Names..........Mares...........and Solidare.........



I was asked in the comments about the name for this new foal and that gets my brain going in all sorts of directions. Anyone who knows me knows I have this thing about names. It can take me months to get to the right place for a foal born here. Each horse has a story that goes along with the name. Some are simple like Storm and some not so simple like Doc How Rhet got his name was pretty complicated but then anyone knowing me would know there definitely was a meaning there just hearing the name.
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Solidare's Foal's First Outing



Normally I wait until a foal is five days old before any kind of turnout. Because the vision of newborns isn't all that good, I find waiting this time avoids problems with them running into wire fences or taking a swim in the creek or pond although newborn vision didn't deter Legend those years ago.With the issues surrounding Solidare and her new foal, I didn't rush to put the two of them outside either. I was worried about the usual newborn antics feeling the first real freedom. Solidare would
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Ambassador



I have been schooling my horses mostly at the Frontier Park in Graham since things went south with my former associate. The way the facility is laid out the arena is right across from the play area designated for small children. Many times those kids are intrigued by seeing horses working in the arena. Sometimes they are even able to get their adult companions to bring them over to view the horses from a closer perspective.Whenever I see that happening, I try to make my Arabian horses accessible
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Daffodil................The Judges



Part 1I must say when I made the decision to stay talk with the judges I really had no clue how long the rest of the classes would take. I hadn't really looked at the schedule so I didn't know that reining classes were scheduled directly after the rest of the afternoon session either. Had I know that I might have thought twice about hanging around. When I did find out about the reining classes, the afternoon session was already well underway. At least I knew there wasn't much chance of tons of reining
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Daffodil................The Select Rider Champion



Part 1We were close to where the first wreck had happened and something caught my horse's attention again. Legs tucked his b*tt and jumped forward two strides before rounding back up and slowing down. My heart sank at another class ruined by those imaginary trolls. Still I learned a long time ago you never quit riding because of a mistake, I worked the rest of the ride just like I had worked the first.Obviously my horse was not frightened like he had been that first spook of the show. His heart
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Daffodil................The Select Rider Championship



Part 1There was some confusion for me whether my last class was a select rider championship class or whether it was a regular amateur championship. The way it looked in the prize list under the classes by division section I believed it to be a select rider championship although it did not say it there. The only class about it was select rider with the championship right underneath. That usually means the first class is the qualifier for the championship listed underneath. I suspected the computer
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Daffodil................Morning Schooling



Part 1I drug myself out of bed at 5 AM so I could be at the fairgrounds by 5:45. That would give me 15 minutes to get my horse tacked up and get our b*tts down to the ring by 6. I figured that would give me an hour and a half before I could expect the ring to be closed for preparation for the morning session. What I didn't plan on was to find grooms lunging horses in the arena. The main show arena is supposed to be off limits to horses lunging at any time. Particularly at this show where the club
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Daffodil................Pink Night



Part 1Saturday night at Daffodil was Pink Night. a fundraiser for cancer awareness. It was sponsored by the United Professional Horsemen's Association and the Daffodil Arabian Horse Association.Several of that classes that evening were designated pink classes. Exhibitors and spectators alike were asked to wear pink and many participated. All show officials wore some form of pink. Even the decorations in center ring were changed to pink flowers from the yellow daffodils used at the start of the
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Derby Thoughts Lead to Secretariat and Maybe Beyond



While watching the pre-show of the Kentucky Derby I heard mention of the new Disney movie to be released this fall on the great Secretariat. Of course, I'll be right there at the box office to see that movie because I love those stories of great horsesm let alone those that weren't really expected to be great in the first place. It seems that Secretariat was one of those colts. No one knew at the start he was anything particularly special. Yet he's considered by some to be the greatest race horse
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Happy Birthday......Babies........Surprise and Trouble



Today is May 8 and I can't let that go by without acknowledging the importance of that day here on this Arabian horse breeding farm. It was 4 years ago today that we were blessed with the twins.http://risingrainbow.blogspot.com/2007/01/reflections-on-foaling-season-2006.html That's right. Trouble and Surprise are now 4 year olds, if you can believe that.I'm currently managing a morgan horse show in Monroe and the Evergreen State Fairgrounds so the odds are that Trouble and Surprise are not going
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Daffodil................Hey, Lady! That's a Stallion



