The Face of Homeless

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on July 23, 2010, 1:50 am

Part 1The woman standing in front of me was still talking but my mind raced with the discovery. I could hear her words even though my mind was going ninety miles an hour trying to comprehend what I'd she'd previously said. My denial really wanted to kick in so I didn't have to deal with this situation. The thought of someone I'd just made a connection with turning out to be homeless just did NOT want to compute. Yet here this woman was with her daughter standing right in front of me explaining the
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More on Characters at the Park.........Homeless......

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on July 22, 2010, 1:47 am

Part 1Since I don't really leave my farm much except to do something horse related, I'm not forced very often to think about such things as the homeless. I get exposed sometimes on trips into town where I might see someone at a freeway ramp holding a sign. There are those news stories that come up when the latest "Tent City" in Seattle is being forced to move yet again. Other news stories sometimes are about victims of other circumstances who happen to be homeless. All of these things stir my conscience.It
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More on Characters at the Park.....The Revelation

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on July 21, 2010, 2:02 am

Part 1The recongition of the girl's name was instantaneous. While an easily recognizable noun, it was not one I had ever heard used as a name. It has stuck in my head the very first time I heard it and I am not a person who remembers names well. Hearing it, now, in the park, there was not doubt in my mind that this was the tween I had been asked to consider working as an apprentice for me. I looked from the girl back to her mother repeating her name. "This is the kid...........," I didn't even finish
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More on Characters at the Park.....The Discovery

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on July 20, 2010, 1:36 am

Part 1I see lots of people come and go in the park when I ride. Some of those people turn out to be regulars. I get to know their faces, their patterns as they pass through my field of vision. Sometimes I say "hello" to those folks and sometimes they say "hello" to me. Others, it might be a nod of a head but with the regulars always it grows into some kind of acknowledgement "I see you each day." After a while it feels like those people are friends when I don't even know their names. Funny how that
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More on Characters at the Park...Food for Thought

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on July 19, 2010, 1:50 am

It was a few weeks before I saw this gentleman again. Actually, I had nearly forgotten about him when he appeared from out of nowhere. Unlike our previous conversation, which had been quite lengthy, this one was only for a brief moment. He handed me a card with the information about his daughter and a phone number. As I took the card I told the man I wasn't really sure if I was in a position I could take on an apprentice at the moment. His response was, "That's OK, If it worked out, fine, if it
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More on Characters at the Park

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on July 18, 2010, 1:55 am

All of last week there may have been Gremlins in the Woods but there was no sign of Sister A but that doesn't mean there were not other "characters" present in the park.Keep in mind that when I use the term "characters" I use it in the loving way that authors relish their "characters." It is no way a disparaging remark about any of the personalities or people I meet. I truly enjoy the bumps into humanity that happen riding at this public park. I just never know where life will take me next but
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The Gremlins Are Gone..........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on July 17, 2010, 3:20 am

My sources at the park tell me that the little gremlins I encountered at the beginning of the week are now gone. While I'm not sure if it really was a Girl Scout sponsored day camp as I was told or a church camp, I guess it doesn't matter if the session is over and all the little kidlets are on to bigger and better things for their summer activities. It took me a couple of days to figure out that the session began at 9 am and only today did I realize that it ended at 11. If I had known those things
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Departing.........a Little Gremlin Farewell

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on July 16, 2010, 12:38 am

The conversation with most of these kids wasn't even affected by the swing of Legs' head. Part of the kids may have scattered but the others still felt safe and secure petting away and asking more questions. Legs.........well, he seemed to be amused by watching the ones that had fled as they came back trying to act all non challant. I was amused as well. It was much like watching one of the horses when he/she has spooked at something silly. You know the one when they realize they've been foolish.
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Gremlins.......Up Close........and Personal

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on July 15, 2010, 1:41 am

At this point Legs and I are stopped on a downward slope. The horse's croup is about six inches higher than his whither but Legs was comfortably locked into a secure stance.One of the older boys asked me which direction we were trying to go. With most of the area covered in underbrush, there really weren't many choices. I pointed to the path leading to the right so the kid gave more specific directions to his little clan.As the area in front of me cleared I started to move my horse off to the right.It
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Gremlins in the Woods

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on July 14, 2010, 5:06 am

After we got done with our arena work yesterday, I took Legs out onto the trails in the back part of the park. Sometimes after the horse has worked particularly hard, he's not all that happy about heading out to work hills in the back. Yesterday was one of those days. The horse was awesome at the collected work so it took its toll. As we walked across the parking lot to reach the first part of our "trail" ride, my poor horse moved at more of a crawl than a walk. Getting Legs to pick up the pace
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Sign of Progress

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on July 13, 2010, 1:28 am

Our weather this summer has been all over the place. We went from a late spring/early summer that looked more like late winter right into record July heat. I swear my AC worked overtime all last week and I was up at the crack of dawn so I could get Legs schooled before it got too hot.Now, today the temperatures have plummeted. Poor Legs was standing in his stall without a blanket telling me off because he was cold. His hair was all puffed up trying to trap more heat to keep the poor guy warm. I
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Looking for a Little Relaxation............

