New Painted Ponies Of Lake Geneva

MidWestHorse Archive on June 4, 2008, 1:43 pm

This is a little video clip that my Darling Husband helped me put together. These ponies were given to local artistst to paint and be on display in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and will be auctioned off after four months of display. All proceeds to go to S.M.I.L.E.S., an organization that uses horses to help disabled children and adults. Here's a link to an article written about it, Painted Ponies To Populate Lake Geneva. I will put the video up on my sidebar soon. I've only got a few pictures, but
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Rode Yesterday And Hey Any Simularities?

MidWestHorse Archive on June 3, 2008, 3:31 pm

I wasn't able to ride last week, weather and prior commitments, etc.. So this week I made it my priority, however, I had issues with Kola. Nothing major, something I'm sure I did. So Misty was the only one ridden and I can already start to see a bit of difference in her muscle tone. I rode Misty with the saddle , but only a halter. I have to work on my hands. I carry my damned hands too high. I'm going to start putting wrist weights on. Has always been my problem, anyway she was perfect with just
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MidWestHorse Archive on June 1, 2008, 3:36 pm

So as I've been gone to work my usual Friday and Saturday night shifts, only to return home this morning to be greeted by the proverbial "Lawn Gnome". Only there's not just one there are several lining both sides of my driveway. I, of course stopped the car and pondered the wonderment for a moment thinking, "Geeze, Steve and Zoe sure went to a lot of trouble." and "No way, They would never have been this creative on a practical joke and if anyone in this house was to play a practical joke, it
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What Is Up With This Weather??!!!

MidWestHorse Archive on May 28, 2008, 2:15 am

Just what is up with this weather? Is this global warming? Or is it simply a weather anomaly year? Yesterday, it was 88*F and last night it dropped with wind chills well into the 30's! I was going to ride today, but it was so cold I couldn't feel my fingers! And tonight they are talking about frost. For cripes sakes, it is the end of May. I know that because of the excessive rain and snow this year our local farmers are nearly a month late in planting and there is still some flooding in the
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Why I Love My Life........

MidWestHorse Archive on May 27, 2008, 2:50 pm

I can't put a photo to match all of the important people and creatures in my life that make it so great because this post would end up one ginormous photo album so I just put up a pic of my new roses. The first reason my life is so great, is that wacky British Husband of mine, Steve. He is the love of my life. He keeps me grounded and loves me inspite of me. He supports me and indulges me and he is always there for me. I couldn't ask for a better partner, lover, best friend. I'm so glad he's here
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Those Pesky Flies

MidWestHorse Archive on May 27, 2008, 11:01 am

I haven't done a fly post yet this year, so I thought I would now, since yesterday was really our first hot day and it seemed to be most noticeable. We, as horse companions and owners are forever battling the dreaded fly. This year I'm trying a new strategy and combining forces. It's important in so many ways to keep the fly population down for the health of your horse. Not only because they are annoying to our horse friends, but spread disease and parasites, so along with a good worming program
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Memorial Day

MidWestHorse Archive on May 26, 2008, 11:23 pm

I thought I'd post up a couple of pics I found on the Internet of Patriotic horses to celebrate this day of remembrance. Remembering our soldiers. Unfortunately I was unable to get to a parade today, but we did have a nice breakfast at Millie's Pancake House. So a wonderful Memorial Day to all and hope you all have nice backyard barbecues with friends and family!Please visit for more horse stories, information and resources.
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Just Me & My Girls

MidWestHorse Archive on May 22, 2008, 8:35 pm

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Gas Rant

MidWestHorse Archive on May 22, 2008, 6:27 pm

I just checked out smellshorsey's post on using mules because of the high cost of fuel. We have been joking about riding our horses down the road too. This weekend coming up we could go to a couple different shows, but decided to stay home because it would cost $150 to go to one show and nearly $400 to go to the other. It cost Gerald almost $130 to fill his tank. Diesel is so much more then gas. I do not see the government stepping up to try and resolve these issues. No reducing speed limits, car
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Wolf Teeth

MidWestHorse Archive on May 22, 2008, 4:19 pm

Well, the vet was here and the girls got their West Nile shots and Coggins drawn. I asked the Doc to take a look at Misty's teeth because recently she's been spilling her grain, not that it has affected her weight, but just to see if she needed her teeth floated and low and behold Misty still has her wolf teeth. She's so good, but often she does get mouthy with the bit. The rest of her teeth looked good and not in need of floating, but she could stand to have her wolf teeth removed. It more than
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Tuesday=Riding Day

