The Trip to the Vet..........Examining the Hock.....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on October 6, 2010, 12:00 am

Most days I couldn't get this colt to walk out of his stall without the young horse taking a dislike to my involvement. He was born an independent little varmint and really thinks life should be lived on his terms. The handful of times he has been haltered he's let me know he's not fond of that thing on his face and even less fond of being asked to go anywhere he's not prepared to go.Since the loss of his mother the colt has become more dependent but only on Dare. He clings to her like he's afraid
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The Trip to the Vet

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on October 5, 2010, 1:03 am

By late Saturday evening we were already seeing some response from the antibiotics and banamine that had been administered to Solidare's colt. He was moving around more and seemed to be showing some interest in food. By morning the colt was actually putting a little weight on that leg and was definitely serious about his chow. The vet called first thing in the morning checking on his patient. He had a surgery scheduled for that morning and another emergency looming. Once he was done with that, the
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MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on October 3, 2010, 2:02 am

Sometimes there are bumps in the road. You just never know when they're coming or what they're going to be. Sometimes you don't even know when you hit them if they are big bumps or little ones. That's how it's been here the past couple of days.Solidare's foal came up lame. There was very little heat and some swelling in his right rear fetlock. I checked him over for wounds and took his temperature before putting standing wraps on him. He seemed to be feeling ok but I watched him closely just in
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A Little Look at Storm.........

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

This video is two years old and was taken just before Storm left here for his new home. Now that he's back it's interesting to look at this old video to see the difference in his appearance. The horse definitely has more condition in the video than he does now and his neck is much finer. It' ll be interesting to see if we get that horse back or where things go from here. I'll see if I can get some new video shot and uploaded so you all can see the comparison.
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The Beginnings of a Little Story...............Rescues and Afterthoughts....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on October 1, 2010, 12:52 am

The Animal Control officer let us know she was not used to coming to a place and being treated graciously. More often than not people are mad and take it out on the officer. I let her know I would rather have people report something they think is amiss than have one horse continue to be neglected because someone was afraid to step up. For me, it was all good. Before she left we talked about some of the rescue cases that have happened in our area of late. This woman actually owns an Arabian horse
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The Beginnings of a Little Story...............Animal Control....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on September 30, 2010, 1:08 am

I must admit hearing the words "We have Animal Control pulling into the yard." did not shock me. With the state Solidare had been in I had been waiting for Animal Control to descend upon us for months. Every time I turned that mare and foal out into the front field I shuddered. It was tough enough looking at the mare in such shape knowing exactly what was happening to her. I wondered what an untrained eye must think.I'd had friends tell me they wouldn't put the mare out into the front pasture for
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The Beginnings of a Little Story...............Turnouts....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on September 29, 2010, 1:45 am

One thing about Rhet at this time he just doesn't really adapt well to change. The horse likes his routine and reacts negatively by having it disturbed. Even if that change means more turn out time, Rhet just doesn't know how to deal with it. Instead of spending the time enjoying his time out, Rhet works the fence line wondering what's up.Anyone who's dealt with such a horse knows they can drop weight in the blink of an eye. One episode of fence walking can burn the whole day's critical calories.
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The Beginnings of a Little Story...............The Colts

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on September 28, 2010, 3:00 am

I didn't seem to be able to find anything live on the World Equestrian Games today although I know the dressage started because I got an email telling me the Netherlands is leading in the team competition. It's probably a good thing I couldn't find a live feed because I actually got to work horses here which was a nice change but not something I'm going to post about at this time. Not that the work I did wasn't interesting but I have this story I keep putting off that I'm going to tell so put on
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The Second Day........US Wins Gold Medal....and My Heart Skips a Beat

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on September 27, 2010, 2:29 am

I'm not all that well versed in what can be found on my own tv. We have Comcast for cable and I still can't tell you what's there to watch other than the usual three standard networks ABC, NBC and CBS, I just don't know my way around the rest nor do I usually care most times other than not being able to get RFD-TV. When the broadcast schedule I downloaded from USEF stated Universal Sports Network as a place to watch some of the games, I was totally at a loss. Where could I find this stuff on my
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The First Day..........

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

While I have done other things today my focus has really been on the opening of the World Equestrian Games. I didn't get to watch the first session of reining this morning because I kept getting error messages that make me suspect their servers were overwhelmed by the initial response. I did, however, get to see the afternoon session. Yeah for me!!!!! Still I know that Sweden opened the games with the first ride in the reining competition. I learned that little tidbit in the opening ceremonies.
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Watch Arabians Live from WEG at 8:06 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25!

