Beat the Heat

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on July 13, 2009, 8:00 am


by Peanut, age 9 It’s 30 degrees Celcius outside — too hot to walk, to ride, or to move. Well, get on up off that hay bale because I have created a guide to have some fun in the sun, and beat the heat! Why not take a day’s break from riding and just give your horse a grooming and a massage? I’m sure your horse would like that! It’s also a great time to bond. Bring your horse in the arena and just let him loose. Have lots of fun! Haven’t beat the heat yet? Ask
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July 12th

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on July 12, 2009, 2:54 pm


JUDGING IS UNDERWAY! In a top secret location, competition entries are being organized into age groupings, pre-readers are checking each against eligibility requirements,  and our esteemed judges have started reading and evaluating each story. With so many awesome entries, they have a tough job ahead of them. We’re SO lucky to have these amazing ladies supporting the GHC 2009 Fiction Competition! Meanwhile, in another not-so-secret location… PRIZES ARE TAKING OVER. If I happen to go
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My Dark Horse

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on July 11, 2009, 8:00 am


by Ginger, age 11 My dark horse in the night, you stand with pride, your head held high, your muscles gleam, against the moon, your breath steams, against the midnight air. And you hold that little aura, that little streak of wild, that makes your eyes scream, and it seems, we could never be a team, Your head holds defiance, but you whisper reliance. So here you are, next to me, my dark horse. * * * * * * * * * * Author’s Note: I was out with the horses one night in the dark and my welsh Beauty
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Before and After

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on July 10, 2009, 12:43 pm


A while back I stumbled across an archive of posters made through a U.S. government Works Progress Administration (WPA) program that originated during the great depression. Here’s what the Library of Congress site says about the posters: The By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943 collection consists of 908 boldly colored and graphically diverse original posters produced from 1936 to 1943 as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. Of the 2,000 WPA posters
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Of the Sea; Del Mar

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on July 9, 2009, 8:00 am


by HorseFeathers, age 16 I feel the sand beneath my feet Ever constant, ever warm, ever free Flowing where the tide takes them Like the wind in my dancing mane I lick the sweet and salty crisp air as the water droplets trickle down my face My tail streams behind me as I run A banner of welcome to the sea Here, I am alone with the wind, my thoughts, and the sea Always free *************************************************** Siento la arena debajo de mis pies Siempre constante, siempre caliente,
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The Animal Coffee Shop

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on July 8, 2009, 8:00 am


by Pony Princess, age 15 The old mare passes the shop, An inviting fragrance beckons. She decides it’s worth a stop, Her slow walk quickens. Up front, Pig is ordering, Three teen cats giggle at a table, A turtle sits reading, The Hare and Tortoise fable. “That’s only a quarter?” “Do you have corn coffee?” Pig continues his order, “I’d like two — no, three!” The mare smiles, Since it’s Pig, This could take awhile, His appetite is big. She
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I Still Love My Horse

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on July 7, 2009, 8:00 am


by Allison, age 12 He pays more attention to the grass, Than to my frantic kicks, He won’t respond to anything, This I need to fix! When I get him to finally canter, We head toward a jump. He stops right before it I fly over and land with a bump! I take him to the round pen, He thinks he’s finally free! He won’t run in a circle, But almost runs over me! At the end of the day, I still love my horse, Even though he’s silly, And never shows remorse. More to read...Horse Love and FallsIn Love
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Hanging In There

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on July 6, 2009, 8:00 am


by Ginger, age 11 OK… here’s the deal. I am making progress with my new welsh but she’s too young for me to be training to ride, so we might just give her back. I haven’t ridden a horse in two months. We are looking into buying or leasing a new horse, but… Lately it has become a issue to make time in my life for horses, because… Swimming is becoming more and more important and time consuming. And finally… I just got my appendix removed Oh, did I mention
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Through The Eyes Of A Horse: Mercy

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on July 5, 2009, 8:00 am


by Violet Inkpen, age 13 The chestnut stallion was surrounded by the thunderous noise of a race track. The cheering humans were so loud he felt their screams in his head. The pounding of hooves and ringing of bells thundered in his chest. He was running. He winced when he saw a grey horse beginning to pass him. He knew what was coming. Suddenly the wicked whip came at him and slapped his flanks, stinging him like an evil bee. He increased his pace until he could go no faster. Sweat poured from him
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July 4th

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on July 4, 2009, 3:28 pm


HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY to all who are celebrating today. Even if this isn’t a national holiday in your country, I hope you find a moment to celebrate your personal independence, and all the qualities that make you an amazing individual. Before I head out for celebration with loved ones, here’s an update on GHC happenings… FICTION COMPETITION. Thank you to all the early birds who have entered already — it’s exciting to see so much interest in the competition! Donations
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Wild