MidWestHorse Archive on May 20, 2008, 6:58 pm

Well, I went out there and rode Misty first. Quite a few times around the arena and picked up the speed to a nice little trot. Amazingly, saddled up Kola as well. Last year, only a halter and saddle and Steve leading once. She's broke and used to be a lesson horse, but after my crash in 2006, I'm a little gun shy and I've had Kola for only 2 years and Misty now for 5 years, I think. I was surprised to see her just open her mouth to the bit as I approached her with it. Hell, Misty doesn't even do
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MidWestHorse Archive on May 20, 2008, 5:44 am

This poor filly ended up with the worse case of strangles I ever saw, that lived. When she would nay it came out the holes in her face. Callie wanted to see pictures when she was really sick because she never saw a bad case. I couldn't bring myself to take them. I was weanie sitting this winter. She came in with 4 other ones that had just gotten over it. She came from a different farm then them. Evidently the breeder did not vaccinate her before sending her to the auction. It was a shame because
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I know I'm cute!

MidWestHorse Archive on May 20, 2008, 3:47 am

Flash is turning into a real character. He looks like a mini clydesdale. He was born May 5th, he looks 2 months old, not 2 weeks! He is already chasing goats and dogs. Gerald has both his sisters and we are partners on this one. He will really enjoy showing this one when he grows up.Please visit for more horse stories, information and resources.
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Frollicking In The Pasture

MidWestHorse Archive on May 20, 2008, 12:56 am

Silly horses had a couple of hours out in the pasture today and the past couple of days. Saturday, they came in with a whistle. Yesterday, I actually had to go out with the lunge whip and coax them in. Today, just the whistle, but as I was walking to close the electric ribbon gate, Kola spotted me and looked me in the eye for a moment and then it was a race to close the gate, which is why I always grab the center ribbon first. Once Kola started to race me to the gate, Misty joined in. Sometimes
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Speaking Of Great Horse Tips...........

MidWestHorse Archive on May 19, 2008, 2:26 pm

I thought I'd share a few of my own, well, those that I've learned from others and from experience...............1) I scrub my water troughs with plain bleach and rinse well. When I refill, I pour a 1/2 cup to one cup of bleach into the water. It makes it only slightly chlorinated and retards the growth of algae and the horses drink it.2) Now I know to use Walmart generic Metamucil (unflavored) instead of the expensive Sandclear to help prevent colick. Two tablespoons mixed with grain and a little
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MidWestHorse Archive on May 19, 2008, 3:06 am

My try at Photoshop Elements again which is the girls enjoying their time in the pasture. The cool horseshoes I bought today at the local flea market. Lilliput on her hind legs trying to play with me. A rose from my new climbing rose bushes that I planted yesterday.Please visit for more horse stories, information and resources.
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I Created A New Award

MidWestHorse Archive on May 18, 2008, 6:42 pm

Not that this is nearly as pretty as Midlife Mom's friend creates, but here it is. An award for those of us who give great tips for horse care. I've got a couple, like one half to one cup plain bleach in 100 gallons of water in trough to retard algae growth and now the Metamucil 2 tbs twice a week instead of Sandclear. Cheaper and so far just as effective. So the first one goes to Mrs.Mom at Oh Horse Feathers for all her helpful tips for general care and hoof care. And to the girls at BrownEyedCowgirls
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I Think They Were Pissed

MidWestHorse Archive on May 17, 2008, 4:25 pm

Where as the dogs were gleeful and happy we were home after being gone for only 56 hours, my girls were holding a grudge and were pissed at me yesterday. Notice the tight lips and Misty's ears back. It cracks me up! They were pissed at me for leaving them for Jeremiah to feed, the dude that trims their feet. I can only imagine what they are thinking, especially Misty. OMG! Has anyone ever noticed their horse's attitude if you've ever been gone for awhile? This to me was so obvious.Please
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I Love Your Blog Award!

MidWestHorse Archive on May 17, 2008, 4:00 pm

I received this award a few days ago first from Mrs.Mom at Oh Horse Feathers and then from Jessie at Jessie & Remington . I would like to thank you both for thinking of me and I'm so glad I've come across and made some good friendships on line with some really great people with common interests! I think most of us feel similar when I say that it's pretty darn neat to share common interests and respect and enjoy the company of really perfect strangers, although, I think for most of us, even though
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MidWestHorse Archive on May 17, 2008, 12:09 am

Well, Top picture in the dark, is Jesse Hall and the original columns still in place. Next a hot air balloon going over Zoe's dorm. My little Zoe coming out from her last night at work. I surprised her with that. We actually managed to get all of her things in the Jag, except the refrigerator, of which she was sure we could fit. Ultimately, one of her friends is staying in an apartment and offered to store it for her. The horse trailer that I made Steve take a picture of as we passed
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