Holy Jumping Bat Horse!

Learning Horses Archive on January 11, 2008, 9:04 pm

Thanks to Jax for this one (is her blog deleted?). AMAZING!
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5 Reasons to Mat your stalls

Learning Horses Archive on January 11, 2008, 7:42 am

My last boarding facility was the first barn I have boarded at with matted stalls. After two years of matted stalls, I have no desire to go back to dirt. Here are 5 reasons to consider mating your stalls. And yes, with 10 stalls to mat I know how expensive they can be, keep reading. . .1. Mats prevent urine from passing through to the base floor of your barn. Urine is what causes the smell and the better the barrier, the less permanent smell your barn will have. It isn't quite as simple as that,
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Georgian Grande

Learning Horses Archive on January 3, 2008, 10:52 pm

I have been LAX at reading my favorite horse blogs, but decided to catch up on my lunch hour today. In visiting Halt Near X, I read her post on the Georgian Grande. Halt Near X isn't a fan, but one person's pain is another person's pleasure. I visited the registry and a farm website, these are some very pretty horses, a combination of a saddlebred and a draft. I must say, I like, I like!
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Maddy's Video!

Learning Horses Archive on January 3, 2008, 10:33 pm

I love reading Pony Tail Club, she always has a way of making me smile. If you haven't already checked our her end of year video, please watch it, it definately made me smile. I love being asked to Dream Big.
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Marshall goes to the moon

Learning Horses Archive on December 31, 2007, 7:45 am

I made a similar post yesterday on Jerrific, but knew everyone here might like to see it too.Marshall is ready to walk on the moon in this outfit!
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Sniffing Curiosity

Learning Horses Archive on December 31, 2007, 7:35 am

Since I know 'officially' own Parelli Level 1, there are some pieces I have missed along the way in terms of learnings and exercises. One of the first recommended exercises is to go out and sit down for 1/2 an hour, no talking and see how long it takes for your horse to touch you.After spending some time with the horses, treats, and my carrot stick in the pasture I brought my horses into the outdoor arena. I squatted down and just waited. The boys were all over me in just a minute or so, sniffing
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Life on the Farm

Learning Horses Archive on December 27, 2007, 5:42 am

I have spent a lot of time on blog silence, much more than I would like because the last few months have been dedicated to:1. Remodeling work in the barn2. Traveling for work3. Preparing our new house4. Traveling for work5. Packing and moving6. Traveling for work7. Settling into new house8. Traveling for work.Tonight was the first night I went out to the barn worked with horses and did chores since we moved in on the 15th. Slowly but surely things are coming together and I have even found the charger
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Singing Horses

Learning Horses Archive on December 19, 2007, 9:04 pm

Singing Horses. This is SO funny. I'm not sure why, but it really amuses me and a bunch of people in my office who don't care anything about horses. Thanks Kelly!
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OCEAN Obsessive Compulsive Equine Attachment Neurosis Syndrome

Learning Horses Archive on December 18, 2007, 4:13 pm

Thanks to my friend Diana for this one. Funny stuff.Living with O.C.E.A.N. Syndrome - By Scooter Grubb Just recently, after years of research, I have finally been able to give a name to what my wife and I have been living with for years. It's an affliction, for sure, which when undiagnosed and misunderstood can devastate and literally tear a family apart. Very little is known about O.C.E.A.N. Syndrome. But it is my hope this article will generate interest from researchers involved in the equine
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The Royal Mews

Learning Horses Archive on November 7, 2007, 9:00 am

I was in London in September and got the opportunity to visit the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. What is the Royal Mews you ask? Good question. Basically, the Royal Mews is the stables (and eventually garage) where the royal horses are kept. It has also housed a riding academy and is a community within the palace.In the tour you could see many of the carriages that are brought out for specific state occasions AND ones that are for certain groups (such as the Scots). There were at least six special
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I'm going to Blog World, isn't that Jerrific?

Learning Horses Archive on November 7, 2007, 8:46 am

Yesterday I had my first semi-personal connection with a fellow horseblogger. Lijit.com (cool blog search wigit and technology company) was talking about their tool. They discovered I was a horse blogger and GUESS WHAT? They have another horse blogger using their tool, Kelly at Every Rider. So, it wasn't quite like meeting her, but I did feel connected. Cool. So I thought I'd mention on the off chance that any of my horse blogging friends might be going to Blog World they can find me there. Just
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Stall Fronts-HELP

Learning Horses Archive on October 19, 2007, 6:40 am

OK, construction has begun on the barn and it is VERY EXCITING!!!! We have pictures, but I am currently traveling and no access to the camera. The barn has a small arena with 5 12 foot stalls on one side facing the small indoor arena (50x60), then underneath the hayloft are 6 more stalls, 4 of them double size. Of the four, we will be turning 1 into a nice big tack room (yipee). The other 3 double stalls we will split up, turning the front of them into an aisle. The current entry to those double
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Is your horse really forward?

