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Equine Mine Archive on October 15, 2008, 5:39 am

I took some time out from dressage lessons this Spring to work on Maddy's foundation training. I was spending lots of money on lessons, only to struggle during the allotted time slot just to keep her straight or on the rail. I worked all summer on Clinton Anderson exercises in the arena and they really have worked wonders on my mare. I decided she was ready and I was ready to start getting some instruction again. Last Wednesday we had our first lesson and we went to work on a big circle. I have
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Trucks and Trailers

Equine Mine Archive on October 7, 2008, 5:02 am

For the first time in my life, I am almost completely debt free. The temptation to run out and buy a truck and trailer (or another horse:-) is a constant I am battling with. I see amazing deals on trucks, and a few nice trailers here and there. I have told myself, "If I save half of the purchase price, I may buy my truck." I am not looking for something fancy, just reliable. My credit union has a repo list a mile long and I have been keeping an eye out for any 3/4 ton pickups. I really want to travel
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Beach Pics!

Equine Mine Archive on September 25, 2008, 6:33 am

So this is the gang that hit the Tillamook beach last weekend. From left to right we have Carol on Max, Nora on Pantz, Kacy on Wa, Me and Maddy, and a pregnant Jeannette and Dainn. This was a first for me and Maddy. I was a little nervous about her reaction to the waves, but she was fantastic. She did roll, but that was my fault. I just kept thinking it was deep sand, and I realized too late she was going down!. We had lots and long canters along the beach and then we took the scenic route, following
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New/Old Tattoo!

Equine Mine Archive on September 23, 2008, 6:42 am

I got a "tramp stamp" about ten years ago when I lived in Spokane, Washington. Being my first tattoo, I didn't really research artists or really plan out what I was getting. I got a basic black flower with some squiggly stuff around it. I always felt it was kind of one dimensional looking and boring. I finally got the courage to go through the pain again and I had a friend of mine design something that works with what I got to make it more "pretty." So my friend Amanda at Infinity Tattoo did it
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Neighbor's Horse Shot

Equine Mine Archive on September 15, 2008, 4:57 am

This is a photo of Yukon, the 3 year old gelding that was shot to death this afternoon while he was grazing out in his pasture. The owner noticed him lying there and thought he was asleep, they went out to check on him and discovered the stunning crime. It is so tragic, but scary at the same time because it happened very close to our barn. It just makes me sick to think there are such losers out there that would do something like this. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is offering a reward and
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Happy Birthday Isolde!

Equine Mine Archive on September 11, 2008, 8:03 am

I am so excited for Esther from Ishtar News! Arwen had her baby. Little Isolde arrived this week and Esther was lucky enough to see it and get some great photos of the new arrival. For those that don't know Esther (Ishtar), she is an amazing Swedish woman doing humanitarian work in Niger. I love reading her blog. She has an amazing world view and shares so much about the places and the things that she loves. Arwen is a race horse and it looks like Isolde, got her mom's LONG legs and her lovely coloring.
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"Stuffed" Maddy

Equine Mine Archive on August 29, 2008, 7:53 am

I am heading home to visit my nephew, Weston, in Minnesota. He is almost three months old already. I made him a "stuffed" Maddy as a little gift. It turned out really cute. Of course I asked a friend who stopped over what he thought and his response was "Is that a llama?" Ugh. Have a great week everyone. I am off to enjoy a little vacation.
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Edwards' Mistress

Equine Mine Archive on August 26, 2008, 7:41 am

I have always been a big John Edwards fan, so when news of his affair surfaced, I was saddened and stunned. I was hoping he would be Attorney General someday and eventually President. So I was reading about his mistress, Rielle Hunter, and found out she used to be teenage equestrienne Lisa Druck of Ocala, Florida. Her father was James Druck, a lawyer who was implicated in the "Horse Mafia Scam." He and Tommy "the Sandman" Burns electrocuted horses for their owners to collect the insurance money.
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Theresa Demarest

Equine Mine Archive on August 19, 2008, 9:51 pm

I met this amazing woman about a year ago, Theresa Demarest. She is a singer song writer who dabbled a bit in making movies. She did a wonderful movie called "A Herd of Two," about becoming a horse owner for the first time and turning to natural horsemanship to train her young mare. I emailed her and talked about her movie and next thing you know, I am helping her with her Keiko's Dream...Keiko's Legacy movie. We are both learning from each other as we go along in this journey of film making. She
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Equine Mine Archive on August 12, 2008, 7:56 am

Today I had the pleasure of meeting Jewell from 20 Meter Circle of Life. Kaci from All Horse Stuff, invited her to Templeton to do a little trail riding this morning. Abu her athletic Arabian took a personal day today, so Jewell rode "Pantz" the lovely Appaloosa mare. This is the first blogger buddy I have met in person. We had a great ride and fun to dish about our other horse friends out in the blog world. Thanks for coming out Jewell...hope we see much more of you. Maddy did pretty well today,
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To bit or not to bit

