Exploring the Loft Archives

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on January 16, 2010, 3:22 pm


Dear Horse Girls, If you’ve been around GHC for more than a year, you may recall the Loft Book Club, an area of the site that housed a HUGE library of fiction and poetry written by and for horse girls. In addition to accepting submissions, then editing and publishing the best for GHC readers, each month we hosted a loft competition where readers voted for their favorites and the winners where showcased throughout the following month. Although the features housed in the Loft Book Club were
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The Stables Are Open!

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on January 13, 2010, 1:00 pm


Dear Horse Girls, I’m very excited to announce the GRAND RE-OPENING of the Girls Horse Club Stables! The stables are one of the original features created when we launched back in 2001 (read more about our early days in the GHC history blogs). When GHC was hacked back in December 2008, it was like we experienced a barn fire that, in a matter of minutes, destroyed what took many years to build. Unfortunately we lost the stables, the Loft Book Club, and the Perfect Horse activity. Fortunately
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Random Inspiration

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on December 15, 2009, 2:48 pm


Sometimes when I’m stuck and need some inspiration, I’ll find an interesting image, imagine a story taking place in that scene, and write about it. It’s a good exercise to get the creative juices flowing. What’s the story in this scene? This photo titled An Evening Stroll Around the Cabin is from one of my favorite photographers, Trey Ratcliff, aka Stuck in Customs. He also took the photo that was adapted for the GHC home page. Trey uses a photo technique called HDR that
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Things to Do, Places to Go, Horses to See

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on December 1, 2009, 2:04 pm


While GHC is on a break, I hope you’ll have fun interacting with horses and horse girls in the real world. But on those days when it’s not possible to get out, or you’d like to get out but don’t know what to do, here are some ideas (in no particular order) to help you… GIVE. In 2007 and 2008 GHC hosted Giving Season. Why not carry our spirit forward and organize your own event for giving season? Develop a plan to corral your real world friends and family around a cause
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Shattered

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on November 29, 2009, 8:50 am


by Zanzibar The Great, age 15 “This is it, Audrey. Dear Lord, I’ve waited thirty-eight long years for this moment! And, here I am!” Dust Cavare, a gaunt and ancient trainer in the field of horse racing, bubbled enthusiastically as the young, female jockey approached. Eighteen year-old Audrey Davis had sauntered over from the jockeys’ room along with nineteen other jockeys, all professional and accustomed to these sorts of races. The teenager grinned broadly, shaking like a leaf from all
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Alpha Squad: Standing Alone

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on November 28, 2009, 9:00 am


Sue’s eyes met Jimmy’s. “No!” he warned. “We have to!” Sue argued. “Sue, what have I told you over and over and over?” he asked. Sue put her hands on her hips. “This isn’t a hasty decision! I’ve thought about it for ten minutes!” she said, sticking out her tongue at him. Jimmy crossed his arms, scowling. “You can’t do this Sue; it’s too much!” Jimmy shouted. Sue looked over her shoulder at the dirty,
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Changing

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on November 27, 2009, 9:00 am


by Peanut, age 9 Like the four seasons, not everyone does know, Why the summer sun turns to winter snow, Everything around me is changing, all too quick! And if it stays at this pace, I will be sick. But with him it’s the same, No one to blame, He doesn’t change, but waits for me, I try to replicate him, but I will never be. A lover, a fighter, but only for peace, Knowing everything is free, can’t be bought or for lease, To always be kind, and never do wrong, So if you like this,
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Attitude of Gratitude

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on November 26, 2009, 9:00 am


Dear Horse Girls, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! As we approach the Girls Horse Club hiatus, I find myself musing about lessons learned from horses… If you’ve been riding and/or training for a while, you’ve probably experienced ebbs and flows in your progress. There are times when you’re moving forward in a steady flow, completely in sync with your horse. There are other times when you’re just plain stuck, and you feel your frustration building. Not a good thing for the partnership with your
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Be Thankful

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on November 26, 2009, 8:50 am


by Carolina Cowgirl, age 12 What used to be warm weather is now cold. What used to be short sleeves are now long. And what used to be long days are now short. There is no snow on the ground, but I’m certain there’s leaves. It’s autumn and it can only lead to one thing — Thanksgiving. I figure I should write a blog about this holiday, because it’s important to be thankful, but I can’t seem to find the right words. I guess I should start with the fact that not
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The Benefits of Hard Work

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on November 25, 2009, 9:00 am


by Raven, age 13 To lease Mickey, I work for his owner fifteen hours a month. That means going to the ranch every Wednesday, working four hours doing stuff like feeding horses, grooming horses, scrubbing out feed buckets, fixing fences, etc. And I’m going to start working two and a half hours more every week to earn lessons. That’s six and a half hours a week. Sounds hard? It is. There isn’t anything easy about making 45 buckets of grain and beet pulp, going around and feeding all of them,
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Flood of Flame

