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April 2008 Blog Posts (11)

Training Ivan to be Great! April 2008

April 5:

April started out pretty wet and cold, we have had quite a bit of rain, so Ivan and I didn't do much until today. Looking back at what he has learned in the past month, I am quite pleased with how he is doing. It won't be long before I will be crawling up on his back. And today he walked up to me in the pasture wanting attention and petting and was in no rush to get away from me!! A first!… Continue

Added by Diane Coleman on April 28, 2008 at 7:49pm — 1 Comment

How to have fun without bringing your horse to camp

Four members of the Pirate Nation took the dinghy SS Jeep over the mountains this weekend to help out at the Milwaukee Railroad Trail ride in Ellensburg, WA. Ride manager (and fellow-Pirate) Gail Williams put together another good early-season ride--a challenging task in the Pacific Northwest, and a terrific opportunity for me to have fun.

As a pulser-and-generally-helpful-person for the day,…


Added by Aarene Storms on April 27, 2008 at 8:05pm — No Comments

Spread the Joy

Horse trainer and good friend Joanie sent me her daily portal of prayer on Joy. She included her intrpretation that she'd sent her daughter who was having affairs of the heart. .. .Couldnt have said it

better myself. On Joy

John 15:11 “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete”.

When things are going well, we feel elated. When hardships come, we sink into depression. But true joy transcends the rolling waves of…


Added by Cid on April 22, 2008 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Programming the Passenger

Man often becomes what he believes himself to be.

If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing,

it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it.

On the contrary, if I shall have the belief that I can do it,

I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it,

even if I may not have it at the beginning.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Reading this…


Added by Cid on April 18, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Are you the Hunter or the Hunted?

Bringing in the horses this morning and watching their "marching order" I could clearly see their "pecking " order. GaZi Man left them and headed

straight to me. (BIG HUG gazi-man).. Thoroughbred mare not to be

outdone turned quickly and came over followed by Whistler who's the

lead mare and Brady number 4 but constantly challenging newcomer GaZi.

Watching their dance

Most people wonder…


Added by Cid on April 15, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

VVMM - 3-7-08 - Multi-tasking a ride

The ride Itchy and I took yesterday didn't quite pan out for many miles due to all the windfall trees on the trail I had taken up the Blue Ridge, so this morning I decided to spend our ride down on the flatlands. I knew I had to ride out this morning as soon as possible since a major rain/snow storm was moving towards us, threatening nasty weather due about noon time.

Since I wanted to do both a jumping school, and get in some endurance conditioning with -- hopefully -- 25 miles… Continue

Added by Flora H on April 13, 2008 at 4:01pm — No Comments

Cold, wet & bored!

This weather here (SW Iowa) is rediculous! Anybody, agree? Get a taste of freedom, then it's back to 'cabin fever'!

I've honestly tried to ride as long as the temps have allowed- but this weather is crap!

Wish I had known about the VVMarch Maddness sooner- as I has already accumlated 100+ slow & easy miles this year, and might have been motivated to add more. I'm hoping there might be more VVRides, because of gas prices going up &…


Added by Christine on April 11, 2008 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Only in Canada, Eh?

The goal was to break the egg.

That was the point of that game: race to the middle of the arena, break the egg, and race back "home."

Who knew that eggs could be so elusive? We stomped, and scraped, and backed, scooted forward, and swung sideways, with riders trying like crazy to break that dang shell, and horses carefully placing feet…


Added by Aarene Storms on April 6, 2008 at 9:36pm — No Comments

Training Ivan to be Great! March 2008

This blog is about my attempts at training my horses, specifically Ivan. The first horse I ever trained by myself was my Arabian mare, Kazi, now 16 years old. She has been having problems with founder and has been lame off and on for almost a year, so when Ivan became available, I took him on for a period of time to see if there was any hope of my training a fairly wild young horse. He is doing pretty well, so we bought him. Our horses here are Kazi, my mare, Daisy: Donnie, my husband's 5… Continue

Added by Diane Coleman on April 5, 2008 at 8:58pm — No Comments

VV March Madness

Well that was a lot of fun! Even with 3 feet of snow, we managed to put on 140 miles with the two horses.
Wonder what John will come up with next!
It also helped me get Parker ready for our first ride coming up.

Added by Dessia on April 4, 2008 at 12:28pm — No Comments

What I learned at the VV March Madness

Well, I did it. I reached my goal. 400 miles, 1 month, 5 ponies.

So... what did I learn?

That the no stress way to figure out all that uploading and stuff for your GPS is to just give it to a computer-savvy kid with the comment "figure this out, will ya?"

That the miles only look easy AFTER you've done them.

That good neighbors who own lots and lots of land, and are delighted to have you ride through, are worth their weight in gold.

That if you… Continue

Added by Flora H on April 1, 2008 at 7:09am — 4 Comments

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