Monday

Farewell to Blue Hors Matine


Farewell to Blue Hors Matine


Blue Hors Matine, the wonderful Warmblood mare best known for the widely circulated YouTube video featuring a musical freestyle dressage competition, has died.


According to a report in Horse and Hound, the beloved 13-year-old mare broke her right front leg in a paddock accident and had to be euthanized.

Foaled in 1997, Blue Hors Matine was sired by Silvermoon, a 1991 Trakehner stallion – out of 1983 Danish Warmblood Matadie.


Blue Hors Matine was retired permanently last year and kept for breeding by Blue Hors Stud, of Randbol, Denmark.

Here’s the popular video, showing Blue Hors Matinee and Danish equestrian Andreas Helgstrand at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany.

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Farewell to a beautiful dressage champion.

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Working the 12 Steps of Horse Addiction


Working the 12 Steps of Horse Addiction


How many horses can a horse lover ride at one time?


Is that a trick question? If you have to scratch your head a moment to answer, then you may be a horse addict.

But don’t worry. There’s help for that. Now there is a 12-step program for horse addictions.



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Thursday

Horse Sense: 12 Tips


Horse Sense: 12 Tips

I must admit that I have seen this before, although I am sorry to say I do not know the original source of this information. Let’s just suppose it came right from the proverbial horse’s mouth.


Whatever the source, human or horse, these pointers are worth sharing.


12 Tips for Horse Owners

Q: How can you teach a horse to wash his own hooves?
A: Scrub out his water trough, and fill it with fresh water.

Q: What is the best remedy for a constipated horse?
A: Load him into a spotlessly clean horse trailer.

Q: How can equine insomnia be cured on the spot?
A: Enter the horse in a halter class.

Q: How do you set up a show horse in perfect form?
A: Try this after hours when no one else is around.

Q: What’s the easiest way to cause a mare to come into season?
A: Take the mare to a horse show.

Q: How can you ensure a mare will be in-foal after her first live cover?
A: Allow the wrong stallion to escape from his stall.

Q: How do you induce labor in a brood mare?
A: Try to get a good night’s sleep.

Q: What must a horse breeder with a broodmare to ensure perfect offspring?
A: Sell the mare in-foal.

Q: How can a horse owner bring on a rainstorm?
A: Mow a full field of hay.

Q: How can you bring on a cold spell outdoors?
A: Give your horse a full body clip.

Q: What’s the secret to falling in love with a horse?
A: List him for sale.

Q: How can anyone make a small fortune with horses?
A: That’s simple. Start with a large fortune.


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Product Review: Horseware Kildare Jacket


Product Review: Horseware Kildare Jacket

Remember Rambo?

The classic heavy-duty horse blanket manufacturer also offers durable apparel for equestrians.

Recently, while attending a horse fair, I was pleased to pick up a tremendous bargain on a sturdy and warm winter parka for horseback riding and barn chores.


The Horseware Kildare Jacket (now discontinued and marketed widely as a close-out item) actually offers three-in-one capabilities for various sorts of weather. This practical parka includes an outer layer, constructed of the same breathable and waterproof textiles as the Rambo horse turnout blankets (pictured at right). This outer layer may be worn alone as a wind shell in transition seasons.

In addition, the Horseware Kildare Jacket has a quilted zip-out inner layer, which may be worn separately.

The Horseware Kildare Jacket is styled for the saddle, with a longer back, two-way front zipper, front snaps, adjustable wrist cuffs, a pair of zipped front pockets, two snapped rear vents and a hidden hood (concealed in a zipped neck pouch).

Sold in smoked pearl grey (with a blue quilted lining layer) and denim blue (with a pink quilted lining layer) and sized from ladies extra-small to extra-large, the Horseware Kildare Jacket retails for $138.00. (But I paid less than $35.00 for mine.)

I have just one complaint about the Horseware Kildare Jacket.


For some reason, the manufacturer opted to use plastic-covered snaps for this jacket. Within the first couple of wearings, I was dismayed to discover that one of the rear-vent snaps had already fallen off my Horseware Kildare Jacket.

I wonder if Rambo would be willing to replace the missing snap. . . .

UPDATE:  

Just heard from the folks at HorseWare. They will not replace the missing snap. Aaaargh! I can add plain snaps (from the sewing store), but they will not match the other snaps on the coat.) Just think of the goodwill - and good publicity - HorseWare might obtain by sending a simple snap or two. (Most new garments even come with extra fasteners, but this jacket did not.)

In contrast, my previous winter riding jacket was a sturdy Land's End Squall Parka. I wore that winter coat through 15 seasons of winter sports - including horseback riding. Land's End replaced the entire zipper (for free) three times. I finally donated the jacket this year, after purchasing the HorseWare coat.

