Another Journey Begins - A Little Thickening.......

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 25, 2011, 1:36 am


Part OneWatching the mare coming towards me, the wheels in my brain started to turn. Maybe this mare would be the perfect solution for my GD and MD. She wasn't priced high and GD has the talent she could deal with such a horse if she put her mind to it AND if she got the proper help from a trainer. I thought if this worked out, they could have a horse of their own. How they took care of it would be theirs to worry about, not mine, so maybe we could diffuse the mounting tensions between us.Later
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Another Journey Begins - The Ripple Effect...What Next

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 24, 2011, 1:20 am


Part OneThis is probably a good place to add BG was spending plenty of time selling himself as a trainer to anyone who would listen. According to him he was the only one who had worked horses for a BNT before the man retired. BG's story was any success those horses had had in the ring was directly related to BG's skills with the long lines and his work ethic, NOT the BNT who he portrayed as lazy and unethical.The only thing I knew for sure was the BNT's horses had definitely been worked out of this
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Another Journey Begins - The Ripple Effect

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 23, 2011, 1:11 am


Part OneMost every day I speak to a couple different horse friends on the phone. We talk about the usual stuff and mostly how things are going with my horses and theirs. During the time when I just began working from BG and WF's facility, I was telling these friends all the things I thought I was learning about BG and what he seemed to know about horses. One of those things BG had shown me was how to do what he calls boxing. I'd allowed him to try it on Legs to see if it would help get the horse
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Another Journey Begins - Making a Move

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 22, 2011, 1:30 am


Part OneIn the late summer of 2008 I began working at the facility of someone I thought was my friend. I had been working horses at Boulder Knolls over by my daughter's house for a while but by this time I was pretty angry at my granddaughter for not taking good care of my horse, Dandy, and I felt that my daughter had been enabling my granddaughter's behavior. The series of posts, Rachel and Grandma and the Arabian Horse Crash and Burn! was about the issues and my attempts to rectify them. Despite
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Another Journey Begins............

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 21, 2011, 1:36 am


Things were crazy here from the middle of January 2010 when the whole thing with Storm went south. I didn't post about it at first because I was pretty sure where it was headed. If I was right, I didn't want to complicate matters because I'd done my usual and spilled my guts. I hinted about the fact there was a problem in Life........and Its Lessons That series of posts even had some of the groundwork for how I got sucked in even though I didn't post about it at that time. I was going to follow
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Different Kind of Journey - the Final Loose Ends for Me

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 20, 2011, 1:31 am


This Story Begins Here A couple of years ago I got a call from the new owner. She had called to get information about YW. She was having trouble getting her to finish paying on the contract for the horse she'd traded and wanting my help in locating the horse. At this time I got the opportunity to find out how this gelding was doing. What she told me just confirmed what I'd already known. YW had been pretty rough on this horse. When the new owners got him, they were so concerned about his situation,
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Different Kind of Journey - Wrapping Up Loose Ends

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 19, 2011, 1:25 am


This Story Begins Here Before I get onto the next story which is mainly the time frame from the situation that led to the lawsuit and beyond, there are some loose ends that need to be addressed. The day did come that I tried to talk to YW about Vee. She dismissed me with the statement she'd had a "meltdown " and walked away. I didn't even get one word out about the mare's condition because YW was already gone at the mention of the Vee's name. Her attitude very much spoke to the fact she thought
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Different Kind of Journey - an Attempt to Intercede and a Final Payment

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 18, 2011, 2:35 am


This Story Begins Here At this show I did something out of character for me. I was so distraught and wanting to fix things and still unable to catch the owner alone, I stopped and had a conversation with the mahogany gelding's significant other. I had met the man before and gotten on quite well with him. He seemed like a reasonable man so I thought he might just listen to me and share with the owner what I'd said.We had a long talk and I explained what I saw happening and how I thought it would
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A Different Kind of Journey - a Post and Daffodil

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 17, 2011, 1:03 am


This Story Begins Here I really wanted to talk to the owner of the mahogany horse but I wanted to talk with her in person and alone. I think situations like this handled over the phone are awkward and usually not productive. The situation with the three woman was a good example of the unproductiveness of phone calls in dealing with such issues. I thought a face to face conversation would be best. I did NOT however get that accomplished. Every time I saw the owner, YW was right beside her and I didn't
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A Different Kind of Journey - The First Show

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 16, 2011, 2:02 am


This Story Begins Here I didn't see YW until early spring the following year. If I remember correctly it was at a schooling show at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. She was there with the big mahogany bay gelding and his new owner. I was there with my granddaughter. She was riding Dandy in a clinic. She's actually the one who told me YW was there and that the gelding was too. Walking through the barns to get to the arena, I came upon YW (and maybe the owner) unexpectedly. YW spoke to me like nothing had
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A Different Kind of Journey - More Stuff

