I really haven't thought much about this blog lately, and I now realize just how long I've been away from this world as I started to upload a couple of photos. Shoot, lots of the interface has changed, and it will take me a bit to figure out how to navigate and place pictures. It seems like some nifty new shortcuts have been added, and that's going to be cool once I figure it out. Or so one hopes. So, I think the last time I was on here was 2011! Crazy. So much has changed. So much is still the same. I'd say much, much, much of my life is for the better. I still have Jackson, (who very much deserves his own post, that rascal!) and my girlfriend and I essentially rescued this gal, who as you can see, is brimming with personality. We named her Shanith, and we believe that she is somewhere between twelve and eighteen years old. We (yes, it was a rescue) rescued her in September of 2012 from the town of Bell, Florida, and if you've never been there you probably wouldn't be sorry. Podunk is about the extent of it. Shantih is a TB/Perch, and she loves hugs. She has to make you part of her family first, but once you are in, she's your girl. Her are my GF have bonded trememdously, and you can watch the two of them and see how much they enjoy each other. When we "rescued" Shantih, her feet hadn't been done in two years (or longer..), she was being fed generic sweet feed for "livestock", and the owner told us, that she really does not like to be fly sprayed. EVER. Yeah, the horse who practically carries the fly spray bottle over to you so you can keep those pests away. I took her for a ride, and I could feel that she knew a few things. And then the previous owner pitched in that she had bought her from a lady who evented her locally, but had been forced to sell due to breast cancer. Any further information was certainly not obtained that day. Nor did we take her home that first day either. She was no fan of trailers. Interesting. An eventer to a trailer chicken? Weird. And despite two hours of trying, we did no bring her home until the next weekend.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
|Cash feelin' THE PINK!|
|For those of you who have asked about the tattoo on my arm, and aren't on my FB, here it is...|
Fortieth birthday present to myself, I had it placed on my upper left arm.
|Setting up camp... Kathy with Amber who was "helping.."|
|Yummy chicken wings--Rick is such a great grillmeister!|
|Kasi holds dogs under her spell with her special hand motion.|
|Amber at seven months...|
|Harley at one year...|
|Bugs The Morgan|
|Pokey The Paint-QH|
|My Jackson :) --AngloArab|
|I imbibed on Patron and Maestro Dobel Diamond Tequila...|
Drink the good stuff and you will not suffer ze hangover!
|Day #1 Dawned bright, early, and beautiful!|
|Kasi and Cash|
|On the trail, making our way to the next judged obstacle...|
|Susie on Breeze|
|Suzanne and Quinn on Tequila and Kahlua|
I especially think Tequila the grey is one gorgeous horse, I love his coloring! OH. And his name.... ha!
Their horses weren't in the barn so I didn't get up close shots, but they are gorgeous!
|Elise on Bugs|
|Jackson and I|
|Rick and Monster|
|The obstacles were really easy on Day #1... or we are getting better? :)|
|Kathy won Fourth Place on Day #1, and the Pinkest rider too!|
Kathy and Pokey were so awesome!
|Cash's breastcollar for Day #1... I LIKE!|
Stay tuned for Day #2: "Still Chillin' at Suwanee".....
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
I ride because I rode as a child when life was
simpler and somehow more complete. Only the whiff of a
clean horse is needed to remind of days gone by.
For always there have been the horses.
I ride because of all the great horse souls who have
shared their lives with me and taught me more than I
can say. Their names and faces flash before me as old
friends. I ride because of all the horses I shall
never ride. Those I have watched and marveled at from
afar for all their grace and beauty. This, the stuff of a
child's dream, the kind that doesn't die with time.
Always there are the horses.
I ride because the seasons call to me. Each unique in
its appeal and all quite frequently best viewed from
the back of a favorite horse. I ride because of all
things; horses are my passion. They inspire and
encourage, energize, and challenge in ways I cannot
explain to the uninitiated. I ride because of the
rush of stretching oneself just a bit farther today than
before, both mind and body.
Always there are the horses.
I ride because of those briefest of spans when the
partnership comes to full promise. When the path
twists and barriers fall, each footfall is measured
and balanced between the two as a dance.
