Sister A...............a Challenge............

Part 1The next time I saw Sister A I had another young horse tied to the trailer again. I had finished working Louie so I was in the process of untacking the horse when I heard Sister A's squeal of delight. A part of me cringed. Talk about bad timing. I didn't know what to expect from Louie or if he could even deal with Sister A but I guess I was going to find out whether I was ready or not because Sister A was rapidly advancing in our direction.This poor horse was already having issues since he'd
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Sister A Meets Legs

Part 1I totally left out one very important element of Sister A's personality. The woman cries over everything and when they do it's like a dam broke. She apologizes profusely for the waterworks but doesn't really get to why has caused it. There's no rhyme or reason to it that I can see.She cried when she touched Percy and she cried just looking at Tag. She cried talking about her family and she cried talking about God. I never know when they're coming next.When I next saw Sister A, I was working
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An Arabian Mare...........Now What?

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 30, 2010, 1:10 am

It's been a while since I last posted about the situation with Faye. A Mare.......A Van...........and Life Ever since A Sad Day........... the status of this mare has been up in the air. I was getting conflicting information on whether the mare was going to stay or not. I just didn't know what was coming next. Since my last post on the subject, These Are the Details I Know............ a number of things had happened. Nothing definite had come from any of them that I knew of. The status of this
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Sister A..............a Lesson Learned.........

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

part 1Sister A didn't know what to think at this point. She was so intent on getting permission to touch the horse she hadn't digested a single word I'd said. I could see the puzzled look on her face as she tried to understand what this all meant. The woman stopped talking long enough for me to explain again about predator behavior. "You're scaring him. He's just a young horse and he doesn't understand your actions so he's trying to protect himself by running away." I explained to Sister A she could
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Sister A...............Meets Arabian Horses

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

It was the very next day when I saw Sister A again. She was running down the same path towards where I had my horse trailer parked. This time I spotted Sister A before she spotted me. Not sure if she would react to my presence the same way or not, I decided I needed to be prepared for whatever might come our way.This time I was in the smaller arena at the park. The 4-H kids use it for warm-ups and maybe lunging. I prefer to ride my young horses in that smaller enclosure because the other arena is
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Meet Sister A

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 27, 2010, 4:33 am

Riding at the park has some advantage. The outdoor air is wonderful except when the wind is so strong I can't breathe. At least we haven't had much of that lately. There are always people coming and going so there's the opportunity to meet new folks. Then there's the spook factor that's ramped up a zillion notches over there. That's good for Legs.Sometimes the spook factor is tied right in with the people. One such example would be Sister A. She's a born again Christian on a mission. Not that that's
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A Little Work in the Woods

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 25, 2010, 11:50 pm

The weather here hasn't really been conducive to riding lately since I am now schooling my horses outside. However, sometimes in the rain I can still ride at the park back in the wooded section. The trees act like an umbrella, a leaky one maybe. Still I don't get nearly as soaked riding under them so that's what I do. It's better to get to ride a little damp than to not ride at all.The arena has been so soggy many days it isn't raining it's still been to wet to ride. It's been absolutely soupy out
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Aidol's Story....................Wrapping Up...........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 24, 2010, 2:00 am

Part 1It wasn't all that long ago I ran into Karla Moffitt at a horse show. We talked for just a bit about Aidol and his new life and the people in it. It was at that time that Karla told me she thought that Aidol was too much horse for them in the beginning. I couldn't help but wonder how that could be when things had worked out so well. Too much horse without help, I probably would agree with that and in fact had they not agreed to go to a trainer for the transition period I would not have sold
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Aidol's Story.........Moving On...........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 23, 2010, 2:17 am

Part 1It must have been at least six months with Aidol in training with Karla Moffitt before the couple decided to move the horse. It was over an hour communte for them to the barn and by now they'd had it with that trip. It was eating up so much time they really wanted the horse closer to where they lived.Karla found a facility for them that was near the city they where they lived. There was a trainer working there who had spent time working with Karla. She was comfortable this new trainer held
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Aidol's Story..................the Outcome.........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 22, 2010, 1:23 am

Before going on with Aidol's story, I'd like to ask my readers to vote for Dressage Mom. She's one of the four finalists selected for Live from Lexington. There's a direct link over to the right on my sidebar and you are allowed to vote daily. Voting will not only get Sheri to Lexington as a correspondent for the World Games but it will also help raise money for NARHA which provides Equine Assisted Activity and Therapy programs in the U.S. and Canada. Every single vote counts!Part 1There were no
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Aidol's Story...............the Callbacks..........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 20, 2010, 11:43 pm