Part 1I'm not going to tell you that blue ribbons and even red ones aren't a thrill for me because they are. I haven't been doing this so long that ribbons don't mean much BUT they are not my primary goal. That is about getting this horse trained to the level a top notch professional would do. Ribbons are only one measure of that as an accomplishment so they are only part of what gets me excited about showing. Getting it "right" is as important to me as that darn ribbon. Getting through that select
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Daffodil................More Select Rider



Part 1Having just ended the class from h*ll, I was really glad I had post entered the other select rider class. Even though I wouldn't get the opportunity to school in the arena in between, being able to take the horse right back into that scary arena was a good thing. If I was ever going to get this spook thing under control, this type of extra schooling was going to be essential.I knew the time between the two classes would take the edge off a bit or maybe I hoped it would, anyway. I also thought
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Daffodil................the Wreck



Part 1It happened in a instant........ the other show falling. It always does. My horse was travelling at the lope midway down the far rail headed towards the scary gate at the bad end of the arena. Something startled Legs and he freaked. His impulsion took him straight into the air. The horse tipped his head up and over, out of the bridle like I have never seen him do. This was shades of Dandy back in the days of his EPM spitting out the bridle in this manner, not Legs. The fact it was Legs really
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Daffodil................Western Pleasure AATR 55 & over



Part 1Right from the start this was a good ride........no.......it was a really good ride. It was probably the best ride I have had on my horse during a class at a horse show. My horse was soft and responsive even though he could have been a tad bit rounder. He was rolled over into the bridle without that tiny brace at the poll I'd gotten on my earlier rides. Still I watched how I navigated the horse through the far end of the arena. There was no sense in pushing my luck.There were six horses in
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GS Khochise+++//.....a Tribute



The life of the great GS Khochise+++// (Khemosabi x Beau Cheri) ended today. While I don't know the details of his passing, I know he will be missed by the many people who love him. GS Khochise+++// was 29 this year. GS Khochise+++// was the all time winningest son of the great Khemosabi. Not only did the horse have that distinction to his credit but he won more titles than any horse in history with a whooping 38 nationals titles and 71 regional titles. Those titles include 5 national champions
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Daffodil................The Second Day



Part 1Sometime during the first day at the Daffodil All Arabian Horse Spring Show I realized there was a select rider class that I hadn't entered even though I was eligible for it. Since I was trying to garner qualification points I figured I should be getting them where I could. The select rider division is an easier place for Legs and I to be successful at this point. That meant it was a mistake to not participate in this class.I am not one of those people that rides all kinds of classes at the
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Derby Day...........



OK, I know I should be continuing on about the Daffodil show but I just can't/won't overlook the Kentucky Derby. I have loved the derby since I was a kid. It has captured that magical, wonderful, dream notion that seems to have me pretty well wrapped up in horses.I actually got to see a couple of the races that were run with Derby hopefuls this year. It's the first time I've had access to such races and it made things all the more exciting for me. I can't tell you who won them because my memory
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Daffodil..................Western Pleasure AAOTR



Part 1On the way back to the barn my next class was already on my mind. It was an evening class and everyone knows that things get spookier at night. With my horse already convinced bad things lurked in that arena, I really needed another schooling session in there if I could get it.It was then I learned the evening schedule did not have a listed start time. I knew that meant the show manager could begin any time he chose after the end of the afternoon session. I suspected he would make that start
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Daffodil..................Select Rider............ part 2

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 29, 2010, 11:51 pm


Part 1The first few strides of that lope were absolutely awesome. Then we began moving into the scary part of that arena. My horse tensed up expecting to find trolls somewhere waiting for him. With that he sped up just a bit, bracing at the poll and raising up a little too. Instead of riding the horse deep into the corners as I usually do, I decided it was best of ride him a dozen or so feet off that scary rail. With wind gusts flirting with the tarp wall, it was only a matter of time before "something"
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Daffodil..................Select Rider............

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 29, 2010, 12:22 am


Part 1Once I got to the warm-up arena it was clear my horse was still looking for trolls. I think the "biggest" of my wrecks in the warm-up was caused by a rig going by with a long white trailer behind. I don't know how many trucks and trailers my horse has seen but he sure didn't like this one coming up behind him. He scooted forward and broke gait just before it was time to head into our first class.I remember thinking as the paddock annoucer made the call the class in front of us was lining up,
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