The Daffodil All Arabian Summer Show 2010.....Getting Started

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on August 17, 2010, 12:00 am

Once I finished my late night post and played a little Spider Solitaire to unwind, I went back to my bedroom because I was cold. Looking at the clock it was only about twenty minutes until time to rise but I still climbed back into bed to warm up my toes. I really should have known better. I've plenty of experience with late night sleepless sessions followed by morning sleep when I need to be up. Twenty minutes was more than enough time for me to nod off and ignore my alarm. Luckily for me I was
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Life's Moving Along...............

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on August 14, 2010, 11:48 am

If you've noticed the time of this post, you know I'm up in the middle of the night instead of sleeping. Not that it's ever a good thing to not be able to sleep, but it's even worse when I'm supposed to rise at 5:30 so I can head to the Daffodil All Arabian Summer Horse Show.I didn't get home from the fairgrounds until somewhere around 10 and I only stayed up long enough to unwind from the drive home. Something woke me around 2:30 and my brain hasn't stopped sense. Issues from the darn lawsuit are
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Update on Solidare's Foal

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on August 13, 2010, 3:03 am

Knowing that the day Solidare might be leaving us, I had decided to turn Dare out with Solidare and her foal. Over the weeks a relationship has developed between the colt and his sister that I hoped would be comforting to him if the day did arise he lost his mother.Many times I've seen the colt off out of Solidare's reach up to mischief. Solidare would call out to him to return to her side, or cease whatever trouble he was doing, and often times the colt would ignore that request. Whenever that
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Heartbreak in the Road

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on August 11, 2010, 12:38 am

There are not enough words to express what I feel in my heart. I must do the telling the only way it will come out. I cannot see through the tears to write unless I become the reporter instead of the grieving owner............even then there just are not words to honor this mare..............The exquisite Arabian mare, Solidare, breathed her last breath as she was humanely euthanized this afternoon. I knew this day was coming but I was not prepared for it. At twenty years of age it was reasonable
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Finally Home..........and a bit of Recuperating......

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on August 9, 2010, 11:39 pm

It was a long week at the C-Fair Charity Horse Show at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. The horse show is over and we survived without having record setting temperatures. That part's great but it still seemed to be one long, even sometimes odd from the perspective of a show manager, horse show. For some reason I ended up plagued by blisters on my right foot. Even though I'd taken along the very same assortment of foot wear I'd taken to the last three horse shows I managed, things just
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The Mule Skinner........but HOW Personal..........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on August 8, 2010, 1:33 am

Legs is a good boy...........but he is a stallion, a stallion with a pretty darn strong libido. Breeding is his favorite activity. While his manners are pretty darn good, I couldn't risk him getting up close and personal with this jenny.I moved my hand up to block Legs from reaching back towards the jenny. The look in his eye had changed ever so slightly and he was considering there might just be new possibilites in the day's activities. When the horse saw me hand, Legs immediately knew he'd been
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The Mule Skinner.............Up Close and Personal.....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on August 7, 2010, 1:30 am

The mule's ears darted back and forth between Legs and me as I ever so carefully reached my hand towards the loop on that halter. It was clear it didn't really know what to think. Who was the bigger threat.........or maybe who was more interesting........who knows for sure. My mind raced with what I would do "if." What if I grabbed that loop and the mule tried to race off before I got the rein snapped to it? What if I did catch the mule and it just stood there? Would I try and lead it back to its
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The Mule Intervention.............

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on August 6, 2010, 1:25 am

As we headed around the arena I looked to see where the mules were. They were now on the hill but travelling at a medium trot. Legs and I travelling at a gallop were definitely out distancing them. Just at the top of the hill, the roadway turns from gravel into asphalt. I worried about Legs sliding on that slick surface so I slowed him up before we actually hit the asphalt surface. The distance from that point to an interception of the mules was no more than a couple of horse lengths. Bringing Legs
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More Characters at the Park.........The Mule Skinner.....the Escape

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on August 5, 2010, 1:22 am

I learned a long time ago I really need to pay attention to that voice that tells me something is going to happen. Not often do I come out the other side to find that voice was wrong. On this particular day, the voice was NOT wrong. Something startled me out of deep concentration. I don't know if it was a sound, some kind of motion or what. All I know is I looked up to see the two mules running free outside the little arena. They were on the far side making a beeline past the barns moving up the
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More Characters at the Park.........The Mule Skinner

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on August 4, 2010, 2:13 am

I never know what kind of equines I'm going to encounter at the park. Some days I get in and out of there seeing nary a soul. Other days it's a zoo with all shapes, sizes and colors of horses and riders. Some times there are already people working when I arrive and other times I start off by myself only to end up with a dozen horses still working when I leave. One morning shortly after my backyard guests had moved in, I arrived at the park to see a lone truck parked in my usual spot right up close
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A Little on Weather, Horse Shows and What's Next

