TNJ........... A Little Weekend Stewing.........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 16, 2011, 12:32 am

Part OneThat Friday night I read the letter and the settlement offer from BG and WF's attorney over and over. I read it silently. I read it out loud. I read parts of it to friends. Everyone I shared it with thought I should jump at it but that's not how I saw it. The only good thing about it as far as I was concerned was that I got my horse back. The rest of it was just a bunch of legalese designed to make them look good and to put an end to this thing without costing them anymore than they'd already
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TNJ........... So What's This?

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 15, 2011, 12:08 am

Part OneSo there it was staring up at me, another one of those envelopes from BG and WF's attorney. Dave had come straight to me when he'd retrieved this thing from the mailbox. Even though it's addressed to both of us, he would never think of opening it. This thing was mine to deal with....... whatever it was.Dread filled my heart as I stared at the manila envelope in my hand. It was easier to look at it and speculate than open the thing. So much of my heart was wrapped up in this case, anything
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TNJ.............. Working the Final Pieces.........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 14, 2011, 12:59 am

Part OneI must admit I did a better job of sending everything for my case to the equine attorney than I did posting about the process here. I left out of my post some components that were pretty important to the case. Of those items I forgot to mention were the facts my new friend had turned up in her search of public records. There was BG's arrest and the quit claim of that house from WF to her son in the fall of 2009. Also there was the information on the legal owner of the property that is the
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Biomechanics and Lavender Oil

Dressage Mom Archive on April 13, 2011, 12:18 pm

Last Friday the equine massotherapist/biomechanics lady came out to see Kaswyn. I gave her a quick rundown of his past injury history, and that's really all I told her. She got to work first by checking his neck, shoulders, back, and haunches, and didn't really find any significant soreness. Then she went to the left front leg, and when she got down to the pastern of course Kaswyn picked up the foot suddenly, as if it was painful. She gently palpated the area, and then began rubbing it. She started
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Mustang Mauling

Mustang Diaries Archive on April 13, 2011, 4:51 am

A woman was found mauled down by a pair of wild mustangs late yesterday afternoon. Apparently, she had been making an attempt to photograph the animals when they attacked. Images of the attack were captured on her digital camera.Wild horse advocates warn that the general public is simply not aware of the dangers of befriending a mustang, that they are dangerous and can never be fully trusted. This is especially true if you are still carrying treats in your pocket intended for domestic horses.
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TNJ.................. Getting to the Evidence............

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 13, 2011, 1:04 am

Part OneOnce I got done with all of the court documents, I began on the actual evidence I had gathered to that point. I wanted to send them off in some semblance of chronological order but that didn't really work in a way that wasn't confusing to me so I knew it wouldn't work for someone who had no idea what all this stuff might be. Instead I ended up going with the most important pieces first. From there, it was how a piece fit into the case. I began with the calendar I had created. Since it was
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TNJ......... Transmitting Court Documents........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 12, 2011, 1:46 am

Part OneWhen I hung up from that phone call, I immediately kicked into high gear getting my paperwork ready for the equine attorney. I began with the legal documents starting right at the beginning with each and every single piece of paper that was involved. That included the documents of service and the document saying what the sheriff had done attempting to serve WF and why those attempts were unsuccessful. I worked through all those legal documents in chronological order scanning each page. Then
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Mustang Monday

Hoofbeats Archive on April 12, 2011, 1:08 am

Ok, this will make you mad again.... I've been so busy with a few shows this month, I just haven't had time to do any cartoons. But, this being Mustang Monday, I'll re-copy this video that is going around. Don't...
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Always in a rush...

Dressage Mom Archive on April 11, 2011, 7:08 pm

Lately I just don't know where my times goes! I'm super busy and don't have time to do a full update, but I'll give you a hint. I think this whole thing with Kaswyn is going to work out. I'm trying a new thing that has worked on other horses at our barn and I'm hopeful. I want this to work! More details later. I have to run to the barn right now - Kaswyn's getting his shoes back on and I don't want to be late! (Not like my blacksmith has EVER been late... haha!)
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The Girls

Mustang Diaries Archive on April 11, 2011, 2:41 am

Indeed overdue! This was from last weekend, when the girls came up on the BLM trailer. They roamed the arena for a few minutes while Gary pulled his trailer out, and I backed mine in. And then, play time was over, and they climbed into the next trailer for the final leg in their journey.These two girls have such different personalities! City Boy's little red filly is bright and energetic. She's got boundless energy in the round pen, and despite the fact that we end each session with scratches and
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TNJ............. Some Legal Hope.............

