Merry Christmas!

Equine Mine Archive on December 25, 2010, 11:26 pm


Merry Christmas Everyone from Maddy and Me. We are ending 2010 on a down note. Maddy pulled her hamstrings and week and half ago. She tried to do the splits in the pasture, came up REALLY lame. We used Equine Thermography to pinpoint the injury. Really fascinating to see this technology in action. The good news in all this, she just needs rest, cold therapy, and Previcox (drug they are using now instead of Bute). Hopefully we are back on our feet the beginning of 2011.
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What would you do?

Equine Mine Archive on December 8, 2010, 8:42 am


I get back to Oregon last week, welcomed back with warm sun and a perfect Fall weekend. I rush out to the barn to hit the trails only to find Maddy with a little "lift" on her left front shoe. No! The shoe was missing one nail, the shoe holding with 5 and 2 clips. My farrier couldn't come for a couple days, it didn't seem bad enough to pull, so I opted to leave it and forgo riding or ground work. I am just curious, what would you have done if your shoe had this little bend in the shoe? Pull it or
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First Snow

Equine Mine Archive on November 22, 2010, 4:47 am


I got done with my ride and looked outside to see the white stuff coming down. I love the snow. It reminds me of home (Minnesota). My barn owner has the most beautiful pines surrounding the property. It was turning into a lovely winter wonderland as I drove away. Stay warm Maddy.
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Blogger Friends! I need your help!

Equine Mine Archive on November 16, 2010, 10:02 pm


I used some of my GoPro video from the other day to enter a FITS Facebook video contest to win a free pair of Wind Pro Breeches (Yeah!). I am hoping my blogger friends will take a minute to go to the FITS page on Facebook, go to "contest", go to "enter contest", and then "vote now" to vote for my video (Julie Murray). Love to have those FITS! Thanks you all.
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GoPro Test

Equine Mine Archive on November 13, 2010, 8:14 am


I bought a GoPro helmet camera this summer right before a beach trip. I shot about 5 hours of footage over that weekend. I went to go edit and found the footage wasn't compatible with my editing system. I shelved the camera until I had time to figure it out. Months later, (with some help) I think I solved the problem. Now I just need to figure out "MOTION" the graphics package for Final Cut. I struggled through it just to make this simple title...I think I need some online classes. So I will be
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Go Zenyatta!

Equine Mine Archive on November 6, 2010, 7:24 am


You go girl! Run your race, stay safe, stay sound. We are cheering for you. Zenyatta makes me tear up will joy. She is what we all love about our horses, magnified. All heart, spirit, character, silly, athletic, determined, devoted. I love this mare. Keep her safe tomorrow and let her go down in the history books as the most amazing race horse that ever graced this Earth.
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Abaco Barbs

Equine Mine Archive on October 30, 2010, 9:55 pm


I journeyed to Abaco Island a few years back and spent a day filming the remaining Abaco Barbs. At the time, I had big dreams to do a short documentary about the horses. It seemed a fascinating subject; horses descended from those that came with Columbus, a preserved blood line, a mass slaughter, and now the most endangered breed on the planet. At the time there were 8, they are now down to five. My favorite, Bellatrix, the lovely paint mare has since passed on. I remember reaching out and scratching
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The Mane Event

Equine Mine Archive on October 25, 2010, 6:12 am


Just got back from my annual trip to Chilliwack, BC after attending "The Mane Event." It is a three day horse expo featuring Canada's top trainers and vendors. I always enjoy going because you see a lot of European products that aren't easily available in the US. Last year my favorite find was Tuffa Boots...this year I loved the HAF pads from Italy and the Sensation line of endurance products from Nickers Saddlery.Some great clinicians are always there. One of my favorites is Jonathan Fields. He
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I know better...

Equine Mine Archive on October 14, 2010, 4:35 am


Stay out of the tack store!!!! Damn...now I found more things I just gotta have. The first thing I spot as I walk in...these awesome riding boots by Mountain Horse, called "Wicked Riding Boots." I have quite a few Converse All Stars in my shoe collection, so for me, these are perfect. Black, size 9 please.I stroll pass the Kerrits, the FITS, the Equine Couture only to spot these awesome denim breeches made by Romfh. I want these. Not too bad at $118.95, considering the Goode Rider Ladies Couture
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Running from Within

Equine Mine Archive on October 8, 2010, 1:19 am


I am soooo looking forward to this movie this weekend. Desert Horses actually got to see him race. Wow. What a horse....we were lucky to have him for 19 years. Amazing spirit, the heart of a champion. This video clip of Secretariat is exhilarating to watch. Enjoy everyone.I guess the embedded code was disabled by request...go to YouTube and watch it. It is worth it.
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Hunting Season