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on July 3, 2009, 8:00 am


by Peanut, age 9 They live in the fields, open blue skies Not thinking ’bout life, or how they want to die The trees surround them, their forest, their home A fence now surrounding the lot they used to roam. The sound of yelling men, sound across the plain, Cowboys on their horses, equipped with rope and rein, Their instincts tell them it’s time to leave and run, The grass tore up behind them, the hot, scorching sun. The ropes land round their necks, they buck and rear, nowhere do they
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Once Upon a Sadness

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on July 2, 2009, 8:00 am


by HorseFeathers, age 16 Fresh page. New pen. Where do I begin? Hope fails, tears fall I need someone to take the thoughts I’m thinking now and bury them far away from this pasture Past the meadow green and cloud flecked skies Through the wooded glade and beyond the purple mountains Far away from which I shall never see my beloved Rose again For these many years we have grown together; foal and child, laughter combining with joyous nickers It was the perfect fairy tale you might say a girl
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Ask GHC: To Be or Not To Be

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on June 30, 2009, 12:49 pm


Hey y’all ever seen those pictures of abused or misused horses? Well I have and it doesn’t make me happy at all. It’s not something that horse lovers like to talk about but it’s a fact that’s there. Recently I went to my friend’s house in the country for a visit. We went over the the fairground stables to greet some of the horses and ponies. Several of them looked pretty healthy and an average weight, but some did not. Their heads looked too big for their necks,
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Hold On

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on June 30, 2009, 8:00 am


by Peanut, age 9 Those soulful black eyes stare at me Black like coal, deep as the sea I’ll hold on forever and never let go Oh Gully I love you, I love you so Your short little tail and whiskered chin You’ve done no wrong, done no sin I’ll never forget for as long as I live The gift that you give me, that only you can give!
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No Fun in the Sun

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on June 28, 2009, 8:00 am


by Allison, age 13 Riding can be dangerous all times of the year, but summer poses an additional threat. When riding (where I live) in 100 or more degrees Fahrenheit, heat exhaustion and dehydration rear their ugly heads. Trust me, I know from experience. When taking a riding lesson a few days ago, I started to blackout. I had been feeling sick and tired for a while before that, but I didn’t want to stop riding! I got off and cooled down before I blacked out, but think of what could happen if
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Fiction Competition Prize Round-Up

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on June 28, 2009, 1:25 am


First, let’s have a boisterous round of nickers and whinnies for our prize donors. THANK YOU, thank you from the bottom of our hooves for the great horse-themed books, collectibles, clothing, music and other goodies! I’ve included lots ‘o links so you can learn more about the generous companies and individuals supporting our fiction competition. Now get your scrolling finger ready — the round-up is long, and as more prizes arrive it will get even longer (hint-hint to anyone
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The Friendship I Find In Horses

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on June 26, 2009, 8:00 am


by Violet Inkpen, age 13 There is a treasure beyond just rare. There is a love that two hearts share. When loyalty is sworn until the end Then you have found the truest friend. Not many horses can be so Not many people really know How the truest friend sticks by your side In times of need when you must cry And if these friends travel miles apart They’ll always be together in spirit and heart For best friends know each other’s dreams And what true love and friendship means And if such
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Gulliver, Oh

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on June 25, 2009, 8:00 am


by Peanut, age 9 Gulliver oh, you’ve helped me grow into a pretty blossom I really want to let you know, I think you’re truly awesome You taught me to always bright the day with a smile To be happy ’cause were only on earth for a while Gulliver oh, I love you so How much do I adore you? The number I don’t know I’d be lost without your love You’re my gift sent from above Gulliver oh, you have no foe You’re never mean or unkind Your beauty can’t be defined Your
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Where I Wander

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on June 23, 2009, 8:00 am


by HorseFeathers, age 16 I am wandering along this trodden path worn with many ages and friends alike The past behind me the future before me future generations of the past and past generations in the future. I shake my dusty mane the particles dance in between the shafts of the noon sunlight. The forest calls my name and I answer her with my wanderings We are whole yet separate in this vaporish life Each changing and growing with the seasons as time progresses. My hooves are solid and firm from
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June 21st

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on June 21, 2009, 3:17 pm


HAPPY SOLSTICE! Spring Break is officially over and Summer is off to a great start. While I always intend to relax and kick back during breaks, inevitably I end up initiating change and assigning myself new projects. Along with launching the 2009 Fiction Competition, in real life I’ve started working with a new riding coach. Yesterday I had my first ride with Principe, a sweet Peruvian Paso gelding, and my first experience with the paso llano gait. So smooooth! I’m happy happy happy
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