Hitting the Trails..........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 5, 2011, 1:24 am

Part 1With Dave all set with instructions for pictures (I thought), lytha and I turned our horses around and headed off toward the trees. Lytha was in front on Dandy so I could monitor how the two of them were getting along. While Dandy is a baby sitter, he will only be such if it is called for. The horse knows what level his rider rides and can test that sometimes. To be honest I've learned I should judge a rider by what I see and not by what I've been told or read. I wanted to be on top of things
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Mounting Up...............

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 4, 2011, 1:01 am

Part 1Dandy walked easily away from Legs. He could have cared less leaving Legs behind and Legs didn't have any concerns about Dandy walking away. Both horses are used to working alone so there just were no complaints.The first thing we did was shorten stirrups for lytha. With my long legs I knew the stirrups would be an issue because they always are. Rarely anyone that gets into a saddle of mine leaves the stirrups in the original position. I figured getting them as close as possible before lytha
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Pushing the Limits........Tacking Up..........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 3, 2011, 12:55 am

Part 1Before I get to the photo, I want to mention that before we left for the park lytha did get the opportunity to meet the canine members of our farm as well. Fortunately she didn't get mauled by either Sugar or Delilah but it was not for their lack of trying. Both dogs were so tickled to have a visitor they forgot all their manners and were jumping all over the place trying to get to lytha. She's lucky she didn't get knocked down and licked to death. Both Sugar and Delilah are now back in remedial
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What Does This Look Like to You?

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 2, 2011, 4:46 am

Well if it doesn't start with a T and spell rouble..........then you don't really get this picture.I know I am supposed to be posting about my ride with lytha but I am copping out just a bit here. This pic is part of our ride but that's all I'm going to post for right now. I'm still having problems with my stomach and right now I am having one of the worst episodes I've had in quite a while so my brain just is not working to write about lytha's visit. Instead I want to spew obscenities at the lunk
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Looking Back Over 2010..........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on December 31, 2010, 11:38 pm

A lot of things have happened around here in the past year that have changed my life in ways I never expected. Dave was and is still without a job and the impact of that has certainly taken its toll but it was not and is not the primary reason that it was a tough year for all concerned.In years past I have always taken the last day of the year to reflect on what's happened around this Arabian horse breeding farm. This year hasn't been any different in my mind, I've been filled with reflections of
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Visiting the Rest of Solidare's Get Before Moving on to Ride......

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on December 31, 2010, 3:03 am

Part 1Before we could get on with our ride there were just a handful more of horses to meet. The first of those was Solidare's youngest daughter, Rhapsody, who was stalled right next to Bey Aana. While still immature, I believe Rhapsody is the most exotic of Solidare's daughters. Unlike Dancer who has been viewed by many as a star right from the start, Rhapsody has been more like Dare was back in those early days, overlooked as anything special and only seen for what she is once she reached maturity
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The Broodmares.......and a Daughter of Solidare's....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on December 30, 2010, 1:25 am

Part 1My mind races as lytha mentioned going for a ride. Would it be dry enough at the park? Did we have enough time? I decided it was worth giving it a try so I asked Dave if he would hook up my horse trailer for me while I showed the rest of the horses to lytha.I told her as we continued on we were going to have to make this a quick tour if she really wanted to ride. We weren't going to have the kind of time we'd been taking at each stall and still get to the park. I didn't want to be pushy BUT.............
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Three Gray Mares.......and a Familiar Face.......

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on December 29, 2010, 12:27 am

HopePart 1Once we finally got past the trio of mares visiting lytha as we stood in Gypcy's stall, we moved around the outside corner of the barn and onto the stalls of Legs' three oldest gray daughters. Those three mares' stalls are faced the direction of the round pen and can be seen easily both from the road and from the red barn where Legs lives. The sight of their three gray faces looking over their stall walls nearly always takes my breath away.The mare in the first stall behind Gypcy is Hope.
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Meeting the Twins.........and Some Mares.........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on December 28, 2010, 12:44 am

Surprise has the white blaze. Trouble has just a small snip on his nose.Part 1After we left the hay barn and Percy behind we headed around to the outside of the barn to the shedrow like stalls that wrap around there. The first horses we came across there were Surprise and Trouble. Lytha needed no introduction to those two. She recognized them immediately informing them "You are famous. Did you know that?"Of course, Surprise and Trouble not only know they are famous, they believe they absolutely
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The Visit Moves On..............

