Surprise Sunshine, Lots of Puddles and Little Nationals Time

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on October 28, 2010, 1:08 am

It was a glorious day here. We actually had blue sky and sunshine with temps making it into the 60s, not much for some places this time of year but for us above normal. I was out early this morning making sure the mares all got turned out to enjoy the sun. Vee got some kind of hair up her b*tt and decided to kick the cr*p out of poor Hope who was running in amongst the trees trying to get some protection for Vee. I had to catch Hope and put her out in a different field to save her.I swear those
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Nationals Go does the rain........Excuses for Trail Watcing......

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on October 27, 2010, 1:00 am

The rain is still pouring down despite predications it was going to break this afternoon so I'm still sitting at my computer watching the US National All Arabian Horse Show. At this point I'm getting a bit crabby not being able to ride but watching horse show sure beats doing housework. The last two days I've watched mostly reining and trail classes. At least in those classes I can see most everything the judges see so I can get a better idea of what's really going on instead of wondering what might
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The Usual Discussion and a Little Varian Philosophy

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on October 26, 2010, 1:31 am

Watching all these classes at the US Arabian National Horse Show brings to mind the usual things I think about whenever I watch horses work at horse shows. The comments on this post seem to be right in there along those lines. It seems to be the usual nationals discussions that can be found on threads on most forums. There are the country horses that are really english pleasure horses to some, the hunter horses that are now made up of country english horses that wouldn't make it in that division,
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Computer Skills.........and Reining Dreams..........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on October 25, 2010, 12:00 am

Lots of rain again here today so I'm still parked in front of my computer watching the US All Arabian National Horse Show. Not that I needed an excuse but at least now my watching is guilt free.Now that I've finally figured out how to put the feed up on full screen, I can actually tell some of the players now. I don't know how come I've never figured this out before but it sure does change how things look. Now if I could just figure out how to get two monitors hooked up so I could watch both the
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Pleasure Classes, Reining and a Little Bob Hart, Jr

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on October 24, 2010, 2:25 am

Since the weather today didn't cooperate for riding horses, I spent the day in front of my computer. When I wasn't switching between the Ford Truck Arena watching pleasure classes and the Mustang Arena watching reining classes, I was studying my Bob Hart, Jr videos and how to make a great western horse.I did a clinic with Bob Hart many years ago. Back in those days Bob Hart dominated the winner's circle in western pleasure. I can remember all the whining I heard about it being politics but it sure
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US All Arabian National Horse Show Starts Today

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on October 23, 2010, 1:18 am

Today's the big day and I so wish I was ringside at least watching the classes but since I can't be there I'm going to have to settle for the Live Feed which just is NOT the same thing. Not only is the view restrictive but sometimes I think the gaits look odd on the feed. Funny how that happens when they look fine in the video. Must have something to do with the internet. There was a rider down in section A of the half Arabian AAOTR (adult amateur owner to ride) park horses. I didn't see the actual
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Sizing Things Up.......A Change of Tack.........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on October 22, 2010, 1:25 am

Part 1Since my priority is to get this Arabian horse into the show ring next year, I decided it might be smart to change my goals for him just a bit. Instead of focusing on western pleasure alone, I would work the horse towards hunter pleasure as well. The hunter gaits are much easier to attain than the more collected western gaits so if we didn't get far enough with the western to be competitive, I would still be able to show the horse in hunter.I must admit that originally I never expected Bey
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Sizing Things Up.......A New Ball Game.........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on October 21, 2010, 2:15 am

Part 1The first opportunity after the Arabian horse's feet were trimmed, I had Storm over to the park. To my best recollection the horse has never been there before so I didn't know what he'd think. That big open arena with the hill overlooking it can intimidate even a well trained horse at times. Most of the time if anything scary happens it comes from up on that hill. With horses being prey animals that overhead intrusion is one extremely sensitive for most horses. A "bad" experience on a first
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Sizing Things Up.......Getting Feet Done.........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on October 20, 2010, 1:47 am

Part 1It was a week before I could get the farrier out to do anything about Storm's feet. I probably could have looked around for someone other than my regular farrier to get them done sooner but I really didn't want to do that. The odds were I wouldn't be able to get someone I trusted in any better time and I wasn't going to take any chances on trying an unknown. Unfortunately it's just way too easy to find an incompetent farrier than a good one. Referrals are only as good as the experience level
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A Little Movie Review, A Little Thinking.... Secretariat

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on October 19, 2010, 1:41 am

I'm not the only one in this family that loves horse movies so when trailers began to appear of Secretariat my family could hardly wait for the release. I had even bought tickets for a preview the week before the actual release date of the movie but instead of making our date at the movie theater we had a date with the vet on account of Solidare's Colt's illness so we had to wait to see the flick on the official opening date.Being a sap about dreaming in the first place, movies that follow that
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Anniversary Sadness.........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on October 18, 2010, 1:30 am

