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Horse Theft - Prevention

As you step into the barn on a crisp spring morning, you are greeted by three nickering equines. You freeze instantly - you have four horses. You rush to the stall thinking: cast? colic? The answer is far worse: stolen.

A close friend of mine went through the horifying experience of having her horse stolen out of her four stall barn. He was annonomously returned six months later with a hairline fracture in his pelvis. Before he was stolen, he was nothing special (except to her, of…


Added by Ashley on March 29, 2008 at 9:51am — 4 Comments

Check List for Problem Horses

If you have a problem with your horse, he starts acting differently than normal, here are some things to check:

  • Get an equine dentist to check his teeth and do necessary work. Perhaps his wolf teeth have not been pulled, or teeth need floating.…


Added by IceRyder on March 24, 2008 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Mares Currently due to foal at Mulligans Run Farm

Mares Currently due to foal at Mulligans Run Farm We currently have four mares on cam #1. On the top left we have Piper. Piper is a fatty even when she's not pregnant. This makes her breathe harder when she's laying down...also giving false impressions of labor. We have tried to get weight off her....she has dropped some, but looks as big as can be carrying this foal. She is due 4/2 but has a full tight bag - the biggest in the barn. On the top Right we have Shanza Blue. Shanza is my favorite… Continue

Added by Heather Troglauer on March 21, 2008 at 9:21pm — No Comments

Habitat for Horses Adoptable Horse of the Week!


Breed: Quarter


Sex: Gelding

DOB: 1998


13.2 - 14.0 hh

: Bay roan


Star, stripe, snip,… Continue

Added by Emily at Habitat for Horses on March 10, 2008 at 12:26pm — 3 Comments

Checklist: Kids who ride horses have the best slumber parties...

A bit off topic, but I thought you guys might enjoy this:

Slumber party checklist:

Dining room table littered with remnants of 43 million gram carbohydrate breakfast of giant frosted muffins ~ check

Giant tent construction surrounded by possibly hazardous tween rubbish in second bedroom ~ check

Teens woke up late and were distraught that the tweens took the best muffins and ate most of the eggs ~ check

Teens blissfully unaware…


Added by Robin Grantham on March 8, 2008 at 11:26am — 4 Comments

First Lesson


Well the first lesson was a success! My trainer was impressed with my heels staying down and also the rest of my form. I need to work on leaning back while in my canter so it's more smooth but other than that I was pretty good for not having ridden in almost 4 months.

I rode a 30 year old appaloosa named Gogo. (Less emphasis on the go go.) She's a very pretty mare. During the lesson we did sitting trots, posting trots, cantering, and going over a cavalettie. (not sure…


Added by Maryrose on March 7, 2008 at 8:58pm — No Comments

The horses are just going bonkers!

I wouldn't call this a special moment.....but how often do we get such a horrible winter with SO much bloomin snow?? I don't know about you...but it seems the past couple of weeks with the up and down weather, my horse is just plain goofy! One day he'll be wonderful...the next day a total spook very silly and goofy... jumping everything like it's 4 ft high (although I must admit it is fun). They must be getting sick of looking at 4 walls by now and must be itching to be ridden…


Added by Sarah on March 7, 2008 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Ever wondered about Horse Statues?

Someone sent me an email that said...

If a statue of a person in the park on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle.…


Added by Linda Weldon on March 1, 2008 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Barn Found!


I finally found a barn that looks very good and professional. I'll finally get to start jumping and I'm very excited to trail ride! I've never done it before but I'm sure its a blast! I get to start my first lesson on Friday after school. The first few lessons will be pricate so mt trainer can get a bearing on what I can do, and then i'll get to ride with some girls my age. She has some beautiful appaloosa's and a few quarter horses. My trainer has been riding almost all her life…


Added by Maryrose on March 1, 2008 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Thought for the day -- IX: That darn left lead ...

No quotes today, folks, just a moment to expound upon the frustration of the elusive left lead pick up.

