Celebrating Love

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on February 14, 2011, 1:00 pm


HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! Forget cards and chocolates and roses — that’s so ordinary! Here at Girls Horse Club, we honor LOVE by opening general submissions for stories and poems about our beloved horses (whether they’re real or imagined). You heard that right — no themes, no limits, no deadlines, just open submissions. But before you trot over to the submission form, be sure to read (or refresh your memory of) the Submission Guide for the best shot at getting published. The
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Ansur CrossOver

Equine Mine Archive on February 14, 2011, 7:22 am


I just finished a little promo video for the new "Ansur CrossOver." What I loved about this shoot...it was out at Forward Stride, the therapeutic riding barn I volunteer at. We used one of our favorite therapy horses, Sindar the Fjord and Amanda Garrison, our volunteer coordinator. Notice the buffalo...yes buffalo! There is a guy behind the facility that has tons of buffalo and believe it or not, his name is "Bill." Buffalo Bill. Ha ha! As you know, I love this hybrid saddle concept. I was told
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Mustang Monday

Hoofbeats Archive on February 14, 2011, 7:00 am


Goodbye My Beloved Family...
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The Fork in the Road........... Exactly What Is This?

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 14, 2011, 1:14 am


Part OneBG and I were not scheduled to work horses until Tuesday morning so I guess I should have known I would have no response to my actions until Monday evening. It was mid evening when I got a text message from BG that read, With all these people being deleted off of your friends list, where does that leave us?My response to him via text wasI don't know. Where does that leave us?I got a response via text that was also sent to my email. These first emails from BG I will include in their entirety
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"The Equine Nude"

Global Horse Culture Archive on February 13, 2011, 10:22 pm


Take a moment to go see a really beautiful slideshow of photos by Juliet Harrison, posted at the StableWoman Gazette. It's done for Valentine's Day, and entitled "The Sensual Equine Nude II." Funny how easily I recognize a few of...
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Play Ball!

Hoofbeats Archive on February 13, 2011, 7:00 am


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The Fork in the Road...........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 13, 2011, 1:52 am


Part OneMy blog posts directly to the "notes" on my FaceBook. Exactly how long after I post to Blogger before it gets updated to FB, I don't really know. Sometimes it takes longer than others and sometimes it's downright quick.All I know is that on January 16, 2010 it was just before 11 pm when I got an email from FaceBook notifying me of a comment made on my post. This comment read,Hey MiKael read what you had to say. But dont forget 'BG' has had some health issues and family business to take care
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New acronyms for the horse crowd

Hoofbeats Archive on February 12, 2011, 7:00 am


Here is a selection of acronyms for us horse people. OOH - out of hay LAS - lost a shoe BJBM - bastard just bit me FOMHL - Fell Off My Horse Laughing FTC -- Forgot the carrots MIHA --...
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The New Journey..........What Next....A Little Nudge....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 12, 2011, 2:50 am


Part OneMy friends had mixed feelings about what I should do now that I knew the papers on Storm had not been transferred and I was still caught up in believing I needed BG and WF. Two of the three friends I speak with regularly thought I should immediately file for the duplicate papers. My one friend said if I applied for those duplicate papers now, the sh*t would really hit the fan.I still wanted to believe this was all some big misunderstanding. I was clinging to that need thing too like a life
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Why boys play football....and basketball, and baseball and.....

Hoofbeats Archive on February 11, 2011, 2:47 am


Blogging is even lonelier when its freezing outside. All of the excitement and hoopla last Sunday is gone. Some fans are happy. Others are not. Me, I'm not into it. Sure, I supported my high school teams. Went to all...
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The New Journey..........My Knee Jerk Reaction and a Little Fate

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 11, 2011, 2:41 am


Part OneI know after the conclusion of the last post, you all must think that statement, "I'll see you in court." was the end of this journey but that's just not what happened. While it probably won't make sense to anyone but me, I went into "fixing" mode almost instantaneously.As those words roared from BG's lips, what I felt was immediate panic. Ruled by the belief that they were my only friends and that I needed them, I thought the only way to save myself was to smooth things out so that's what
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The New Journey..........What Is This?

