The Fork in the Road...........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 13, 2011, 1:52 am

Part OneMy blog posts directly to the "notes" on my FaceBook. Exactly how long after I post to Blogger before it gets updated to FB, I don't really know. Sometimes it takes longer than others and sometimes it's downright quick.All I know is that on January 16, 2010 it was just before 11 pm when I got an email from FaceBook notifying me of a comment made on my post. This comment read,Hey MiKael read what you had to say. But dont forget 'BG' has had some health issues and family business to take care
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The New Journey..........What Next....A Little Nudge....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 12, 2011, 2:50 am

Part OneMy friends had mixed feelings about what I should do now that I knew the papers on Storm had not been transferred and I was still caught up in believing I needed BG and WF. Two of the three friends I speak with regularly thought I should immediately file for the duplicate papers. My one friend said if I applied for those duplicate papers now, the sh*t would really hit the fan.I still wanted to believe this was all some big misunderstanding. I was clinging to that need thing too like a life
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The New Journey..........My Knee Jerk Reaction and a Little Fate

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 11, 2011, 2:41 am

Part OneI know after the conclusion of the last post, you all must think that statement, "I'll see you in court." was the end of this journey but that's just not what happened. While it probably won't make sense to anyone but me, I went into "fixing" mode almost instantaneously.As those words roared from BG's lips, what I felt was immediate panic. Ruled by the belief that they were my only friends and that I needed them, I thought the only way to save myself was to smooth things out so that's what
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The New Journey..........What Is This?

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 10, 2011, 1:20 am

Part OneThe worst part of that experience at the Region 5 Championships was it reinforced those messages that I was alone and no one really liked me. All those times of BG planting seeds were taking their toll. Even though he wasn't living up to his end of our bargain, I still had this strong feeling I needed them. Not long after that championship show I found out that BG had pretty much abandoned his online journal, instead he had begun on FB and he had been secretive about it in regards to me.
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The New Journey..........Training Issues and People Issues

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 9, 2011, 1:39 am

Part OneOnce the Region 4 show was complete, the major part of the showing for BG's barn was done. There are a couple of small shows at the end of the summer they always plan to attend but there is no big push for those shows. I figured with regionals out of the way BG would now have the time needed to get back to the schedule he was supposed to be keeping with me and we could get some more young horses started. Once home for that region, BG supposedly had a rental house that had been trashed and
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The New Journey..........Showing in Region 4....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 8, 2011, 1:30 am

Part OneWhen I gave BG notice that I'd be taking the stallion home he was not happy. He reminded me he'd only been able to float that horse in the pen without charge because I was paying full care for Reflection. With Reflection going home that horse would have to go too.I let him know I was aware of that and I planned on taking both horses. To be honest, I couldn't wait to get them both out of there.At this time the focus really was now on getting Louie into the ring. WF was telling BG the horse
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The New Journey..........Then There's Breeding....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 7, 2011, 1:28 am

Keep in mind that the timing on many of these events is intermingled among posts. To help keep related issues together sometimes the time line has been sacrificed. While that may not always be obvious, you may know more things about BG now than I did when I made my decisions. If you find yourself wondering "how could she?" the answer is probably in that timeline. For instance the events in this post actually happened towards the beginning of the events that led to the last post so you've seen far
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The New Journey..........Going into Show Season....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 6, 2011, 1:13 am

Part OneBy the time horse show season arrived, the weather was better but the days working horses wasn't. My worst fears were being realized although it still wasn't obvious to me at the time. BG was doing just enough work to keep me dangling and the focus of that work was always shifting. My horses were still getting worked but it was sporadic. Days were being cancelled here, there and everywhere. Many reasons seemed to be show related, that and getting their female boxer bred. It seemed like everything
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The New Journey Begins........Subtle Changes.....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 5, 2011, 1:02 am

Part OneOnce BG and WF had the horse's papers in their possession, the plans for the Arabian stallion almost immediately began to change. The next thing I knew, WF had decided she didn't want to show the horse as a hunter. She was going to wait until he was ready to go western. Plans to take Storm to Daffodil were done. The Arabian stallion couldn't possibly be ready because the horse not only needed to go slow, he needed to be in the curb bit because of his age. There were no immediate plans for
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The New Journey Begins........A Turning Point.....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 4, 2011, 1:14 am

Part OneShow season was fast approaching and something needed to be done about Storm's registration papers if the horse was to make it into the ring. Keep in mind here I wasn't really getting to see the horse schooled. The only knowledge I had of whether the horse was ready or not to show was based on what I was told. To show in the amateur owner division for Arabian and half Arabian horses, the horse must be registered in the name of the person showing. Those rules do not allow for contract sales
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The New Journey Begins........Settling In.....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 3, 2011, 12:52 am

