The Making of a Hunter Horse.......Wendy Potts....Tools for the Ring....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on November 20, 2010, 2:07 am

Part 1Wendy Potts made it clear that she trains her horses so that she can make whatever adjustments she might need in the ring. It doesn't matter if the changes she wants to make have to do with the specific specs for the class or maybe the preferences of judges. Wendy Potts has cues in place to deal with any of these.By doing a lot of work with in and out lateral movement, Wendy Potts' horses are well equipped to negotiate traffic and she can use either direction to remind her horse to get back
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The Making of a Hunter Horse.......Wendy Potts....More Issues....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on November 19, 2010, 1:42 am

Part 1There were a few riders at this clinic who Wendy Potts said were working harder than their horses to get forward movement. In some cases even as hard as the riders worked the horses were not delivering. Despite the intense riding, the horses still weren't going forward. The riders were exhausted and the horses hadn't even broken a sweat.Some of these riders were really pumping their horses. Pushing for all they were worth upon the horses' backs, the riders' upper body were swinging back and
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The Making of a Hunter Horse.......Wendy Potts....Horse Issues....

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

Part 1In the category of broke horses at the Wendy Potts clinic there were the usual things you'd expect to see. There were horses down on the forehand. Horses ignoring riders' legs. Horses just not paying attention. Horses not driving off their hind ends. Horses locked up in the shoulders and/or ribcage. Horses heavy in the bridle.All of these issues, of course, come back to going forward. A horse that is going forward properly wouldn't be doing any of these things. The solution lies in what is
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The Making of a Hunter Horse.......Wendy Potts....the Young Horse

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on November 17, 2010, 1:40 am

There were way too many horses at the Wendy Potts clinic to post what she did with each horse and rider combination. I don't even recall the specifics on each but it seemed to me most things I see in the ring were covered at this clinic. There were young newly started horses as well old broke to death horses and plenty in between so many aspects of making a successful hunter horse seemed to be covered by the time we got through the clinic.Keeping in mind that this is my interpretation of what I
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The Making of a Hunter Horse.......Wendy Potts

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on November 16, 2010, 3:01 am

It seemed the hunter horses were coming out of the woodwork at the Daffodil Arabian Horse Association Clinic this weekend. Over the years I've been going to their clinics I don't think I've seen this many hunter horses at all of them combined. Not only was this clinic filled to capacity there were more horses waiting in the wings hoping for cancellations. Wendy Potts was indeed a popular choice for this year's clinician.The clinic began at 8:00 AM sharp and it was obvious from the very first horse
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Finally Home............

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on November 15, 2010, 5:00 am

It's been a really long weekend and I'm exhausted, not to mention I'm now having computer issues, so I'm only going to post a quick note about the Wendy Potts clinic I attended this weekend. I left here at 5:30 this morning because I hadn't been able to sleep since 2 and my computer was toast. Unable to do a blog post there was nothing else to do here so I knew I could get into the arena anytime after 6. I might just as well go give my horse a chance to really see that arena before my scheduled
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What's Next for Storm..........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on November 13, 2010, 2:09 am

Part 1This weekend the Daffodil Arabian Horse Association is sponsoring a clinic with Wendy Potts from The Brass Ring in Texas. I heard they took 70 horses to show at the US Nationals this year. Whether that number is accurate or not, I have not clue, but I do know I saw many Brass Ring horses winning in the ring. I believe that Wendy shows predominately in the hunter and show hack divisions. I've seen her show many of beautiful hunter in the ring so I know she knows her stuff. That makes Wendy
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Sister A............Missing in Action..........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on November 12, 2010, 2:31 am

Part 1It had been a while since I'd seen anything of Sister A at Frontier Park. In fact it's been so long I was beginning to worry something had happened to her. Having seen the woman day in and day out for months, this abrupt end to her presence seemed odd to me. The woman's intrusions on my training sessions probably should have been irritating to me. Her lack of knowledge about horses but desire to be up close and personal with them certainly carried some element of risk. I was always worried
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Even More News...........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on November 11, 2010, 1:09 am

This last bit of news I have been saving until I was absolutely positive it really was going to happen. Just the news that I was the one wasn't enough for me to trust. I figured the minute I shared he information here something would happen and the whole deal would be off so I've been sitting on my hands resisting the urge to post since last Wednesday waiting for the final call.So what could this news be? Well, I have a job. I decided with Dave's unemployment compensation coming to an end soon and
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Moving on from News.............Into Updates

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on November 10, 2010, 1:45 am

While I'm on the subject of news, I might as well throw in some updates. It has been a month since Solidare's foal got his last shot of antibiotics. With the potency of that shot giving him seven days of protection from the virus, that leaves us three weeks his system has been without the protection of the injection into his tendon sheath. To know if the infection was gone or not, all we could really do was wait. If the infection was not cleared up by the antibiotic we would only know when the symptoms
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More News............

