a bit behind. Maddy is great with the clippers...just hope I have a steady hand.
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HyTyme Equine Rescue

Equine Mine Archive on October 27, 2008, 3:46 am

I decided to spend my 36th birthday volunteering out at HyTyme Equine Rescue in Eagle Creek, Oregon. Unfortunately, the facility is dealing with an outbreak of Pigeon Fever, so some of the horses were in quarantine. The owner of the place, Jim Elliott, invited me out anyway to get a tour and meet his beloved Drum Horses on the other side of the facility. The Drum Horse looks similar to the Gypsy Vanner, lots of mane and lots of feathers. They were used in England to carry the big kettle drums of
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Equine Mine Archive on October 21, 2008, 4:09 am

Thirty six years ago today, I came into the world. My dad loves to tell everyone that when he went to the nursery to see me for the first time, I stuck my tongue out. That set the tone for my childhood. My mom told me that I had to face outward when I was being held because I had to see what was going on. I sat on horses before I could walk. I have old 8mm film of me in a pink snowsuit, sitting on "Kippy." What would Fugly say?:-) I bought my first pony for $ from my piggy bank. Her name
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Workin Hard

Equine Mine Archive on October 19, 2008, 6:46 am

Just a shot of Maddy as we rode on the trails this past week. We had perfect Fall weather, so it was a great opportunity to get out there and enjoy it while it lasts. A story about this photo...when I was at the beach a couple weeks ago and Maddy rolled...well she rolled right on this camera. I sent it in too be repaired but it came back to me with the LCD screen not working. I wasn't sure if it was taking pictures, but snapped a few just to test it. I put the memory card in the computer and I was
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