“With a heart for any fate….”

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Let us then be up and doing with a heart for any fate. Still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labour and to wait.”  Longfellow

This is one of my favourite inspirational quotes. I am going to use it to take a look at my winter season in Florida.

Let us then be up and doing.

Mid December; Biasini and I were off down to Florida. This year to a new barn, Standing Oak Farm. I knew that my Florida coach, Lou Denizard, had moved his horses there so that meant it had passed muster with him.  Large stalls and good ventilation, each stall with its own fan above the stall and openings on both sides of the stall, so horses can look out into the aisle, and also out to the outside.

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But even the most glamourous barns are useless if the staff is not good.  So, when…

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Monday Minstrel: The Miniature Horse

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Miniature: A thing that is much smaller than normal. A plant or animal that is a smaller version of an existing variety or breed.

The miniature horse is very diminutive in stature, with height less than 34-38 inches (86-97cm) measured from the ground to the withers. They are considered horses not ponies and were first developed in the early 1600’s. By 1765 they were frequently seen as pets of the nobility.  After the Mines and Collieries Act of 1842, in Britain, which outlawed the use of children in coal mines, the minis and also small ponies were most commonly used in the mines.

The first small horses date from 1861 in the US and they were employed in coal mines until the mid 1900’s.  By 1960 the general public began to be interested in the  minis and they are now used in a number of equestrian disciplines.

Although they are…

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What’s God got to do with it?

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You know that saying: God won’t give you more than you can handle. Really?  Well, I guess it all depends on your definition of “God” as to whether or not you believe that.  I would describe myself as a spiritual person but not a religious one. I also believe in free will. I believe we are responsible for the consequences of the choices we make in life. So…having got all that cleared up why am I asking what’s God got to do with it?

I am wondering why I seem to have a history of horses with unusual or interesting or rare health issues. It did not start that way. When I was young my horses were without problems. Then first horse I bought for my daughter was  a 17 year old school master when we bought her. She developed respiratory problems and finally when she was retired…

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Paralympian! Equestrian! Warrior! This is Dale Dedrich.

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I don’t know if Dale Dedrick would describe herself as a warrior but having met her I certainly would.  Dale is like those toys with the weighted round base that no matter how often you knock them over they just come right back up.  But let me start at the beginning.

Dale was 12 when she started to ride. Her mother paid for 10 lessons.  “I was hooked,” she says.  Then her grandmother paid for 10 more lessons. That was the beginning. She worked weekends at the local stable, cleaning tack, grooming horses and ponies. And she was allowed to ride: “Anything we could catch.” So Dale and her friends would catch a horse or pony out in the paddock and leap on without a saddle or bridle. Later she moved on and bought a Thoroughbred off the track and taught him to jump and did…

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The Best Seat You Will Ever Have.

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When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have. Sir Winston Churchill

This week’s Word Press Photo Challenge is the word “Atop”.  Perfect. I have just received, from professional photographer Susan J. Stickle ,four photos of me atop my horse Biasini at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival last weekend. Here they are. All these photos were taken while I was riding the Prix St.George test.

THE EXTENDED TROT

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THE SHOULDER-IN TO 8 METRE VOLTE

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THE PIROUETTE

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THE CANTER

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Winston Churchill was correct.When you are atop a great horse ,it is the best seat you will ever have

To learn more about Susan J. Stickle, photographer, read my interview with her here.

https://horseaddict.net/2016/03/30/horses-through-the-lens/.

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My Friend Chet–Biasini Speaks

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Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another “What, you too? I thought I was the only one!”    C.S.Lewis

Hello again Humans!  I asked my human, Ma Leueen, to find some good words to  say about a friend and friendship. I know humans rely heavily on words to describe their feelings. So she found that quote and I like it. It describes very well my friendship with Chet.

I first met Chet when I arrived in Florida this winter. He was in the stall next to mine and in the barn there are spaces between the boards  so we could communicate easily. Right away I knew he was a good guy and we found we had things in common.  As an added bonus we got turned out in  paddocks next to each other. Well, we had a grand time nipping at one another over…

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The Mental Masterclass: Sport Psychology and Real Life!

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“What would attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” Robert Schuller

Hmmm…….well that is a thought provoking question isn’t it?  When sport psychologist Dirk Stroda first heard that quote he was fascinated. He sent out over a hundred emails to friends and clients in Canada, the US, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. Within a few days the answers came pouring in.  What did they say?

No wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. First of all I must tell you about the mental masterclass , led by Dirk Stroda, that I attended in Wellington in early February.

Dirk Stroda has been the sport psychologist for Equestrian Canada for several years now and works with  the Canadian team members in jumping, eventing and dressage. He also works with many other athletes, skaters, gymnasts, track and field, who compete at the top international levels including World Cup events and…

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Are you Aware of what you Wear?

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Here are some disturbing facts: 25% of the world’s insecticide is used in growing cotton. 10,000 litres of water are needed to grow the cotton for a single pair of jeans! I would not describe myself…