The Work Outs Begin - - Day Two

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 2, 2010, 3:39 am

It didn't take long for me to rethink my priorities for training horses. As much as I want to keep Rhet in shape, I also need to get Reflection into the ring. That means working Reflection needed to be a priority as well.I decided if I worked Rhet three times a week, I could probably maintain the horse's current condition. As long as I don't have plans to show him this year, that would be fine. If I should change my mind and decide to show him in halter, I would need to step up his conditioning
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The Work Outs Begin

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on February 1, 2010, 4:02 am

When I did finally try to get my you know what back into the saddle, I couldn't even get my foot up into the stirrup without using both hands. My leg was so stiff it did NOT want to bend. It's a good thing my horse is trained and would stand still while I fiddled around trying to get this task accomplished. Who knew putting one's foot in a stirrup could be so difficult?Once I had my foot in the right place, I couldn't seem to get any momentum to get myself off the ground and into the saddle. I was
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Just Too Much.....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 31, 2010, 3:13 am

The day after the Jody Strand Clinic , I felt like I'd been hit by a truck. To be more specific, I guess I felt more like the day I had just arrived home from . my Tulsa trip All of the recuperating I'd done over that few days had totally vanished. Both my body and my mind were wiped out. It was at that time that I realized how much the trip had really taken out of me. I really should have stayed home to continue my recuperation than ride horses at the clinic. Even with that I couldn't wait to
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Jody Strand Clinic - Tag's Impression

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 30, 2010, 3:59 am

Part 1When I'd first walked into the arena with Tag, Jody Strand commented he thought the horse had a very pretty face. Once I got onto the horse and Tag began to move, he commented again. Jody thought the horse was a pretty mover as well. Then Jody stood there just studying the horse for a bit. Next thing you know he asked who I'd said his sire was. Before I could answer, Jody Strand answered his own question, "Did you say that stud you rode earlier today?" I replied with a nod and Jody nodded
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Jody Strand Clinic - Getting to the Second Horse

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 29, 2010, 3:15 am

Part 1Having someone with a reputation like Jody Strand like my horse was definitely good for my confidence. After the trip I'd had to nationals, it was nice to have a positive experience. The fact that Jody thought taking my horse to nationals even though he wasn't ready yet, was a good idea was even better . I felt bad my horse was so fatigued but I was really glad I'd brought him to the clinic after all. There were several horses to work before I rode my second horse. With all the leg it had
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Jody Strand Clinic - The Problem

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 28, 2010, 3:05 am

The Adventure Begins Part 1Right from the start of my ride at the clinic my Arabian horse was not the smooth round horse he'd been the last time I'd ridden him. Instead of the ride I'd gotten for my class at the US All Arabian Horse National Championships, I had the horse I'd been riding about a month before I'd even left for Tulsa. Most of the progress since then seemed to be lost.It was clear from this that my horse was indeed fatigued. It took everything I had to get the horse pushed together
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Jody Strand Clinic - Legs

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

Part 1I got to the facility at about 7:30 so that left me only a half hour to get my horses and my stuff all moved in. I was peeling off layers of clothing each trip in and out of the barn, I was working up such a sweat. I sure was glad Legs wasn't going to be the first horse that morning, I'd have never made it.Once I had all must stuff in the barn, I set about clipping the horses. I always try to have my horses bathed and clipped whenever they present to the public. The baths hadn't happened but
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Jody Strand Clinic - Taking a Second Horse

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 26, 2010, 3:29 am

Part 1That evening after the first day of the clinic, Jody Strand was the guest speaker at the annual Daffodil Arabian Horse Association dinner meeting. While Jody had said at the clinic he wasn't going to speak, he relented when the actual time came speaking briefly about the Arabian horse and nationals this year.One of his comments had to do with the quality of those horses competing at that level. He mentioned despite entries being down, the actual quality of the horses had risen dramatically
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Jody Strand Clinic - The Pretty Bay Horse

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 25, 2010, 3:03 am

Part 1There was a young western horse by Marwan Al Shaqab out of a Dark Victory daughter that belonged to a friend of mine. The horse has been professionally trained but was home for a brief winter break so the owner decided to bring the horse to the clinic. The horse wasn't really at the clinic because of any issues. The owner is like me and always looking for new ways to learn. She was hoping riding her horse in a clinic with a nationally respected western trainer would add some dimension to her
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Jody Strand Clinic - The Red Horse Meets the Long Lines and Jody

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 23, 2010, 3:57 am

Part 1Up until this rearing horse at the Jody Strand clinic the issues with the horses and riders were the usual things you'd expect when amateurs and junior riders are training their own horses. The horses were not engaged properly mostly because the riders weren't asking enough from the horse.Most of these horses when asked to give more readily complied. At first with some there was the brief resistance that comes when the horse hits a barrier that wasn't there before. As the horse realized the
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Jody Strand Clinic.....Scary Behavior

