Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Old Age Claims Hen; Gained Wisdom

Evil Eye finally succumbed to old age this morning. She was approximately 3 1/2 years old. In her legacy she left tough, sturdy proteges in the form of 10 hens and roosters. She will not be forgotten.

This past week I have learned many things. The highlights are:

I learned that I actually was doing something right with Star when she started jumping all over the place during groundwork. She was listening!

Approach and retreat. I had never actually SEEN it done so watching it was pretty cool.

Jadzia LOVES vehicles, people, and dead snakes. And moonlight runs, though she hates getting left behind. She can yowl!

Getting up very early improves my concentration in the morning.

Choose wisely what you do with your spare time in the morning. Just because you can have a blast doesn't mean it's a good idea.

Friends are very important to me. Possibly more important than family. But only God is there, not regretting a stupid mistake, not sick, not injured, forever. Praise the Lord I have both of my best friends still!

Also, I can have 11 different songs have separate parts running through my head in half an hour. Happened this morning! I guess I was thinking too much. it was interesting, though. One line was all too familiar. "....heart beat against me."

I also saw a shooting star!

I bought 11 foot black Finesse Reins and a 5 inch short shank B3 bit.

I also sat in several different kinds of saddles. They were amazing! I physically saw and touched both them and Cradle Bridles (drool!) for the first time last weekend. I also wanted a black Western bridle. The Parelli stuff is high-quality and expensive. And cheaper at their events than online!
product (bit)

product (reins)

product (cradle bridle)

product (snaffle bridle)

I can't wait to have pictures of Star in her bridle. But we're starting on line first this weekend and I'm not even bridling her until next weekend and getting on her until the 31st at the earliest. I need a good groundwork foundation first.

My beautiful Star.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Not A Great Day

I'm nervous. And scared. Not having a very good day today.

I had a great weekend.... sort of. I enjoyed the Parelli sessions and had lots of fun watching Linda on her Holsteiner gelding and Pat on his son's mare. My favorite was the session with the inflatable zebras. Especially when the Belgian Warmblood cross decided to play with them.

Lots of new things to do with Star, who is mine once again! Can't wait! It's pretty blustery today, though.

Bad news first:

Wise Dan broke his ankle and is skipping the Breeders' Cup.
Australia injured a hoof and is retired.
Rags to Riches half-brother died in a paddock accident on Saturday. Jazil was 11 years old.

And good news (kind of):

Seeking Paradise ran 2nd in a mile long turf MSW at Keeneland on Thursday. It was her first in the money finish, and her third race.

Zooming WON her second start, a one mile dirt MSW at Remington Park on Saturday. It was moved off the turf.

Tiffany's Honour ran 8th (last) in a one mile dirt MSW at Santa Anita on Friday. It was her third race.

Rhett Butler is not entered in any races and didn't run today.

Wise Dan:



Seeking Paradise (middle):
Our baby Seeking Paradise ran her heart out and lost by a nose at #Keeneland MSW just now!! Watch out for the Blame horses as 3 year olds!! :oʇoɥd

Race replay-Zooming:

Tiffany's Honour:

Rhett Butler:

And from the Parelli weekend...

To sum of my session with Highland in  our Future of Horsemanship Tour on using psychology in your performance training, "If you give horses what you need, they'll give you what you want." :oʇoɥd

And I can see my little group in the back, there. My best friends, and the best friend of one of those best friends. And me.

And a lot of verses.

"Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them." Exodus 18:11.

"Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared." Exodus 23:20.

