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Equine Mine Archive on May 28, 2008, 6:11 am

I have been getting lots of emails from people interested in my documentary "Inside the Backside" which is about the community of people living on the backside of Portland Meadows. I think after Eight Belles death, people are googling and seeking information about horse racing and they stumble onto my trailer. I spent most of my weekend mornings in Fall of 2007 and Spring of 2008 getting to know the folks at Portland Meadows. I think the people I worked with have interesting stories to tell, so
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McIver State Park

Equine Mine Archive on May 20, 2008, 8:00 am

Maddy has been adjusting so well to the trails around our boarding facility that we decided to trailer out to McIver State Park on Sunday. She was awesome. I went with two friends from the barn. Shanna was riding little Sterling, the pony and Carrie was riding Cougar, the buckskin I almost bought:-) We did the whole loop and had an amazing time. Lots of trailers there, but we only encountered a couple groups. There is a fenced arena and hitching posts and a place to hose down afterwards. It really
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Equine Mine Archive on May 16, 2008, 8:24 am

We cantered!! I haven't cantered my horse since the day I went to see her for the first time. I have been putting it off partly from fear, partly from worry about re-injuring her healed fracture. I put the Boa boots on her for extra protection and hit the trails with two friends. We cantered all over the place. It was exhilarating. Of course after we got back to the barn, I was worried that we over did it. Then I started wondering if I would show up to the barn the next day and have a lame horse.
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Parelli in Redmond

Equine Mine Archive on May 12, 2008, 5:54 am

The Parelli USA tour was in Redmond, Oregon this weekend. I headed out and spent the weekend there. I have never been to a Parelli event and was really looking forward to finally seeing them. I turned to their program when I first got Maddy. I was leaving the barn in tears and looking for strategies to deal with her fear issues. After a couple months, we passed our Level One and the day I received her certificate and red savvy string in the mail, I saw her "hop" on the lunge line. Long story short,
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Elephant in the Room

Equine Mine Archive on May 6, 2008, 8:10 am

I have a love hate relationship with horse racing. As I sat and watched Big Brown and Eight Belles come down the stretch, I couldn't help but start to cry. To me the thunder of hooves and the sound of breathing as they round the last turn incites goosebumps. I am overcome with emotion and this sense of pride that I know and love these animals. They blaze down that homestretch, glorious athletes. I almost hold my breath as they cross the finish line. This is how I feel watching every race, the Kentucky
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Equine Mine Archive on May 3, 2008, 11:26 pm

Rest in peace Eight Belles. You were a beautiful horse and deserved much better than two broken legs and death in front of a crowd of thousands waving betting slips. Amazing athlete with a big heart.
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Kentucky Derby Cheater

Equine Mine Archive on May 2, 2008, 3:46 am

No doubt if we watch the Kentucky Derby this weekend, we will see trainer Steve Asmussen mugging for the cameras. I hate this guy. He is a trainer with a long track record of drugging horses, once convicted of giving a dose of some drug 750 times the legal limit. He was suspended for 6 months in 2006 for using Mepicicaine which numbs the pain in horses too sore to even walk. He trained "Curlin" and he wins more than any other trainer at the tracks. I wish for once the media would ask some tough
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Damn it!

Equine Mine Archive on April 30, 2008, 8:33 am

I have to swear! Maddy was kicked on her left hock. My mom was in town so we went out to see Maddy and I saw her hop. I immediately thought it was her left front which was were she fractured her coffin bone, but on closer inspection, I saw the blood running down her back leg and noticed the swelling. First the panic, then the dread, then the doctoring, and then the sleepless night. I had Dr. Barb Crabbe come out the next morning and take a look. She sedated her and probed her and said it wasn't
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Trail ride

Equine Mine Archive on April 15, 2008, 7:46 am

We finally got great weather here in Oregon. Almost 80 degrees on Saturday. I tried to organize a trail ride at the barn to no avail. Our barn is a lot of arena riders and it really is hard to convince people to ride outside despite the miles and miles of trails. I went out alone and I had to hop off and do some groundwork to get her checked in a couple times, but for the most part she did pretty well for being on her own. It wasn't the ride I dreamed about on my way to the barn, but we made it
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Saddle Dilema

Equine Mine Archive on April 12, 2008, 3:00 am

It is hard to saddle shop. There is so much to consider. I lucked out getting my dressage saddle. I managed to find it after testing about three and I was lucky to find a beautiful used one. I ended up with a Wintec Pro with Cair. Now I am looking at a new trail saddle. I have had Circle Y saddles my whole life, so I am a little partial. After talking with the folks at Double H down in Salem, I learned a lot of about the flex trees. Circle Y now has a new design called the "Flex 2." Which still
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New York City

