Shadow 1986-2008

Equine Mine Archive on February 21, 2008, 12:34 am


My dear friend Richard, an equine photographer, lost his horse, Shadow today. I don't know the details, but Shadow was getting up there in age. I know Richard loved him dearly. I found the poem over on Midwest Horse comforting and forwarded it to him. I just wanted to say goodbye to the sweet old gelding that held Richards heart. Goodbye Shadow:-(
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A riddle:-)

Equine Mine Archive on February 19, 2008, 11:08 pm


I have this old sign that hangs in my house. Everyone who sees it stops just to make sure they read it right then "Huh?" Can you guys guess where this sign hung back in the day?
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Days Outside

Equine Mine Archive on February 18, 2008, 3:39 am


So I took the plunge. I decided to work every day to get Maddy outside. I am putting everything else in my life on hold for the next seven days and Maddy is my priority. My plan is to go out every morning, work her, and go for a long walks around the pastures so she can visit with the horses and then I put her in a small pen for a few hours. I am giving her 3 cc of ACE which I know a lot of people don't agree with, but this horse has so much adrenaline, my vet and I think to protect her from herself,
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First Day Out

Equine Mine Archive on February 16, 2008, 7:06 pm


I worked Maddy yesterday and was able to turn her out in a small paddock for a couple hours. She did really well and it was nice to see her as a dirty horse. She must have rolled at least 5 times. She just kept touching her mouth to the ground and rubbing on trees. She didn't know what to think of the small pony that was next door rolling and frolicking. It was a beautiful day. For the next week, my goal is to get to the barn every morning and do the same thing. Hopefully by the end of February,
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Cloud the Wild Stallion

Equine Mine Archive on February 13, 2008, 6:51 am


I watched Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies today. I had some down time at work and had it in my bag. I saw it a couple years ago and loved it. It really is a beautiful movie, very violent and hard to watch at times but really fascinating to watch horses interact. I had goosebumps more times than I could count. I think Ginger Kathrens, the filmaker, was so fortunate in finding this horse to follow. Besides his unique color, Cloud really had a dominant personality and it was so interesting to watch
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Tagged!

Equine Mine Archive on February 11, 2008, 6:27 am


Pay backs are hell Equine Spirit:-) I am supposed to use my middle name to relay facts about myself. Luckily I have a short middle name.M....iddle eastern music fanA....lligators terrify meR....ugby...played it in collegeI....have tattoosE....lephants, have a small collectionI won't tag anyone because it looks like just about everyone in my blog roll was tagged already.
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Horse Ad

Equine Mine Archive on February 10, 2008, 7:23 pm


I was pretty angry at my horse yesterday. I had no tears, I just drove from the barn mad. I do everything for this horse. Board her in a beautiful facility, give her the best supplements, constantly educate myself on how to make myself a better horse person and her a better horse. I have given her a pretty good life. But she doesn't understand all that, she just knows she is scared all the time. I just want a "normal" day with her. One day where I am not worried about her fracture, one without rearing,
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Tony Hawk???

Equine Mine Archive on February 6, 2008, 8:36 am


You ask, "What does Tony Hawk (skateboard extrodinare!) have to do with horses?" Well, he came up with a cool, cheap video camera that mounts on your helmet. He imagined lots of little skateboarders filming their ramp adventures, but I have a better idea. Lets use the Tony Hawk helmet camera to document some cool trail rides, maybe some jumps around the arena, or how about a lunging session with your horse. It just arrived in the mail today. It was a mere $29.95 comes with editing software, a 32MB
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Best SuperBowl Commercial!

Equine Mine Archive on February 5, 2008, 9:11 am


Go Hank!!!
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Expo Season

Equine Mine Archive on January 29, 2008, 10:15 pm


I just reserved my room down in Redmond for the 2008 Parelli Tour. I got my fliers in the mail yesterday for the NW Horse Expo. Ugh! What a tough decision to make! It is the same weekend that Clinton Anderson will be in town! I've got clinic and expo fever. I love everything about horse expos. I love to shop and take notes at the seminars. This year the Mane Event is in October, so that gives me time to save some cash for the wonderful vendors and I may just have a booth again this year for Stable
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Blind Horses

Equine Mine Archive on January 24, 2008, 9:35 am


I like people that do great things for animals. In 2000, a couple started a santuary in Montana called the Rolling Dog Ranch. They wanted to have a place for disabled dogs and cats, but their first resident was a blind horse named "Lena." Today they have 25 blind horses and they work hard to educate people on ERU, eye trauma, glaucoma, and other ocular defects. They turn the horses out in pairs to minimize risk of injury from herd dynamics. The horses can't read body ques like ears pinned back,
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Shiny and New

