$17 Away from a New Trailer

smellshorsey Archive on December 26, 2008, 5:12 pm


Lily is $17 away from earning a new trailer. She found a $20 in a drawer and tried to give it to Paul, but he said she had to earn it. She'll have the opportunity to do so this weekend and it won't be too soon for me. (She doesn't have to earn the total price, just a portion. It's been a hard, slow slog of menial construction work, drudgery and splinters. Good for the soul and an eye-opener that physical work is hard so keep studying.)She sure better work it out before we start going
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Remember to Breathe

smellshorsey Archive on December 18, 2008, 4:24 pm


Here's a photo of Lily practicing a leg wrap on a friend at last Saturday's Pony Club meeting in Aiken. I think we're all holding our breath. The national news makes me go fetal, and I don't dare open anything from my 401K. So I've turned off the news. The sun still shines. The horses aren't worried. And really, now, you can't live if you're not breathing.Lily learned this lesson the hard way on Saturday at Pony Club. She had a great clinic with Richard Lamb, who
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Six Things I'm Afraid of and Probably Shouldn't Tell

smellshorsey Archive on December 11, 2008, 8:08 pm


I can't believe that I haven't posted in so long -- I think it's a record. Thank you, Jackie at Regarding Horses, for looking for me and for tagging me with this meme. I'm supposed to post the rules, so here goes: Link to the person who tagged you. Post the rules on your blog. Write six random things about yourself. Tag six people at the end of your post. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog. Let the tagger know your entry is up. Jackie
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The Trailer Was Shaking

smellshorsey Archive on November 8, 2008, 8:09 pm


Oh, to know how a horse's little mind works. I feel bad about this story.We had Buddy all loaded in the trailer and were driving down our street on the way to Lily's weekly riding lesson at a farm 15 minutes away (in the South distance is measured in time, not miles) when I saw our silly dog, Parker, in my rear view window. His Invisible Fence collar must need a new battery because he had left the yard and was following us down the road. He's so sweet and so dumb.So I stopped (no need
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Lily's First Foxhunt

smellshorsey Archive on November 2, 2008, 7:38 pm


I had my camera. It's probably still in the truck. Lily went on her first fox hunt yesterday and I didn't take a single picture.However, I do think I did everything else, from taking cookies and hot chocolate for the other Pony Clubbers to getting us there on time, even if we had to load the horse in the dark, and even had all my stuff for writing my novel with me. I'm doing NaNoWriMo, and yesterday was the first day. I managed to write over 1,000 words while waiting for Lily and Buddy,
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How to Cross Railroad Tracks

smellshorsey Archive on October 27, 2008, 10:33 pm


Lily went to a hunter-pace event sponsored by The Camden Hunt a few weeks ago. She rode with a neighbor I hardly know, but I couldn't go out with her because Lucy isn't quite up to it. I haven't been hunting in years, but thing I remember well is that there are train tracks you must cross to enter hunt country (and to exit). Though accidents have been rare, they have happened. A few years ago a hunt staffer's horse got tangled up in the tracks and bled out before help could arrive.
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Truly Obnoxious Teenage Horse Girls

smellshorsey Archive on October 14, 2008, 11:11 pm


When I was young, Saintly Brother taught his horse to rear in the style of the Lone Ranger. Of course his mare was named Silver, and he also taught her to bow. He made Silver a trick horse. They were quite a pair. One day when I was a teenager my friends and I got bored. Yes, it's me, not Lily, who is/was the truly obnoxious teenage horse girl. We decided to use Silver's rearing trick to fool passersby into thinking that one of us (we took turns) had fallen off a rearing horse and gotten hurt.
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Overheard in Our Pasture

smellshorsey Archive on October 4, 2008, 8:12 pm


Teenaged horse girls are different from non-teenaged horse girls. When Lily was younger, she asked for advice. Now she gives it to me. "Mom, please don't untack my horse for me. Thanks anyway, but you do it wrong." "Mom, I can see air between your legs and the horse's back." (I honestly believe I was stretching -- I was just going for a little bareback ride to give Lucy some exercise and enjoy the sunshine. Or maybe I can't ride worth dookey anymore.) "Mom, you talk to
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Looking at Horse Pr0n Again

smellshorsey Archive on October 4, 2008, 1:55 am


My computer keeps crashing and I have so much to do but somehow I got distracted a little while ago (when I got the computer working again) so what do I do? Go look at horse Pr0n. I've got a couple of questions that sound like they're mean but they're not. There are a gazillion "retired" racehorses offered on the Internet. Taking photos of horses is difficult, but it would probably help the horse get adopted/purchased quicker if the photo didn't have the horse standing there with every
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Summer Coats and Winter Blankets

smellshorsey Archive on September 26, 2008, 6:21 pm


(These two photos are of Lily riding my horse, Lucy.) "That's the softest horse I ever felt," the eight-year-old boy said, stroking Lucy, my nine-year-old TB. Her summer coat is so short and fine that it's almost like she doesn't have hair -- she's just gleaming chestnut marble -- until you touch her. And she is so very soft. Her hair is so short and fine it almost doesn't hold dirt. She looks like she's been show sheened even when she hasn't been groomed in a couple of weeks. Buddy,
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Shopping for a Horse Trailer in a Bad Economy

