Ramblings.......... A Little on USEF.........a Little on Fear



The reason for my last post was not to scare people into thinking they can't be safe around their horses. The fact that something "might" happen will never stop me from doing what I do. The problem, certainly for me, is if I do get hurt, I rarely take good care of myself. I don't want to be a causuality of my own neglect.I know I'm not alone in this dilemma. Many more horse people I know overlook their injuries than deal with them. In the instance of head trauma or blunt force trauma to the torso,
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A Little on My Thoughts........Are They a Warning?



With all the chaos around here this past week I'm having a problem getting my thoughts organized for a post. What keeps running through my head is what happened to Sherri Graves and how but for the grace of God go I. Maybe there's a reason for those thoughts and the post that is meant to be is based on that very thought.We all try not to think about 'what if' when we have horses. They are such big powerful creatures capable of inflicting such damage on our fragile bodies but the rewards of dealing
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These Are the Details I Know............



After the phone call to the vet that gave me the news that Sherri Graves had died, I waited for a phone call from someone in Sherri's family. The vet's office was not comfortable with giving out their information but was willing to pass mine along. Needing to know what the status was on my mare and her needs, I did what they asked and I waited.Later in the day a woman called stating she was Sherri's step-daughter. She wanted to know if there was any way I would take back the mare, KG Phadra Rose.
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A Sad Day...........



I've been dragging my feet all evening trying to get up the nerve to do this post. There's just no easy way to post bad news and all the stalling in the world isn't going to make this any easier.Many of you have been wondering about updates on those things I wrote inA Mare.......A Van...........and Life I guess I have been wondering that myself. With all the things going on around here I just had not found the time nor the nerve to try to track down more information. Not having a number that would
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My View of the Carole King and James Taylor Concert



Part 1 It didn't take long for me to realize that this concert might not be the experience I had expected. As one of those people who is in denial about my age, I don't often put myself in the position of confronting that subject if I can help it. I rarely look in the mirror because that old woman looking back at me is NOT someone I recognize. The graying hair, the sagging checks are just not something I want to be reminded of........ more importantly that thing called mortality. It is not my friend
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The Morgan Show.......... A Little Kindness.....



Part 1 Kooks are the exception at horse shows. There are always lots of nice people there as well. It doesn't matter whether it's a Morgan horse show, an Arabian horse show or what. Even just at schooling show,I always seem to come across examples of kindness.Sometimes, however, things will happen that really are out of the realm of what you might expect. Saturday evening at this Morgan show an exhibitor came into the office looking for someone involved with the show who might be "local." She had
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The Morgan Show.......... theh Culprit and His Antics......



Part 1 I left this still angry exhibitor telling her if she saw the man again to let me know. Since she'd already told me about her attempts trying to track his activities on the grounds, I figured it would be better for her to keep me informed. That way if he did return to the grounds I might be able to intercept him before something unfortunate happened.Back in the show office it wasn't long before that "second personality" of the show emerged again. This time he claimed he was being stalked by
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Memorial Day........Seeing a Fallen Soldier Home



I can't think of a more fitting post for Memorial Day than this article from the Washington Times. GETZ: Seeing a fallen soldier home It was published on May 28 just in time for this Memorial Day weekend.As I read the post, I couldn't help but wonder how many have remembered this holiday weekend is about remembering those who have lost their lives in the service of our country. Over the years the celebration of the holiday eroded into remembering all of our lost loved ones. Not that that's a bad
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The Morgan Show.......... A Little Mystery......



Part 1 The second "personality" of the horse show showed up in my view on Saturday afternoon. The first time I remembered seeing this face was in the show office asking about the particulars of the exhibitor's party. There was to be a potluck as part of the festivities and he was wanting to know how could participate and what they should bring.I remember at the time registering some sort of internal warning signal about this guy. I can't tell you why that was, just that it was there. He seemed polite
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The Morgan Show.......... A Little Stress



Part 1 I did have "people" issues during this horse show. There always seem to be those. I just never know what the specific issue will be but someone will not be happy and the buck stops with me. That makes me a target for angry people even when I might have no control over what has them pissed. I still must stay within the confines of the rules of the governing organizations and of course the facility so it's not always within my power to fix some things. Most times people will calm down with
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The Morgan Show.......... A Little Something New for Legs.....



