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I’d like you to meet my own horses… I have five right now and they range from 16 hands to 32 inches.  Each one came to be mine for different reasons and the best thing is how they all contributed and continue to contribute to my personal education in their own unique way.  I have, on occasion, enlisted their idiosyncrasies to teach others about their own horses.  I am blessed to have these five extraordinary horses to call my own.  They are my best teachers.

 

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My first Rescue

Posted by on Oct 6, 2011 in My Horses | 1 comment

Meet Andy.    This photo is the last one ever taken of him- a mere a week before he died.  He was 34 years old.  I bought him from the Standardbred Race Track for 30 cents a pound because he didn’t want to run anymore and would go for meat. He was 10 years old when I bought, retired and took him off the track, only a week after his last race when his owner, disgruntled at a horse that wouldn’t win anymore told his trainers to fox him.  At the time, I was wanting to do horse and buggy weddings and it was easier to try and...

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My Horses: Flash

Posted by on Aug 3, 2011 in My Horses | 0 comments

My Horses: Flash

Flash (DJ’s in a Flash) is a striking black and white pinto mini that stands a mere 32 inches tall.  Like River and Sky, Flash came for training and never left.  Flash is a VERY right brained extroverted mini that had a lot of coping problems.  There is a history of abuse in his early past and his former owner, although a wonderful horse person, wasn’t the right personality fit for Flash.  Flash is probably one of the more difficult horses I have schooled because of his tendency to either explode and be off-the-wall reactive if unsure...

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My Horses: Max

Posted by on Aug 3, 2011 in My Horses | 0 comments

Arrowleaf’s Astaldo Maximus (aka Max) is River’s alter ego.  River’s sensitivity is in direct contrast to Max’s “What? Me, worry?” attitude to life.  A true left brained introvert, Max asks “What’s in it for me?” I had to learn how to deal with this.   He was the horse that I learned my timing for NH with.  While Lyric NEEDED me to learn Timing and Patience, he was not the horse to learn it on, and Max was.  He is quietly brilliant, but his brain always ponders everything before he moves his feet.  No use in wasting...

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My Horses: River

Posted by on Aug 3, 2011 in My Horses | 0 comments

Shadow’s Riverdance is 35 inches of amazing miniature horse!  As my first mini, River actually came for training and never left.  (Bless you Cathy!) The story was that he was branded as untrainable, and never having worked with a mini before I had nothing to gauge his reactions on, except as a regular horse….just really small.   Originally he was to be a companion for my first stallion Lad, and River was kind of a mascot to keep Lad grounded when I showed him.  I could ride Lad and take River along by leading River from the saddle. ...

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My Horses: Sky

Posted by on Aug 3, 2011 in My Horses | 0 comments

Sky (“Northern Nite Sky”) If you want to meet a charismatic horse, come and meet Sky.  Looks aren’t everything, although he is stunning to see and watch move out at a trot, this boy’s brain is the most amazing part of him.  He is so smart!  I am always in awe of what he offers me!  However…he is a brat.  Whether working at liberty or on-line, Sky works overtime to outsmart his humans!  His breeder referred to him as “testy”.  Extremely out-going, he figures that if you aren’t up to the task of being a worthy leader, he...

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My Horses: Lyric

Posted by on Aug 3, 2011 in My Horses | 0 comments

Lyric (“Sealective Touch”) is a warmblood that was born here on this farm.  He is a son of my deceased stallion, “Madrona Sealect Lad” and a leased Trakehner mare, “Gentle Touch” (aka Lyra.  He is my big baby and very special to me.  He reminds me a lot of his father, despite being 2 full hands taller.  He stands 16 hands and takes an 84 inch blanket.  He is my reason for starting my natural horsemanship journey.  He is a complicated horsenality and is not a confident learner of new things and even though I was never a...

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