smellshorsey Archive on September 18, 2008, 3:06 pm


First, the good news. A couple of years ago I developed a near-phobia about hauling horses in a trailer. I've done it since I was 15 when I would drive myself to riding lessons and have to be sure I got home before dark, when my daytime-only license expired. I had no cell phone and didn't know how to back the trailer. It all worked out just fine. But over the years, trailering began to cause me anxiety. Maybe it was from the time I almost lost a wheel on the towing vehicle because the tire dealer
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Forever Home

smellshorsey Archive on September 16, 2008, 9:35 pm


White Horse Pilgrim and Pony Girl have interesting posts going on "Forever Homes" -- buying a horse and keeping it until death do you part. It's something I'd rather not think about, because I'm not sure I'm able to do it. There are so many good reasons to have horses, and to do everything you can for your children to have that experience. There are also good reasons to go to college, pay your mortgage and save money for retirement. Sometimes owning a horse can make these other things
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How Did They Haul Horses in the 1930s?

smellshorsey Archive on September 8, 2008, 2:44 am


I'm working on a fiction piece and find that I need to know how they hauled horses in the 1930s. Did they  have horse trailers? Or was it all boxes built on the back of trucks? I probably need to check out "Seabiscuit" again. I remember he rode in his own railroad car but this is different because in my fiction this is not a valuable horse and his owners are struggling in the Depression. However, it's possible that they could still own and be using something from better times. I
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Hot Air Balloons and Horses

smellshorsey Archive on September 4, 2008, 10:25 pm


They're having a hot air balloon and equestrian festival in Aiken, S.C. What will be next? Plastic grocery bags and horses festival? My horses would think that hot air balloons were Giant Breathing Plastic Grocery Bags of Death. We would find out just exactly how fast and how far our horses could go. We'd no doubt beat the balloons to their destination. And they've got fireworks, too! Yahoo! Look at a portion of the schedule, below. Can you imagine warming up for dressage while the balloons
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Equine Encephalitis Alert

smellshorsey Archive on August 29, 2008, 11:46 pm


There have been two cases of Equine Encephalitis in Richland County, South Carolina, in the past month. If you live in an area where this is a risk for your horses, be sure that they are up-to-date on their vaccinations. This information is from a local horse vet. They're trying to get out the news without stirring up alarm.
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I Feel Like I Should Say Something Profound

smellshorsey Archive on August 17, 2008, 2:08 am


It's been so long since I've posted regularly (or even been on the Internet except for research for work projects) that I feel like I can't post unless I say something profound. I've got nothing profound to say. Buddy is over his pneumonia. Lily is having a wonderful time with her working student job and wants to compete Lucy, Buddy and our neighbor's horse at a local event in December. She can't watch much of the Olympics before she has to rush outside and start practicing. I never finished
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Horses Jump Over Dog

smellshorsey Archive on August 4, 2008, 4:49 pm


Lily went to riding camp last week. The instructor's dog, Savannah, kept looking for a shady spot because it was usually in the 90s. If you'll look in the shadow of this jump, you'll see the dog. The instructor kept getting Savannah to move to a safer spot, but she especially liked the shade cast by this jump and kept returning. It was probably a good experience for the horses to jump a jump-with-panting-dog combination, and none of them refused, but it's still not the best choice on the dog's
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Sick by a Nose

smellshorsey Archive on July 25, 2008, 3:03 am


We're having problems with horse noses around here. Rather, with Buddy's nose. First off, his nose is sick. And secondly, his nose is extremely adept at sorting out medicine from food. I love this photo, but it is not mine. I found it here. You don't want to see Buddy's nose right now. Buddy has pneumonia! He's on Banamine for three days to decrease the inflammation and help the antibiotic get where it needs to go. The antibiotic, Tucoprim, is a powder the consistency of flour. He'll be on it
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The Proposition

smellshorsey Archive on July 24, 2008, 12:34 pm


This photo was taken in 2006 when Lily borrowed a school pony, Tudor, to ride in an event because Buddy kept bucking her off. Tudor was great and they had a wonderful ride and a great time. Too bad their dressage circles were, um, not very circular. Tudor was a good boy and did much to build her confidence. Since Buddy was doing a lot of bucking, I regretted that I hadn't found Tudor before the riding school did. I was one week too late. If I had found this horse before we got Buddy, I would have
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Back from Vacation

smellshorsey Archive on July 23, 2008, 11:32 pm


There's something wrong with this picture, which I took from our balcony at Grand Case Beach Club on the French side of St. Martin. Click to enlarge. Maybe then you'll see the problem. Still don't get it? Well, you're not a 13-year-old girl on vacation. The problem with this picture is that there is no horse in it. Lily was in paradise for a week -- and kept longing for Buddy.
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