Daffodil Spring Arabian Horse Show....Western Pleasure Select Rider...... The Wreck.......

< It always amazes me how something like a crashing sound in the stands can happen so quickly but take volumes to explain. Maybe that's because so much happens so quickly, there's a lot to cover. Then maybe for me it has to do with explaining what physically happened as well as covering what mentally happened. In situations like this there are a lot of both for me and my horse.You'd think I'd know better than to project how the class might turn out before it was actually over. I don't necessarily
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Daffodil Spring Show..... Select Rider Western Pleasure 40 & over

Thinking over last night's post I'm beginning to think my class was not the next one into the ring after that wreck although it certainly felt that way. The first horse the loose horse ran into was a hunter horse from my group at the horse show and that horse's class was right before mine. That means the hunter class must have been next but it sure didn't feel that way.I do know because the schedule was so far behind, they were running those classes through lickety split. The judges knew how to
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A Little Horse Show Drama in the Warm-Up

That first day of the horse show there were more stressors than not getting to school my horse in the show pen before the start of my session. As it turned out the first session of the schedule ran long, very long. It was a new schedule and those always have their kinks. What you think will work never does because the numbers of horses are never what you expect. Because of that trail went on for two and a half hours. The the halter classes were huge compared to normal for our area which set it back
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Mr Charisma..........

Too pooped to post so I'll be posting details about the horse show after it's over. In the meantime I thought I'd continue on with my posts of baby pictures from the past. This picture of Rhythm definitely says something. Not sure what though, any ideas?Visit Blog Village and vote daily for this blog Here They are now measuring the rankings by votes out, so if you find my blog on the site, please click that link too to improve my rankings. TY
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No Escape from the Royal Wedding.........Even at a Horse Show.........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 30, 2011, 5:50 am

I must admit even if there hadn't been a horse show, I was not all that enthused about the royal wedding. I did think, however, by going to the horse show I'd be able to escape some of the fanfare. Imagine my surprise to arrive at the show at about 6:15 am and every where I turned someone seems to be talking about the wedding, the dress, the kiss on the balcony. It's a good thing not all that many people are there at that early hour because, me, I'm there to do horse stuff and talk horse stuff.
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Forget the Royal Wedding......... There's a Horse Show......

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 29, 2011, 6:17 am

The Royal Wedding may be taking over the world's attention but I could care less. My focus this weekend is on the Daffodil All Arabian Spring Horse Show at the fairgrounds in Puyallup. Temperatures still at least 10° below normal don't seem to have dampened the enthusiasm of the Arab set. Entries seem to be consistent with other years despite the fact we all still feel like it's winter. My horse has not shed out yet and is nowhere near fit because the weather had not be conducive to outside schooling
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My Perspective on the Troll.........and a Message...

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 28, 2011, 1:57 am

First off, I want to thank everyone for their support and comments throughout this series and particularly on both the post about the troll and the betrayal post. I did not respond to comments individually on those two posts as I did the others. Words can't express my feelings about the overwhelming support I have received. It is truly humbling particularly knowing I have been breaking some taboos by talking about these things in such an open forum in the first place. It was validating to know I
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\a Troll's Perspective.........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 27, 2011, 1:40 am

It's my belief the story cannot be told without telling all aspects of it. From those things behind the scenes to those more obviously up front and in the open, all of the things related to the story exert pressure of some sort and add to the stress involved in living through such an event and recovering from it. To understand what it was like to have lived this journey, I've tried to represent everything that affected me along the way.. There are a couple of things I am still struggling with whether
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A Little News..........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 26, 2011, 2:23 am

While I usually only post horse related news to this blog, I thought this event deserved a mention. My oldest son, Bil, has a passion for volleyball as intense as my passion for horses. As I have embraced my passion, he has embraced his as well. While he's not been able to play volley ball professionally due to injury, he found a way to follow his dreams by coaching instead. As a firm believer that pursuing one's dreams is worthwhile, I am very pleased he has been able to find a way to incorporate
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Easter Escape

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 25, 2011, 1:08 am

It was pretty quiet around here for Easter with Lindsay gone. We haven't had little kids or hunts for Easter baskets for years with our kids all grown but still Lindsay has a childlike wonder about her that spills over into all holidays and I miss her when she's gone. Dave and I pretty much settled into our usual routine. He was out cleaning stalls while I got the fire going and the house warmed up for his return. With temperatures in the low 50s a small fire seems to be a must and I like to get
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A Little Long Day.........Cheat Post.....Humor...