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 10, 2011, 1:20 am


Part OneThe worst part of that experience at the Region 5 Championships was it reinforced those messages that I was alone and no one really liked me. All those times of BG planting seeds were taking their toll. Even though he wasn't living up to his end of our bargain, I still had this strong feeling I needed them. Not long after that championship show I found out that BG had pretty much abandoned his online journal, instead he had begun on FB and he had been secretive about it in regards to me.
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Laura Goldman injury

Dressage Mom Archive on February 9, 2011, 11:02 pm


I got a call from Laura Goldman on Tuesday. We talk once a week or so, usually about horses and riding. This time Laura had some bad news for me. She took a bad fall and broke her hip.She wasn't riding a horse - she fell in her kitchen, of all things! She had surgery and will be recovering in a medical center for six weeks. Well, her doctors say six weeks but she is working hard to get out of there ahead of shedule. I visited her yesterday and despite just having surgery and doing hours of physical
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Me Day

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 9, 2011, 3:53 am


It was lesson day with the girls. Sometimes I ride, sometimes I don't. Today, I did. I saddled up Sheeza, the lovely gray daughter of NCHA world champion Quiote Mac. I've ridden her before...she's way better than I am! Today, for whatever reason, she was feeling her oats; her tail was flagging like one of those nutty Arabian horses (sorry, Mikael!), and she was snorting and breathing fire. I hadn't gone more than one full circle when The Master decided he'd put on his boots.It's not often that those
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The New Journey..........Training Issues and People Issues

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 9, 2011, 1:39 am


Part OneOnce the Region 4 show was complete, the major part of the showing for BG's barn was done. There are a couple of small shows at the end of the summer they always plan to attend but there is no big push for those shows. I figured with regionals out of the way BG would now have the time needed to get back to the schedule he was supposed to be keeping with me and we could get some more young horses started. Once home for that region, BG supposedly had a rental house that had been trashed and
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Judges Announced

Equine Mine Archive on February 9, 2011, 12:04 am


They just announced the judges for the 2011 Road to the Horse Legends in Murfreesboro, Tennessee February 25-27. I have two friends going. I am so jealous. I am ordering the webcast and watching from home:-(.Bill Enk• Director of Judges for the National Reined Cow Horse Association, judging credentials with the National Cutting Horse Association, the National Reining Association, and the American Quarter Horse Association Cody Lambert • Long family history with AQHA racehorses, Vice President
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Pictures of Lee

Dressage Mom Archive on February 8, 2011, 3:56 pm


I've been talking about Lee for months, and promising pictures and video. Well, here are two pictures.These were taken at his first show, a dressage schooling show on November 28, 2010. He is a buckskin registered Half-Arabian gelding, and in these pictures he is three years old.Isn't he cute? He's for sale!I'll be posting video from that show soon.On the Kaswyn wound front, the healing is slowly progressing. It's just taking forever to completely close up. The swelling is down and the wound looks
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Somedays...

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 8, 2011, 5:45 am


...you just know spring is around the corner!
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“Secretariat” and “Hidalgo” at Buckleigh Farm, Wed 3pm

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on February 8, 2011, 3:09 am


Here are Rex on Mr. T, Cari on McCoy and Ryan on Brownie at the Aiken Training Center for a clinic and demonstration on training horses for all disciplines.  A crowd of over a hundred people came out in the rain to meet these amazing horses. Meet Rex and Cari working RJ/Hidalgo and Mr. T/Secretariat [...]
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The New Journey..........Showing in Region 4....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 8, 2011, 1:30 am


Part OneWhen I gave BG notice that I'd be taking the stallion home he was not happy. He reminded me he'd only been able to float that horse in the pen without charge because I was paying full care for Reflection. With Reflection going home that horse would have to go too.I let him know I was aware of that and I planned on taking both horses. To be honest, I couldn't wait to get them both out of there.At this time the focus really was now on getting Louie into the ring. WF was telling BG the horse
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