Aidol's Story....... The Yearling Year......Progress

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 17, 2010, 2:37 am

Part 1I can remember the tears in my eyes as the horse finally decided it was ok for Dave to touch him. I knew how fragile this reunion could be and I feared it would not last. I hoped for both their sakes I was wrong. The horse needed some time to remember days passed. The man needed to know the horse could be reached. Yet one wrong move could easily shatter the horse's trust.The Arabian horse's initial recognition to Dave's voice had been clouded by fear and then shattered by Dave's anger at what
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Aidol's Story....... The Yearling Year......Contact

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 16, 2010, 2:58 am

Part 1I've never known to really stay focused on something much except for maybe cards and the TV but now that this Arabian gelding was distressed Dave locked in on his intent to sit there until Aidol came to him. His brain must have been going ninety miles an hour trying to guess what the horse "might" be doing behind him. The expression on his face reflected every little move the horse made.A first the horse didn't know what to think with the man standing with his back to him right near the stall
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Aidol's Story....... The Yearling Year......Clues

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 15, 2010, 2:42 am

Part 1Dave's heart was cut with a knife when he saw this beloved colt trying to escape up the stall wall. The man was so inexperienced with horses he couldn't even grasp what could cause this reaction in the horse. All he knew was this colt he loved so much was now running from him. His heart ached at the rejection.Even though the colt stopped immediately when he heard Dave's voice, the man just couldn't comprehend what he had witnessed. This colt climbing the walls one minute and frightenedly sniffy
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Aidol's Story....... The Yearling Year

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 14, 2010, 5:50 am

I probably should note these Aikon colts were all full of themselves. It wasn't just a trait reserved to Aidol. While he may have been the leader of the pack, all the colts were just as naughty to get to and from the field each day. These boys had big attitudes in every way.I remember one time when the youngest colt, Earl, came all the way in from the field backwards because he refused to walk forward. He was still at his mother's side when this happened. He was small enough you'd think you could
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Aidol's Story

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 13, 2010, 3:57 am

After posting about my injury riding the Arabian gelding, Aidol, Lytha asked how I got this horse and for more details. Looking back I see that Lytha is correct, I've posted about the horse here and there but guess I haven't done anything specifically about him. We all learned a lot from this horse so there's sure lots to tell. We first met this horse at Feature Farm in Auburn, Wa. where I worked as a groom. When we first met him he had just been weaned and was being turned out with three other
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Looking Back................ on into Now

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 12, 2010, 3:52 am

Part 1I guess I should mention I had no fear about being hurt again when I finally did climb back on a horse after this accident. I don't know if it's because I just have no sense or if I didn't hold the horse responsible for the wreck. I just know that in my mind the wreck was a freak accident having to do with the way the gate was constructed. I didn't think it was the horse's fault.I thought what the horse did when I asked him to go up to the gate was a totally reasonable response for any horse.
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Looking Back................ a Little Trail

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 11, 2010, 3:30 am

Part 1The healing from this injury took forever. Notice I didn't say it "seemed like" forever. In the realm of healing times for bones, the docs said I healed like a 90 year old woman and I was not much over 40 at the time. I was on the far side of six months before the bone was finally mended and physical therapy could begin. That was six months of sitting in that dumb chair zoned out on soap operas wishing my life away. All I wanted was for time to fly by faster so I could get back to my horses
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Looking Back................ Getting Home

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 10, 2010, 4:09 am

Part 1I couldn't wait to get out of that emergency room. Not remembering what happened during the procedure made me uneasy. I just wanted to get back to the privacy of my home.First we had to get my prescription filled. It was clear my recovery was going to be difficult. There wasn't much chance I'd get through without taking the pain medications prescribed by the doctors. I could still feel what seemed like every little movement in my body translated to pain in my arm.The ride home was not as traumatic
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Looking Back................ the Treatment

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 9, 2010, 4:03 am

Part 1While I felt the initial contact of both doctors' hands, I don't remember a thing from that point forward. My last memory was a smidgen of the pressure as I felt the docs begin to pull on my arm and shoulder. From there my memory went blank. I don't remember one single thing about the entire effort to relocate my shoulder or pulling the bone back into proper position. I don't know if it hurt........and frankly I don't care. I have no memory and that's probably best. I do know that Dave told
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Looking Back................ the Diagnosis

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 8, 2010, 4:13 am

Part 1Once the docs got to see the X-Rays of the injury I'd received falling backwards off my Arabian horse, they could tell what was really going on with my arm and shoulder. I had a compound fracture of the humerus right below the ball portion of the bone. The tendons and ligaments were wedged in between the two pieces of bone. A big part of the incredible amount of pain I was experiencing was because of the positioning of the tendons and ligaments between those pieces of humerus. Any movement
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Looking Back................ the ER

