Friday, April 17, 2015

Describing the Horse: looking to the Bible for my favorite horse passage!

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"Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder? Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible. He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men. He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword. The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield. He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet. He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting."~ Job 39:19-25

Some more birthday pictures!

The lovely Star (or Sue!)


"Get the camera out of my face! I'm eating!!"

And today's breakfast...

It's a BEAUTIFUL, sunny day!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

African Star is 13!

My beautiful mare is now a teenager. <gasp>  I'm not superstitious, fortunately, for the age 13 is so far one of the best ever for her. In honor of her being 13 (of which I have had her for just over 6), I will now present to you 13 facts. Some of which you know, and some of which you don't. Nearly all will have been covered in the past year, on the blog or not.

1. She loves being ridden by cats (or at least, doesn't mind it)

2. She LOVES attention!!!

3. Star has been ridden approximately 100 (or more) miles in the past year

4. She's switched bits twice in the past year

5. She stands only 14 hands high and weighs somewhere between 800 and 900 pounds

6. While her buddy gets 4 1/2 pounds of feed a day, Star gets between 9 and 10 pounds PLUS a pound of Rice Bran, split into two feedings.

7. Her feet are pigeon-toed in front and splayed slightly behind

8. While in my care, she has never been vaccinated or shod.

9. She runs incredibly low to the ground

10. I've given her away, but gotten her back (it was to my brother)

11. She loads easily both into a cramped trailer and onto a car hauler

12. Her current equipment is:
Abetta synthetic barrel saddle (18 lbs) with orange accent
Green pony pad on red horse pad with black edges
11-foot Parelli Finesse reins
5-inch B-2 Parelli Myler Bit
Leather headstall from Atwoods
Homemade curb strap from broken leather rein

13. Her real name is Sue J
Star (or Sue) and her new halter, a late b-day present from a friend!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Writing Update: aspiring author still working on two books

So, so far I have 2845 words in "Lover's Lane", with 4 1/2 pages. Jesika is busy riding along with a Cherokee version of a "carte blanche". And she has more news on Pam; news that is absolutely terrifying. Well, sort of. She doesn't kill her men!

On Treasure Horse I have finished all my writing for this month (10 pages), and now am working on drafting those pages. I did my first page yesterday, and now I'm on to my second. There are 6768 words. Next month's project is to figure out how to get two more pages of writing into the second chapter before completing a third and starting the fourth. The latter two tasks will be a lot easier!

In other news, I have more pictures of Star!
4/7/2015, after ride

4/9/2015, eating supper!

4/13/2015, on the trailer and ready to get off!

Befriending cattle (today)


And again!
My unpedigreed, registered PtHA mare will be 13 tomorrow. Look out for that post! <huge smile>
I will have had her for more than 7 years by then. She has been one amazing horse, and I hope for many more years with her.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Addicted: Home Medicine and Horses

So, around here we use herbs and such for medicine. Plantain leaves, arnica, comfrey, garlic, ect. Mostly those four. Arnica and comfrey we use on muscles, plantain is used on scrapes and bug bites, and garlic is for when we're sick. Tea tree oil is used when we want to dry certain skin issues up. And all of them are proven to work on animals, too. The first three are usually in salves. You can find recipes online. Garlic we chop and swallow in cloves. Tea tree oil is sold in the pharmacy in stores, including Wal-Mart.

Plantain is apparently related to Banana. Wow. And we have lots of it growing on our place.

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Arnica is related to sunflower... It makes a really greasy yellow paste.

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Comfrey can be used from both the root and leaf. I think we are using both... it is its own thing. Its main use is herbal medicine.

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And there's garlic, which is easily bought from any store. It's antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and works better than commercial antibiotics, for it actually works with your system!

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Tea tree oil is Australian, and has a quite distinctive smell. We like to use it on chigger bites!
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And, as everyone knows, I'm 100% addicted to horses. I need to work on that. Y'see, when I'm in some "church" building during a service, I probably shouldn't randomly scribble "Zenyatta" "Camelot" and "Goldikova". Don't know why I do that, considering I hardly read about them. Though apparently Zenyatta's Cozmic One is debuting on Friday!!

Yesterday I completed another Challenge ride, and also had quite a few firsts!

Jumping a barrel from Star's back: check-nearly fell off, though. But it was fun!
Riding her up on the car-hauler trailer (don't use ramps!): Check
Riding her off the side of the car-hauler: Also check
Riding bareback at a trot without hands on reins: Check (YAY!!)

Riding under volleyball net: Check
Not tearing down volleyball net at same time: Uh-oh.. it hooked on my shoulder. Everybody had a fantastic laugh!

I probably did those out of showing-off... there were a few friends watching. <grin> But everyone had a fantastic time. KitMarie even rode Star and loved it!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Writing Update: aspiring author well on way to being published

The eye of a Star
I'm setting Monday to Friday writing goals, plus on the weekends maybe getting some in.

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So far, I have 6,445 words (prologue, 1 3/4 chapters) in Treasure Horse. Half a page left until this month's quota is up and I start going over it again for its second draft. I will also add chapter numbers and names then. There isn't a lot on Kincsem's pre-racing career life, so this is the most exhausting chapter of them all. From chapter 3's first word on out, it will be so much easier.

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Lover's Lane, as it is now called, has 1,726 words (3 pages), and I'm supposed to get 2 chapters done by the end of the month. I won't be making a second draft until December, and I have ALL of next year to get it publish-ready. I think I'm doing a good job so far. I'm just as exhausted as my character is, from imagining what it's like to ride 200 miles in a hot drought. Yikes!
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In other news, Star is getting over her barn sweetness, thanks to a Facebook Leg-up on Spring fitness Challenge group. Today we finish week 1 of a 12-week program.

And on May 8, we head to Athens for the Off Road Warrior's 11-mile Intro rides on the 9th and 10th.