Getting Ready for Spring - - More Problems

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 24, 2010, 4:16 am

It only took me a couple of days to realize part of what I was seeing was the mare had lost a lot of muscle. Evidently Solidare was only moving if she absolutely had to, so many of the muscles in her body had begun to atrophy from lack of use. The mare wasn't just loosing weight, she was loosing body mass as well.This situation sent up a ton of red flags of its own. I couldn't even imagine what it would be like for a mare to try to give birth with her body compromised by wasted muscle. There has
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Getting Ready for Spring - - The Struggle

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 23, 2010, 3:55 am

Keeping Solidare's weight right as the foal grows inside her has been a guessing game. About the time I'd think I had a handle on it, the mare reacted in a way I wasn't expecting. The line between light enough for her legs and too thin (for me) was crossed several times in the early part of this pregnancy. I finally gave up and opted towards getting as much weight on her as I could hoping that would balance things out in the long run.Then there was another issue developing that worried me. As the
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Computer Issues

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 22, 2010, 3:23 am

My computer has been down since early Friday morning. I managed to post on Solidare using Dave's laptop but it was not wilthout it's trials so I probably won't be posting again until my computer is fixed. I do have my computer back but am unable to get onto the internet. So far we haven't been able to figure out what is causing this issue. The internet was working fine for my SIL when he fixed the thing. Don't know if my cable modem is fried or what. I am having serious withdrawal not being able
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Getting Ready for Spring

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 20, 2010, 12:24 am

It's getting close to foaling season. Normally I'd be excited at the prospect of seeing the new additions to our farm but not this year. As the projected foaling date gets closer all I can do is pray.I've never been so concerned about a mare foaling as now.I have put off breeding Solidare for three years. Worried about the condition of her back legs I just couldn't bring myself to do it despite the fact every vet I spoke to was encouraging me to breed her. Even though the mare had dropped some on
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Life........and Its Lessons........Wrapping Up

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 19, 2010, 6:16 am

After the post, The Final Straw, there's been some discussion on the facebook page where that post showed up. People have stepped forward to say their experiences with this trainer has been different than mine. I have no problem seeing that and I'm glad for them that their experiences were successful. There were people at the barn getting along famously with this WT while I was there. He seems to have a full barn most of the time now so he must do ok with some people and their horses. Still that
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Life........and Its Lessons........Finishing Up with the WT

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 18, 2010, 3:48 am

Part 1Despite the ugly lesson with the WT, I got through the horse show. I kept my distance from the trainer and his wife so I didn't blow my stack. I still had hopes that my horse might do something in his classes at this show.That, however, was not to be. The hunter pleasure classes were huge. There was no room for a horse that was not working properly. The trainer's ride was clean but the horse did not get a prize. My ride lacked the confidence necessary to be seen in a large class. I chalked
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Life........and Its Lessons........The Final Straw

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 17, 2010, 4:27 am

Part 1Once we began riding the horse hunter pleasure, part of the plan for Legs changed. The original plan was for just the trainer to show the horse in the open and that was it. Now that the horse was doing hunter instead of western, I was to show the horse in the amateur division as well but only in the one region. The WT would show him in both regions.Me showing the horse in the amateur division may not sound like such a big deal but it was. I hadn't been on the horse but a couple of times in
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Life........and Its Lessons........What to Do........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 16, 2010, 3:48 am

Part 1There were a couple of other things along the way that suggested this trainer (WT) might not be the right fit for me and my horse. One of them was this guy didn't even know that Legs was a quality horse until he got him to a schooling show and the other trainers began asking him about the horse. He actually told me at the show how much attention he'd received because of Legs and that he was realizing that Legs must indeed be a nice horse. I chalked it up to his background being in another
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Life........and Its Lessons........A Little More about Work

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 15, 2010, 7:23 am

Part 1When it came time to get Legs started under saddle after his recovery period was over, I began doing the work myself. However, I wasn't really confident that I knew enough about stallions to be doing it. I was afraid I would miss something I should have corrected that would later lead to issues.When the halter trainer I was working for at the time suggested I take the Arabian horse to a relatively new local trainer, I was skeptical. I knew of this trainer and didn't really think he could get
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Olympic Tears

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 14, 2010, 3:59 am

I love the Olympics especially the Winter Olympics. There's something magical about the ice and snow mixed in with the already emotional aspect of all of those athletes chasing their dreams. I've been mesmerized from the first time I saw the games back when I was a teenager. With the Winter Olympics being just a few hours north of me in Vancouver, Canada, I've been longing to be there since the location was first announced. I can't imagine the Winter Games will ever be closer to me but it just wasn't
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Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr........ More Life Lessons of a Vehicler Kind