It was on this date last year that I left for the US National All Arabian Horse Show in Tulsa Oklahoma. While I cannot say I miss the Count Down it took getting ready to depart for last year's show, I can say I feel some sadness on this anniversary of my departure. Now that I finally am ready to be competing at the level it sucks to be stuck home just sitting on the sidelines.Although I will not miss the trip travelling across the country, I will certainly miss the adventure of it all. The Adventure
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Sizing Things Up.......My Opinion.........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on October 16, 2010, 12:51 am

Part 1I can't say that I was surprised at what I found taking this first ride on my horse after he was returned to me. I'd been told the horse was being put into the western bridle for showing during the 2010 season but the few times I'd seen the horse worked in the past two years Storm had been ridden by a couple of different kids. Each had differing degrees in ability and both had a lot to learn. The only way I could see Storm could have been ready to go into the bridle was for the measure of
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Sizing Things Up.......The Ride.........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on October 14, 2010, 11:41 pm

Part 1In addition to not travelling square, each time I put my legs on the Arabian horse to push him into the bridle, Storm speeded up and popped his head into the air. I could wiggle my fingers to get his head down but as far as the horse was concerned putting his head down did not include driving forward and through the bit. The horse had clearly been ridden off a rider's hands with little if any leg. Of course these issues all got exaggerated at the jog. Trying to block a dropped shoulder was
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Sizing Things Up.......A Little Hitch.........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on October 13, 2010, 11:58 pm

Part 1As the Arabian horse lurched forward, the bottom of my vest got caught over the saddle horn and for one frantic moment I was scurrying to get myself free. Visions of dangling from the saddle horn off the side of the moving horse or even hitting the dirt squirted through my brain as I struggled getting my vest freed. As my life flashed before my eyes I wondered should I be wearing my helmet. The last thing I needed was another head injury.As I scrambled for the reins to get my horse under my
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Sizing Things Up

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on October 13, 2010, 1:05 am

When I posted Wrapping Up a Difficult Summer I had just gotten the Arabian horse, Scandalous Storm, back. I decided I'd just let the horse enjoy some turnout time and give him some time to adjust before I put him to work so it was a full week before I even got on his back.Although court papers had stated the horse was in training, his condition implied otherwise. The Arabian horse had absolutely no tone in his hip. There was nothing about the rest of his overall body condition that suggested it
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MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on October 12, 2010, 12:27 am

I realized today as I was thinking about the AllTech World Equestrian Games being over that I hadn't really posted anything more about the games since The Second Day........US Wins Gold Medal....and My Heart Skips a Beat I missed some things I would really loved to see because of breaks in the weather here. I also missed some things because the schedule I'd downloaded turned out to be incomplete. The end result was I didn't get to watch anything but highlights of the things I wanted most to see.I
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A Departure..........and a Little Something Odd.........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on October 11, 2010, 2:03 am

This week saw the departure of our final farm guest. There's no word on whether he's reached his destination safely but I imagine we'll know that before long. In the meantime I must admit it seems a little odd to have the place back to ourselves. In the four months time our visitors were here we got used to their presence. Now the place feels a bit empty.Considering the weather that's been moving in, their migration south has probably come at just the right time. The experts are predicting a difficult
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A Light at the End of the Tunnel..........maybe.......

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on October 10, 2010, 3:15 am

The last couple of days I haven't been all that comfortable with how things have been progressing with Solidare's colt. Mostly, I guess, my discomfort comes from not really knowing what to expect. Having never dealt with this kind of issue before I have no frame of reference and just "not knowing" is a very uncomfortable place for me.I have been doing the hot compresses as ordered by the vet. However, other than the first day, not much is coming from those open wounds. Still the heat seems to feel
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More Bumps..............The Second Treatment

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on October 8, 2010, 12:26 am

Monday morning it appeared to me the colt showed no more improvement. There might have been a small decrease in swelling in the right hock but other than that he seemed to be about the same. That worried me a little, I had hoped for a continuation of the improvement we'd received once the antibiotics had been started. It was mid afternoon before the first results from the original culture arrived. So far the bacteria that had grown was a beta hemolytic strep, not the easiest to treat but not the
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The Trip to the Vet..........Wrapping Up.....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on October 7, 2010, 12:46 am

Not long after we'd come into the clinic, the vet had asked me if I wanted to tranquilize Dare who was making quite a ruckus being left behind in the horse trailer. While I knew she was distressed, I also knew she wouldn't be stupid about it either. I knew it wouldn't take long for her to accept we'd taken the colt and to settle down her protestations. My vet couldn't get over Dare's attachment to this foal that wasn't even hers. On Sunday when I'd first pointed her out as the colt's adopted mother
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