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on November 9, 2010, 1:39 am

Winning the Daffodil Arabian Horse Association High Point 40 & over Championship Award for the 2010 show season is not the only news going on around Rising Rainbow Arabians lately. While it was exciting to see the name of my stallion, Scandalous Legacy, plastered across the award certificate and even up on the club's website news page and on their FB page , I must admit it was equally as exciting to find I could get into my skinny jeans. An accomplishment I discovered this week as well. Now, I am
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A Little News...........the Winner's Circle for Legs

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on November 8, 2010, 12:11 am

Last night was the annual dinner meeting for the Daffodil Arabian Horse Association. I haven't missed this meeting in the twenty years I've been a member and I sure wasn't going to miss it this year. You see Legs and I were the 40 & over High Point Champions and boy did we rake in the loot! Woowhooooo!This is a first for me and for my horse. I don't think we've ever even been close to winning this kind of award before. I think I wasn't sharing the news before now because I didn't really believe
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The Next Ride.........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on November 6, 2010, 2:43 am

Part 1The following day the weather was again bright and beautiful here but there was still too much water to ride at the park so I again decided to work my Arabian horses here in the yard. This the geldings were out in the field behind the house and they were having a rip snorting good time playing in the creek and running through the trees. There was lots of commotion to push Storm's buttons.At first the red horse didn't know what to think of all the splashing and cavorting and tag team athletics
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The Ride

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on November 5, 2010, 12:47 am

Part 1When I took the Arabian horse up to my improvised mounting block that also doubles as a picnic table, Storm didn't want to go near the thing. Of course, at first it was because he hadn't been near it before but once we worked through that, the horse would still move the minute I stepped up and onto the bench. Knowing that at this point the horse was trying to avoid me mounting so he didn't have to give up control, I thumped him firmly on the off side moving him back toward the table. Storm
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A Little Attitude Adjustment

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on November 4, 2010, 12:52 am

Part 1Because the Arabian horse has been acting so reactive since he can home, I knew better than to just get on Storm when he was focused on Rhet in the back field. Just because the the red horse was currently quiet didn't mean he'd stay that way if there was any kind of outburst from Rhet. I knew it was only a matter of time before Rhet kicked up his heels and returned to play and I sure didnt want it happening when I was in a vulnerable position.With all the rain my round pen is no longer useable
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Sunshine........a Little Flooding.....and More Attitude

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on November 3, 2010, 2:06 am

Part 1The weather here has either been absolutely clear, beautiful and warm or it's been record amounts of rainfall. We've had so much standing water on our place that even when the sun does come out there is still water everwhere. The sun doesn't stick around long enough for the water to have time to dissapate and so the next time the rains come the water rises higher and higher.Despite clear blue skies, the creek is well over it's banks and we have flooding in the one barn aisle. The stalls are
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A Little More on Behavior.............

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on November 2, 2010, 12:04 am

Part 1Yesterday was not the first time that I've had problems with the Arabian horse's behavior since he was returned to me. While I've not been surprised by any of this behaviors, I find them frustrating. Knowing what the horse is capable of being and what he actually is seems like such a waste. I just don't understand why anyone would allow a stallion to go backwards like that.I guess it comes down to not knowing what's appropriate behavior in the first place. A horse's innate nature is to take
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Housework or Riding.........or maybe Falling.......

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on November 1, 2010, 12:27 am

Well, the big show is over and I'm depressed. There's no more show left to watch which means I probably should be turning my attentions to catching up on housework. The thought of doing housework over playing with horses is definitely depressing to me.However, at least for today, the weather cooperated and I was able to work horses. Don't ask me why. The weather for Halloween had been forecasted to be wet and dreary. Instead we had blue skis and it was beautiful all day.I didn't haul horses to the
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More Cutting........and My Thoughts on Halter.....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on October 30, 2010, 10:24 pm

I watched the finals of the cutting and with the information I'd received in the comments and on my Facebook Page, I had a better idea of what I was looking for in the performance of the horse and rider teams. That made it more fun to watch and this time I had a clue which rides would be considered good before actually hearing the scores. I've heard from people that with a good cutter, the rider just sits there and holds on but I can see where cow sense on the part of the rider is important. I remember
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What Am I Watching Now! Cutting Horses Over My Head

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on October 28, 2010, 11:52 pm

I've always wanted to watch cutting but have never gotten the opportunity. Many of the shows I attend don't have cutting available. The Region 5 All Arabian Horse Championships dropped those classes years ago when I was first getting started. There just don't seem to be enough Arabian horses participating in that division around here, at least that want to show breed shows.Now that the rain is back and it's too wet for working horses outside, I headed back to my computer to see what's on the US
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