Equine Mine Archive on January 21, 2008, 5:14 am


Seems like everyone out at my barn has the "itch" to buy a new horse. Two people made offers this week on horses and three other people are busy horse shopping. My trainer just bought the little Welsh Cob pictured here. His name is "Merlin" and he arrived on Thursday. Everyone is trying to talk me into buying Queenie and I even had someone tell me, "cut your losses with Maddy and find something new." I just can't do that. Every horse that I have ever had has lived out their life with me. They are
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Mike and Mac

Equine Mine Archive on January 18, 2008, 9:28 am


Ignore all the white space--I can't get rid of it! My dear friend and mentor, Mike, sent me a wonderful photo of horses he passed on his way to Tombstone, Arizona. I wish I was more computer savvy...I want to make it big so you can see the horses. They are just gorgeous. I think maybe draft crosses? Doesn't anyone have a guess? Mike and his little Schnauzer Mac travel around the country in their RV. Mike recently retired from to news biz, but I credit him with being a constant inspiration in my
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Splints

Equine Mine Archive on January 6, 2008, 3:17 am


Poor Queenie, my draft cross buddy, has a splint. For my non-horsey friends, a splint is a bony swelling usually on the inside of a front leg. Splint bones on horses are the remnants of prehistoric horse toes. If the bone is damaged or over-worked, the body starts to lay down new bone to the injured area. We have been doing lots of cold therapy. 15 minutes of cold water and then an ice boot for 20 minutes. She is on stall rest for two weeks and not too happy about it. This is the third one she has
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Lippizan or Quarter Horse?

Equine Mine Archive on January 3, 2008, 8:40 am


Wow...today I thought Maddy was a Lipizzaner. I took her for her first "walk" in the arena after 4 months of stall rest. She walked in calmly. I let her sniff around for a couple minutes. Lots of pets, lots of hind quarter yielding and I let her look out the windows. I pointed to ask her to walk to the left and she went straight up into the air and hopped on her back legs. A perfect "courbette." Then she went straight up, a giant leap and then kicked back, a "capriole" to rival those of the Lipizzaner's.
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Another X-ray

Equine Mine Archive on December 31, 2007, 10:36 pm


The close of 2007 brings an end to Maddy's stall rest....or so I thought:-) Today I had the vet out to take an x-ray and see where we are at. The picture is Maddy a little drowsy from the sedative, but still looking for food. I used a different vet, because Mark Revenaugh doesn't go mobile and I didn't want to bother my friends with trailers to help get her over there again. Barb Crabb is the vet for the barn and had gone over Maddy's films last week. She did the x-ray and it looks great. There
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Tough Christmas

Equine Mine Archive on December 29, 2007, 11:20 pm


My uncle passed away from Leukemia right before Christmas and one of my best friends lost her baby 4 weeks before her due date. It has been hard watching people you love suffer so much. I spent the last couple weeks with family in Minnesota celebrating the holidays and grieving at the same time. I find in sadness, the warmth of a horse brings solace and peace. I spent a lot of time out at the barn helping with chores, taking pictures, and getting to know the various personalities that inhabit the
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Vernonia Flood

Equine Mine Archive on December 7, 2007, 8:48 am


Oregon is just starting to dry out. We had severe flooding and high winds over the past couple of days. I-5 shut down, the worlds largest Sitka Spruce toppled, and the town of Vernonia became an island. Working in news means any weather event equals all hands on deck. I worked lots of overtime, got really muddy, and saw how mother nature can wreak havoc on the lives of so many. The weather forecaster's predicted the storm, but no one was ready for the amount of rain and the flooding that followed.
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Explaining a picture

Equine Mine Archive on December 1, 2007, 9:35 pm


I think this time of year, many of us reflect upon our lives, and I have been reflecting on Maddy. My ID photo that I use for blogging is not the most flattering photo of me and it certainly is not the best picture of Maddy. But it marks the exact moment in time that I realized, "this is my horse." I had driven about 6 hours down to Yreka, California to see her. The owner tacked her all up and said, "lets hit the trails." I had been horse shopping for a year and my routine had been showing up, having
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Google your horse!

Equine Mine Archive on November 27, 2007, 4:25 am


Have you ever "googled" your horse? I did and I was surprised to see Maddy, aka "Harts Bonnie Dee" is still for sale down in southern California. I was taken to the Hart Quarter Horse Ranch site and there she was in the header picture on the website. She is the dun standing back on the sandy ridge looking at the camera. I would recognize that mug anywhere. This second photo is her "for sale" picture. She looks kind of out of shape and depressed. It is not a very flattering photo. After spending
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