Pooped Puppy........



and I don't mean Sugar or Delilah. The day was glorious here and I took advantage of the weather to get horses worked, seven of them in all. Groundwork and lunging for five of them and then I rode the last two and my b*tt is dragging.Tomorrow's weather is supposed to be equally as glorious with temps possibly reaching the 80s so I'm planning on getting started early to avoid the heat. I have plans to ramp the training up a notch on those first five horses and then, of course, I'll continue on with
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Update EHV-1 Virus in Washington State - Good News



According to the evening news here tonight, the EHV-1 virus has officially been contained in our state. The number of confirmed cases of the virus in Washington state has remained at 8. The newscaster said that all eight of those horses were exposed in Utah and will continue to be under quarantine for several more weeks. I know there have been rumors that the virus had spread in Washington beyond those horses exposed at the Cutting Horse show in Utah. However, for the number to still be at 8 horses
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Update EHV-1 Virus in Washington State - Good News



According to the evening news here tonight, the EHV-1 virus has officially been contained in our state. The number of confirmed cases of the virus in Washington state has remained at 8. The newscaster said that all eight of those horses were exposed in Utah and will continue to be under quarantine for several more weeks. I know there have been rumors that the virus had spread in Washington beyond those horses exposed at the Cutting Horse show in Utah. However, for the number to still be at 8 horses
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The Rehabilitation of Storm...... Riding Solo........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 3, 2011, 12:16 am


Part 1By the time I got Storm off that section of trail I was ready to get on his back to see what I had. I knew he would be different with me astride because there has just been something different about him since I got him back. After feralwoman's comment about Storm lacking confidence, I'm beginning to wonder if maybe that is it. He sure had no confidence at all when he first got back here. He climbed the walls even in his stall and we'd put him back into the stall that used to be his so he'd
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The Rehabilitation of Storm...... Riding Solo........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on June 3, 2011, 12:16 am


Part 1By the time I got Storm off that section of trail I was ready to get on his back to see what I had. I knew he would be different with me astride because there has just been something different about him since I got him back. After feralwoman's comment about Storm lacking confidence, I'm beginning to wonder if maybe that is it. He sure had no confidence at all when he first got back here. He climbed the walls even in his stall and we'd put him back into the stall that used to be his so he'd
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The Rehabilitation of Storm........ the Deer Trails........



Part 1Storm and I continued on up the little grassy knoll heading towards the woods. As I walked beside him, the Arabian stallion intensely studied his surroundings. What should have been an inquisitive walk in an open space looked more the horse had seen a bear or some other strange form of wild thing. Storm was not trusting one little thing about this walk to the woods.As we arrived at the fringe of the woods, I looked for the widest place to lead this horse through. I wanted him to experience
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The Rehabilitation of Storm........ the Deer Trails........



Part 1Storm and I continued on up the little grassy knoll heading towards the woods. As I walked beside him, the Arabian stallion intensely studied his surroundings. What should have been an inquisitive walk in an open space looked more the horse had seen a bear or some other strange form of wild thing. Storm was not trusting one little thing about this walk to the woods.As we arrived at the fringe of the woods, I looked for the widest place to lead this horse through. I wanted him to experience
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The Rehabilitation of Storm......Back to the Trails.....



Part 1Ideally the best thing to do for Storm would have been to get him right back out on the trails the following day but as usual the weather was not cooperating with that plan. The winds were hollowing and the rain going sideways, not good for any kind of riding at the park.By the time the weather did cooperate I no longer had a friend available to ride Dandy. That meant if I was going to continue any kind of trail work with Storm I was going to have to do it on my own. Considering Storm's reaction
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The Rehabilitation of Storm......Back to the Trails.....



Part 1Ideally the best thing to do for Storm would have been to get him right back out on the trails the following day but as usual the weather was not cooperating with that plan. The winds were hollowing and the rain going sideways, not good for any kind of riding at the park.By the time the weather did cooperate I no longer had a friend available to ride Dandy. That meant if I was going to continue any kind of trail work with Storm I was going to have to do it on my own. Considering Storm's reaction
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The Rehabilitation of Storm....... Encountering a Troll.....



Part 1Behind the horse barns there are two large camping areas that are for a couple of snowbirds who spend their summer months helping out at the park. They come with their huge RV's and park for free in exchange for hours worked keeping the park in order in the summertime. These spaces have been personalized by the people living there, more like small backyards than camping spots, really, with a low rail fence perimeter on three sides with an opening at the back for easy access to the woods.To
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The Rehabilitation of Storm....... Encountering a Troll.....



