Daffodil..............The Show........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 27, 2010, 11:20 pm


Part 1The next morning I was up at 6 and headed off to the fairgrounds in Puyallup to feed my horse and to finish moving in all the stuff I forgot. My first class was that afternoon and I wanted to be completely settled before I moved on to getting ready to show. I was still hoping to get Legs' white socks rewashed so I could fix the clipper tracks on those socks and I needed his hooves cleaned up more before I even attempted any sanding. Of course there would need to be drying time before the clipped
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Update on Solidare and Her Foal

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 26, 2010, 6:52 pm


While I really needed the break, being gone to the Daffodil All Arabian Horse Spring Show with Solidare and her foal not completely out of the woods was difficult. I couldn't help but feel guilty that I was leaving my mare and her baby when I am still so worried about them.I'm not always a big fan of my cell phone. It seems sometimes to me to be more like a leash than a help but this weekend having the means to check on Solidare and her colt made being away much more bearable. It gave me the opportunity
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Daffodil...........Future Horseman

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 24, 2010, 5:41 am


Too tired to post but thought I would share this pic of my friend, Wendy's, grandson sitting on Legs in the stall. Legs was busy muching hay so I could get his pretty face but the young man (age 6) on his back was totally thrilled and did NOT want to get off. His mother is probably going to freak when she hears that Grandma let him "ride" a stallion............no less.
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Daffodil............Moving In

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 24, 2010, 2:35 am


Other than remembering to get my entries in on the closing date, I really haven't done much to get ready for the horse show. I thought about what I would do for the "pink" class I am entered in but that's about as far as my planning went so when move in day arrived I had lots to do.First thing in the morning I got my show clothes together and loaded them into my trailer. Then I clipped Legs' ears and threw his blanket in the wash before I bathed him. With his chiropractor appointment scheduled for
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Onto the Daffodil Spring All Arabian Horse Show

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 23, 2010, 2:23 am


I've been so preoccupied with Solidare and her foal that I haven't even gotten to posting about the Daffodil All Arabian Horse Spring Show. Yes, it really is that time of year again. I am moving onto the showgrounds this afternoon after Legs has his appointment here with the chiropractor.I was worried that this year's show might just be a repeat of last year's with Solidare's due date being so close to the show dates. Now with foaling out of the way, I think maybe I can do the show right instead
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Solidare...............Updates

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 22, 2010, 2:21 am


Part 1Well, these last posts have just been the first fourteen hours with Solidare and her new foal. From there the constant checks were exhausting and Dave's back and mine are still pretty darn sore but we got through. We are now at day six and things are looking up.Solidare is one happy mare. She loves her baby so much. Her eyes are sparkling and she's acting more lively than we've seen for a long, long time. This foal has done for this mare exactly what I had hoped when I made the decision to
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Solidare............the Fall

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 21, 2010, 1:59 am


Part 1Unfortunately, when Dave and Lindsay went out to the barn to feed grain that night, Solidare tried to get up and the colt jumped up at the same time. The foal crossed her path and the mare stumbled trying to avoid him.Solidare was unable to regain her balance and managed to fall landing with her bad leg underneath her. Once again the mare was in a situation where she was unable to rise. Dave put in a frantic call to me in the house to come help get the mare up. I understood the emotion in
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Solidare............a Routine for the Foal

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 20, 2010, 2:17 am


Part 1Last year, I am the one that made the mistake about what gender the foal was. Now it was Dave's turn to take the heat. There's nothing I like more than getting the opportunity to "catch" Dave in a mistake. It doesn't happen often, not that he doesn't make them, because he does. It's the catching him in one that doesn't happen often. Dave can finagle his way out of most anything but it would be hard to get out of this one. His wishful thinking about having a filly had jinxed me and set him
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Solidare............The Foal

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 19, 2010, 2:08 am


Part 1With Solidare now standing, I called the vet to confirm we had managed to get the mare to her feet. He gave me a time table of what I might expect if a torsion had occurred in that process and a few other things to watch for with this mare. Until the mare's uterus quit contracting, there was also still a possibility, although slight, her uterus could still prolapse.With that out of the way I focused on getting the wet stall cleaned up. I didn't want there to be any slick spots that might be
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Solidare..........the First Hours after Foaling

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 18, 2010, 2:17 am


Part 1Once I was finished checking on the mare's status, I turned my attention to the foal. Shivering in the cold morning air, the partially wet foal was nestled up close to the mare's face. Solidare was content with the closeness. From what I could tell things looked pretty normal except for a rattle to the foal's breathing, a tell tale sign of inhaled amniotic fluid. I toweled the foal down, rubbing briskly to add some heat. I checked respiration to be sure the rate was normal. I wanted to be
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Solidare...........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 17, 2010, 1:21 am