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 13, 2010, 4:30 am

Dave was in a wreck this week. A kid in a brand new truck backed into him in the Safeway parking lot and did major damage to Dave's little car. They exchanged information as the kid moaned and groaned about just having gotten this truck after another accident. Dave felt sorry for him. Didn't pay the kind of attention he should and ended up with bogus information. That's right, the kid lied about everything. Phone number, insurance company, driver's liscense numberm they're all bad. Dave had to file
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Life........and Its Lessons........A Little About Purpose

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 12, 2010, 3:30 am

Part 1From the sound of the comments on this series of posts, I think I need to restate my purpose in these posts. While they may focus on the negative aspects of my time in the horse industry, these incidents are not the whole story about the horse industry or even the whole story about my time working as a groom. They are but a small wedge of information belonging to a bigger picture.As I said when I first began this series, in the past I have applied a filter of sorts in posting about some of
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Life........and Its Lessons........A Little About Work

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 11, 2010, 2:07 am

This would probably be a good place to begin the experiences I had either working for others in this industry or others working for me. Those situations have been laden with lessons.Way back when I began this blog I posted how this dream of mine began. I mentioned I had worked as a groom but really didn't get into the details of how that came about or what our working arrangements were. I worked for free up until the time I bought Scandalous on a contract. Grooms came and went, new ones were hired
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Life........and Its Lessons........Buying....the Unexpected

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 10, 2010, 2:57 am

When we sign a contract to purchase a horse we generally think of that contract as an obligation. We tend not think about the legal rights a written contract give us when making decisions about the welfare of the horse. I would imagine that's because we don't think about "life" getting in the way and causing unexpected issues.As I mentioned before this particular horse was Lindsay's therapy horse. He started off as my first show horse with the intention he would move on to Lindsay sometime later
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Life........and Its Lessons........Buying

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 9, 2010, 3:50 am

Probably the slipperiest slope in the horse industry has to do with contracts, I would think. All kinds of contracts from the sale or purchase of horses to contracts for work can be difficult. I would imagine it is the nature of the beast such transactions require close attention. That is why contracts are important. I have bought and sold a number of horses on contracts. . I've also managed to get myself in trouble with contracts for work. It seems like the biggest pitfalls in the horse industry
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Life........and Its Lessons

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 8, 2010, 4:27 am

The easiest thing about horses is the horses themselves. The difficult part is the people that surround them. I hear lots of comments about the horse community and its people and most of them are not good. There seems to be this blanket acceptance by many that horse people are not worthy of trust and its reasonable to expect getting scr*wed if one participates.I prefer to believe that horse people are like all other people. There are good ones and bad ones. I don't think we have any more than our
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MEMO to the President....... Stimulus Ideas

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 6, 2010, 3:38 am

Note: I got this in an email today and couldn't resist posting. Don't be put off by the address line or what looks like political nature or this memo. This may not be a political blog BUT the subject matter definitely fits here.......and it just might give you a much needed good laugh.TO: President Barack ObamaRE: Economic Recovery Stimulus IdeasMr. President,It has come to my attention that you're having some challenges with theEconomy. If I understand things correctly, we're in a recession,Consumer
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The Work Out Continues - - Day Two......Legs the Ride

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 5, 2010, 3:40 am

With the shenanigans over, I did my usual warm-up of flexing and bending the horse off my legs. These exercises have always been a source of comfort for Legs. Even on some occasions when the horse had experienced something that would make most horses quit, Legs would relax and go back to work easily by beginning with this routine. In addition to flexing and bening, I decided I'd add some stretches. I taught the horse how to walk out with his head stretched down to the ground several years ago as
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The Work Out Continues - - Day Two......Legs

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 4, 2010, 3:35 am

Once I was done with Tag, it was on to Legs. I think if it had been one of the other horses I'd left until last, I probably would have skipped it. My b*tt was dragging. The prospect of finally getting my horse right, however, had a strong enough pull to keep me focused. I forced myself to get the horse tacked up and headed towards the arena. There was no question in my mind the mounting block would be my only hope of getting myself up into the saddle.Of course, Legs always has to take advantage
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The Work Out Continues - - Day Two......Tag

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 3, 2010, 4:10 am

The next horse to ride in that horse trailer load was Tag, the horse I had taken to the Jody Strand Clinic. At that clinic the horse had been much faster than usual. I figured it was more about the strange surroundings instead of the fact he'd not been worked in at least a couple of months. The horse had just been bitted up and lunged the day before. This day was my first day to ride.Before I rode on this second day I bitted the horse up and lunged him just like I had the previous day. This horse
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