For Father's Day I thought I'd post this pic even though it has nothing to do with this post on Aidol. It is Andy with his dad, Legs. Part 1You just never know what's going to happen when it comes to selling horses. A lot of things can happen from the time you show a horse until you actually close a sale. Even then things can get hinky. What happened with Faye is a good example of that. Everything changed after the horse was on the van. You'd think it would have been a safe assumption with the mare
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Aidol's Story....................the Second Introduction.....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 19, 2010, 1:30 am

Part 1By the time the couple had pulled out of our driveway, I only had twenty minutes before the next party was to arrive. You could pretty much guarantee with me being behind schedule, the party coming would be on time, or worse yet.........early.I headed in the house to grab a quick sandwich and make a pit stop. There's nothing that breaks up the flow of conversation more when showing a horse than the primary party taking a potty break. Fainting from lack of nutrition probably wouldn't look good
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Aidol's Story..........the Introductions..........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 18, 2010, 1:37 am

Part 1I probably knew from the time that weekend was scheduled that Aidol was going to end up with a new home. It just was not often that I even let someone come to see the horse, let alone, had two parties scheduled to come the same day. Each fit my criteria of what I believed would be a good home for my horse although each would be very different homes. The first party, a husband and wife, travelled in from a neighboring state and arrived here in the mid morning. The plan was to visit with the
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Aidol's Story.............A Little Rehab..........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 17, 2010, 1:31 am

Part 1It took some time to get Aidol over the experience from that lease. When I first rode the horse he was defensive about any kind of pressure on his face. In addition to that the horse had become confused about what the cue to go forward meant. The horse was no longer lifting his back but instead was bracing at the base of his neck expecting punishment to come. Along with this, the horse had developed his old problem of anticipating the canter. Aidol was popping into the canter at any kind of
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Aidol's Story.........A Lease

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 16, 2010, 2:07 am

Part 1When I first decided I wanted to breed Arabian horses, I had no thoughts of ever finding another home for Aidol. Scandalous' first foal was as much a part of our family as the others who had been born here. We all thought it would always stay that way.It was only after the tragic death of Scandalous that things changed. Going from a breeder with a single mare to breed to a breeder with a young stallion to prove changed everything around here. The biggest effect was in the sheer numbers of
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Aidol's Story.........The Elbe Hills Wreck

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 15, 2010, 1:54 am

Part 1By this time Aidol was an experienced trail horse. Just getting the horse out of the trailer you knew he was ready to go exploring. His ears would be up and his face bright and expressive as he looked around at the landscape.Aidol had never been to the Elbe Hills before but the horse had been on enough rides of similar terrain for me to know that he was up to this days' ride. He was familiar with switchbacks and steep grades and Aidol knew how to hug tightly up against the side of a hill.
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Aidol's Story.........AThe Elbe Hills

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 14, 2010, 12:33 am

Part 1We did a lot more trail riding with Aidol before he left us here. Sometimes Dave would be the one riding his horse and other times not. With the goofy schedule Dave had at work, the horse got way more time on the trails than Dave ever did. Then there was Dave's belief he really didn't need to pay attention to his riding because Aidol would take care of him that got in the way sometimes. Dave's last ride on Aidol was such a story. It was Dave's first ride up in the Elbe Hills. That particular
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Aidol's Story.........A Little about Games........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 12, 2010, 2:05 am

Part 1Aidol always has been quite a character. His energetic spirit drives him to seek out interesting things to do. Never content just to graze in the field, we never really knew what the horse would get into next.Aidol earned the reputation of escape artist while he lived with us. If the horse had any kind of access to the latch keeping him stalled, you could bet the horse would find a way to get it undone. However, Aidol was not content just to be free from his stall. To his way of thinking he
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Aidol's Story................He Might Be Country but I'm Definitely Marx

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 11, 2010, 1:52 am

Part 1One thing I didn't count on when waiting until the last minute to ride in this flat seat saddle was how slick my "new to me" saddle seat suit might be. It wasn't until I got my hinney in the saddle heading up for the ring that I realized that saddle felt slicker than snot. My horse could feel my trepidation and getting him to move out wasn't easy but I did get it done while in the warm-up arena. It was heading on into the show ring that proved to be the challenge. Aidol was convinced that
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Aidol's Story....... a Little Bit Country.......

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 10, 2010, 2:05 am

Part 1So much has happened over the last couple of months I got off of Aidol's Story and onto more current events. With Daffodil and the Morgan show out of the way, I'm supposed to be working on schooling for what's next but the weather is so erratic schooling is erratic as well.I'm currently in the house watching the sideways rain and waiting for the possible appearance of funnel clouds. Can't believe there have been three of those things spotted on this side of my state in only a couple of weeks.
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