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on August 3, 2010, 1:25 am

I can't believe it is August already but it is. It seems like only a couple of weeks ago that the summer weather arrived. Even at that it has been touch and go with the temperatures. While we haven't seen rain in a while, the cool marine air brings fog overnight. The sun seems to take most of the day to burn it off. The end result is temperatures closer to those we'd expect in May instead of early August. I'm not going to complain about this weather. It actually makes the temperatures more tolerable
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The Face of Homeless............Time with the Horses

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on August 1, 2010, 7:39 pm

Part 1Other than those two incidents it didn't really look to me like our backyard guests were having much interaction with the horses. We do turnouts each day so they were pretty much surrounded by the horses during daylight hours but the horses seemed to be doing their thing while this family did theirs.I'd offered to spend some time teaching S about the horses. I knew how much see loved animals after all her dad had thought she'd make a good apprentice. Even though her time her was going to be
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The Face of Homeless.............Another Breakout....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on July 31, 2010, 2:03 am

Part 1Now that Solidare and her cohorts had a taste of freedom. They must have been looking for other chances to revisit the yard. It was only a couple of days later when they escaped again.This time I was home and it was probably my fault. I'd let Solidare and her foal out when I got home from my daily ride. I'd also released Dare from her paddock next to Solidare's stall so she could join the duo in the front field. That's my usual routine I do if I return home to find Solidare inside. I do it
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Happy, Happy Birthday, Baby!

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on July 30, 2010, 1:32 am

Today is Lindsay's birthday. I can't believe that my baby is thirty. Not only does that thought make me feel very very old, but it reminds me that she is indeed a miracle. It was twenty years ago when Lindsay was diagnosed with brain cancer. She had complications from her surgery and the balance center in her brain was nearly destroyed by excess swelling. Lindsay's prognosis was not good. The hospital where we went for treatment had two cases with Lindsay's diagnosis that had survived eight years
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The Face of Homeless.............The Capture...........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on July 29, 2010, 2:04 am

Part 1I didn't expect that Solidare in her crippled state would do much harm to my guests but who knew what that colt might do if he got spooked or felt trapped. As for Dare the odds were she wouldn't do anything harmful except maybe to a dog if it decided to chase her. Looking at this situation, I was really glad we already had done our release of liability. I left my horse trailer outside the gate coming inside thinking I was going to capture Solidare. Crippled or not the mare did not want to
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The Face of Escape............

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on July 28, 2010, 1:53 am

Part 1After we had our new guests settled, there was one very important thing I wanted to be done. It's probably already obvious that I tend to trust people but this recent incident with the lawsuit tells me I need to be careful and protect myself. Just because I think that someone will not try to take advantage does not mean that will necessarily be the case.Living on a farm with lots of critters has some inherent safety issues. Anyone who has horses understands what those might be. We, who love
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The Face of Homeless............a Little Whine.......

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on July 27, 2010, 2:07 am

Part 1I was right that it would probably take most of my ride for Dave and T finally did have the gazebo set up. I remember that thing providing shade at my open house each year but now that I looked at it in the yard I wasn't quite so sure it was going to provide as much shade at this family was going to require. We had a stretch of nice but hot weather coming our way. Being stuck outside without big trees for shade was going to be a problem. However, it looked like I was really the only one worried
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The Face of Homeless..........Problem Solving..........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on July 26, 2010, 1:43 am

Part 1One of the things that struck me as this family moved into my backyard was how very much we take for granted the little things. This volunteering of my backyard as a place of refuge for them didn't seem like much to me yet it was something huge to them. As we sat there on the grass figuring out the best way to set things up, J began to cry. She thanked me profusely for saving her from the scrutiny of others and the fear someone might turn her in and she'd end up losing her child. At first
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The Face of Homeless..........Moving In............

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on July 25, 2010, 1:52 am

Part 1It was only as I was actually leaving the park that I called Dave to let him know what I done. Per my usual when I've done something without consulting him first, I told Dave to prepare himself for my latest stunt. After thirty plus years of marriage Dave is used to the surprises I can come up with sometimes. When I told him I'd invited a homeless family to camp in our back yard and that I needed him to mow the lawn so it would be ready for a tent all the man said was "OK." There were no weird
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MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on July 24, 2010, 1:51 am

Part 1I'm pretty sure an invitation to camp in my back yard is not what J was expecting. She looked at me with a disbelieving look. Still, I could tell what I'd said wasn't registering. I gave her a minute for it to sink in. Then I told her I thought I could get my hands on a pretty big tent and there was a place we could put it in our backyard. It wouldn't be much but it would be more private than what they had now. "Sure!...............Are you sure?..................Is this going to be ok with
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