Part 1Behind the horse barns there are two large camping areas that are for a couple of snowbirds who spend their summer months helping out at the park. They come with their huge RV's and park for free in exchange for hours worked keeping the park in order in the summertime. These spaces have been personalized by the people living there, more like small backyards than camping spots, really, with a low rail fence perimeter on three sides with an opening at the back for easy access to the woods.To
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A Little Holiday Weekend Murphy's



They say this weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer. Well, you sure couldn't tell it here. It is so cool for this time of year. Ten degrees cooler than normal they say. The weather finally cooperated this afternoon with the rain stopping and I did feel some sun although I sure didn't see it. Even though it was late in the day, I put a few horses outside so they could play. You'd think doing it late like that the horses wouldn't have enough time to get into any trouble BUT when Dave went
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A Little Holiday Weekend Murphy's



They say this weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer. Well, you sure couldn't tell it here. It is so cool for this time of year. Ten degrees cooler than normal they say. The weather finally cooperated this afternoon with the rain stopping and I did feel some sun although I sure didn't see it. Even though it was late in the day, I put a few horses outside so they could play. You'd think doing it late like that the horses wouldn't have enough time to get into any trouble BUT when Dave went
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Confronting the Deadly Arabian Horse Eating Dragon



I hate to be complaining about the weather again but it's hard not to when it's nearly June and the weather is not above 60°. It's been so freaky here today it's hard to walk to the barn without being soaked or worse yet, struck by lightning. Still the horses need to be cared for so those trips to the barn are a must. Each of us has been creative in the methods we've employed trying to get stuff done with as little impact from the weather as possible. Not an easy task on such a strange day with
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Confronting the Deadly Arabian Horse Eating Dragon



I hate to be complaining about the weather again but it's hard not to when it's nearly June and the weather is not above 60°. It's been so freaky here today it's hard to walk to the barn without being soaked or worse yet, struck by lightning. Still the horses need to be cared for so those trips to the barn are a must. Each of us has been creative in the methods we've employed trying to get stuff done with as little impact from the weather as possible. Not an easy task on such a strange day with
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The Rehabilitation of Storm....... The First Trail Ride.....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on May 27, 2011, 12:57 am


Dandy was the perfect horse to use as a companion for Storm on the trails. Not just because the horse has tons of experience but mostly he just plain loves trail riding. I don't think the horse ever showed any kind of concern right from his first trips into the woods. He has always been confident and bold, moving out like the woods are his kingdom. A pro from his very first trail ride those 15 or so years ago.Over that time Dandy has introduced a number of horses to the trails including Legs and
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The Rehabilitation of Storm....... The First Trail Ride.....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on May 27, 2011, 12:57 am


Dandy was the perfect horse to use as a companion for Storm on the trails. Not just because the horse has tons of experience but mostly he just plain loves trail riding. I don't think the horse ever showed any kind of concern right from his first trips into the woods. He has always been confident and bold, moving out like the woods are his kingdom. A pro from his very first trail ride those 15 or so years ago.Over that time Dandy has introduced a number of horses to the trails including Legs and
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Blogger Fits.........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on May 25, 2011, 11:55 pm


Is anyone else having problems with Blogger? It's giving me fits and the list of reasons seems to be growing. I got a comment from Winter Prospario in the form of an email because Blogger wouldn't let her post it directly to my blog which I totally understood because I'm having the same issue with comments I am trying to post on the blogs I am reading. Some go through fine others don't recognize me as being logged in and will not let me long in despite many attempts. Very frustrating.In addition
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Blogger Fits.........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on May 25, 2011, 11:55 pm


Is anyone else having problems with Blogger? It's giving me fits and the list of reasons seems to be growing. I got a comment from Winter Prospario in the form of an email because Blogger wouldn't let her post it directly to my blog which I totally understood because I'm having the same issue with comments I am trying to post on the blogs I am reading. Some go through fine others don't recognize me as being logged in and will not let me long in despite many attempts. Very frustrating.In addition
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The Rehabilitation of Storm



. I have posted all about the journeys I have taken with this horse from the first trade through the second trade when we came to the fork in the road on that which lead to the lawsuit It seems only appropriate that I continue on with his story as long as there is still story to tell so that brings us to the story of his rehabilitation. Before the horse came home I suspected Storm would have some issues. I had seen enough at BG's facility to know that the horse was probably being worked by the
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