The Rehabilitation of Storm



. I have posted all about the journeys I have taken with this horse from the first trade through the second trade when we came to the fork in the road on that which lead to the lawsuit It seems only appropriate that I continue on with his story as long as there is still story to tell so that brings us to the story of his rehabilitation. Before the horse came home I suspected Storm would have some issues. I had seen enough at BG's facility to know that the horse was probably being worked by the
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The EHV-1 Virus Affects Arabian Horse Shows..... Information on Resulting Regional Qualifications... and an Opinion....



Even though the Region 5 of the Arabian Horse Associations Board of Directors meeting yesterday was NOT because of the EHV-1 situation, as you can guess this topic took up a large part of the meeting. Horse show season is in full swing so horse shows are being affected by people's reactions to this scare. What to do? seems to be on everyone's minds and that's not just what to do with your horse.Once the meeting got underway, it was a given we would discuss the virus. The reason for that is the cancellation
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The EHV-1 Virus Affects Arabian Horse Shows..... Information on Resulting Regional Qualifications... and an Opinion....



Even though the Region 5 of the Arabian Horse Associations Board of Directors meeting yesterday was NOT because of the EHV-1 situation, as you can guess this topic took up a large part of the meeting. Horse show season is in full swing so horse shows are being affected by people's reactions to this scare. What to do? seems to be on everyone's minds and that's not just what to do with your horse.Once the meeting got underway, it was a given we would discuss the virus. The reason for that is the cancellation
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Happy Birthday........Baby...........



I've had a really long day attending the Region 5 Board of Directors meeting in Ellensburg (other side of the mountains) today so I'm way too pooped to post BUT I can't let this day go by without birthday wishes for this very special boy! This is one of my favorite pictures of the little charmer. As you can see his mother is quite tolerant of the dog checking out her foal......or is it the foal checking out the dog? Whichever, this boy turned out to be quite a lover of small animals. He even has
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Daffodil All Arabian Spring Horse Show.......the Final Championship.....



Part 1Not long after my friends left it was time to get heading up to the arena to school for our last class. By this time I think Legs had pretty much had it with horse showing. He had worked more at this horse show than he had the entire months preceding it. My poor Arabian horse was plumb tuckered out...........and so was I.When I held up the bridle for him to take the curb, he gave me a look I've not often seen. Normally he grabs the bit readily even when he is tired but not on this day. I got
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Daffodil All Arabian Spring Horse Show....... a Surprise Visit........



Part 1Legs was not the only one tired on that Sunday morning. After the adrenaline from getting caught short and preparation time for the class had finally waned, I was dragging big time. It's a good thing I had enough to get me through the class itself because I'm not sure how I'd have been in that wall came thundering down while riding.It was on the walk back to the stalls that I felt the crash. It was seemed almost instantaneous in its dawning. I really don't know when it happened just that I
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Daffodil All Arabian Spring Horse Show.........Western Pleasure AAOTR Championship......



Part 1Once the first showmanship class was over I headed back up to the barn to wait out the time until my class. With two more showmanship classes to go I expected that to take a while but it actually came upon me much quicker than I expected. Before I knew it I heard the paddock announcer calling for class number 133 and I hadn't even begun tacking my horse up yet. With my adult amateur owner to ride (AAOTR) class being class 136, the mad dash was on getting my horse and myself ready.It always
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The Weather Warms......and the Computer Freezes.....



I can't believe it. We actually had two days of warmer weather with NO rain although our creek is still over its banks and there is water in one of my barn aisles. The temperatures were only in the mid 60s but considering it hasn't been since October that we've had four days in a row with temps in the 60s, it feels warmer than it really is and it was like heaven here.I spent most of my day outside trying to gain some ground on all that work missed because of our lousy weather. As I work out there,
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Daffodil All Arabian Spring Horse Show.......Out of Balance......and Thoughts on Showmanship......

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on May 18, 2011, 12:40 am


Part 1Sunday morning I was off to the horse show in plenty of time to get my horse schooled before the morning session began. I worked at getting my Arabian horse a little more collected and with that a little slower at the jog and the lope. Not that he's not going at the rate of most horses out there, it's just that he can go so much slower and do it correctly and our goal is to be the best that we can be. Dave had done a superb job on my clunky winter riding boots. I showed them to Crystal when
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Daffodil All Arabian Spring Horse Show.......A Little on Balance.......and Boots.......



Part 1During the show, I had realized I was having an issue with my show boots. I know that my legs are in two different positions when I ride. It stems from an old injury. My right leg comes out of my hip at a slightly different angle than my left and therefore my right leg "hangs" in the saddle a little differently than my left. Now, I know all the dressage riders must be having fits at this point. Sitting squarely and correctly is a big deal to getting the horse moving correctly. I get that but
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Daffodil All Arabian Spring Horse Show......Charity Night......



