I am so fortunate, I am getting to ride three horses a week now regularly! The last time I got to ride three (well at one time it was five) horses in a week was back decades ago and I owned all the horses. On the good days, when it is cool and the sun shines, I miss feeding and taking care of my horses, but when it is bitter, windy, and cold or super hot and muggy I am so grateful I no longer have to get out there to take…Continue
Santa takes the World Champion horse show
(C) by Roberta Edstrom…Continue
Added by Roberta Edstrom on November 26, 2011 at 9:31am — No Comments
There are no shortcuts in the training of a dressage horse. Yet we are forced to watch the modern contrivances that are dressage in name only. In the late 19th century, Anna Sewell wrote the story of “Black Beauty” to challenge the inhumane conventions of her day and perceived as “beautiful”. Will we ever hear the story of the 21st century dressage horse and his suffering for the same faddish notions of beauty and elegance? From overchecks to rollkeur, man has run the gamut of abuse to…Continue
One person was away, so 2 of us joined in on the 7 p.m. lesson.
It was really rushed as I didn't find this out until 4:30 and still had to go home after work to change. But we made it and we were tacked up and ready to go in record time, for me anyway!!
There were 9 of us in the class. It was a little chaotic at first but close to the middle of the night everyone was working great together and hardly any collisions. I would laugh everytime Cooper would try to get real close to…Continue
Lil's husband, Robert, brought his camera out to our paddock the other day, so I thought I'd share some of his pictures with you.…Continue
Added by Lillian Tepera on November 24, 2011 at 3:16pm — No Comments
I hope to make a few more videos for each year, will take awhile as I have tons of photos and videos and trying to pick a few is sooo hard :)
Thanks Jackie & Shirley and everyone else for all your encouraging words over the years I have been with Barnmice!! I am looking forward to growing with you all over the next years and reading your blogs and accomplishments.
My family knows that I have loved horses since I could walk & talk but some of them can't see how a horse…Continue
Something Really Cool
Lately, life has been incredibly weird! I find myself at odds (personally) always asking for money even though I know it's pretty much the nature of non-profits. I try to stay as positive as I can and always send blessings and thanks to everyone, everything and the Creator everyday but sometimes...
So let me tell you a really cool story - last month a lady contacted us saying her son - 8 years old at the time - was having a birthday party and in lieu…
Added by Horse Play on November 23, 2011 at 7:09am — No Comments
In the interest of using my vacation time up before the end of the year, I took another 4-day weekend off with my sister. We had icy cold weather, very hot weather and weather in between—but what we didn’t have was rain. We were able to cross the river on all 4 days. It was great to ride so much. The horses were good, for the most part. Cole did get a little funny towards the end of the ride, Sunday, but that is all. I think he was remembering the day before when his lunch was in his…Continue
Added by Judi Daly on November 22, 2011 at 2:19pm — No Comments
Oakley would like me to think he's a very high-strung horse. Well, he is pretty lively, but he's gone to great lengths to convince me that he is too difficult to ride, so I should just leave him to munch his hay in his paddock, because every time we left the paddock, he'd find something to be frightened of. Our walk up the path to the stable, or the walk from stable to arena invariably went like this:
"Ahh! What is that frightening thing?" (It's a piece of wood in the…Continue
All the times I've ridden the new Arab gelding, Mick, Debbie and I have been trying to find out the 12 to 20 problems that came with Mick. First the saddle, Debbie trailered Mick down to the good tack shop to consult their saddle fitter and they found a saddle for his young rider that fit both horse and rider. Then Debbie had a problem that Mick's adult riders (he already has a fan base at the stable) could not fit in the…Continue
Added by Anna Blake on November 18, 2011 at 8:02am — No Comments
This is a bit of a rant - with the rapidly approaching holidays, I am trying to stay positive. But...
I am tired. I am tired of always asking for money, tired of juggling expenses, tired of laying awake wondering where the money for the hay delivery is going to come from, tired of thinking of new and improved ways to ask for money - I'm just plain tired.
Horse Play has been operating at an over full status for almost 4 years - despite adoptions, and we've had a…Continue
So for those who may be interested in the lives of the horses we are currently supporting – please see below – for those interested in sponsoring a horse from the list – they are all available – everyone needs a special friend! For those thinking of maybe adopting – best bet is to give us a call or email and we’ll set a day/time for an initial visit and go from there – Horse Play DOES NOT adopt out green horses or horses still presenting behavioral issues – this is because if things go…Continue
Added by Horse Play on November 17, 2011 at 11:32am — No Comments
Mrs. Carol Harris who owned the world famous Quarter Horse Rugged Lark as joined forces with our crusade to force the American Quarter Horse Association to stop the sanctioned abuse of the horses.
I have filed a criminal complaint with the Texas Attorney General Office against AQHA for deceptive trade practices that sanction the abuse of the competitive horse.
We are currently trying to get Oklahoma City television media to expose this national disgrace. Please…Continue
Wow, what a storm yesterday evening. I am sure glad I have an indoor arena to work in when the weather is crummy.
Cole was uninspired. I have noticed this happens on very warm days when he has a full winter coat like last night. Consequently, we changed our plans to a slower ride. I don’t believe in fighting if I can avoid it. We perfected Turn on the Haunches in his good direction and improved it quite a bit in his not-quite-as-good direction. I can’t believe how easy…Continue
Added by Judi Daly on November 15, 2011 at 10:42am — No Comments
2012 Horse Play Calendar,
Holiday Ornament Swap & Baked Goods Sale
For Horse Play
Our 2012 calendars are now available online at http://www.cafepress.com/horseplayri.593298696
and soon will be available at Horse Play in Saunderstown, The Purple Cow in Wakefield and Allie’s Tack & Feed in North Kingstown. Benefiting Horse Play…Continue
Added by Horse Play on November 15, 2011 at 9:09am — No Comments
Added by Amanda Hoss on November 14, 2011 at 7:56pm — No Comments
It was a lovely weekend here in Ohio. Friday evening, I rode both my horses in the arena. Nobody was at the stables, so I didn’t have to share the arena. Cruiser seemed a little more settled down, and he continues to act normal. Cole did a perfect turn on the haunches on the first request. Not bad for never having done it, before. The other direction didn’t go as well, but that’s how things always are with horses.
Saturday, my niece came out to ride with us. She rode…Continue
Added by Judi Daly on November 14, 2011 at 2:20pm — No Comments
Took Amigo on a short trail ride around the farm. I used my western saddle and my split reins on my reining bit. My goal was to round him up and get him using his back. He has a indent behind his shoulder from letting his back sag all summer. (He had beginner riders all summer and took very good care of them.) Ed said that riding him on the bit and rounded will help him get back the muscle he has lost. He also showed me the stretch that makes the horse arch their back. After the loop around…Continue
Added by Amanda Hoss on November 13, 2011 at 4:13pm — No Comments