Daffodil All Arabian Spring Horse Show.......... Hat Retrieval 101.......

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on May 11, 2011, 12:42 am

Part 1As soon as the realization dawned that I wasn't wearing my cowboy hat, momentary panic set in. The class in the ring was a hunter pleasure class and the one following mine was a country pleasure class. There were no western pleasure horses in sight except for those in my class and the rule clearly reads a cowboy hat is required in western pleasure. I don't know what the penalty would be for inappropriate attire now did I want to find out. I sure didn't want to be making any fashion statements
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Chapter 1. Reflections From A Brit After 10 Years Living In The New World

MidWestHorse Archive on May 10, 2011, 1:18 pm

One of the most common questions I am asked after people hear my British accent is "was it a big change to move to the United States"Well after 10 years and a couple of trips back to England, I thought now would be a good time to write down my perceptions and changes to my life. The first thing to remember and possibly the most important in how my life has changed is by all accounts I was a city boy in England and here we live amongst farmers, crops and wildlife, so these changes reflect city to
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The Mare

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on May 10, 2011, 1:00 pm

Story by HorseWings, age 15 | Illustration by Tasha, age 16 They were there again. Seya could hear the gentle plodding of hoof beats and the quiet nickers of the small herd as they got closer to her tent. She listened to them until she just couldn’t stand it anymore and needed to see them; then she slowly worked open the bottom part of the zipper that held her tent flaps together. Slowly, she peeked out and looked over a scene that appeared to have come straight out of a dream. Twelve horses of
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Daffodil Spring Arabian Horse Show...... Ready for the Open.......or Not!

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on May 10, 2011, 12:48 am

Part 1The western pleasure open class was scheduled almost at the end of the afternoon session. Even though the lunch break had been only a half hour, I thought I had enough time to let my horse relax before we'd need to be ready to show. So when we got back to the stalls, I untacked my horse and let him nap until it was time to get ready. The only problem with that was the classes ran quicker than I'd expected. You'd think with as long as I've been showing I'd have a method that worked for me all
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Dressage Mom Archive on May 9, 2011, 12:09 am

Many people get butterflies when they are about to compete in a show. I don't get nervous, but I get the "really excited" kind of butterflies. Today I wasn't at a show but I got really excited. The instructions from Dr. Chiro were that I was to warm Kaswyn up before I started the stretching exercises. So I lunged Kaswyn instead of riding him so that I could see him move. He was totally sound and even at the trot going to the left. He looked as good as he did after those neuroma injections last year.
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A Little Humor for Mothers Day.

Bey Aana and PatriotWHY GOD MADE MOMSAnswers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:Why did God make mothers?1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.2. Mostly to clean the house.3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.How did God make mothers?1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.What ingredients are mothers made
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Country Living and Birds In The Garden

MidWestHorse Archive on May 8, 2011, 7:55 pm

One of the wonderful joys of living in the country and working from home is the wide range of birds I can see from my office window.I thought I would share just the first 10 today or the page will load to slowly, I may well do a further post laterAmerican Goldfinch ( Always brings a smile to my face when I see them due the bright colors )Baltimore Oriole ( Highly Unusual this year we have 2 pairs who come to the feeder )American Robin ( To Many to count and to a Brit even after 10 years they blow
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Wild Hearts

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on May 8, 2011, 4:03 pm

Story by Wildmustanglove, age 11 | Illustration by XDDXDD, age 11 Taylor Lawson yawned, wondering what she should write. She was sitting at her desk in her room staring down at a blank notebook. At school two days before, the teacher had given the whole class an essay assignment that had to be done in one week, and Taylor had NO idea what to write about. She closed her notebook and gave up for the day; she had to go outside and do ranch chores, and she wanted to still have enough time for a ride. She
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A Broken Leg Isn't a Death Sentence Anymore..........

With Archarcharch sustaining an injury in the running of today's Kentucky Derby, I found myself researching to find out the prognosis for this amazing horse. Knowing that horses will still try to run with the pack even injured always makes me wince. Crippled horses still racing cause themselves even more harm and really complicate already bad injuries but Archarcharch seemed to be functioning pretty well from what I could see. Other than a stumble out of the gate and a few strides to regain footing,
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Daffodil Spring Arabian Horse Show........ Schooling for the Open.......