There are no others, only this moment and this single step to ride.
The memories of those times stand vivid in my mind to
be recalled with all the freshness of the day at will
and in times less grand.
But if I must choose, I ride because I have dreams
yet to live. I ride because I have dreams yet to have;
and what exactly they will be tomorrow I cannot say,
but always there will be the horses.
Friday, January 21, 2011
This was found on an equestrian forum by an Austrian dressage instructor at my barn:
I am sending this to a couple of different groups as I feel it is important to get the word out to potential Parelli followers. As many of you know, I am currently recovering from a brain injury from a fall from a horse this summer. This was a green horse, but he spooked while I was getting off, something ANY horse could do, and the odds of a serious accident on a horse finally caught up with me. One thing I have noticed is an ad for Pat and Linda Parelli jumping a horse bareback with no helmet. Also, while I was bedridden, I watched a couple of Pat Parelli's episodes, and he had a young person who was physically disabled riding without a helmet, and it was obvious her balance was not good. I sent a letter to the Parelli's asking them to please advocate the use of helmets. This is their reply, which I think is totally STUPID coming from professionals.
~Patti from W.Va
The Parelli Faculty's Response:
Thank you for taking the time to write us. We understand your views and concerns. As quoted by the faculty at our ranch:
You are quite right--helmets are fabulous things, and they save many lives. Tragically though, people who ARE wearing helmets also die or suffer serious head injuries with horses.
Our program is intended to address the safety problem at its root--which is behavioral--rather than address the symptoms of it. Our message is about developing the relationship with the horse, and the savvy level of the rider, so that unsafe behavior is addressed long before the rider gets on the horse--rather than allowing the unsafe situations to occur and hope that the helmet, body protector, etc. will protect us from the consequences.
The reason you do not see our people wearing helmets is because we try to teach people that rather than be brave because they are wearing a helmet to protect them, they would be better off not riding until their horse is behaving safely.
People have called us brave for not wearing helmets, but we say they are a lot braver than we are. We could not get on their horse until we have addressed the issues that cause it to behave in unsafe ways.
We hope this helps,
From the Faculty,
In July 2009 The Parelli Savvy Club put out some information on Linda taking a FALL....oh my. A 'misbehaved' horse?!
"Linda was cantering her horse Remmer in a field when he tripped and stumbled approximately twenty feet trying to regain his balance. At the end, he pitched on his nose. Linda was KNOCKED OUT for a few minutes, and under his feet when he tried to get up. She is recovering well at home and has four broken ribs."
I'm willing to wager a head injury too, if she was knocked out for several minutes....uh duh? But, no, that won't be mentioned.
For real? Do I need to expound on this insanity? A well-behaved horse is a very desired and necessary thing. So is a helmet in many (and in my honest opinion, all) instances. Let's see. I've been riding since I was six, and am bringing up my green horse to be a jumper. Last week I went off when he popped a jump set at 2'9 at about 4 feet. I guess my horse is misbehaved, and I'm a bad rider. MY GAWD, I HAVE NO SAVVY!!! I do know one thing. Even if either one of those things is true, my GPA helmet saved my lil' butt. And the butts of more than a couple of friends. Working in a hospital on the pediatric side I have seen more than my share of head injuries in children due to falls and horse accidents, and sadly, heard of some deaths too. Perhaps the U.S.Eventing and Showjumping Teams should stop wearing helmets as well. I mean, they are only jumping giant objects that make my mouth drop open in wonder! I went down to the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, (the USET winter practice grounds) and those jumps will amaze, astound, and yes, frighten the HELL out of you up close. But again, if their horses were trained correctly.....
I have it! We should all train our cars correctly, and stop wearing seat belts! I am SO smart! To me, that is EXACTLY what that reply said. So my Parelli disgust is largely, (OK, completely) due to that PREPOSTEROUS reply!
Meanwhile--My Parelli video is for sale. 'The Seven Games of Parelli Natural Horsemanship' Twenty bucks is the going rate plus s&h of oh...3 bucks? Email me at email@example.com with the moniker 'Parelli' if you want it.