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on November 25, 2009, 8:50 am


by Pal’s Pal, age 11 As I stood in the middle of the pasture, I was sure of only one thing. That thing was my horse. The rain hit my face in a melancholy way. I felt the dreams I had once dreamt running free in my head again. I cried. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ I saw my girl. She was standing in her valiant way, her mane blown by the wind. Something was wrong with her. I trotted over to see if she was OK. The rain pounded on me. I nickered to her. Her face was wet with salt water. I asked her to come with
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Chilly Hooves

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on November 24, 2009, 9:00 am


by HorseFeathers, age 16 She came so silently following her sister Autumn With her first chilly breaths she blew gently into my face The trees had already went into a slumber Covering the frozen earth in a blanket of leaves My hooves are cold with her first touch And I prance around merrily trying to keep them warm I squeal suddenly because I feel something light but chilly fall on my back As I turn there is a thin layer of white sky water on me I gaze into the heavens as it plummets to the earth Even
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First Beginnings

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on November 24, 2009, 8:45 am


by HorseFeathers, age 16 Mama brings her little girl to a barn Little kittens are playing with bits of straw The little one hears a call, one she’s never heard Escaping from her mother’s grasp she runs to find who made this wonderful sound As soon as she turns the corner a long, kind face reaches down What is this thing? It smells and looks more beautiful than anything the little girl has seen Two worlds collide Two nations unite Mama finds them both Little girl gazing up into brown
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Be Wary for Winter

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on November 23, 2009, 9:00 am


by DianaLUV♥, age 12 Everybody loves winter, even if they only love one thing! Whether it’s warming your toes by the fire after mucking out stalls, drinking a steaming mug of hot chocolate after a freezing ride on your horse or pony, saddling your horse or pony up for a wondrous winter ride, or the smidgen of hope that Santa Claus will leave a very special present under the tree! Although winter is full of presents, snow, icicles and very fluffy coats, you should always be cautious with
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Jazz’s Memory

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on November 23, 2009, 8:50 am


by Wild’n’Free, age 13 Chapter One “What’re you doing?” I asked my friend Jasmine while trying to stem my laughter. “That’s not right!” I laughed, clutching my sides. Jasmine smiled and glanced at her girth. “Oh!” she laughed, a beautiful sound like tinkling bells. “You’re right! I’ve got it on backwards…” She said it just the right way. I fell down into the hay at my feet, collapsing on the bale laughing. “Jazz, you knew that!” I said between bouts of laughter.
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Does That Taste Good?

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on November 22, 2009, 4:09 pm


by Toppyrocks, age 12 Ever wondered why horses don’t go around eating poisonous plants all the time? That’s because they have a different sense of taste than humans. The food that’s good for them usually tastes good to them, while the bad stuff usually tastes nasty. Hay, grass and oats all taste really sweet and yummy and it’s good for their health. But poisonous plants mostly taste the opposite. Some things, however, depend on the horse. One pony I know spits out turnips, even though horses
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Black Falcon of Arizona

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on November 22, 2009, 9:00 am


by Autumn Thompson, age 14 Chapter 1: Stacy’s New Horse Stacy Mulligan sat in the Land Rover and watched with rapidly mounting excitement as the airplane taxied in from the wide, blue Arizona skies. “Oh my gosh, Mom!” she cried, “I just can’t believe I’m getting Wildfire’s first foal today!” Stacy’s mom smiled at her daughter. “I’m just glad this new foal will have plenty of room to run on Grandma’s ranch, because if we were still living in California it would barely
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Snow Horse

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on November 21, 2009, 9:00 am


by Madelaina, age 14 The sand’s teasing glares subsided as the world was swallowed in a mouth of grey, of Carolina blue and periwinkle hues. The overcast mourned these colours but my Snow Horse only glowed more. His mane freestyling amidst the wind and his legs moulding into their invisible tides. An avalanche. The fleabitten grey of his coat a ghostly white. An untouched blizzard. Each of his spots bear a magical drop, like chocolate tears of joy and gloom. The Snow Horse. You’re one
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It Is Time

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on November 20, 2009, 9:00 am


by Stargazer, age 13 Do not cry young child It’s my time to go Although I will miss you Age has taken its toll Do not hate young child Because I must fly away It is best for me now My time is today Do not forget young child All the lessons I have taught you Carry them throughout your life And use your skills wisely Do not cry young child As I slip away It is time to let me go But may I always be in your heart More to read...This Wonder That Can FlyWhat This Horse Has Taught MeHeart of My Heart
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Healing a Broken Spirit

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on November 19, 2009, 9:00 am


by Violet Inkpen, age 13 The girl screamed as hooves dangled above her in the air and a large black body rearing blocked out the sun; a scream of rage from the stallion and then she felt herself flying towards the ground, her hands flying to cover her face. “Taylor! Taylor hang on!” somewhere far away, her dad shouted. She landed with a thud in the soft grass, her head throbbing. The stallion charged, his eyes red like a beast of the shadow world. Taylor screamed in fear, tears rolling
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