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 15, 2011, 1:17 am


This Story Begins Here I never did hear from YW and I didn't attempt to call her. I was too angry for that. I didn't want to say something I would regret later so I just kept my silence BUT you can bet I didn't forget what she'd done to my mare. I couldn't help but wonder how the two geldings were faring.About this time an odd thing happened. That woman YW had blamed for her issues with me called me up and began asking me questions about my conversation with YW about her. I tried to explain what
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A Different Kind of Journey - The Discovery.........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 14, 2011, 1:30 am


This Story Begins Here The last thing I had said to YW before I left the barn that day was "Call me and let me know that you've talked to him." I wanted to know that the situation with Vee's stall was fixed but that call never came. I called her and no one answered so I left a message. Then I called again. I called on her house phone and I called on her cell phone. Still no return call. First thing the next morning, I did it all again. Still there was no answer nor was there any call. I kept calling
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A Different Kind of Journey......... and Deeper.....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 13, 2011, 3:00 am


This Story Begins Here Shortly after my open house both Storm and the big gelding went to the facility where YW was training. As close as I can remember it was somewhere near this time, I began hauling horses up to that facility so I could work them. The plan was as I was working my own horses, I could kind of guide YW along this journey of getting these young horses of my breeding ready for the ring. The idea of me "consulting" or "mentoring" if you will, was not a new one. I had been giving her
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A Different Kind of Journey......... Getting In Deeper

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 12, 2011, 1:11 am


This Story Begins Here The first months after the contract sale of the bay gelding things seemed to go OK. YW made her payments for the horse on time or at least within a few days of ontime. She hadn't really done much to start him but that was OK. I'd told her upfront he was an insecure horse and needed things to go slow. Giving the young Arabian horse time to settle into his new home made sense to me. I think she moved the horse a couple of times before she found a place she stayed for amy length
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A Different Kind of Journey

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 11, 2011, 2:13 am


This Journey Begins Here Some years back during the spring I got a call from a young woman (I'm going to refer to her as YW) that I've known since I first began showing horses. We talked a bit catching up then she told me she was looking for a quality horse to train and show. She was hoping to get a horse of her own so she didn't have to deal with her mother(who I shall refer to as HM) but didn't have much money. She thought maybe I might know of something that would work for her. Over the years
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Transitioning from Food...........to a Promise to Lytha

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 10, 2011, 3:22 am


Ever since I wrote the post Food for Thought........ my mind has been racing with all the things I had before me that I did not use to protect myself or my horses. The revelations just keep coming and I cannot help but wonder what other things are out there I didn't utilize because I didn't see how they related to my dealings with others and my horses. For those of you who might think I am beating myself up over this, nothing could be farther from the truth. For me it is about the learning process
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Food for Thought........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 9, 2011, 1:26 am


Yesterday I came across this reference in a post that really got my wheels to turning. I was thinking if I'd been applying this measure to my standard for how I decide which people are to be trusted with my horses I might not have gotten myself into some of the messes that I did. Now as I prepare to post about some of those situations I didn't see until it was too late for me and my horses, I'm thinking it might be a good idea to ruminate a bit about this new perception.From a post by The Horseback
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4 Years and Counting..............

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 8, 2011, 3:30 am


Before I get on with posting in answer to lytha's query, I thought I should acknowledge an anniversary of sorts. On this day in 2007 I did my first blog post, Trash Talking Arabian Horses That post has been followed by another 1323 posts leading up to this day which averages out to 331 posts per year. That's not that far off from being a post a day.I've heard some bloggers say that daily posting waters down the quality of posts. While I think that can be true for some, I think it really depends
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Wrapping Up Lytha's Visit

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 7, 2011, 2:36 am


Part 1There were no issues with horses hurrying once they knew we were making our way back to the horse trailer. Both horses kept moving right along as if they were still willing to go for hours. Me, I was beginning to get a chill and wishing we'd stopped a little sooner. By the time we reached the rig I had goosebumps raising up everywhere. My body was so stiff when I went to dismount I managed to get stuck mid air somehow and nearly fell on my head. My saddle slipped partway down my horse's side
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More Time on the Trails...........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 6, 2011, 1:55 am


Part 1That old radiator was not the only thing that Dandy took a good look at on that ride. With all the storms we've been having there were lots of fallen trees, broken limbs and such blocking up the previously pristine trails. It didn't matter if the obstacles were simple one log things or criss-crossed variations, Dandy carefully looked at each before maneuvering his way through. While the horse was cautious about all these obstacles across his path, the horse was never resistant. It was clear
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