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 7, 2010, 3:36 am

Part 1Dave tends to panic whenever things go awry. Seeing me on the floor crying, and clutching my arm didn't do anything but scare him half to death. His immediate reaction was to call 911...... but that's the last thing I wanted to do. I didn't have much confidence that 911 would get me help any quicker than I could get it for myself......with Dave's help, of course.When he realized I'd be mad if he called 911 for help, Dave tried to get me up so we could go for help. I screamed as he grabbed
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Looking Back................ Getting Help

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 6, 2010, 3:46 am

When I hit the ground after my forced dismount from the Arabian horse, I landed smack dab on the point of my shoulder with the rest of my body smushing me into the ground. Pain shot through my arm as well as up my shoulder and into my neck. Even though I was dazed, I rolled over onto my back thinking I'd be able to get my bearings. I knew instantly that was a mistake. The pain seemed to course throughout my body at the first sign of movement. I didn't know what I'd done for sure but I knew it was
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Looking Back................ Aidol and the Gate

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 5, 2010, 3:53 am

Aidol took to schooling trail obstacles exactly like I'd thought. The Arabian horse wasn't sure what to think of these new challenges at first but he caught on quickly. In a short time he was going over poles like he'd been doing it all his life instead of snorting and going sideways which had been his first response. Aidol was learning to trust I'd take care of him if things weren't what he expected. It was time to add more difficult obstacles but before I could do that he had to learn a couple
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Looking Back................ Aidol

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 4, 2010, 4:10 am

I've been going to physical therapy for what seems like months now and it doesn't look like the end is in sight anytime soon. Since it's taking up so much of my time right now, I thought I'd post about the incident that set these wheels in motion.To do this we need to go back about twenty years. I was trying to put some miles on Dave's Arabian gelding, Aidol, so Dave could do some trail riding with the horse.Aidol was the first foal for Scandalous. He was one of the first foals of the halter stallion,
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Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Desmitis

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 3, 2010, 3:57 am

One of my earlier posts about Solidare led to a comment about DSLD (Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Desmitis). Because this disease is believed to be a genetic disorder I think it is important to mention it here. The most comprehensive Information on the subject is the actual study that renamed this disease as ESPA (Equine Systemic Proteoglycan Accumulation).This illness is a debilitating disease. It is extremely painful and easily cripples affected horses. It strikes not just the suspensory ligament
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Barn Entertainment

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 2, 2010, 4:17 am

While Legs was on stall rest waiting for the chiropractor, the horse had a little unusual entertainment. Normally when there are stories about visitors to any of the horses in their stalls, the visitors turn out to be the unwanted kind. The usual culprits are an assortment of rodents...... rats, mice and even an occasional mole or possum. With woods on neighboring properties, both front and back, it's impossible to ever get the rodent population totally wiped out. I consider the coyotes living in
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Unexpected Gains

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on March 1, 2010, 3:51 am

For a little over a week Legs has been off. The horse has been doing so well since the Jody Strand clinic I was getting close to putting him back into the bridle. Every day we seemed to be another step closer to that ride I had pictured in my mind.Then on the 21st I found myself riding that horse I had just before I went to the US National Championship Horse Show in Tulsa. The difference in that ride was like day and night from the one the day before. I was at a loss what could have happened to
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Getting Ready for Spring - - The Results

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 27, 2010, 3:45 am

Part 1It was nearly a week before we began to see signs that Solidare was gaining weight. Subtle changes made the mare not look "quite so bad" at first. It was more of an impression than anything clearly measurable but it was all we had to gone on. At first it was hard to trust this belief but as each day went along it became a little easier. By the end of the second week there was no doubt Solidare was gaining weight at an appreciable rate. Her ribs were not quite so exposed and something about
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Getting Ready for Spring - - The Next Step

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 26, 2010, 3:56 am

As we discussed that terrible decision I know is coming some day, both the vet and his assistant nodded their heads. Both saw the sadness and discomfort in the mare's eyes but both also saw her looking to us to fix it. We were all in agreement. The mare had not given up. Armed with that information I took my mare home to make the best of her treatment plan. This whole thing still felt out of control and totally unexplained but I would have to make the most of what I had. I had to think we were on
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Getting Ready for Spring - - The Discovery

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 25, 2010, 3:27 am

Once we were sure the foal was alive, the vet took Solidare out of the palpation chute to look her over in her normal stance. It was then he discovered the reason for Solidare's recent lack of movement. Just the way the mare stood with one hock stretched out behind her told him the mare had probably torn the tendon over the back of her left hock. When he examined the hock more closely he confirmed the diagnosis. The change in Solidare's gait and her reluctance to move were the result of this new
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