Equine Mine Archive on October 1, 2010, 3:22 am


Time to dig out all the orange...it is hunting season again in Oregon. Maddy wears her Equine Protectavest from Mac Mountain Tack in Maine. I have on orange (more like "cantaloupe") helmet cover I put on and I usually wear an orange jacket, but it was so hot today. If you need any great horse orange, check out Mac Mountain Tack. She is a really cool lady with really great stuff. I don't think you can ever have too much orange this time of year. I was thinking of getting some orange velcro and going
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Little Bella

Equine Mine Archive on September 26, 2010, 5:06 am


My best friend's daughter, Bella, found a great bargain while hitting some garage sales today. Not often you find such a nice steed for $2. Score Bella! That is the horse to have...no board and no vet bills. Enjoy your four legged friend, looking forward to seeing it when I visit Minnesota again. I went to some garage sales today as well. There is an event called "BarnHouse" that happens about every four months. A bunch of vendors that do rustic/vintage decor have a huge flea market. I went to get
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Live Wire Horses

Equine Mine Archive on September 16, 2010, 4:11 am


I received a wonder Live Wire Horse from a friend as a gift. She was shopping down in Ashland, Oregon while at the Shakespeare Festival when she spotted these cool little horses. I opened up the box and just fell in love with this tiny work of art. I went to the website and checked out the artist. She is really doing some cool stuff. Besides the Live Wire Horses, she is working with Ginger Kathrens of Cloud fame on another documentary...cool! With Christmas coming up, I think any horse lover would
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Riding with Mom

Equine Mine Archive on September 8, 2010, 5:39 am


I have been off the grid more often than not this summer, so my blogging has been pretty sporadic. This just means more riding and more travels, so it is a good thing. My latest fun has been with my mom. After spending some time together in the San Juan Islands watching Orcas, she came down to Portland. We went to the barn on Sunday and she hit the trails with me. The last time we rode together was about 5 years ago, so to get on the trail with her is pretty special. I forgot my camera, so I got
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Timothy Lake

Equine Mine Archive on August 17, 2010, 4:32 am


The three amigos set out for a day of riding at Timothy Lake up near Mt. Hood. We created a list of places we wanted to ride earlier this summer, and we have managed to check off quite a few this year. Joni, Tammy, and I wanted to hit the water and do some swimming with our horses. I have heard wonderful things about the trails up there. I had no idea the water would be so blue and clear. We parked in the Joe Graham Horse Camp and saddled up. Maddy was already up to her water antics, tipping buckets
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Rogue of the Year

Equine Mine Archive on July 29, 2010, 5:04 am


Amy Platt of Bend says it's an image she won't soon forget.On Saturday, she came home to find her four horses covered in blood. Two had been shot."There were four of them in the field, and they were all covered in blood, but she was the worst," she said Wednesday."This isn't okay," Platt said through the tears. "You can't go out there and shoot an innocent animal. Police arrested Inga Kemnitz, the woman they say shot Platt's horses. Deschutes County sheriff's deputies say Kemnitz told officers
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Mountain Trail Course

Equine Mine Archive on July 19, 2010, 5:56 am


Today was another road trip. Joni and I headed over to my friend Nicole's house. Her property borders BLM land and lots of amazing trails. Can you say "water crossings!". But first, her neighbor had this amazing trail course. We had to check that out. This woman does competitive trail mountain courses, so she built one in her back yard. Lucky us! Unfortunately I was having so much fun trying all the obstacles, I didn't get many picures, but imagine a bunch of "stations" with different tasks. I loved
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Attacked!

Equine Mine Archive on July 16, 2010, 7:54 am


After our Parelli lesson on Sunday, I took Joni over to one of my old haunts, Whipple Creek Equestrian Park. When I first got back into riding seven years ago after a long hiatus, I leased a horse next to the park. I would ride every Thursday and I found myself falling in love with horses all over again. The park has a lot of good memories and I've been wanting to ride Maddy there. Sunday I had the chance to fulfill a little dream of mine. Little did I know, Clark County Vector Control has been
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Parelli Lesson

Equine Mine Archive on July 14, 2010, 6:48 am


On Sunday, my barnmate and I drove up to Battleground, WA for a Parelli lesson with Michael Sparling. We met Michael at the Redmond Parelli tour stop. He is a young, enthusiastic trainer so we thought "why not?" I was a little anxious about things...I haven't had a Parelli lesson since Ann Kiser left over two years ago. I still worry about trailering new places and how Maddy will respond. I need to get over my fears. Maddy walked off that trailer, took a casual look around and started eating grass.
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Off to New York

Equine Mine Archive on July 2, 2010, 6:02 pm


A last minute garage sale find before I head out of town for 6 days. Check out these cool vintage Kentucky Derby glasses...one is 1962. Yeah! Anyway, I am off to visit a friend in New York. Forget the Statue of Liberty or Times Square, I made her promise to take me to Manhattan Saddlery and Belmont Park. Hope you all enjoy your weekend. Happy 4th!
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