Equine Mine Archive on April 4, 2008, 11:44 pm

My good friend Beth has moved to NYC. We stayed up Monday night until 5am talking (and drinking:-) and then I had to take her to the airport. I am sad, but know this is a great opportunity. Portland feels a little empty with her gone, but she is going to have the time of her life working for CNN. She sent me this photo today of a carriage horse. There has been a lot of talk in equine magazines about the ban of carriage horses in the city. PETA and ASPCA are behind ban bills and petitions. They claim
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Saddle Test

Equine Mine Archive on April 3, 2008, 7:56 am

I am testing out a Circle Y Park and Trail saddle. I love the saddle, but I am worried it is a little wide and sits low on her withers even though it has semi-quarter bars. If I can get down to Salem, I want to stop in at Double H and take some photos and see what they think. I am hoping for nice weather this weekend so I can hit the trails on it. I used it in my lesson today and we had the best passenger lesson yet. I went 25 minutes at the trot. I only had to correct her a handful of times to
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Clinton Anderson Clinic

Equine Mine Archive on March 31, 2008, 5:24 am

My purse was turned in at the restaurant, so I headed out to Prineville, Oregon a little later than I wanted to, but I had my ID and all my credit cards and every penny was still in my purse, so I was a happy camper. The passes up by Mt. Hood were pretty treacherous, so it was slow going. I arrived right after lunch and there were 22 clinic participants and lots of auditors. They were working on passenger lessons which basically means you pick a gait and ride on a loose rein and allow your horse
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I am an idiot

Equine Mine Archive on March 29, 2008, 6:55 am

I put my Clinton Anderson tickets in my purse so I wouldn't forget them. I had a lady set up to buy my extra tickets tomorrow morning when I reach Prineville by 9 am tomorrow morning. Then I went to dinner tonight....and left my lovely purse hanging on the chair. UUUUGGGGGHHHH! The place closed at 9. I realized at 9:15. My exciting trip is turning into a nightmare. Instead of leaving bright and early...I will be camped out at O'Brady's Drive In in Battleground tomorrow morning, calming waiting for
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Clinton Anderson

Equine Mine Archive on March 24, 2008, 3:37 am

Clinton Anderson is holding a clinic in Prineville this coming weekend. Pretty excited to go watch. My friend that was planning on going, made me buy the tickets and reserve the two rooms and now she is bailing on me. I can't tell you how many times I have been burned on buying tickets for events and then have people back out and not pay me. I knew better than to buy her tickets, but I did it anyway. She is the owner of Queenie, the draft cross I was riding and she is leaving the barn after some
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Winds of Change

Equine Mine Archive on March 19, 2008, 8:21 am

A lot of changes coming my way. My good friend Beth is leaving for a job in New York with CNN in two weeks. I have been so focused on helping her with things it is just starting to sink in that she is leaving. It makes me sad. We worked together in Spokane and then Portland. I am really going to miss her:-( I am to become an aunt in June, so have been sewing things like crazy. I feel like when I am not at the barn, I am at a fabric store. Maddy is now "rideable" so I need to get back on track with
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Equine Mine Archive on March 10, 2008, 8:10 am

I went out on the trail today! We spent about two hours out there on BLM land that ajoins Templeton Equestrian Center. It was my first trail ride since I bought her, so I was curious to see how she reacted to everything. She was awesome. I am so proud of her today. She kept it together and even marched through a puddle. She got a nice easy workout and the sun felt so good. I wish I had my camera. I got this shot with my cell phone after we got back---she donned her western wear today and really
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Oh the Mud!

Equine Mine Archive on March 9, 2008, 6:36 am

This time of year it is so hard to decide blanket or no blanket. Well, I chose no blanket and it rained. Who is that grey horse down in the pasture? Ummm, that would be Maddy. She even had mud inside her ears. I do enjoy grooming my horse, so not a big deal. I have been really busy all week. Portland Meadows, the racetrack here in town is done on Tuesday and I have been working on a documentary on the backside all year. I am glad things are coming to an end. It has been a lot of work and I am anxious
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Class Act

Equine Mine Archive on February 28, 2008, 10:47 pm

This pretty mare is Maddy's best bud. She is the lead mare and quite a character. If you head for the pasture, she comes running. She can't get enough attention from humans. She is very dramatic with her expressions and she is always thinking. Michelle has taught her how to "point" with her nose to where she wants to be scratched. It is so funny to watch this game go on between horse and human. I have watched Classy evolve into a wonderful partner for my trainer, Michelle Merkin. I just enjoyed
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Out with the Girls

Equine Mine Archive on February 26, 2008, 6:09 am

Maddy is a new horse. This week I have seen amazing progress. She is working well in the arena, she is calm outside, and two days ago she returned to her "gang." She is out with the mares again and so happy. I thought there would be some squabbling, but she walked out there and went right back to being Classy's best bud and Novi's nemesis. I quit giving her ACE last Thursday and best of all, I hopped on her today and worked on some one rein stops and lateral flexion. It felt so good to ride my horse.
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