Saturday morning I was supposed to get to sleep in. Since I didn't have a class until the afternoon session and the people I was stabling with were there to feed in the morning, I figured there was no reason to keep my alarm set for the 5:30 am time I'd used the previous day, something more like 8 was in my game plan. Murphy, of course, saw things differently and I awoke with a start at 4. A nightmare got my adrenaline pumping as I awoke before being blown to smithereens in whatever weird world
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Great session

Dressage Mom Archive on May 7, 2011, 12:57 am

Tonight I had a fantastic session with the chiropractor that my massotherapy/biomechanics lady recommended for me. He's a human chiropractor but he got into horses when his daughter started riding. She encouraged him to learn about horse chiropractic, and he took courses and learned all about it.He arrived and I got Kaswyn out. He asked how old he was, what he did, and what his problems were. Sheesh, where to begin? I gave him a quick rundown of "Well, he had a neurectomy five years ago, then recently
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Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty!

Mustang Diaries Archive on May 6, 2011, 4:35 am

With Steve Holt! still here, buying a new horse wasn't an option. But since the owner was over horsed, and the Cowboy was looking to wheel and deal, a deal indeed was made. She is, for all intents and purposes, mine. And when the mustang sells, registration papers come this way. In the meantime, Miss Kitty and I are becoming better acquainted.First thing I've learned is that Kitty does not like to be ignored. The more she gets out of the stall, the more she wants out of her stall. And like the border
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Daffodil Spring Arabian Horse Show...... AAOTR 40 & over Western Pleasure

With the problem in the stands, I decided I really needed to get back into the arena as soon as possible to "show" my horse there was nothing to fear. Even with his final sighs signaling some form of relaxation, I wasn't going to trust that. I figured the more time we spent schooling in that arena, the better off we'd be so I tried to pay close attention to the paddock announcer so I didn't miss the break.I had ridden my morning class in mid afternoon but it was a class very near the end of that
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Tucker Puppy Goes to Work

Mustang Diaries Archive on May 5, 2011, 3:58 am

"I can do no wrong!"Tucks wasn't paying close enough attention the other day and stepped in front of a horse. You could hear that poor pup yelp a mile away! Landed squarely on his right paw while walking across the pavement. Poor Tucker! He limped and gimped his way back to my truck where he spent the rest of the day waiting for me. He's such a good puppy when he goes to work with me, but pony feet can be a dangerous thing!
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Daffodil Spring Arabian Horse Show....Western Pleasure Select Rider...... The Wreck.......

< It always amazes me how something like a crashing sound in the stands can happen so quickly but take volumes to explain. Maybe that's because so much happens so quickly, there's a lot to cover. Then maybe for me it has to do with explaining what physically happened as well as covering what mentally happened. In situations like this there are a lot of both for me and my horse.You'd think I'd know better than to project how the class might turn out before it was actually over. I don't necessarily
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Birthday Party at Windrock Farm

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on May 4, 2011, 8:34 pm

Every child’s dream Birthday Bash at Windrock Farm with an amazing show of the Hollywood horses by Rex and an opportunity for all of the kids to sit on the horse couch.  The parents have no idea how special and rare this is.  There was a bouncy castle for them to jump around in and [...]
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Put a shine on it

Dressage Mom Archive on May 4, 2011, 4:02 pm

So on Monday I picked up the girls and they went with me to check on Kaswyn. All I wanted to do was hand-walk him and check his leg and neck, so it was going to be a short trip to the barn for me. On the way there, in the back seat, the girls started discussing horses and barns.... Lily: Do you remember Honey?(Honey was a haflinger pony that the girls had ridden a few times at a different barn)Macey: Yeah, I loved Honey, but she's not at this barn. This is a new barn.Lily: Oh right.(pause)Lily:
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Daffodil Spring Show..... Select Rider Western Pleasure 40 & over

Thinking over last night's post I'm beginning to think my class was not the next one into the ring after that wreck although it certainly felt that way. The first horse the loose horse ran into was a hunter horse from my group at the horse show and that horse's class was right before mine. That means the hunter class must have been next but it sure didn't feel that way.I do know because the schedule was so far behind, they were running those classes through lickety split. The judges knew how to
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A Little Horse Show Drama in the Warm-Up

That first day of the horse show there were more stressors than not getting to school my horse in the show pen before the start of my session. As it turned out the first session of the schedule ran long, very long. It was a new schedule and those always have their kinks. What you think will work never does because the numbers of horses are never what you expect. Because of that trail went on for two and a half hours. The the halter classes were huge compared to normal for our area which set it back
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Mustang Diaries Archive on May 2, 2011, 9:14 pm

Kitty stood in the middle of the barn alley, cross tied and saddled, when the cowboy came wandering in. I took one look at him, and had to ask the question, "Where are your boots? Aren't you going to ride first?" After all, the white board in the barn that tracked which horses were turned out or ridden on which day, had very clearly lacked an X alongside Kitty for a good, long time. Oh, she'd been turned out, but ridden? Not."She'll be okay. You just climb on and ride with one hand. You'll be fine,"
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