It's elusive because I'm not nailing the cues Mr. Bear needs to make it happen. He asks me "Is this what you want?" as he throws his head up and moves into a faster trot; "Or is this what you want?" as he slows down to do the little prance thing that he thinks I'm requesting? "No buddy, that's not it!" I respond as patiently as I'm able. I half halt to rebalance and attempt again to…


Added by Dorothy McDonall on February 29, 2008 at 3:47pm — 2 Comments

Thought for the day -- VIII: "To become ..."

"To become what we are capable of becoming is the only end of life."

Robert Louis Stevenson

I don't know about you, but I'm still working at "becoming" that of which I am capable -- in my case as a rider, a writer, a singer, an artist ... a human being. Life is about the journey and all its twists and turns and surprises, and how we deal with them as we move toward our destiny. This reminds me of a poem I wrote some time ago:



Added by Dorothy McDonall on February 29, 2008 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Space Shuttle Design determined by the Horse's Ass!

History and knowledge never go away.

Be sure to read the final paragraph, but your understanding of it will

depend on the earlier part of the content.

The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That's an exceedingly odd number.

Why was that gauge used? Because that's the way they built them in England , and English expatriates built the US…


Added by Linda Weldon on February 29, 2008 at 11:14am — 1 Comment

Riding in Portugal and Spain

HI - has anyone any tips on where to go for a riding holiday in April - want somewhere with a nice hotel to keep my husband happy and also somewhere that can cater for beginners and intermediate lessons and hacks... Somewhere warm! Cheers, Sam

Added by Sam Lewis on February 28, 2008 at 2:49pm — No Comments

Hey All!

Its my first blog post! Yay! Hehe... Anywho, I just wanted to do a little intro to my blog thingy. I'll try to post any new stuff that comes up in my horsey horse loving life! Not that most of you really care but oh well! Maybe somethings will strike you as interesting.

Currently I've but shut off from any horse interaction, but I hope to find a cool riding barn soon and maybe start some western riding and barrel racing! Who knows??

Ok well thats all for now! I'll post more…


Added by Maryrose on February 24, 2008 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Riding Fun

One time, when my friend, Maryrose, was at lessons, something happened. I am regretting not being able to go, since I wish I could have seen it for myself. But she said that, as the horse she was riding advanced toward a jump, she went over. Yeah, she went right over the horse's ears and on to the ground. I have never fallen off, so I wouldn't know what it's like. She said that it's fun going through the air...then it's gets old once you hit the ground.

Added by Heather on February 24, 2008 at 9:34am — 6 Comments

Thought for the day -- VII: "Sometimes ..."

"Sometimes no thought is the best thought." Dorothy McDonall

This is "Give the Brain a Rest Day."


Added by Dorothy McDonall on February 23, 2008 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Thought for the day -- VI: "Don't be afraid ..."

"Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps." David Lloyd George


I like the word "if" in this quote. How many times do we take a big step -- like moving up a level in the show ring or learning new dressage movements, etcs. -- when we really ought to be focusing on mastering what we're doing right now? I get caught up in that sometimes. I think to myself "Oh, I should be riding at this level," or "Bear and I need to do…


Added by Dorothy McDonall on February 22, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Two Horses

I received this email and thought I would pass it along…

Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it.…


Added by Murray Manson on February 21, 2008 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Thought for the day -- V: Ode to Caydon Hay

Today we grace you with the poetic ramblings of my surprisingly literary equine partner, Shakespeare -- just for fun. It was written between mouthfuls (of hay, of course), November, 2006. Here goes:

What luscious forage through mine

Velvet lips doth pass?

Ah! Tis sweet, tis delicious

This dried and texturous grass.

Said soft and fragrant stems and leaves

Seem far too good to eat.

But neigh! Tis best to sup than

Leave it lying at…


Added by Dorothy McDonall on February 21, 2008 at 3:49pm — 3 Comments

Thought for the day -- IV "In partnership with a horse ..."

"In partnership with a horse, one is seldom lacking for thought, emotion, and inspiration." Charles de Kunffy

There's no doubt about it, a life with horses is forever stimulating. Whether on the ground, or in the saddle, time spent with a horse is an exercise in self-awareness and being "in the moment." This was something that it took me an awful long time to learn. My first leap to self-awareness was as an intern at CornerStone Farms 13 years ago while I was working toward my…


Added by Dorothy McDonall on February 20, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

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