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07 August 2016 @ 03:40 pm
Hello, I'm hoping there is someone out there who can help. Four years ago I adopted a senior horse that had been bounced around from person to person all her life. She is one of those high-strung, sensitive Saddlebreds who are often misunderstood. We developed a great bond and level of trust. She is now 27 years old. Because of her health issues, I am not able to ride her much, but I just want to keep her comfortable and ensure she feels safe and loved.

Unfortunately, I've come on hard financial times. I could surrender her back to the shelter I adopted her from, but they are struggling too, and I can't stand the thought of having to give her up and possibly not ever see her again.

If anyone is able or willing to help, please see my campaign to raise funds to cover her board and grain:


And, please share. Thank you very much.
04 August 2016 @ 03:37 pm
NBC's network of Olympic Equestrian coverage

Do you plan on watching the Olympics? Anyone or country in particular you're rooting for?

The USA is a bit of a barren wasteland when it comes to coverage of equestrian events so I try to soak up as much as I can during times like this, especially since my internet is too slow to stream.

I plan on watching as much as I can and don't realy have a specific horse or rider I'm rooting for because I'm just cheering the fact that there are horses on TV!
My Horse Says I'm: excitedexcited
31 May 2016 @ 12:15 am
Hey guys! So I am very new to LiveJournal and to this community so please bare with me as I am confused on how exactly this works, but I'm willing to give it a try!

I am wondering what everyone does with their horses when they go off to college? I'll be attending college starting next fall and my dad wants to sell my horse. I'm pretty upset about it because I wanted her to come with me and stay at the university's stable, but they didn't have any room for her, as they gave priority to the Equine majors. I'm currently trying to convince him to just lease her out instead, but I'm worried about either situation. I'm upset that I have to let go of her, and I want to know how other people have handled similar situations with their horses and college.
Thank you in advance!

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My Horse Says I'm: disappointeddisappointed
12 May 2016 @ 11:29 am
I figure out that I will share this video of Thin White Duke with slight signs of locking stifles. The prognosis is that with proper exercise he will grow out of it, but when I first noticed it, it gave me quite a scare
07 May 2016 @ 07:34 pm
Last year I had mentioned the BelgianxHaflinger filly my husband and I picked up as a project in this post and figured I'd share some progress and pictures.

Here Tru-D is as she turned two!

I admit, part of me is really anxious to get on and feel her gaits. I've had the Western saddle on her a couple times to introduce it and the stirrups barely move when she trots or canters.

In the last year she has learned how to:
-load in a trailer
-be caught and lead nicely
-fly mask and spraying
-have her feet trimmed and cleaned
-work both in a roundpen and on a lunge line (briefly!)
-long line a half dozen times with a halter
-Introduced the (bitless) bridle
-Worn a bit (because if my Grand Plan of doing some competitive Dressage and Driving happens she'll have to use one eventually ... unless rules change before then ... one can hope!)
-Introduced whip aids
-Accept vaccinations and deworming
-Taken walks off-property with traffic (also very brief right now)
-Worn and briefly lunged in a full harness

I didn't think we had accomplished all that much, but writing it out like that definitely puts into perspective how much this former wild child has learned in the last year!

We also discovered she is related to our full Haflinger mare through her sire, which is cool.

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Any of you have some fun things coming up or progress and accomplishments you're proud of?
My Horse Says I'm: goodgood
02 May 2016 @ 01:21 pm
So, it is the time to introduce Thin White Duke, who is 11 months old now and his friend Benjamin Franklin Isherwood the Bengal Cat to the fellow horse people )

Thin White Duke is a Fjord Horse, raised by my from the day one. He is a sweet and loving boy :)

08 April 2016 @ 10:47 am
I'm not sure if ya'll remember this sad little filly that I posted about a couple of years ago now: Bree.jpg

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04 March 2016 @ 08:26 am
A story too good not to share. Les Vogt relating an experience he had with three horses in a finals competition.

My Horse Says I'm: amusedamused
01 January 2016 @ 06:26 pm
Back in the beginning of 2015 I was down to my last pair of pants and had to make a decision: buy more jeans or buy breeches. I loved my jeans, Carharts that were tough and practical and each lasted two to three years of tough use, including riding. I went with the breeches because they were the more practical choice since I don't actually like riding in jeans and they are cooler in the summer and you want to do anything you can to be cooler in a desert summer!

I went cheap and bought three different pair because I wasn't quite sure what I would like. I do have three pair of Pikeurs I love from eight or so years ago on an impossible 60% off sale and while they are still servicable the fabric is starting to lose its stretch so they bunch funny here and there.

Anyway, two out of the three breeches I bought at the beginning of last year are already starting to show serious signs of wear (the third pair fits pretty poorly with a HUGE waist that I have to cinch my belt down on). I think I am going to have to spend more on breeches that are going to last longer because buying new breeches every year isn't going to cut it for me. I am an instructor and am in breeches 5 or 6 days a week even if I don't ride myself that day. So, fellow equestrian, what are your recommendations for some good breeches?

I can't afford $200 a pair otherwise I'd simply replace the Pikeurs that have served me so well. My range is around $100 or less (preferably less as I'd like to get more than one or two pair).

Thanks in advance!
My Horse Says I'm: curiouscurious
31 October 2015 @ 01:52 pm
I have an English saddle that will soon be 12 years old. It is a General Purpose Wintec 250 and has seen a fair amount of use both under me (until I realized it was too small for me, ha!) and under students. I have never had a saddle reflocked and figure it might be time. I would rather fix up what I have than buy a new one if at all possible.

I have tried contacting some saddle shops and the one I am familiar with that sells just about everything referred me to an English-specific shop, but the big English tack/appearal shop has no one to refer because the guy they used recently retired so I'm not quite sure where to go from there. While there is more English type events going on here than there used to be Arizona is still a very Western-oriented state.

But here are some questions for those more in the know than me:

How do you know your saddle needs to be restuffed?
How often should it be done?
Would you recommend anyone who might accept a mail-in? (You can message me on that one.)

I use the saddle on a few of my horses and I am not noticing any weird sweat patterns or soreness, but my goal is prevention and I'd rather not wait around until it becomes a problem.

Thanks in advance!
My Horse Says I'm: curiouscurious