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on December 26, 2010, 11:35 pm

SuedePart 1Once we were done with Rhet we moved on to Suede's stall. Being his usual aloof self once we came his direction Suede stepped back just out of reach. From there he stood watching us drinking it all in.Suede was not the only one drinking things in, lytha was studying this young Arabian stallion just as he was studying her. I was busy rambling on about Suede's relationship to Storm and Bey Aana's chestnut get. I doubt that lytha took in any of it, she was caught up in her own world with
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T'was the Night Before Christmas..........2010

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on December 25, 2010, 3:10 am

You'll have to indulge me on this one. This version has been running around in my head all week so I finally made the necessary modifications so here it goes......**********T'was the night before Christmas, and all through the farm,The critters were sleeping, all safe, snug and warm.The stockings were hung by the stall doors with care,In the hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.Arabian horses nestled all warm in their beds,While visions of sweet treats danced in their heads.The weanling,
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Visiting the Boys..........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on December 24, 2010, 1:54 am

Part 1Going into the boy's barn, Reflection's stall is the first stall I always stop at. It's the only stall on the right and he's the king in that location or at least he thinks he's king there. His face is always right there hanging out over the stall door looking to whoever is making a entrance. Reflection makes it clear he thinks you're there to see him just by the bright expression on his face.I introduced lytha to Reflection as I popped a piece off one of the carrots. I think Reflection actually
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The Arrival..................

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on December 23, 2010, 4:17 am

Part 1When lytha first contacted me about coming for a visit, she asked if she could come to see me schooling Storm. That request was long before I got the notion of getting a job this holiday season. Once that entered the picture, I really wasn't sure how it was going to affect me or lytha's trip here to visit.Once she did arrive back in America, we didn't really discuss what the plan for the visit would be, just that there would be a visit. Between her time with relatives and my time working,
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Getting Ready for Company...........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on December 22, 2010, 3:52 am

When my alarm went off this morning, I cursed under my breath even though no one was around to hear me. Embarrassed to be so crabby first thing in the morning, I'm glad no one heard me. I tried ignoring the thing but it just would NOT shut up. I thought if it ran long enough it would stop which it actually did. It put itself on snooze alarm and gave me a brief break. That break only made me crabbier when it was interrupted by the sound that cursed alarm. The only thing that got me out of bed was
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A Visitor Is Coming................

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on December 21, 2010, 3:05 am

It's been a long busy day. I spent the morning in the barn. Then at noon I shifted gears and got ready to go to work. I only worked a 5 hour shift and I feel like I worked 12. Funny how stressful those last few days before Christmas can be in the retail experience. I've just eaten dinner and I'm thinking I need a nap.We have a visitor or maybe visitors coming tomorrow to visit, all the way from Germany, no less. That would be lytha of A Horse Crazy American in Germany http://horsecrazyamerican.blogspot.com/
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The Ritual

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on December 20, 2010, 3:41 am

Feeding time around here for the dogs can get a bit interesting. Sugar, the boxer, gulps down her food. In not much more than the blink of an eye her dish is stripped clean and Sugar is searching for more food convinced she's done so quickly because she didn't get enough in the first place.Delilah, the Siberian Husky, on the other hand is much more lady like about the way she eats. Delilah is a grazer and she can take hours sometimes before her meal is gone. Delilah picks at her food just enough
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MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on December 19, 2010, 1:38 am

The other day as I was sneaking in my exercises (which I am told am I NOT supposed to be doing as long as I have congestion in my upper body) I thought I heard a knock at the door. Sugar and Delilah who were both intrigued with Mom wallowing around on the ground paid no attention to this intrusion so I thought maybe I was just hearing things. I continued on through my course of double legs lifts to Sugar's barking and lunging as she tried to find a way to join in with this funny new game. Delilah
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Molesting the Christmas Tree..........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on December 18, 2010, 2:01 am

We were a bit late getting our Christmas tree up this year. I suppose in all honesty it's not really done being decorated but probably as decorated as it's going to get. The finishing touches are in place except for the topper which seems to be a challenge in these parts. Garlands of colored popcorn, my kids strung when they were little that I carefully save each year, always has a place of honor on any tree in my house. It is joined by big old fashioned candy canes, not those little things you
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MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on December 17, 2010, 2:05 am

We live not far from the most dangerous highway in the state. Because we're only five hundred feet from Meridian, we don't let our dogs loose, even on our property. Willful Delilah and exuberant Sugar cannot be trusted to come when called when there are so many exciting things to see and chase. That Makes that street a really big concern for us here. Delilah and Sugar are either on leash or chained nearby wherever we're working outside. This way both dogs are right there close and keeping up on
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Thermal Dieting??

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on December 16, 2010, 2:19 am

When I heard the newscasters saying I could burn up to 50% more calories in the cold weather, I had to hang around to listen to the story. Thoughts of there being an added benefit in working horses in the cold winter weather seemed intriguing. Heaven knows I could use some motivation on those cold frosty days.Being cold is not my favorite thing so I bundle up pretty heavily assuming the shape of the Pillsbury Doughboy on some occasions. I usually can peel off a layer or two as I work but still mobility
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