Aidol's Story....... the Down Time

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 6, 2010, 2:32 am

Part 1It was the following year after the experience with my broken finger, that I began showing horses on the Arabian circuit. It was actually at my very first ever horse show that my daughter, Lindsay, was diagnosed with brain cancer. From that point forward throughout Lindsay's treatment, Aidol just hung out around our farm. The only riding I was doing was at shows and an occasional day home on a break from the hospital with Lindsay.During that time Dave was pretty much in a fog. He was so overwhelmed
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Bunnies or Horses........Wise Words from Either

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 5, 2010, 1:07 am

Between All I need to know I learned from the Easter Bunny! and All I Needed to Learn about Life I learned from the ' Easter (Bunny )Horse'! There's not much else to say, but Happy Easter! Even if you don't celebrate Easter there are some wise offerings here. My favorite would be about the wiggly parts but you'll have to check both posts out to see what I mean.
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More on DSLD, Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Desmitis

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 4, 2010, 3:08 am

After my last post on DSLD I got an email telling me the reference from Dr Deb Bennett was written before the latest study. That email went on to state that no horse with dropped fetlocks should ever be bred. The inference was because of the information in the study I had referenced.While I appreciate someone trying to be sure I understand the information, I can't help but be frustrated because it is clear the person has not really done her homework. The scientific evidence does not conclude nor
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A LIttle on Poker Rides.............

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 3, 2010, 2:33 am

Part 1Because of this first experience with trail riding, Aidol proved himself to be a trail worthy Arabian horse. Over the years he saw other poker rides with various riders. Dave was not always available to go but Aidol was always up for a trip to the woods and another poker ride.Someone asked in the comments what a poker ride is. For those who don't know I thought I should explain what they're like around here before I go on with more Aidol poker ride stories. Usually poker rides are fundraisers
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Quandary - My Arabian Horse Twins

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 2, 2010, 2:53 am

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Sea Horse Spotted in Road Island Bay

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 1, 2010, 2:20 am

OK, I know I'm supposed to be posting more about Aidol's history but it's been a really long day AND a new FaceBook friend pointed me towards this video today. As bad as the day was, this video was a shining part so I thought I'd share. The philosophy of this trainer is pretty interesting too. Oh, and he is my new FaceBook friend. Kinda cool!Although I must admit as I watch this, I wonder about swimming next to those legs. What do you think?
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Aidol's Story....... Tales from the Trails........ the Switch

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 31, 2010, 3:07 am

Part 1After that wreck we tried everything I could think of to get the Arabian horse to settle. The only place Mark appeared comfortable was with his head tucked right up into Aidol's tail. There was Aidol on his first trail ride being the "big brother" for the spooked older horse. It was a sight to see. At first it looked like we might make some head way. The horse seemed to be content riding right up on top of Aidol. We thought if we went along that way enough, the horse would finally relax. Then
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Aidol's Story....... Tales from the Trails........ the Wreck

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 30, 2010, 2:34 am

Part 1When I'd first heard all the commotion behind us, I had turned my horse to see what was happening. As the horses in our group fanned out in the small clearing to make way for the approaching riders, I watched things unfolding, not really believing I was seeing what I was. There wasn't a shred of concern from the approaching group. All they could think about was getting ahead, faster and faster. You would have thought we were riding some kind of race instead of playing a poker hand. The horses
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Aidol's Story....... Tales from the Trails........ Getting Started

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 29, 2010, 2:21 am

Part 1I probably should have mentioned in the last post that Aidol is a true 15.2 hands tall while Mark is 14.2 hands in the way that many owners of horses and Arabian horses in particular are known to measure them. Getting on Mark I could almost do without a crane. Getting up on Aidol with that extra 4 inches felt more like going for an extra foot....... but we got it done and that's what counts.Did I say up front that this was a big ride, probably one of the biggest poker rides I have ever been
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A Busy Saturday

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 28, 2010, 3:24 am

Since today is supposed to be our last nice day for a stretch, I made sure I got a chance to squeak a trail ride in. Riding around in circles doing arena work can get boring for both me and my horse so I'm always happy when the weather breaks enough we can get out into the hills and mix things up a bit. Before I could hit the trails, there was stuff here to be done. Also, I had an appointment this morning with an insurance agent to see about getting a new bid for coverage on this farm. Our current
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Aidol's Story....... Tales from the Trails

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 27, 2010, 2:25 am

Part 1Aidol was known in those days when tied to pull back sometimes in new or scary situations. Ever since his bad experience as a yearling this had "vice" had started. I just never knew when it might happen. Now, I was a bit worried about tying the horse to the horse trailer to tack him up. I didn't want to start off scaring the horse before we ever got out onto the trails. I tried to get my stuff all together so I didn't have to leave Aidol to retrieve things from the trailer's tack room. I figured
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Aidol's Story....... Physical Therapy and Beyond...