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 22, 2010, 3:25 am

Part 1This is probably a good place to interject my opinion about why horses take the easy way out. Some people think the horse is trying to cheat us. I think the horse is doing what Mother Nature programmed it to do. A horse's instincts govern its behavior. It eats, sleeps, runs, breeds and defends itself based on instinct. Because horses rely on foraging for food for sustenance, Mother Nature has dictated they conserve energy so as not to burn more energy than they calories they can consume. It
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Jody Strand Clinic - A Cold Cold Morning

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 21, 2010, 12:47 am

Part 1The morning the Jody Strand clinic began, I drug myself out of bed and forced myself up to go observe the first day of the clinic. My riding slot was not until the morning of the second day but I have always learned a lot by watching. Besides clinics are a nice way to touch base with other Arabian horse enthusiasts in the winter time. Those opportunities don't come often and I was looking forward to seeing some of my friends.I dressed in as many layers of clothing as I could get on and still
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Jody Strand Clinic - Getting There

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 19, 2010, 3:36 am

I arrived home from Tulsa Tuesday just before noon. The clinic started Saturday morning at 8 am at a facility about a half hour down the back roads from my farm. That meant there would be no Mickey D's on the way to grab a bite. I had to get up even earlier if I wanted to eat. Considering how far behind on sleep I already was, I'm not really sure why I got it into my head that I needed to attend this clinic. I think it had to do with the fact Jody Strand had done a clinic for Daffodil the year before
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More Catching Up...........with a few Answers

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 18, 2010, 3:53 am

There have been lots of questions that I haven't answered since I returned from Tulsa. I don't like to leave loose ends hanging so I thought I'd catch up with as many of those as I can before moving on to Jody Strand. First off Molly asked about Scottsdale. We have talked about going and meeting there, however, this will not be the year. Scottsdale really just is a very expensive A rated show. It is as costly to show there as it is at the US All Arabian National Horse Show. The advantage of showing
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Catching Up...........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 17, 2010, 3:03 am

It's been two and a half months since I got home from my trip to Tulsa and the US All Arabian National Horse Show. While it's taken me a while to recuperate a lot has happened here.Shortly after I arrived home, Dave was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes...not that it was a surprise to me. I've been warning him he was heading down that path. Since his diagnosis, he's lost about twenty pounds and would be feeling better if he wasn't haven't chronic problems with his back. Something he still wasn't willing
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Blogging Milestones

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 16, 2010, 4:17 am

This week I reached a milestone in my blogging career. I posted my 1000 entry. Since I still had not completed the series about my trip to Tulsa, I decided I would not interrupt that conclusion with yet another delay. That made my 1000th post part of the final chapter in that story, The Adventure Continues.........A Little Witching Hour I would suppose given my history anything with witching hour in the title would be considered appropriate for such a milestone. Of course I say that just a tad
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The Aftermath

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 15, 2010, 3:35 am

In all, counting the added hours I picked up driving from the central time zone to the pacific, the trip took me about 56 hours. I figured most of those were actual road time. Many of my stops at stations for fuel where under fifteen minutes except some of those with Jesse (Those guys could drag out a stop! LOL) . I didn't make a single stop solely to get food. AND most importantly I'd slept at the most about six hours, although that's probably generous.I will never do that again. I misjudged the
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The Adventure Continues.........The Final Day......

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 14, 2010, 3:06 am

The Adventure Begins As I pulled out of this rest stop within a state park, I figured I would only drive as far as I thought was safe. If that meant I needed to pull into the next rest stop, that's exactly what I was going to do. I was not taking anymore risks with my life or the lives of my horses by falling asleep at the wheel.In those two hours while I was stopped, the weather had taken a turn for the worse. A storm had moved in, where it wasn't raining miserably with high, it was a very dense
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The Adventure Continues.........Am I Ever Gonna Sleep?

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 13, 2010, 3:14 am

The Adventure Begins I looked at these trucks wedged together in front of me and I saw visions of the middle truck trying to creep through and scraping off both sides of his truck. I decided there was nothing I could do to fix it. I couldn't see any signs of life. Nothing that said anyone was actively trying to do something to fix the situation. I sure couldn't move those trucks myself and there was no place for me to back out. I sure wasn't going to get out and investigate. I was uncomfortable
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The Adventure Continues.........A Little Witching Hour

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on January 12, 2010, 3:04 am

The Adventure Begins At first when I got back onto the freeway after leaving the Hitchcockian station I was so relieved to be away from that place I actually had a little energy. Maybe it was adrenaline caused by the fear that triggered it. Whatever it was it served me well. I managed to drive a ways before the dreaded sleep monsters tried to get me..........or whatever they were. Nothing could stave my sleep deprived state off for long. Soon the familiar symptoms began moving back in one m. Fog
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