Part 1I must admit the ride I had on Legs in that open western pleasure class ranks right up there with the national's ride I had on Dandy in the hunter pleasure class in Bonanza all those years ago. I will always remember the feeling of that ride. Having my horse so tuned in to my every move was something amazing. I couldn't have been more pleased. In addition, it was just so much fun. Even today I still feel the pleasure of that ride. It was my only class of the day and it was nearly the last
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Spring......... and Colts........



What is it with boys and springtime? They don't even have to get close enough to a mare to smell her to know that something is up. I swear the sun just needs to come out for the colts, and some bigger boys too, to be acting ridiculous. Screaming, rearing, striking, all kinds of boy play abounds in the springtime, like it or not. This just might be the reason I consider myself to be a mare person. Today was a beautiful almost warm spring day. After the wet, cold spring we've had, temperatures in
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Blogger Ate My Post......and All Its Comments........



I don't know what the problem has been with Blogger over the past couple of days but whatever it is, I see in resolving it Blogger has eaten my May 11th post about my open western class and all the great comments I received. I guess it's a good thing I didn't get my post up for the 12th or that would probably be missing too. Last time I checked the Blogger status board, it said they were in the processing of trying to restore all the posts that had been deleted so I guess I'll give them a while
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Daffodil All Arabian Spring Horse Show.......... Riding the Open Western Pleasure Class.......



Part 1I'm lucky in the respect I can put things behind me as soon as I begin riding. I don't usually carry residual stress about getting ready for a class once I can focus on my relationship with my horse That might be because my fear is more about missing my class than it is about how my ride goes. I feel pretty confident I can deal with most anything that can happen in the ring so when the gate opened and the paddock announcer called my class to order, I actually felt relieved. I would have been
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Daffodil All Arabian Spring Horse Show.......... Hat Retrieval 101.......

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on May 11, 2011, 12:42 am


Part 1As soon as the realization dawned that I wasn't wearing my cowboy hat, momentary panic set in. The class in the ring was a hunter pleasure class and the one following mine was a country pleasure class. There were no western pleasure horses in sight except for those in my class and the rule clearly reads a cowboy hat is required in western pleasure. I don't know what the penalty would be for inappropriate attire now did I want to find out. I sure didn't want to be making any fashion statements
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Daffodil Spring Arabian Horse Show...... Ready for the Open.......or Not!

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on May 10, 2011, 12:48 am


Part 1The western pleasure open class was scheduled almost at the end of the afternoon session. Even though the lunch break had been only a half hour, I thought I had enough time to let my horse relax before we'd need to be ready to show. So when we got back to the stalls, I untacked my horse and let him nap until it was time to get ready. The only problem with that was the classes ran quicker than I'd expected. You'd think with as long as I've been showing I'd have a method that worked for me all
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A Little Humor for Mothers Day.



Bey Aana and PatriotWHY GOD MADE MOMSAnswers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:Why did God make mothers?1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.2. Mostly to clean the house.3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.How did God make mothers?1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.What ingredients are mothers made
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A Broken Leg Isn't a Death Sentence Anymore..........



With Archarcharch sustaining an injury in the running of today's Kentucky Derby, I found myself researching to find out the prognosis for this amazing horse. Knowing that horses will still try to run with the pack even injured always makes me wince. Crippled horses still racing cause themselves even more harm and really complicate already bad injuries but Archarcharch seemed to be functioning pretty well from what I could see. Other than a stumble out of the gate and a few strides to regain footing,
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Daffodil Spring Arabian Horse Show........ Schooling for the Open.......



Saturday morning I was supposed to get to sleep in. Since I didn't have a class until the afternoon session and the people I was stabling with were there to feed in the morning, I figured there was no reason to keep my alarm set for the 5:30 am time I'd used the previous day, something more like 8 was in my game plan. Murphy, of course, saw things differently and I awoke with a start at 4. A nightmare got my adrenaline pumping as I awoke before being blown to smithereens in whatever weird world
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Daffodil Spring Arabian Horse Show...... AAOTR 40 & over Western Pleasure



With the problem in the stands, I decided I really needed to get back into the arena as soon as possible to "show" my horse there was nothing to fear. Even with his final sighs signaling some form of relaxation, I wasn't going to trust that. I figured the more time we spent schooling in that arena, the better off we'd be so I tried to pay close attention to the paddock announcer so I didn't miss the break.I had ridden my morning class in mid afternoon but it was a class very near the end of that
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