English meets Western....The Ansur CrossOver

Equine Mine Archive on February 7, 2011, 7:23 pm

I love, love, love this concept of an English meets Western. I think this will be the next big thing in tack. I am so fortunate to work with a company that is progressive in designing tack that is good for the horse as well as offer something fresh for the rider.
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The New Journey..........Then There's Breeding....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 7, 2011, 1:28 am

Keep in mind that the timing on many of these events is intermingled among posts. To help keep related issues together sometimes the time line has been sacrificed. While that may not always be obvious, you may know more things about BG now than I did when I made my decisions. If you find yourself wondering "how could she?" the answer is probably in that timeline. For instance the events in this post actually happened towards the beginning of the events that led to the last post so you've seen far
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Meet RJ and Mr. T at the Aiken Training Center, Monday, Feb 7,2pm

Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on February 6, 2011, 9:15 pm

RJ and Mr. T are enjoying southern hospitality and the sunshine with footing free of snow and ice.  Come meet them at the Aiken Training Center on Two Notch Road Monday, February 7 at 2pm, Rex will work the horses at liberty and Cari will demonstrate some of the training techniques under saddle.  Contact cari@cariswanson.com [...]
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Darling's Decision

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 6, 2011, 3:57 pm

"I love jumping...but I think I like cutting more," she said. "But Steve Holt! isn't a cutter..."No, Steve Holt! is a lot of things, but a cutting horse he surely is not. No stop on that boy, not in the least. We ran into more than one wall those first few weeks of riding before he finally figured out that when I said 'whoa', I meant stop now, not to the rail and hang a right. Oh, sure, eventually he did catch on, but he's simply not built for dragging his tail in the dirt sort of stop needed when
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The New Journey..........Going into Show Season....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 6, 2011, 1:13 am

Part OneBy the time horse show season arrived, the weather was better but the days working horses wasn't. My worst fears were being realized although it still wasn't obvious to me at the time. BG was doing just enough work to keep me dangling and the focus of that work was always shifting. My horses were still getting worked but it was sporadic. Days were being cancelled here, there and everywhere. Many reasons seemed to be show related, that and getting their female boxer bred. It seemed like everything
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Murphy's Horse Laws

MidWestHorse Archive on February 5, 2011, 10:21 pm

Murphy's horse laws- Jeremiah sent me this, thought it was funny! *If you do a thorough check of your trailer before hauling, your truck will break down *There is no such thing as a sterile barn cat No one ever notices how you ride until you fall off *The least useful horse in your barn will eat the most, require shoes every four weeks and need the vet at least once a month *A horse's misbehavior will be in direct proportion to the number of people who are watching *If you're wondering if you
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52 Thoroughbreds - Fact or Drama?

Over the past week or two, a message about 52 horses in Ohio needing homes "went viral" in the horse world. These horses were said to need homes within in few days or they would "go to slaughter." Ummm. Not so much. Here is a snippet from a post written by someone who actually took time to talk to the family: {The horses' owner} was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure about 6 months ago and at that time, they began to find homes for all the horses, knowing he would not be here much longer.
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The New Journey Begins........Subtle Changes.....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 5, 2011, 1:02 am

Part OneOnce BG and WF had the horse's papers in their possession, the plans for the Arabian stallion almost immediately began to change. The next thing I knew, WF had decided she didn't want to show the horse as a hunter. She was going to wait until he was ready to go western. Plans to take Storm to Daffodil were done. The Arabian stallion couldn't possibly be ready because the horse not only needed to go slow, he needed to be in the curb bit because of his age. There were no immediate plans for
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Cari Swanson, Windrock Farm Archive on February 4, 2011, 2:05 pm

For those of you who have been following this gifted horse, he has transformed from a known convict to a reformed athlete.  You can always refresh your memory by visiting Tristan-convicted felon on our youtube channel, lexington17.  Subscribe to our channel and watch him continue to progress through our training system.  This is an excellent [...]
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The New Journey Begins........A Turning Point.....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 4, 2011, 1:14 am

Part OneShow season was fast approaching and something needed to be done about Storm's registration papers if the horse was to make it into the ring. Keep in mind here I wasn't really getting to see the horse schooled. The only knowledge I had of whether the horse was ready or not to show was based on what I was told. To show in the amateur owner division for Arabian and half Arabian horses, the horse must be registered in the name of the person showing. Those rules do not allow for contract sales
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Goat Mud Skiing and other wintery sports

Hoofbeats Archive on February 3, 2011, 10:44 pm

Blogging is a lonely sport. I thought maybe I should end it there and publish that one sentence. Truth is, my talents aren't in writing. My talents lie elsewhere. I decided long ago that I wasn't going to try to...
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The New Journey Begins........Settling In.....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 3, 2011, 12:52 am

Part OneBesides not strictly working horses by the numbers laid out in the contract, there were other boundaries that got pretty clouded too. My time began to be unimportant. I could find myself standing around for long periods of time waiting on BG. BG working 4 or 5 of my horses could take all day. That day could sometimes run from 8 am to 8 pm because BG was now fitting in those horses of his he had to work. Even though in the beginning, he'd made my horses the priority and finished up his after
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WTF? Welcome To Wisconsin!

