Sing a Song of Horses


Horses  have fired the imagination  in many creative arts. Here are some of my favorite “horse” songs.  First up is the Rolling Stones “Wild Horses”. The song is not about wild horses but uses that image to convey how strongly the singer is attached to the person he loves. Even wild horses could not drag him away. He does not refer to big trucks or tractors  which would be the strongest machines. No he uses the image of wild horses.

Next  Paul Simon  and “One Trick Pony”. He could be singing about a dressage horse ‘dancing’.

This is Elton John “Live like Horses” in a gala, star studded performance that includes Pavarotti . I believe this was a gala for children of war.

For something different here is Bruce Springsteen and the audio of “Pony Boy” from a 1992 concert.

And finally a beautiful song that is entirely about horses…

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Some Royal Textures


The Word Press Photo challenge this week is the word ‘texture“.  I thought a good response would be the textures on view at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto.

The softness of the hair known as the feathers on the horse’s legs and the hardness of the steel horse shoe.

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The derriere of a Belgian heavy horse.

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The elaborately decorated harness on the Percheron horse.

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The folds of fabric decorating the boxes in the stadium.

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The grooming of the sheep for showing is meticulous.  I can almost feel that soft wool.

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The winners in the wool division.

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A cow takes it easy while waiting for her turn in the show ring.

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Biasini Speaks: The Dentist Came to See Me.


Hello, Dear Humans, as promised I am going to tell you about the dentist.  I know you humans don’t like dentists. My human, Ma Leueen, says she hates going  to the  dentist.  I have learned that  human’s teeth are different; human’s teeth don’t grow ,they have to last for the whole of the human’s life. That is a loooong time! Ma Leueen has told me that you spend  time every day brushing your teeth and pulling bits of string through the gaps between the teeth and even then sometimes your teeth go bad , you  have to get holes drilled in them, then get those holes filled up and when they can’t be filled up any more the dentists pull the teeth right out of  your heads!  And some people have a lot of their teeth pulled out of their heads and they have to wear fake teeth. These…

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Discouragement and the Visual Learner.


“Fatigue, discomfort, discouragement are merely symptoms of effort.”   Morgan Freeman


Let me start with the discouragement.  At the last show Biasini was a better performer than I  was. He did everything he was asked to do. The problem was with the person giving him directions. That would be me!  I was just not on my A Game that weekend. We showed at a National ( recognized ) show and had the privilege of  a 5*, Olympic level judge. Cara Whitham has only recently retired from judging the biggest international competitions and she was the judge.  When we got a movement right we got a good score but if there was a mistake or sloppiness we got a very low score. Rightly so.

After the show I was feeling discouraged and annoyed with myself.  At the start of my first lesson the following week I told Belinda how…

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Danny’s World: I Got A Feelin’, That Today’s Gonna Be A Good Day…

I love my neighborhood early in the morning.  The birds are chirping and the animals are getting things done before the heat hits in the afternoon.  The moon is still out and the humidity is low.  Oh, and did I mention we are leaving for the beach tomorrow night?!  I think it’s going to be a good day!

Not a Bridge Too Far


This week’s Word Press Photo Challenge is the word ‘bridge”.  I immediately thought of the carriage driving competitions in the World Equestrian Games.  This photo comes from the FEI World Cup Driving website.  2018 will be the World Equestrian Games in Tryon NC. If you have a chance to see any televised coverage or better still to go and see it in person the driving cross country competition is breathtaking!  Horses galloping through water, over bridges and through tight obstacle courses.  Thrilling.

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Danny’s World: You’re Never Going To Believe This!

Danny's iphone 023So yesterday I get home from work and Evelina’s foot was swollen pretty bad.  On July 4th she got bit by some type of insect leaving my sister’s house following the pool party; or so we thought.  Anyway, I bought some Benadryl which she took and went to sleep. Around 6:30 last night I woke her up from her nap on the couch and looked at her foot.  It was huge!

I immediately got her up and we headed to the ER.  Come to find out Evelina was bitten by some type of snake!  Thank goodness all of the blood work revealed it was non-venomous and she will recover quickly.  She’ll be on crutches for a couple of weeks and will have to ice and elevate for a week or so.  We were at the hospital until early morning so we are dragging today just a bit.

She’s the only person I’ve ever known to have been bitten by a snake.

Crazy huh!?

Danny’s World: Out For A Stroll

It’s already in the 90’s today which makes it really difficult for me to walk long distances. MS forces me to limit my exposure to hot temps. Even Bentley doesn’t want to be out here!

I love our neighborhood.  It is quiet and friendly and easy to walk for a little exercise.

I’ve seen this building a thousand times but never from this angle; it was like seeing it for the first time ever.  Perspective is a funny thing isn’t it?!

There Can Be No Looking Back.


A delta. This is the place where the river flattens out and moves on to become the ocean. There can be no looking  back. It will never be a river again. There are sometimes moments in the journey with a horse that are like that. There is a change and there can be no looking back.  Here is a photo that is a bookmark on one side of that moment of change. It was taken by Susan J. Stickle , the official photographer for the Adequan Global Dressage Festival.  It is of Biasini and me executing  the pirouette in the Prix St. George dressage test. Take a

At first glance it  might look alright. Or if you are not familiar with dressage you might think it is ok.  As pirouettes go it is technically fine. Biasini is sitting well behind and his front  legs are coming up nicely, it…

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