Part OneBesides not strictly working horses by the numbers laid out in the contract, there were other boundaries that got pretty clouded too. My time began to be unimportant. I could find myself standing around for long periods of time waiting on BG. BG working 4 or 5 of my horses could take all day. That day could sometimes run from 8 am to 8 pm because BG was now fitting in those horses of his he had to work. Even though in the beginning, he'd made my horses the priority and finished up his after
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The New Journey Begins........A New Year Starts.....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 2, 2011, 1:24 am

Part OneAfter the first of the year, there was more of the same with the weather in the form of ice and snow. Flooding also played into disrupting training plans. With all those issues working horses was still intermittent and stayed that way on through into the spring. In January, I was back to working horses after my surgery although not back in the saddle until mid month. BG was working horses too after his fall though he didn't ride either for a while . Even though I couldn't ride at first,
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Stylish Blogger...............Who?.......Me????

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 1, 2011, 12:54 pm

Before anyone else gives me the Stylish Blogger Award I must confess, I have been holding out. I've received this award at least fives times now (if I missed anyone I so apologize). I'm thinking I better get something up telling people I have before it comes calling again.It's not that I'm not thrilled to receive it, I most certainly am. It's been a while since awards have been making their way around the horse bloposphere. I think they're a great way to get like minded people introduced AND I know
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The New Journey Begins........More Talk and A Little Shift....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 1, 2011, 1:20 am

Part OneMaybe a month after we made the deal to trade the Arabian horse for training, BG told me there was an inquiry for a young western horse. That grew from an inquiry for one horse into an inquiry for two. The buyer was the sister of a woman with a horse that had been misused by a BNT. According to BG this woman was sending that problem horse to BG after Scottsdale 2009 to work out his issues. She was going to pay an entire years' board and training, along with extra money for incidentals like
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The New Journey Begins............

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 31, 2011, 1:13 am

Part OneNot long after the details of the contract were decided, I announced the sale of Storm on my blog. I also posted a series about Storm's history with me. Foaling Season 2002...........a scandalous storm I was thinking there would be lots to post about this horse in the future. It would be good to get my readers "properly" introduced him in preparation. Who knew it would be nearly two years with little mention of the horse in between before his story would come to the forefront again. If
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The Journey Takes a Turn..........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 30, 2011, 1:07 am

Part OneWARNING!!OK! Take a deep breath! Hold tight to your coffee, I wouldn't want anyone to spill something and wreck their computers over this! And please don't let your jaws dropping do any serious damage to you or your surroundings! There's just no way to ease into this so here goes..........In mid October of 2008, I offered the horse, Scandalous Storm, to BG and WF (who up to this point I believed was BG's wife according to what BG had said) in trade for the training of my young horses that
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Another Journey Begins - a Little Bait.........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 29, 2011, 1:32 am

Part OneWhile I did bring a full trailer load of horses on that first day, BG only worked with one horse and that was Tag. By the time BG was done with that first session, we were all exhausted for the day so the other two horses just got the experience of riding and standing in the trailer. Since none of these horses had been off our farm before that was still not bad for one day's work. That first encounter with Tag was at the end of September. Later the following week, BG worked with Louie as
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Another Journey Begins - Offers... Me and BG

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 28, 2011, 1:34 am

Part OneNot too long after I began schooling Storm, Dandy and Legs at the facility of BG and WF, there was some sort of disruption between a couple of his clients. The end result was that a walk trot rider who had been working all year towards her first horse show in Oct was now horseless. Not wanting to see the child disappointed I volunteered Dandy as a replacement. I figured if my GD took the horse to the show to exhibit in hunter pleasure, he'd be at the show for the little girl to show too.
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Another Journey Begins - Some Grooming............

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 27, 2011, 1:31 am

Part OneAt this point in time my situation with the horses was feeling pretty overwhelming. With some of the life things that happened a goodly amount of time had passed with my focus pushed to other things besides training horses. Because of that I ended up with a number of young horses that were not started that needed to be AND really more horses than I had planned on having in the first place. My big fall from Reflection made it so I didn't really feel safe anymore trying to start these youngsters
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Another Journey Begins - More Ripples............

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 26, 2011, 1:26 am

Part OneI must admit when I'd thought about Goldie for my GD, I really hadn't thought about the fact she could end up in this barn or how having her in there might affect me working there or my working relationship with BG. All I'd thought about was getting MD and GD a quality horse that they could afford. It looked to me like a horse with issues was the most likely possibility of doing such a thing. If I hadn't thought GD could handle such a horse I never would have suggested it. That was my only
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