Learning Horses Archive on October 12, 2007, 3:42 am

Let's talk about forward and light for a minute. I rode a horse today (and gosh she was pretty) who I was told was forward. And yes, probably compared to what she used to be, she is. She will be a nice dressage horse and perhaps even my nice dressage horse, but more on that later.What I am used to, however, is riding a rocket. When I get on these horses that require a squeeze, a kick or even a spur to move more forward or to the next level I think-is this really forward? If you haven't had the chance
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Manure Management

Learning Horses Archive on October 11, 2007, 2:32 pm

DOH! The call I am promoting was YESTERDAY! But you can still listen to it by clicking the links below. . .My first order of business at our new barn is to figure out how to manage manure. I want to do it right and that means from day one. I have been doing a little research on costs of tractors and manure spreaders, but in reality, I don't know how to manage manure for 9 horses (my 3 + mom's 3 + 3 eventual boarders).I know the systems we have used where I have boarded, what has worked and what
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Learning Horses Ranches!

Learning Horses Archive on October 10, 2007, 3:31 am

Well, it won't be official until tomorrow (hopefully), but dreams do come true and we are in the final countdown to having our own facility. The big news-my mom has arrived with her 3 horses in the lower 48 (that is how us Alaskan's call it) and will spend some time in the Seattle area and then headed to Eugene shortly.So we purchased 9.5 acres in Junction City, OR with a barn, small indoor arena, large outdoor arena, 7 acres of pasture plus a few other non-horse details (like a house and garage).So
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Thanks Fabtron!

Learning Horses Archive on September 17, 2007, 1:22 pm

Today I got an email from Stan, the President of Fabtron. I had emailed because I had lost a stirrup strap for Pam's saddle. I had no idea where I would get one and was worried about getting it replaced, so I went to the website and submitted to the contact form. Sure enough, I got an email back this morning (and now a 2nd one from Stan mentioning that I am up early), and he said he would put one in the mail for me.For those of you not familiar with Fabtron, they have been in business since the
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How to spend $700 in your sleep

Learning Horses Archive on September 16, 2007, 11:41 pm

Last night I spent $700 while I was sleeping. Amazing, yes, I know. I have always considered myself a pretty good spender (not as much of a saver), but I am pretty impressed with how I spent $700 last night.It went something like this-Elisia came to the house at 9:15 this morning so we could go for a trail ride. We were taking Soda, Precious and Zapa (see upcoming post) to some trails right behind A.'s house. Elisia came to the door and said 'Did you know your truck window is broken?'. Um. Yeah.
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Proud Mama!

Learning Horses Archive on September 5, 2007, 3:35 am

I spent a lot of time being proud this weekend. First I saw Marshall who has been absent for more than a month learning to be a show dog. It was SO GREAT to see him. We didn't win, but it was my first time in a show ring not worrying about getting dumped off a horse (did I mention dog showing is CHEAP??), so it was just a great time. Auntie Sharon came and decided to pick Marshall up, it was pretty funny! He comes home at the end of next week, Jennifer will show him two more days. On Saturday of
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Lesson Plan

Learning Horses Archive on September 1, 2007, 6:53 am

Walter Zettl writes in his book Dressage in Harmony that you should always start with a lesson plan of what you wish to work on. He argues that if you really want to study and focus on learning, you must plan for what it is you wish to teach.For years I took the 'willy nilly' approach to riding, often working on too many things and accomplishing very little. But now I am realizing that there is a flaw in the 'get on and ride' premise.Although I haven't been planned in minute increments I am working
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Learning Horses Archive on August 29, 2007, 7:40 pm

Since I have been so absent from blogging, I have been absent from one of my favorite activites surrounding blogging-other people's blogs! I like to start with a blog I like and read their recommendation list (today I started with Julie's list) and sometimes I will start with Horse Bloggers, but I always find something good to read. Today, I discovered Equitales which (from what I can tell), is a fiction book she is posting 1 chapter at a time on her blog. I read the first post (Chapter 5) just
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