Saturday, February 23, 2013

On a Roll Now...

So getting the scanner out for Ghazal's pictures sent me on a roll. I have a whole batch of stuff I plan on scanning over the next couple of weeks. We might be taking a few trips down memory lane. But first I scanned these:



You can check out the story on Horse Nation here.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

More Pictures

I guess I got my own butt in gear yesterday posting about wanting to get some of Ghazal's old photos scanned onto the computer. I realized I really have a pretty pitiful amount of pictures of him from when he was younger. These were pre-digital days so there might be more pictures sitting on some film somewhere. My family is or rather was pretty notorious for taking photos and then never bothering to get them developed. Thank God for the invention of digital film. Otherwise I probably would have a pitiful amount of pictures of my kids too. Also, thankfully my husband is much better about actually taking pictures than I am. Anyways, here are some of Ghazal's earlier pictures:

My one and only baby photo of Zel with his dam, Abbi-Zaada. Abbi was one of my first lesson horses. Zel was her last colt.







He had such beautiful dapples but holy cow look at those toes!! I can't stress enough how little my family and I knew about horses when we bought Ghazal. An accident waiting to happen really but somehow we came through with no real harm done. The farrier we use to use was an old Saddlebred farrier as evidenced by those long toes. (Oh and I also feel the need to point out that while Ghazal's hind end conformation was certainly not perfect it wasn't nearly as bad as this photo makes it seem. He was just standing awkwardly here.)
Seriously this could be the worst outfit in the history of outfits (and oh my gosh that perm!) but Ghazal was pretty enough for both of us. I was not lunging him here just trying to get a picture of him trotting.
Another fun outfit from me and Ghazal in his fuzzy winter coat and awkward teen stage. And yes I make him look tall even though he is probably only about 14.1 or 14.2 here.
A slightly more recent photo but a nice profile shot. Ghazal would probably not place very well in today's Arab classes. He was bred for endurance and not just to be a pretty face (although I think he has a beautiful face myself and I really don't care for the overly dished faces of Arabs in the show ring now. You have to wonder where they fit their brain. To each their own I suppose.) But I will say Ghazal has literally never been lame a day in his life with the exception of one abscess and one stone bruise. Not bad for 24 years. 




Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Another Birthday

Happy Birthday to the old man...




He is 24 years old today. Most of my pictures of Zel are not on my computer. I need to do some scanning though so that I can be sure to keep them. I even have one baby picture of him. I just can't believe he is 24!!!! We've been together since right before he turned 3 so for over 20 years. Riding him is like wearing your most comfortable shoe. I think it and he does it most of the time. I plan on putting him back into some light work this summer being a lead line pony for my girls and giving a few lessons. I know he will enjoy the attention. I just hope I can find the time to make it happen.

Happy Birthday Ghazal - Zelly belly. You were certainly my first love and taught me way more than I ever managed to teach you!

Make sure you give him some extra love pats and treats today Min!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Go Read!

My sister's book will be released in exactly 2 weeks! It's pretty exciting even from my peripheral view point. You can read the first chapter right now at Tor.com. If you are interested in young adult and/or urban fantasy with a bit of mystery I promise you will enjoy it! For more information you can also check out her website: Mindee Arnett


Monday, February 18, 2013

Happy Birthday Loki!

Today (the 18th) is Loki's "real" albeit unofficial 6th birthday! I wish I could be home to give him some extra carrots and love.

So Handsome!

I really can't wait to get some new pictures this summer!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Oh Where Have You Been Little Bird

I've been to the woods...

My grandmother used to sing me this song when I was little and I started singing it to my kids. Now my youngest asks me to sing it to her often. Good memories!

I'm sorry I haven't been around much. It's not that I'm that much busier than before there just hasn't been a whole lot of horse related things going on. The barn is still the barn, the horses are still pretty much the same and lessons are all going okay. I have been enjoying reading about all the horsey stuff going on in the states. Spring is definitely in the air (well at least in Florida and Georgia)!

I have been taking an online equine nutrition class which has taken up a little of my time. It's been pretty interesting so far. Lots of stuff to learn I'm just not sure how much I'll be able to retain but we shall see. It does make me feel even more sorry for our horses here, though. It isn't that they don't get "enough" to eat so much as they just don't get any real roughage. After this class I am realizing even more than ever how much horses need grass or hay or something to chew.

Happy late Valentine's day!

My youngest enjoying her first Valentine's hoard including flowers from Daddy.
All of the instructors from the barn got together today for pedicures and lunch. It was fun and if you ever do come to Japan/Okinawa a pedicure is a must. It's a serious art form over here!
Go riding!