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    03-29-2011, 11:50 PM
  #11
Weanling
Does a poem and a blurb about the horses its talking about work?


The Story of The Little Iron Horse

Blackness
Dark like tar
Sweet breath
Like summer grass

Hooves whispering
Over soft soil
Or thundering
Across wide fields

Brilliance in his eyes
Ancient knowledge
He is royalty
From the highest kingdom

Sent by a Sun King
With royal daughters
To claim and tame
A wild land

Toiling through
All seasons long
His children grow up
Stout and strong

Shaped by the land
They shaped
Strong and proud
The little iron horse

From royal court
To peasants field
His regal bearing
Never broken

As I gaze upon him
I feel his mighty power
Noble creature through the ages
Descendant of the great king

.......
This poem recounts the true story of the Cheval Canadien, Canada's rare and beautiful breed. Their small size and amazing strength have earned them the title "little iron horse". Descendants of the original horses sent to Canada by King Louis XVI, otherwise known as the Sun King, in 1665. These horses were the finest animals from the kings own court. Even today, they demonstrate the typical Baroque characteristics not unlike Andalusians and Lippizans.

They are predominantly black with a thick coat of short hairs and profuse mane and tail. Though their size and height varies considerably, Canadian horses typically stand between fourteen and sixteen hands and weigh between 1000 and 1400 pounds.
     
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    04-04-2011, 07:54 PM
  #12
abi
Foal
Thank you they are all very good, keep em coming!!
     
    04-09-2011, 12:59 AM
  #13
Foal
Heaven when I ride you,
Open fields to run free,
Racing back home,
So close to the finish line,
Everytime we ride, we rides as one.
     
    04-09-2011, 02:55 AM
  #14
Started
Here is my fave one I have ever wrote
We step gracefully into the sand covered arena; the lights are blinding and the massive crowd cheer and chant.
I brush my boots off one last time, and I begin to feel very self-conscious. I know I am only here because I am one of the top riders in Australia, and that is why I am here, but what if I muck up? My whole life could be ruined in just one step. The crowd cheer louder as I step into view, my heart racing.
Forget them I think Just forget them, remember your training. And then I can here nothing but the sound of my horse’s hooves, so delicately do they step on the golden ground.
Halt I think, and then I feel the powerful muscles beneath me stop, neatly squared at the exact centre point perfect I think, but the test hasn’t even begun yet.
I lower my head and place me left hand on my horse’s hindquarter gently for a second, then as I squeeze my calves and rise up and down to the smooth trot, I begin to feel the real power of dressage.
With such grace we turn in a perfect circle, my horse doesn’t put one foot out of place. Nearing the end of the circle I tap my legs, so obvious to me yet unseen to the crowd, onto my horse’s chestnut sides. And with that she moves into a flowing canter, moving so swiftly. We both know this test off by heart, and I hardly even need to tell her to do a flying change down the centre line, Good girl Nim! I cry out in my head, but the hardest part is still t come, and I just hope we can pull it off, a few more circles and turns, okay here it is, we are just about to come to the long side and about to complete our final thing, I move into a trot, and then… piaffe! We did it!! I turn into the centre, halt… solute… the whole crowd burst into applause, and with a swish of Nim’s tail we trot out off the magical arena, back into the real world.
I wait for the others to finish their test, and I admit they’re good, VERY good…
The last person finishes her test, and the judges are left to count up the scores.
The suspense is overpowering and it seems like an eternity before they finally come to the microphone and announce the placings. I’ll be an embarrassment to Australia if I get a bad score and then the time comes… “In 3rd place, representing America we have Jessica Condor,” The whole crowd burst into loud whoops and cheers as the 3rd place getter went up to collect her prize. “And in second we have, representing Ireland, Molly McGuiness,” taking her place on the pavilion with her trusty steed beside the American Jessica she waved to the adoring crowd, “And in first place we have…” For a second it felt like the whole world had stopped, everyone was holding their breath, “In first place we have representing Australia…” Australia? I’m the only Aussie; it can’t be… he must have said Austria, yeah that blondy, Anna Brunn… right?? “Katie Spielder riding Niblefoot,” I gasp as the crowd begin to breathe again and roar in wild applause, I nudge Nim into a steady trot and go out to collect my gleaming trophy and Nim’s rose wreath, Nim lowers her head as the smiling judges put the wreath over her head and let it slide down on her neck, she is proud off herself And so she should be I think. She then lets out a victorious whinny as we begin our lap of honour, and nothing matters to me anymore, not the tall trophy, or the wreath so carefully placed on Nim’s neck now glistening with sweat, or the cheering crowds, all of that is behind me and all there is just the two of us, just an aussie girl and her champion horse.
     



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