Part 1 Getting up at 5:30 was getting pretty old by Saturday morning. When my alarm went off I felt more like pitching it across the room than getting my b*tt out of bed. The snooze alarm is not my friend. It only makes me meaner. I swear I'm better off just getting up and going for it than trying to catch an extra forty winks.The only thing that made the early hour feel not so daunting was knowing I would get to spend some time with my horse. This far into the show I was really realizing the advantage
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The Morgan Show.......... Wrapping Up Friday.....



Part 1 Luckily for me the evening maintenance man knew exactly what he was doing. When I told him the current issues with the arena, he told me what to do before I could get the words out of my mouth. We were on the same page and that meant it was more likely to get the job done and done right. I was looking forward to getting this problem solved once and for all.Again I had the paddock announcer let the exhibitors know the ring would be closed down a bit earlier for maintenance before the start
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The Morgan Show.......... Footing and My Horse



Part 1 I arrived at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds at 6:30 Friday morning. The first thing I did before getting my horse was to go visually check the arena to see how it turned out after it's makeover from the night before. The footing looked good from the rail but I also went out into it to check it more closely. I did some bouncing and I kicked at it in several different places checking for spring. Particularly I looked at place I knew had been more hard than others. From what I could tell it
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A Mare.......A Van...........and Life



Saturday morning I put a mare on a van headed for Wyoming. You'd think I'd be doing a post about that mare and why she was leaving here. That had been my intention at some point since having her leave here sure did tug at my heart strings but sometimes life jumps up and smacks us right in the face so our story goes a different way than we intended.I called to let the new owner know the mare safely loaded and was on her way to her new home. I ended up leaving my message with an answering machine.
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The Morgan Show.......... Dressage Day Schooling....and Footing



Part 1 Once the dressage court was removed, I had the arena drug before horses came in to school. I'd noticed that even with only 27 dressage rides the rail was sounding hard. That was one of the things that had frustrated me the year before at this show. I had not had that kind of trouble with the footing packing on the rail at the Puyallup facility in most of the shows I managed. Some of the Arabian shows had had three times as many horses as the Morgan shows. Figuring out how to keep this footing
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The Morgan Show.......... Dressage Day



Part 1 There had been a question about whether it was appropriate for the dressage riders to be schooling their horses on the outside of the court before official schooling began on Wednesday morning. I could understand that some horses would need the opportunity to look at the court before they were asked to perform but adhering to the rules is my primary obligation as a show manager. Doing it in a matter that is fair to all exhibitors carries equal weight. Once the question was brought to my attention,
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The Morgan Show..........a Second Ride



I never did get Legs passed feeling like a coiled spring beneath me. The horse did, however, get to the point he was doing what I asked. I worked on getting the lope nice and slow and keeping the jog true and about the time I began putting it together I got called to do "my real job" for the week.I decided that I would just tie my horse up in his stall and let him chill while I took care of exhibitors. I knew the work would probably be one big spurt and then it would be just little stuff the rest
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The Morgan Show..........The Lonely Arena



Part 1I did think for just a moment that maybe I should call the show office and ask the show secretary to come hold Legs for me. I knew the horse would stand if I got help but I didn't want do that if I didn't absolutely have too. As far as I was concerned the darn horse should stand for me to mount no matter what was bothering him so I headed him back to that corner and we tried again.His second protest the horse still flew out of the corner but this time Legs did not rear. His backward movement
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The Morgan Show..........The Lonely Arena



I didn't have long to think about Legs. The groom for the Spokane horses arrived needing a pallet of baled shavings and electricity dropped. To be honest, I just didn't think about the fact that there would be no other horses in that barn. When I went off and left Legs he was quietly munching his hay like he hadn't really thought much about the lack of horses either. Over the course of that day I didn't see much to indicate anything had changed. It wasn't until the next day when I took him out of
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The 2010 Morgan Show.......Taking Legs



I've learned a lot since my adventure at the Morgan Show last year so getting ready for this year's show was quite different. Knowing exactly what's expected of me both by the show committee and the head office of the facility made getting organized a lot easier than last year when I was flying blind. One of the unstated requirements of the facility had turned out to be they want someone from the show committee on the grounds at all times exhibitors might be schooling horses. The logic behind this
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