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At 11:40am on May 2, 2013, Gary R. Smith said…

Ah, okay. Thank you for responding.


At least I learned what is in the middle of the underside of a horse's hoof. Had to look it up with a search to answer the security question to register here, and learned that it is called a triangular frog!

At 10:41am on May 2, 2013, Gary R. Smith said…

You are welcome, Michael.


I trust that my contact in this way feels appropriate to you when you learn that it is to ask permission to use a photo you posted, 'Peace and Harmony', to go with an online article I am writing.


The photo of the girl, horse and cat goes beautifully with a poem I wrote which includes the words, 'Peace and Harmony.' Searching on those words brought up your photo.


I'm glad to answer any questions you may have and include a credit line with the photo.


May I have your permission?

At 6:52am on January 5, 2013, Cheryl Bruder said…

thanks for saddling up with me, as well.

At 2:57pm on January 17, 2012, Pamela said…

You have posted some fabulous photos and videos! I have enjoyed watching so many of them. Thank you for sharing them with us!!

At 10:41pm on January 13, 2012, E. Allan Buck said…

Just discovered an ad for a clinic the end of this month at the Barbier Farms....

Dinner catered by Chef Mike Matson >>>>  LOL

At 5:38pm on October 10, 2011, Rover Bunny said…

Just wanted to say thank you.  I enjoy the variety of videos you locate and post.

An appreciative audience member,


At 5:49am on September 19, 2011, Gaia Vincenzi said…

Hi from Italy, visit our jump equestrian horseblog:


and keep in touch on facebook:

see you soon
At 11:18am on July 4, 2011, LuAnne Levens said…

Mike, I'm trying to find a phone number for you to call you about 2 vacancies we have

here at Periwinkle Farm.  LuAnne Levens  LKLevens@mac.com

At 12:19pm on March 25, 2011, Molly Judge said…
Hi, I am hoping we can set a date for our Equimusic Clinic. There is a lot of interest here! How is your May schedule? Molly
At 5:14pm on February 24, 2011, Janet Ortega said…
Can you verify that the video of the Amish horses is true, that it was filmed in PA? I just saw someone else claiming that it was taken by him and that it was filmed in a smaller town near Ottawa CAN.
At 12:01pm on January 08, 2011, Edward A Snyder gave Michael Matson a gift
Awesome Contributions ... Thank You !!
At 7:32am on June 10, 2010, shellie said…
I love all the videos that you post! Where in the "heck" do you find them all???

Keep them coming!
At 7:31am on May 12, 2010, John Freeman said…
I meant to mention that I attend as many local dressage competitions as I can and love watching the kur, although the choice of music is sometimes regrettable. But I'm pretty conservative when it comes to music. Luckily for me, there's a very active chapter of the Canadian Dressage Riders and Owners Association Dressage in this area and most of the events are at farms that are only 15 minutes drive from my house.
It wasn't so long ago that all the horse activity here was western - barrel racing and the like. I try to go to those shows, too, because I really enjoy the atmosphere and like watching the events even though I have no interest in participating.
At 7:24am on May 12, 2010, John Freeman said…
Hi Michael. Thanks for the explanation. Do you do this at shows, by invitation, or in workshops that you organize?
I certainly relate to the concept. I only ride outdoors, so playing music is not much of an option, but I do sing to my horse and I was also taught to count to establish the pace, which in itself becomes a kind of sing-song mantra. It has made a huge difference in helping my horse learn to trot at a more leisurely speed and also in balancing his canter. I can see where suitable music would be very beneficial.
At 8:02am on May 11, 2010, John Freeman said…
Does "ride to music" mean freestyle dressage, Michael?
You've certainly had an interesting career. Where are you located?
I'm in Camden East, a small village near Kingston, Ontario.
At 12:39pm on May 10, 2010, John Freeman said…
That's a good suggestion, Michael. Thank you.
So, you're retired? That explains how you have the time. I hope you're not retired from riding.
I'm also retired - from a thirty odd year career in teaching, most of it at the university and community college level. I've taught in 3 countries - Canada, the US and the UK.
I spend about half of each day at the barn and then take a nap lol. Life is sweet.
At 8:53am on May 8, 2010, John Freeman said…
I think that's a great idea, Michael, but I don't want to offend anyone and I'd also hate to be seen as anti-women in any way. So, let us think about it and decide how to position such a group.
One reason for doing it would be to get an idea of just how many of us there are. Once in a while I get frustrated being the only male rider at the barn where I board my horse and, in fact, being the only male rider I know. Sure, there's a few guys around here who ride, but they are exclusively western and much as I admire what they do, my only personal riding experience and interest centres around the "English" disciplines. I tend to be regarded as a bit of a freak, or elitist or effeminate and I don't consider myself any of those things.
On a different note, I really enjoy your videos. How do you have the time to do this and where do you acquire them? The equestrian statues one is so enjoyable, especially since I have an art background, and the Oman Cavalry is amazing.
I got my love of horses from my father, who was in the cavalry with the British army in India. He courted my mother on horseback - literally rode up to the back door of the house, and later gave me my first riding lessons.
At 10:03pm on March 20, 2010, Valentina Escobar-Gonzalez said…
I thought the lastest video you posted on the Arab Horse Magician was very good and interesting. I try to keep an open mind and I saw the entire video. Good work!
At 12:54pm on March 20, 2010, Okie Pony said…
Mikey, Mikey... 66 videos and counting?
So when are we going to see videos of Arhhhhhhnold??
At 6:44pm on December 14, 2009, TC Youth said…
Hi Michael!
Thanks for your lovely comment on the Pas de Deux video. Jaimey & Tina Irwin choreographed it and Tamara Williamson, of Kurboom Freestyle Music Design, put the music together.
Jaimey & Tina's website is www.stoneylakeequestrian.ca and Tamara's is www.kurboom.com
Hope this helps!!

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