"And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them: I am the LORD their God." Exodus 29:46

"And the LORD God passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth," Leviticus 1:1

"And he hath done this day, so the LORD hath commanded to do, to make an atonement for you." Leviticus 8:34

"For I am the LORD that hath bringeth you up out of Egypt, to be your God; ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy." Leviticus 11:45

"And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as the LORD commanded Moses." Leviticus 16:34

"Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." Leviticus 18:22

"And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin." Leviticus 24:15

"Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it; for I am the LORD your God." Leviticus 26:1

"And the children of Israel did so, and put them out of the camp; as the LORD spake unto Moses, so did the children of Israel." Numbers 5:4

"And it shall be, if thou go with us, yea, it shall be, that what goodness the LORD shall do unto us, the same shall we do unto thee." Numbers 10:32

"And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision and will speak unto him in a dream." Numbers 12:6

"And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel." Numbers 22:3

"For the LORD had said of them, They shall surely die in the wilderness. And there was not left a man of them, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the Num." Numbers 26:65

"But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out." Numbers 32:23

"Neither shall the inheritance remove from one tribe to another tribe; but every one of the tribes of the children of Israel shall keep himself to his own inheritance." Numbers 36:9

"O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!" Deuteronomy 5:29

"Ye have been rebellious against the LORD from the day that I knew you." Deuteronomy 9:24

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

No Cigar

My horses:

The last heard from them:

Jess's Dream: 48.88 second half-mile at Belmont Park's main track on September 28
T C B Kiwi's: 51.40 second half-mile at Retama Park's turf course on October 1
Eblouissante: 58.60 second five furlongs at Los Alamitos' dirt track on October 6
Hashtag Bonnie: 36.71 second three furlongs at Belmont Park's dirt training track on September 29
Shared Belief: 50.80 second half-mile at Golden Gate's main track on October 7
Wise Dan: A win in the 1 mile Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile on October 4 at Keeneland
Promise Me Freedom: 37 second three furlongs at Louisiana Downs' main track on September 20
Assorted Humour: A 9th in the 6 furlong Evangeline Downs Star Stakes on August 30 at Evangeline Downs
Honor Code: 49 second half-mile at Fair Hill's dirt track on October 3
Littlezapper: 50.79 second half-mile at Remington Park's main track on October 1
Bootsy's Girl: 1:03 five furlongs at Churchill Downs' main track on October 4
Cozmic One: 50.76 second half-mile at Belmont Park's main track on September 24
Morally Flexible: 50.20 second half-mile at Retama Park's main track on September 6
Admirer: 9th in the 1 1/16 mile CSP Maiden Stakes at Windsor on August 19, 2013
Texas Bling: 36.75 second three furlongs at Remington Park's main track on October 7
Rhett Butler: Entered in Prix de Carlepont at Compiegne on October 13 and Prix de Saint Andre des Eaux at Pornichet on October 16
Australia: Entered in Group I Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and Group I Qipco Champion Stakes, both at Ascot on October 18
Secret Circle: 3rd in 6 furlong Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship on October 4
Magna Fortuna: 3rd in 1 1/16 mile allowance at Hawthorne on March 29
Seeking Paradise: Entered in Maiden Special Weight at Keeneland on October 9
Unbridled Forever: 2nd in 1 1/16 mile Grade II Indiana Oaks on October 4 at Indiana Grand Race Course
Zooming: Entered in Maiden Special Weight at Remington Park on October 11
Tiffany's Honour: Entered in Maiden Special Weight at Santa Anita on October 10
Beholder: 38.20 second three furlongs at Santa Anita's main track on October 7
Better Not Cry: 3rd in 1 mile (turf) Maiden Special Weight at Evangeline Downs on August 15, 2013
Royalty: 9th in 1 1/16 mile (turf) Maiden Special Weight at Saratoga on August 9

The great Cigar, the second-leading American earner (behind Curlin), died at the age of 24 yesterday evening. The stallion, who proved to be infertile and left no offspring, will be missed. He lived at the Kentucky Horse Park until his death. The multiple Grade I winner and first Breeders' Cup Classic/Dubai World Cup double champion was a 2-time Horse of the Year and earned almost $10 million. He also earned 2 Older Champion Male awards and an induction into the Hall of Fame.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014


I went for a run this morning. And had cats and dogs come help me. Sisko and Jet thought it would be fun, until Jet decided to walk in front of me and get stepped on. It wasn't so fun after that.

