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At 2:26pm on December 17, 2012, Margaret Porkolab said…
Hi Diana Thank you for asking me to be your friend. Through out the past i had at least one horse or pony with a blue eye. I found that they have special personality. I live my large pony his name is Spirit Blue Eyes a 12 year old Pinloosa.
At 7:46pm on August 12, 2010, Melissa said…
Hi Diana. Yes, she self-loads now, though she's still nervous about it. We had a breakthrough recently when I discovered she's much less anxious if I let her stand facing the "wrong" way in the slant-load. Well, if it makes her happy, she can travel backwards! She used to travel perfectly fine, and it's taken months to undo the damage of a few minutes of "rushing".
At 1:14pm on August 5, 2010, Melissa said…
Hi Diana,

haven't looked on here in a while but what a funny coincidence that the same day you posted about the problem loader, I was standing beside a trailer, in a round pen, Lyons on Horses sitting on the wheel well, trying to convince a certain buckskin mare that the trailer was a fine place to be after all. She suddenly decided she wanted nothing to do with them, and I think we made some mistakes in rushing her, which we are now trying to undo. It's an ongoing work in progress.

But also letting you know that Russian Revlution has been going strong and solid, being a most excellent schoolmaster. When I post photos of him on Facebook, we constantly get comments on his keen and ears-forward expression over every fence. He's been showing all over Saskatchewan, and a little in Alberta, and will be going to the Royal Red. He is such a character, we are just loving his company. He formed a surprisingly fast friendship and bond with his sometime-show-buddy, our big QH, even though they'd never actually met before their first show together. He is now living in a grassy, shady paddock located right next to a jumper ring, so he gets to watch other horses jumping, and he watches so intently you'd swear he's analyzing their technique!
At 8:17am on March 15, 2010, Frances Tufts said…
Nice to hear from you Diana. I did my first show with COPDA last summer in the novice division. Didn't come daed last but although the lass was novice, there were some pretty experienced drivers and horses in the ring. I ( in my naivety) asked one fellow if this was his firs show too. He replied" oh no, I've been driving this fellow in CDEs for years, OOOOPS I thought... I think this is not the the route for me to accomplish anything. By the end of the day, my horse Hailey was tired and she refused to do a slow trot!! I had to laugh because she just
had this .... "you've got to be kidding" and walked. Needless to say we didn't win anything in that class. My husband is currently driving a pair and they are starting to go pretty well. I wish we had a driving coach closer. We are also members of the Tri-County club but have not attended any shows as they are the other side of Toronto. So we drive the raods and on neighbour's farms and in the Ganaraska. Have a great week. Frances
At 8:27am on March 14, 2010, Frances Tufts said…
Good morning Diana,
Where do you do you do most of your driving?
At 4:24pm on February 20, 2010, Melissa said…
Hi Diana, well his name hasn't changed much, as we still call him Louie! Or Louis when he's in trouble. He adjusted perfectly to the winter weather here. We're working to tidy up his paperwork now. We're new to arabs but stable with some arab types, so they're showing us the ropes. ;)

We're curious if he ever did anything besides jumpers... judging by your lovely photos, he at least did native costume, did you ever do anything else with him?

here he is last week... I don't jump, and my husband couldn't make his lesson that day, but we have a very capable friend who is a pro rider but more new to jumping. She rode Louie in the lesson, they had a blast!
At 6:15pm on February 9, 2010, Anne Jones said…
Where do you ride in the States. My friend is getting a new horse trailer which may make it easier to go longer distances. What do you recommend.
At 12:51pm on January 1, 2010, Cheryl Gibson said…
Hi Diana,
I hear about not having enough time to do everything... but of course, I"m sure we are the same when we see that there is a block of time not spoken for! Rush to fill THAT up! haha Good luck with all of your endeavours.

Yes, adanac and Chyna are still at the same farm but Encore has moved on to another young lady - Sounds like they are doing really well. He was the dearest pony - such a snuggler! I have numberous pictures of him 'hugging' anyone close to him. (Not horses, I might add... he was a 'people pony' ;-)

We have bred and raised Andalusians for over 20 years. No longer breeding and down to only 3 left, (plus the 3 ponies) but at least they are all being worked now instead of wistfully wondering when someone will come to DO something
with them I have 4 of them ready to hook to the carts as well... now to get to it - if not soon, I"ll have to start the groundwork all over again!

All the best to you in 2010. Cheryl
At 11:34am on December 31, 2009, Cheryl Gibson said…
Hi Diana, We'd welcome you back for many more courses! Please check out our websites www.equi-bowcanada.com and www.cedarlanefarm.ca to see what is new and exciting! One of the most important for all horse owners/trainers is the Balanced Hoof course held the first Saturday in May each year.