Part 1The cobwebs were forced from my head by the adrenaline released by my recognition of the meaning of the ringing phone. Grabbing for it I asked an urgent, "What?" There was no time for more words, I needed to know what the situation was with my mare. I wanted to hear Dave's voice....... not mine.Dave's response, "You need to get out here. There's a foal on the ground." There was urgency in Dave's voice but not desperation. That meant he wasn't alarmed but he needed help. Dave doesn't have the
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Heritage.........Watching......Waiting..........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 16, 2010, 2:17 am


Part 1Since I began using a barn cam, I've always had the luxury of streaming on the web. For me the advantage of this has been those extra eyes streaming makes available. However, as MareStare has grown there are now so many foaling mares on cams it has diffused the number of "capable" observers to a point it's hardly useful. I learned that during my foaling last year. With Dave being out of work for over a year and a half now, I didn't really think live streaming was worth the expense. We would
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Heritage.........Problems

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 15, 2010, 3:44 am


Part 1I was riding my stallion at the park the next day when my cell phone rang again. On the other end was my vet.I figured he'd done his thinking and now he was ready to tell me what his thoughts were on this whole situation. I took a deep breath hoping I was ready to hear what he had to say. Then I answered the phone.As I expected, the vet started off with, "Now that the cobwebs have cleared and I have a chance to think.........." Then he proceeded to explain his concerns about the mare's collapsing
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Heritage.........Heading Home for Answers

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 14, 2010, 2:31 am


Part 1I was on the road heading home from the Northwest Heritage All Arabian Horse Show when my cell phone rang again. This time it was the vet calling saying he was nearing my street. He wanted someone to open the gate at my farm before he got there because the rig he didn't think the rig he was hauling would fit in my drive.I knew Lindsay was gone and Dave was sitting with Solidare but I told the vet I'd see what I could get done. Then I called Dave to see if he could leave the mare to get the
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Heritage.........a Hasty Departure

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 13, 2010, 2:28 am


It was not the first time Dave had called me at the horse show about Solidare. We had begun turning horses out before I'd even left for the Northwest Heritage All Arabian Horse Show. Dave and Lindsay had finished up the task without me. Lindsay had turned Solidare out without thinking about it. Then after the fact thought maybe she shouldn't since Solidare is beginning to bag up. Lindsay called me to see if it was OK Solidare was outside. While the mare is getting closer to foaling she sure wasn't
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Checking Our Sport Horses at Heritage

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 12, 2010, 12:35 am


This week the first Arabian horse show of the season in our area began at the Tacoma Unit. That made the horse show about a half hour from my farm and about as accessible as a horse show can get. You'd think that right there would be enough for me to show at this show but somehow my mind is always geared towards the Daffodil show that's at the end of the month. I don't know how long it's been that I've gone to a horse show just to watch classes. Seems if I'm not showing, I can't justify the time
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Aidol's Story....... the Girls Ride part 2

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 10, 2010, 2:47 am


Part 1Colleen's "issue" with Aidol was not the only problem we faced on that ride. Lindsay's gelding wasn't happy either and Lindsay was NOT the cause. Mark was doing a fair amount of jigging and at first I couldn't figure out what the cause was. The only time the horse had behaved like this on the trail was that first trail ride with Dave when the horse was stung by bees. http://risingrainbow.blogspot.com/2010/03/aidols-story-tales-from-trails-wreck.html but this was early on in a very cool morning,
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Aidol's Story....... the Girls Ride

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 9, 2010, 2:32 am


Part 1As Dave's horse, Aidol wasn't seeing much saddle time from the man unless I managed to coax Dave into another trail ride. I rode the horse on and off just to make sure he was still "where" we left him but nothing consistent. Those intermittent miles didn't make the necessary progress to get the horse anywhere near the show ring. The horse did, however, manage to get more and more broke despite how far apart his schooling sessions might be. At one point when Dave couldn't make a poker ride,
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Aidol's Story....... Dave's Lesson

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 8, 2010, 3:02 am


Part 1Straying dogs and I were not the only things that Aidol trained. He was training Dave right from the start. Only Dave didn't have as much horse sense as me and part of that training was not good.Aidol was notorious for pushing Dave around his stall during cleaning instead of the other way around. While he wasn't doing it in an aggressive manner, it was clear that Aidol was calling the shots despite the fact the man should have been. That was ok in the beginning. Aidol knew Dave was a real
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Aidol's Story....... Mr Personality

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 7, 2010, 2:59 am


Part 1Lindsay's recovery took years and pretty much consumed all aspects of our lives. Our plans for our horses were put on hold except for those things that intertwined with Lindsay's needs and keeping me sane. We had Lindsay back up on a horse before she could really support herself on her own. Since Aidol wasn't broke enough for such duty, the Arabian horse pretty much just hung out. It wasn't until Lindsay's chemotherapy was done as well as her twice weekly appointments for physical, occupational
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