Mauler and Zactly joined in, bounding and bouncing along. And scaring the kittens.

I got up at 4:30 this morning. Got changed. Put on my hiking boots (I'm notorious for momentarily wrenching something when I run) and snuck outside,  since no one else was awake and I didn't want to scare them.

At 5:00 I did about 10 minutes of beating up the punching bag in the garage with my bare hands (I should use gloves next time). Then I did 5 laps of trail/driveway walking and running. Would have done more running except I forgot to get a flashlight that actually works. Got a nice sweat going.

Apparently about 5:30 the ducks start to wake up. And 6:00 the rooster begins to crow.

I changed into jeans and realized I had put my shirt on inside out. I laughed at that.

When I fed my birds, only three were awake at all. Evil Eye, the mean one, the rooster, and an escapee. And only Evil Eye decided to come eat. I put the bucket down and she hopped into it, tilting it over, and ate away while I pet her. If I hadn't done that she wouldn't have realized there was food and kept trying to chase me and grab my pants. That chicken is mean! She's also mostly blind and about 3 years old. Maybe 4. She's the oldest one in the flock. The rooster kept crowing.

Anything interesting happen to you lately?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Horses and pictures!

Primal Knowledge: Owned by Douglas Schambough
Jess's Dream: Owned by Stonestreet Farms, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin
 (with Good Pick Nick, gray)

T C B Kiwi's: Owned by Dennis E. Foster & Rawleigh Ralls, trained by Danny Pish
Eblouissante: Owned by St George Farm Racing LLC (Banwell), trained by John A. Shirreffs

Hashtag Bonnie: Owned by SGV Thoroughbreds
Shared Belief: Owned by Jungle Racing LLC, KMN Racing LLC, Hollendorfer, Litt, Solis II, & Todaro, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer

Wise Dan: Owned by Morton Fink, trained by Charles LoPresti

Promise Me Freedom: Owned by Scott Mallory
Assorted Humour: Owned by Peter Redekop B. C., Ltd., trained by Glenn Delahoussaye

Honor Code: Owned by Lane's End Farm & Dell Ridge Farm LLC, trained by Claude R. McGaughey III

Littlezapper: Owned by Hall's Family Trust, trained by Danele Durham
Bootsy's Girl: Owned by Bill Helwig
Cozmic One: Owned by Mr. & Mrs. Jerome S. Moss, trained by John A. Shirreffs

Morally Flexible: Owned by Janelle L. Jackson, trained by Jaime Castellanos
Admirer: Owned by Coolmore Stud, trained by David Simcock

Texas Bling: Owned by Hall Family Trust, trained by Danele Durham

Rhett Butler: Owned by Coolmore Stud, trained by Andre Fabre

Australia: Owned by Coolmore Stud, trained by Aidan O'Brien

Secret Circle: Owned by Karl Watson, Michael E. Pegram, and Paul Weitman, trained by Bob Baffert

Magna Fortuna: Owned by Rescue Me Racing LLC, trained by Michele Boyce

Seeking Paradise: Owned by Double Infinity Ranch, trained by Ben Colebrook
Unbridled Forever: Owned by Charles E. Fipke, trained by Dallas Stewart

Zooming: Owned by Carl R. Moore Management LLC, trained by W. Bret Calhoun
Tiffany's Honour: Owned by Southern Equine Stable LLC & Whispering Oaks Farm LLC (Castille), trained by Eric J. Guillot
Beholder: Owned by Spendthrift Farm LLC, trained by Richard E. Mandella

Better Not Cry: Owned by Southern Equine Stable LLC, trained by Eric J. Guillot
Royalty: Owned by Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds LLC, trained by James A. Jerkens

Below: Picture of The Kid (Ty Miller) and Louise (Yvonne Suhor) in a scene from the first part of The Young Riders series finale "Til Death Do Us Part". After 3 seasons they FINALLY get married!

Watch it here:

And read the description of the series here:

Have a great Sunday!