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on September 25, 2010, 4:21 am

This text is from an email I received from AHA.The Arabian Horse Association is pleased to announce that our very own Arabian horses will make their first appearance on the international stage in the Opening Ceremonies of the FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games™ (WEG). Sept. 25. The event will air live on NBC from 7-9 p.m. CDT. AHA has just learned that the Arabians will go live at 8:06 p.m. Eastern Time. If your NBC affiliate is not carrying the Opening Ceremonies in your market, live coverage
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A Second Day of Play........and a Little Closer Look

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on September 24, 2010, 12:13 am

The next day it was raining so hard here that Storm didn't get outside as did none of my other horses. I had originally thought I might ride him on that second day but considering how hard he'd played I figured he could possibly be sore. Since I already had some concerns the horse might have some issues with soreness, I wanted the opportunity to make an evaluation based on "normal" for this horse so I decided to put off riding him until sometime the following week. In the meantime, we'd focus on
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The Homecoming

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on September 23, 2010, 12:59 am

You'd think when this whole mess was over, I'd finally be able to relax and move on but there's something about being so focused for so long that makes changing gears difficult. Having thought about this thing so hard for so long, it just didn't want to leave my brain. I understood there would be a delay from the point we signed the papers until they were signed and executed by the other side but having had such a negative experience with these people it was hard to even trust them now. I just couldn't
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Wrapping Up a Difficult Summer........Getting Through....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on September 22, 2010, 1:03 am

I talked to a number of lawyers along the way trying to find myself a legal coach or someone to be a spokesman at hearings at the very least. The local court rules were confusing in their vagueness and I felt the judge didn't take me seriously whenever I stood before him. There were no answers from most attorneys other than "that's why you hire an attorney" and the attorneys I spoke to wanted huge retainers I could not afford.Over and over I said if I could afford one, I would have one. Since I
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Wrapping Up a Difficult Summer........a Big Drain....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on September 21, 2010, 12:33 am

The most draining trial of this year started when things began to unravel in a business relationship clear back in January. I began to doubt my journey and to lose focus on what really mattered. The realization I had made such a mistake in judgement that my dream was now in danger of crashing and burning had me doubting most everything I did. As things went downhill so seemed to go my determination at least in the beginning of the decline.Once it became obvious in late May that a legal battle was
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Wrapping Up a Difficult Summer

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on September 20, 2010, 2:34 am

I'd like to thank everyone for their supportive comments on Final Words on Solidare and DSLD With the stressful summer I've had, it had become easy to doubt myself and to feel pretty alone. Having the support of my blogging friends has helped get me through when sometimes all I really wanted to do was pull the covers up over my head and forget the world. I couldn't have gotten through this rough time without you.I've found when times get tough the ugly things that are said seem to hit home even
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Goodbye to a Friend

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on September 19, 2010, 12:12 am

This afternoon I went to a memorial service for one of my horse friends. Not my favorite way of spending a Saturday afternoon but at my age you have to expect those times will happen. When it does I take it in stride and go say goodbye...........something I seem to be doing a lot of here recently.This friend, Ann Cunningham, I have known for more years than I can remember. She and her husband, Bill, are small breeders of Arabian horses like me and live in my area. I knew about them before I actually
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Final Words on Solidare and DSLD

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on September 17, 2010, 1:08 am

Over the course of the spring I posted a couple of blog posts Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Desmitis and then More on DSLD, Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Desmitis about the illness known as DSLD. The motivation of my posts had very much to do with people's criticism of my breeding my mare, Solidare, who had dropped fetlocks. It's been clear from the start that dispite information to the contrary many people assume any horse with dropped fetlocks is a victim of that disease and therefore should
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An Update on Rhet

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on September 16, 2010, 12:30 am

Rhet was such a big part of my postings last year, it feels like I've been neglecting him. I think it's been months since I've posted anything specific the colt. What a transition from almost daily to practically never...............poor Rhet.........definitely neglected. With an ego like his, he'd be appalled if he knew.With no plans to show him this year, it was time for the colt to just hang out and grow up a bit. There's not much exciting in that scenario. Maybe if he was allowed to hang out
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An Update on Solidare's Boy

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on September 15, 2010, 1:08 am

If there's ever been any question in my mind that Solidare's foal was coping just fine without his mother, it was allayed one day in the middle of last week. Returning from a riding session at the park, I was greeted by Dare galloping across the field running to greet Legs. The mare was trumpeting a seductive love song to the stallion as she executed an impressive rollback at the fence. The last thing on her mind was Solidare's colt.While Dare may not have been thinking about Solidare's foal, he
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