Regarding our New Forest ponies: We have had some wonderful NF ponies starting years ago with Mrs Holbrook's breeding. Our last mare, Wicked's Fine Chyna,left for GA a year ago and is doing very well. She joined Manoravon's Master Encore and Manoravon's Master Adanac who we sold to GA a couple of years before. We still have Chyna's full brother, Wicked Good Tymes (14:1) 5 yrs old and Belflower Delta (13:2 1/2) 10 yrs old left. Both are from imported Dutch and English bloodlines and both do very well in dressage. Ty is in professional training and is a fabulous mover, with the work ethic that NFPs are renoun for.

Delta also discovered 'Cow Sorting' this past year! He LOVES it as does my grandaughter - and their dressage skills were very evident in their success. In fact, the cow sorting brought out a desire on my grandaughter's part to REALLY practise her dressage - it is wonderful when one discovers that one skill enhances another and that the time and dedication put into dressage pays off in all other areas of horsemanship.

We also have Andalusian horses, the youngest at the moment is 4 1/2 and in training. He is for sale, we are cutting back on horses even more at this point.

Lovely to hear from you - good success in your efforts on behalf of the Pony Breeders of Ontario!
At 10:41pm on December 10, 2009, Kim Logue said…
I like your blog. I haven't been on the site for a long while, and it was great to get caught up!
At 6:32pm on November 29, 2009, Savannah Rijk said…
Hey Diana,
Thank you for the tip. I hadn't thought about that yet.
At 1:33pm on November 14, 2009, Angela Marks said…
I do think Midas has potential for success in dressage, his grandsire (who he is line bred to) competed in it and did very well. I can't wait to see him in the dressage ring! I do hope Christine gets him out there soon.

Dozer is very sensitive around his face as well...isnt that funny, but he loves my husband (thankfully). In spite of him being 16.2hh and over 1600lbs, he does everything he can to avoid hurting anything...it's amazing!

I am currently working with Dozer on being consistent in his gait and obedience even when he gets worried (not an easy task...) The natural horsemanship program gives lots of exercises to develope that before you ever get in the saddle. Certain cues become so ingrained that they seem to respond automatically. For example: the driving game while on the ground is taught with both pressure and lifting of the lead rope, that then is used to dissenage the horse to stop while on the circle that leads to the "suspension" rein that works as a half halt while riding...its really quite amazing how it all ties together. My Arab who was trained to level 3 Parelli before I owned him, will easily go from a canter to a walk using a suspension rein, and he will also collect himself during any gait if it is applied correctly and without too much pressure.
The Clydesdale you are working with sounds wonderful, I would LOVE to see some photos! I would also love to hear more about his training process....you can never learn enough about methods of working with a horse!
At 8:28pm on November 9, 2009, Angela Marks said…
Hi Diana,
Midas recieved some nice comments from international Dressage competitor Yvonne Losos de Muñiz She seemed to think he would do well in top level Classical Dressage. He hasnt competed yet in dressage, but Christine hopes to do so next year, she wanted to be sure he was ready for it.

Dozer our Clydesdale was a Mennonite horse and was bought from a horse rescue. He seemes to understand driving,doesnt mind having a harness on at all, but we havent tried pulling anything with him yet. We have ridden him, which he doesnt object to, but he doesnt really know much yet as far as under saddle training goes. He is VERY sensitive and can't be pushed so progress is slow.
At 6:27pm on November 9, 2009, Anne Jones said…
Yes I made it out to one this year. The dufferin Forest ride in June. We had planned to do the ride in October there but my friend took sick, on the way ,so we had to turn around and head home. My friend has just bought herself a lovely arab mare and we are hoping to hit a lot more rides next year with her and Kali.
At 7:14am on November 9, 2009, Angela Marks said…
Hi Diana,
You are right about me being a pony enthusiast, I love them! I miss having my own, but maybe I will one day soon, I am hoping to own one of Midas' foals ( the buckskin Welsh Cob stallion that was once mine). I will certainly promote ponies as much as possible because,like you, i do believe there is a need.
At 4:24pm on November 1, 2009, JulieG said…
Hey Diana, congrats on a great ride season...you ladies kicked butt!!
At 9:45pm on October 25, 2009, Amanda said…
Nice seeing you yesterday! I sure would have liked to be the one stealing those fillies lol
At 2:04pm on July 18, 2009, Shannon Smith said…
Love those names :) Haven't got your entry yet, but I'll watch for it.
At 1:54pm on July 18, 2009, Shannon Smith said…
Excellent! Make sure you find me and say hello - that day is usually a bit of a blur for me LOL.
At 5:52pm on May 10, 2009, Teresa Finnerty said…
White River is very sandy and no horses drinking from water trough at base.
Wayne runs a good ride laid back and no stress.
Red Won the 100 their one year and BC

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