MidWestHorse Archive on February 2, 2011, 11:11 pm

Our attempt at a goat rescue this morning. It was successful and Jenny goat is safe after we had to did her out. She was buried in her small goat house. And we had to dig out the water which was still warm water under a pile of snow...go figure...................The 3 foot drift in front of the door on the deck.........yay, had to shovel that out as well!The horses made a path and this evening look better. All eyelash icicles have now melted!Before the goat rescue and dig out........Where the hell
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Dressage Mom Archive on February 2, 2011, 3:02 pm

I complain every year about winter. And here I go again.I'm sick of it already and it's just February. Here in Northeast Ohio we can have snow in April. So I still have months of this crap left.Yes I know we're having a winter storm, and it's nasty out, etc. It's not the driving on the roads that I don't like. It's being cold at the barn. I just get tired of bundling up to groom horses, then taking off the jacket to ride, taking off another layer when I get sweaty, then back on with the jacket when
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Giving Lip and Lotsa Bull

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 2, 2011, 12:51 pm

About a week ago, friend McDebbie delivered a couple of horses here for Darling and I to start working. One of these was Primera, that adorable filly we had with us at the fair this past summer. Primera had only been saddled up once or twice since that time, so it was almost like starting over...but of course since it wasn't a huge issue the first time, it wasn't anything to write home about this time, either. We're looking forward to seeing how this girl progresses!Meanwhile, down at Curt's, Tika
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Diamond in the Rough

Equine Mine Archive on February 2, 2011, 4:09 am

You know when you own two horse trailers for one horse, you have crossed over into the realm of "crazy horse person." If you look at the above 4 trailers, two of those happen to be mine. Before you judge, give me a chance to explain. I am trying to sell my slant load. It is a wonderful little trailer, but I have been wanting a straight load for safety reasons. So this weekend, I thought my slant was sold. Long story short, it wasn't. In the meantime I find a straight load that seems like a good
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The New Journey Begins........A New Year Starts.....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 2, 2011, 1:24 am

Part OneAfter the first of the year, there was more of the same with the weather in the form of ice and snow. Flooding also played into disrupting training plans. With all those issues working horses was still intermittent and stayed that way on through into the spring. In January, I was back to working horses after my surgery although not back in the saddle until mid month. BG was working horses too after his fall though he didn't ride either for a while . Even though I couldn't ride at first,
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The Lost Get Found

GirlsHorseClub.com Blog Archive on February 1, 2011, 2:10 pm

THE LOST GET FOUND is a submission for Critique Me!, an event where Girls Horse Club writers are inviting readers to critique their stories and poems with praise and/or constructive advice intended to help build confidence and improve writing/storytelling skills. Thanks in advance for your thoughtful insight! by Zanzibar The Great, age 16 “Audrey, sometimes I just want to believe you’re devoid of all emotions!” Cheney Davis snapped, jerking the reins of the spindle-legged Thoroughbred away
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Well, Here Comes The Real Winter Blast!

MidWestHorse Archive on February 1, 2011, 1:42 pm

Well, it started with round 1 last night and I woke to 5 inches of snow to shovel down the stairs. A Border Collie chasing the snow I was attempting to shovel and turning the corner to see these normal "feed me" antics!After they ate their pelleted grain and I threw the hay in front of their barn so that they may have a little protection, it was total chaos as the horse eating wind noises caused the dopes to flee several times in between bites.................They made several attempts and this
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Stylish Blogger...............Who?.......Me????

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 1, 2011, 12:54 pm

Before anyone else gives me the Stylish Blogger Award I must confess, I have been holding out. I've received this award at least fives times now (if I missed anyone I so apologize). I'm thinking I better get something up telling people I have before it comes calling again.It's not that I'm not thrilled to receive it, I most certainly am. It's been a while since awards have been making their way around the horse bloposphere. I think they're a great way to get like minded people introduced AND I know
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