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 24, 2011, 2:06 am

It's been a long long day with Lindsay gone on vacation leaving Dave and I to tend the horses. I rode some, washed some, feed all, put in and blanketed some and wore myself down to a lump in a chair. Since my brain is mush, I'm going to cheat and post one of the humorous horsey things I've been sent. I hate to admit, I can't even remember where I got this. Maybe it was Scott Morris.........hmmm........I also hate to admit I can't even recall what they call this computer code short cut stuff......but
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A Change of Pace......... A Little Farm Story......

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 23, 2011, 2:31 am

Dandy has been the grumpy old man on my farm for quite a while now. I think the basis of his attitude around other horses began with his EPM as a youngster, Before he ever got diagnosed with the disease he began to get uncomfortable with traffic in the ring getting too close to him. I suspect this behavior was directly rooted in the fact he was not quite right because of that lesion on his spine. Feeling vulnerable the horse wanted strange horses to keep their distance. As the pasture mates he grew
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More about the Horses.........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 22, 2011, 12:48 am

I've already told the stories that caused the issues with Louie because he was taken to two shows before he was ready. Had the horse made it into the ring at the first show he would have never gone to the second one. It was when I got to see the horse in the ring at that second show that I was able to see the horse was not using his shoulder properly. Then once I rode him after regionals was over and BG was cancelling many of our work days I got the chance to really ride him myself. Then I could
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Lets Talk about the Horses.....

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 21, 2011, 1:31 am

HopeI suppose the best way to start with the horses is to go through the list of horses that BG actually worked. Part of those horses he started under saddle with the aid of an assistant and part of them I started before they ever got to BG's facility. The horses that were already started were Reflection, Hope and Vee. Although I had started all three of these horses at different times, they were at about the same point in their training. The horses started by BG were Tag, Percy and Louie. There
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TNJ......... The Ultimate Betrayal..........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 20, 2011, 12:56 am

Part OneWith the fate of the lawsuit decided everything about The New Journey been pretty much covered except for the status of the horses themselves with the exception of one other bit of information still left untold. I said right from the start that there were some things that might not look like they were a part of this story that did indeed have bearing on my journey through those months. My readers may have wondered at times why I was including situations surrounding my relationship with MD
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TNJ........... Little Glitches..............

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 19, 2011, 12:53 am

Part OneI must admit my trust was so fractured at this point, I really didn't trust the settlement offer. Being the first ones to sign that paperwork and then trust that BG and WF would sign it too screamed at my sensibilities. Only knowing that their attorney could be disbarred if the thing was not honored was enough to get me to sign on the appropriate line. Dave and I signed those papers and then hand delivered them to their attorney's office where we got a copy signed by the receptionist verifying
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TNJ............. The Motivating Factor in the Decision...

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 18, 2011, 12:54 am

Part OneFor me the most important aspect in considering the decision about this settlement offer was always the horse. My concerns about his situation began not all that long after I'd traded him to BG and over time they just continued to grow. With a settlement offer on the table I found myself looking back at that history to aid in my decision.Once I'd realized how WF was really taking care of her show horse I was very sorry I had made this deal. I was not happy I had put Storm into a situation
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TNJ.............. A Little Expert Perspective.......

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 17, 2011, 12:35 am

Part OneI worried all week end long. What was the right thing to do for me and my business? Would sticking by my principles hurt my long term goals? If I held out for trial would it end up any differently other than a piece of paper in my favor? Should I just let go of this thing and get on with my life? Those and many other questions whirled around in my brain as I tried to make heads or tails out of the best thing to do.At this point in time, we were now nearing the two year mark since Dave has
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TNJ........... A Little Weekend Stewing.........

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 16, 2011, 12:32 am

Part OneThat Friday night I read the letter and the settlement offer from BG and WF's attorney over and over. I read it silently. I read it out loud. I read parts of it to friends. Everyone I shared it with thought I should jump at it but that's not how I saw it. The only good thing about it as far as I was concerned was that I got my horse back. The rest of it was just a bunch of legalese designed to make them look good and to put an end to this thing without costing them anymore than they'd already
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TNJ........... So What's This?

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Archive on April 15, 2011, 12:08 am

Part OneSo there it was staring up at me, another one of those envelopes from BG and WF's attorney. Dave had come straight to me when he'd retrieved this thing from the mailbox. Even though it's addressed to both of us, he would never think of opening it. This thing was mine to deal with....... whatever it was.Dread filled my heart as I stared at the manila envelope in my hand. It was easier to look at it and speculate than open the thing. So much of my heart was wrapped up in this case, anything
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