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 11, 2011, 12:59 am

Part OneAfter I got off the phone with the equine attorney, I did not follow my first reaction to curl up into a ball although I certainly felt like it. Instead I called and talked to a couple of my friends and we went over my conversation with this new attorney. They agreed as much as he had tried to discourage me, he hadn't said "no" either so they thought I shouldn't give up until I knew for sure.By this time I had bought a copy of the NOLO publication Represent Yourself in Court -- How to Prepare
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Vanessa and Flo on Allez

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on April 10, 2011, 6:22 pm

Spring riding with Flo and Vanessa at Windrock Farm.  The snow is finally gone and we are enjoying hacks across country watching the buds come alive.
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TNJ.............. Talking to Another Attorney........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 10, 2011, 1:12 am

Part OneFirst thing Monday morning after the Daffodil All Arabian Horse Summer Show, I called that equine lawyer I had been referred to by the friend I'd run into at the horse show. I knew the odds were against me getting an attorney at this late date but I felt insecure enough about the process I figured I'd better check things out. I wouldn't know for sure unless I asked.My friend had used this attorney in an equine case too, but it was for considerably less that my suit. Still she had been surprised
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The Lone Cowgirl

Mustang Diaries Archive on April 9, 2011, 1:25 am

Okay, you simply must...I mean simply MUST...go check out my Facebook friend Shirley Morris' blog. MUST! She's got some really nifty neato stuff to talk about. Today's feature is caring for your vintage photographs. Totally cool!So, in other news? The sun came out today. No, really. It did! And I went outside to play with my pony, Bad Reputation! Reppi (should I spell that with one or two p's? Repi? That doesn't even look or sound right...must do some thinking here on the name) isn't too keen on
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TMJ.................. What's Next?.........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 9, 2011, 12:31 am

Part OneAs I worked on getting my show clothes put away and my other show items in order, I remembered I hadn't taken care of the open check I left with the show secretary. I quit what I was doing and headed to the show office to get my account close out before I forgot. When the show secretary opened up my folder there was nothing inside but my check stabled to the folder. My mind lurched at the realization I had forgotten to bring her my copies of my horse's registration papers and my AHA and
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TNJ........... Unexpected Loss...........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 8, 2011, 12:45 am

series if you missed it.Part OneI took care of that phone call with the court clerk on Friday morning and then shifted gears to do horse show. I hurried onto getting packed up and moved into the Daffodil All Arabian Horse Summer Show having made promises about arrival times I was beginning to think I couldn't make. I had friends going and was going to be stabled with them so I wanted not to be holding them up because I hadn't gotten my act together yet. I rushed around, even though neither my horse
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Found this Humorous & Mostly True.........

MidWestHorse Archive on April 7, 2011, 10:30 pm

What they say v.s. What they mean Started -- Rode Once Green Broke -- Rode Twice Ready to Show -- Green Broke 10+ Loper -- Can't Jog 10+ Jogger -- Can't Lope Good Mover -- Stumbbles Occasionally Barrel Racing Prospect -- Just Off the Track Hunt Seat Prospect -- Should Be On the Track Western Pleasure Prospect -- Too Slow for Barrel Racing Cutting Horse Prospect -- Turns & Runs when frightened Reining Horse Prospect -- Spins & Runs when frightened 15.2 hh -- 14.2 hh 16.3 hh -- 15.3 hh Attractive
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Finding and Editing Horse Images Blog Archive on April 7, 2011, 1:37 pm

For those of you who would like to participate in Part 1 of our Every Picture Tells a Story contest but aren’t sure where to start, I wanted to provide some links to free source images and online editing tools. We’ve already received some good submissions, and I hope these resources inspire more! Remember: If a photo is taken by someone other than you — even if it’s available for use — don’t submit it unless you alter it in a way that makes it original and uniquely
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Ciao Bello, Parker.

In the summer of 2010, TREES agreed to assume custody of a young paint horse in need of immediate veterinary care.  Infection had caused swelling in most of Parker's face.  Over the course of many months, Parker's foster mom and several vets, in consultation with a surgeon at NCSU, cleaned up infected tissue, removed fragments of diseased bone and tried to deal with an opening that led from Parker's mouth into his sinus.  Under their care, Parker seemed to improve somewhat, had a
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TNJ............. a Questionable Meeting..........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 7, 2011, 12:53 am

Part OneI had an odd feeling about my court room experiences so far. Most of the time I was not really sure if the judge was listening to what I said or if he was off somewhere else mentally. I felt to some extent like I was not being taken seriously maybe because I was representing myself or maybe it was because he already had his mind made up despite what I had to say. I don't know for sure. I just know I felt like a little tiny fish in a great big ocean with the shark beginning to circle and
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