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 26, 2010, 2:26 am

Part 1Before I could do anymore riding, I wanted the two bones to heal in this darn finger. I wasn't taking anymore chances on doing any damage that might make those miserable pins stay in place any longer than necessary. That meant I was staying off of any and all horses at least until physical therapy started.This was my first broken bone as an adult. Granted I didn't begin my adventure with horses until I was forty but that shouldn't have meant I would have problems healing but I did. No one
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Aidol's Story....... The Treatment

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 25, 2010, 2:41 am

Part 1Well, I was right. Surgery was the call of the orthopedist. I had a 66° rotation in the bones of my finger. The only thing that would get things lined up properly and keep them there involved surgery and pins. The docs schedule was full for over two weeks probably because he was considered to be THE MAN for hand repair. I would have to wait if I wanted this doc to repaired my finger properly. Even though I wasn't crazy about the wait, I decided to go with this doc. The surgery was scheduled
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Aidol's Story....... The Injury

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 24, 2010, 2:43 am

Part 1Unfortunately I had not thought about what might happen with rings on my finger while I was holding horses for the farrier. By the time the man left, my hand was so swollen it was impossible to remove my wedding band or my engagement ring. At the very least they were going to have to be cut off. We didn't have anything on the farm that would do the job. I needed a doctor and quickly. I knew the rings were cutting off the circulation in my finger. It was beginning to turn blue...... well, maybe
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Aidol's Story....... The New Farrier .....Getting Done

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 23, 2010, 2:16 am

Part 1Poor Aidol was quivering and shaking and not really sure if he should listen to me. I could tell the horse had experienced strong flashbacks. He even acted for a moment like he didn't know where he was. I tried to soothe the horse with my voice only putting enough pressure on the lead to remind him I was there and he needed to listen.The horse wasn't sure what to think about my light flicks of the lead. He wanted to run but he didn't want to be in trouble with me either. I caught a look of
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Aidol's Story....... The New Farrier

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 22, 2010, 2:07 am

Part 1It was in November when I found myself facing the prospect of a new farrier. Having heard horror stories at the show barn I knew farriers are just like horse trainers. There are good ones AND there are bad ones and probably some in the middle. I was really worried about ending up with someone who didn't know what they were doing or one that wasn't kind to the horses. Either way would be a losing situation for me. I figured the best way to find some one reputable was to ask those people that
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Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 21, 2010, 3:01 pm

I just got this in an email from a friend. I'm not normally into forwarding things on but this struck a note in my heart so I thought I'd share it here.
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Aidol's Story....... Coming Home

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 21, 2010, 1:03 am

Part 1Fortunately I was able to convince Dave he better do something about buying this Arabian horse. Maybe it was the argument the horse was going to double in price if he continued to do well in the ring that finally got to Dave. Whatever it was, I was glad when Dave finally admitted out loud he wanted to buy this horse.I immediately called the trainer to set up an appointment so we could do paperwork. This horse was going to have to be purchased on a contract just like Scandalous had. Aidol had
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Aidol's Story....... Now a Three Year Old

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 19, 2010, 2:47 am

Part 1It was well into the Arabian horse's two year old year before the situation with his feet was coming along well enough to even attempt getting his feet done safely. By that time a new groom had come to work at the show barn and she'd fallen head over heels for Presley. It was beginning to look like both colts really would come out the other side of their terrible ordeal without residual damage.In the late fall groundwork was started on Aidol. My friend, Linda, who was then working at the facitility
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Aidol's Story....... The Farrier

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 18, 2010, 2:34 am

Part 1Both Arabian colts returned to the place they were born needing their feet trimmed. Their hooves were not absolutely horrible but they needed attention that's for sure so Aidol and Presley were put on the schedule for the next's farrier's visit.We knew when the colts arrived that each had issues. We just didn't know how deeply those issues ran. No one thought to check to see if it was still possible to pick up their feet when the boys were added to that list. We just assumed since they'd been
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