Gee, I wonder if I could stop at Goodwill and buy back my old coat.

And I was just thinking about replacing a horse blanket or two . . . or five . . . for my herd.


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Wednesday

Shaping Up in the Saddle?

Shaping Up in the Saddle?


Enduring the winter months can be a weighty proposition, even for equestrians. How many chilly days might we choose not to ride, while we wait for warmer weather?

Would you like to know exactly how many calories you can burn by horseback riding?

FitDay.com offers a free online calorie calculator. Equestrian applications include the following:

Horseback riding, general
Horseback riding, quoits
Horseback riding, saddling horse
Horseback riding, trotting
Horseback riding, walking





Just enter your weight, height, age and gender,and see how many calories you can burn - in and out of the saddle.

Perhaps we can all post improved fitness statistics this spring, just by enjoying equestrian sports this winter!

Gee, I wonder how many calories a horse lover might burn while trudging through deep snow into the farthest pastures to fetch horses. . . .

Monday

Sometimes It Pays to Have Friends in High Places

Sometimes It Pays to Have Friends in High Places

I'm not sure who actually took this photo, but I received it from a friend. (Based on the link, I believe it originally appeared in in a newspaper in the U.K. a few years ago.)

Still, the image intrigued me.




If you could caption this photograph, what would you say?

Wednesday

Protests Held Nationwide Against BLM Wild Horse Roundups

Protests Held Nationwide Against BLM Wild Horse Roundups


 Wild Horses Photo by U.S. Government/BLM - public domain

The Calico Roundup is underway. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is in the process of rounding up more than 2,500 wild horses in northern Nevada.

Removing these horses from their natural habitat has already been a dangerous process, with many frightened wild horses becoming hurt (or even killed). The fates of the relocated herds is also in jeopardy, with several reports of possible extermination of wild horses.

Wild horse advocates, led by groups like The Cloud Foundation, are holding public demonstrations in many locations.

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Wild horse lovers will congregate in Boston, Massachusetts, on Friday, January 8th, to protest the U.S. Bureau of Land Management roundups of...
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Wild horse advocates will assemble for peaceful protests in Denver, Colorado, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Albany, New York, on Thursday, January 7th. These...
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Here's a message from The Cloud Foundation, urging horse lovers to contact federal legislators, calling for a stop to the wild horse roundups.

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Sunday

On Edgar Winter, A Horse Known as Cloud


On Edgar Winter,
A Horse Known as Cloud

This blog entry is dedicated to my friend Lisa, who rescued two very senior white horses a few years ago, after their initial owner died. (Look at the cool bracelets she makes to support these horses. They're sold on Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville website.)


One of those old fellows, a Cremello Quarter Horse originally named White Cloud (but also known as Edgar Winter and Cloud) passed away today.

(Scroll down to see a slideshow of Cloud and his friend Albert.)

These two elderly gentlemen have long been tagged "The Dirty White Boys" of their pasture, perhaps for their penchant for finding the smallest speck of mud in which to roll.



So long, Cloud. We will miss you.




A Cloud Unveiled



His glory days had long blown by,
This creamy horse, straight from the sky,
When she discovered love again
A-nuzzling his ivory mane.

Although Cloud’s back was ever swayed,
He promptly stood to let her braid.
And marched her twice around the pond,
Devoted with a heart most fond.

A Quarter Horse, long past his game,
He quickly to her heart took aim.
She rescued this one and his pal
A pure white gelding known as Al.

These dirty white boys held their court
In highest fashions for their sport.
With polka dots and fancy trims
They proudly pranced on ancient limbs.

These pensioners beyond belief
Soon willingly turned o’er new leaf.
They sprouted wings, at least in heart,
But couldn’t bear to be apart.

Now Cloud has gone alone ahead;
Arthritic longings he has shed.
Perhaps he prances in the sky
Through thunderheads aloft on high.

His comrade Albert, Sir the Lame,
May linger, nickering his name,
And search the pasture, ne’er to find
His equine partner, Cloud the Blind.

Inseparable, though they’d be,
For years until eternity,
Now Albert strolls a solo stride
Without Cremello horse to guide.

For cloudy eyes of palest blue
Have since regained their light and hue.
This noble gentle equine friend
Will gallop pastures without end.

c2010 by Linda Ann Nickerson

“But I have promises to keep,
and miles to go before I sleep,
and miles to go before I sleep.”
Robert Frost


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Posted for a variety of prompts:
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Meme Express (“promises”)
One Single Impression (“wings”)
Simply Snickers (“linger,” “look” and “love”)
Sunday Scribblings (“new leaf”)
Theme Thursday (“polka dots”)
Weekend Wordsmith (“game”)

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