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on July 12, 2010, 3:33 am

Yesterday, I thought I'd try to do something relaxing to see if I could get my stomach to settle. The Region 5 Championships have been going on all week so going to watch some classes seemed like the best way to get my head into something I enjoy and out of legal ease. I called my friend, Wendy, and the two of us headed off that direction. It's a two hour drive from my house to the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. That is, of course, if traffic is normal. There were complications since Interstate
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A Little about My Current Stress

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on July 10, 2010, 5:50 pm

There's been a lot going on here lately. Even more than usual I am afraid now that we are involved in a lawsuit. The result has been the stress is killing me. Not literally, that I can tell, but it is making me sick. I have not been posting about most of the sources of that stress and it will probably continue that way for a while. Since the lawsuit is now a matter of public record, I figured it was time to at least mention it's existence because it really is affecting everything I say and do.Being
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Sister A Meets a Thief

Part 1The next day Sister A arrived with another apple in hand. However, I was just in the process of getting on Legs to ride. I was in the processing of threading my reins through the rings of the martingale when the woman arrived. Feeding Legs an apple with a snaffle in his mouth didn't seem like the fair thing to do.It seems to be much easier for Sister A to get going on a roll of ministering to me when I'm not moving so I have never stopped my process, whatever it might be, when Sister A arrives.
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Legs and Sister A....... A Little Bonding.....

Part 1The Arabian stallion's efforts made quite the impression on Sister A. The next time I saw her the woman came bearing gifts for the horse. She was still telling me God loved me and the like but Sister A had new purpose in her step. Her outstretched hand held a bright red apple and she was heading straight for Legs.Sister A did look my direction to see if it was ok to feed my horse but it was more of a courtesy that a belief she should ask. Her determination to reward Legs was clear in every
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Legs Finally Gets Sister A's Attention

Part 1Legs is something of a joker. The Arabian horse has always been that way from the day he was born. He has this keen sense of humor that I don't always get but I swear he smiles when he thinks he's pulled something off. You just have to appreciate a horse with a sense of humor. Unless of course, you are the brunt of his jokes. Then it's not always quite so much fun but I must admit I did get a chuckle out of seeing Legs give Sister A a run for her money.The horse didn't start off with anything
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Sister A.............Which Horse??

Part 1It didn't take long for me to realize how little experience Sister A had around horses. This observation was based just on her exuberant behavior. Every time she approached she asked me the horse's name even if it was the horse she'd seen the day before. She reminded me of me back in those days I worked as a groom at Feature Farm when all the horses looked the same. I could tell the difference in the colors but that was it for me. I couldn't even tell some of the partbreds from the purebreds.
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Happy Birthday, America!

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on July 4, 2010, 10:44 pm

Wishing a Happy and Safe 4th of July to all my American blogging buddies! And wishing all of your equine friends some much needed peace and quiet. I know around here the illegal fireworks seem to rule well into the night so there won't be much rest until near dawn. Most of my horses are used to the loud bangs and exploding lights but I still stay close and watch them even closer.This is Solidare's foal enjoying his time outside. I'm sure he's not going to understand being put up early because of
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Sister A.................Thinking Green................

Part 1It was only a matter of time before I knew Sister A would have to deal with an issue horse owners are used to but non-horsey folks seem to view with disdain. That was the matter of poop.There's not much you can do with horses without having to deal with the green stuff at one time or another. With me taking my young horses to the park for their first times ever, it was reasonable to assume that poop would be a by product of the experience. Just like any young horses in new situations their
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Sister A...............a Little Watching.............

Part 1As Sister A got closer I could see the tears streaming down her face. I think the woman was crying because the horse was scared but that's only a guess on my part. The look on Sister A's face was certainly one of concern and she really was working at containing her exuberance which for Sister A is a really big thing.Louie seemed to be more concerned with the environment he was in than with the approaching woman. The horse was dancing a bit and trying to push me towards the trailer with his
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