Equine Mine Archive on August 4, 2008, 6:45 am

It's all about the gear! I go from saddle shopping to bridle shopping. I am riding and riding some more, I couldn't ask for a better summer. I have great riding partners on the trail and when working in the arena, I am seeing a lot of progress. I basically am doing Clinton Anderson drills and patterns in the arena, which entails lots of hind quarter yielding in various forms and lots of bending and flexing. She has gotten very soft and responsive to my seat and legs. I have been thinking a lot about
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Hard to Fit

Equine Mine Archive on July 7, 2008, 10:22 pm

I have been saddle shopping for some time. I tested quite a few Circle Y flex trees and they just didn't seem to work. I finally bought a Flex Curve and measured Maddy's back and sent the tracing to a saddle expert in Missouri. Apparently I have a hard to fit horse. She is very steep and narrow and I will be very limited in my saddle choices. I have been advised that a flex panel saddle is the only type of saddle that will work on her back. So I started looking and there is not a lot to choose from.
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Dead Boa Boots

Equine Mine Archive on July 2, 2008, 8:51 am

I am pretty disappointed. Clinton Anderson "endorsed" these boots, they looked cool, they were easy to put on....."sigh." It was too good to be true. It took only four rides for the Boa Boots to break, both on the same ride. As we were crossing the creek, I lost the first one and went back to look for it. I saw it bobbing in the water, the wires broken. An hour later, I see a black thing whiz off to the side of me and there went the second one. Its wires broken as well. Lucky for me, they have a
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Surprise Find

Equine Mine Archive on June 26, 2008, 8:34 am

When I went to Minnesota a couple of weeks ago, my brother took me to a little hole in the wall tack store in Sherburn. He warned me, "This guy likes to talk and is a little strange." When we pulled up, he was up on the roof and I yelled "You open?" And he smiled and said "As soon as I get down!" He let us in and began to tell us about all his treasures, a story behind every piece of tack. Some historical pieces, others just impeccably made. Racks of harnesses to old branding irons, the little Mom
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Life is Good

Equine Mine Archive on June 23, 2008, 6:34 am

Kasey and I have been hitting the trails hard. We went out Saturday and Sunday to two different parks. I had a little trouble with trailer loading on Saturday, but today, she walked right in. I think things are really progressing nicely with Maddy's trail experiences. I am just trying to build on one positive experience after the other. Kasey is willing to "school" along the way if something comes up and we both enjoy a leisurely pace with bouts of trotting and cantering on long stretches. It is
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Another good ride

Equine Mine Archive on June 15, 2008, 6:55 pm

We have a new boarderout at Templeton named Kacy. I think she likes to hit the trails as much as I do. We finally got some clear weather this weekend and we trailered up and went to McIver Park. Just a gorgeous day. We saw a woman on a Paso and asked if she knew Jerri over at Learning Horses and she did. We chatted awhile and she took this photo of us in a meadow and you can barely see Mt. Hood in the background.
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Jockey Down

Equine Mine Archive on June 14, 2008, 8:26 am

This is the race I wanted to post about previously. It was a maiden 2 year old race at Canterbury Park in Minnesota. My dad had one horse in the race, the three horse "Tricky" wearing the white bridle. When loading one horse flipped in the gates and was scratched, so the horses all stepped out and were re-loaded. When they broke, the one horse just slammed on the brakes. The jockey went straight up in the air and then hit the ground and was promptly run over by the two horse. Tricky saw it. You
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My new nephew

Equine Mine Archive on June 9, 2008, 7:06 am

My little nephew was born on June 6th. His name is Weston Asher Murray and he weighed a whopping 8 pounds. He is the first grandchild for both families so it is pretty exciting for all of us. They had to induce my sister-in-law a few days after her due date. He just didn't want to come out. Feel so lucky to have been able to go home and see my little brother fall into his role of becoming a dad. He was a natural holding the little guy. When Weston cries, he sounds like a little baby lamb. It really
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Belmont Stakes Scam

Equine Mine Archive on June 8, 2008, 5:27 am

Does anyone else out there think the whole Belmont was a scam? Watching that race from the get go looked phoney. The break was odd, the manuevering of horses seemed orchestrated throughout the race. There was even a shot in the post parade where Desormeaux was riding along with his feet out of the stirrups like he was out on a trail ride. Everything about this race seemed wrong. We watched it from Canterbury Park and for Ken to completely pull him up and out when Big Brown appeared to be ready to
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Visiting Minnesota

Equine Mine Archive on June 2, 2008, 4:59 pm

I arrived in Minnesota on Saturday and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my little nephew. The due date is today, but no sign he is coming out! I went to Canterbury Park yesterday to watch one of my dad's horses run. It was a first out for one of his two year olds. You all know how I feel about running horses at that age. The race didn't go well, but I want wait on posting about it. In the meantime, I wanted to post some photos of my uncle Jim, someone I admire and is a horseman through and through.
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