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Moonstruck 05-16-2011 08:02 PM

Woman Meets Horse World
"The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire." ~Sharon Ralls Lemon

I've created this thread to be a photographic/videographic journey through my transition to a regular life to a more fulfilled life : A Horse Life. You can think of it as a blog, I suppose. But anyways, here goes my first entry.

"As some of you know, I am a total beginner with horses and horse riding. But that doesn't mean that I'm ignorant. I read, and talk to people, I try to absorb as much information as I can before I jump into something. I plan ahead and make sure that it feels good in my gut before I make any moves. In this case, it would be horsemanship.
I have ALWAYS loved horses. Never lived around, owned, or knew a friend who had a friend whose brother had a horse, but I have always loved them. It started from unicorns and then I took them a little bit too seriously. I defended there existence as a child. I read the Bruce Coville unicorn novels, and drew pictures of them and had a unicorn stamp and a unicorn pendant - everything that had to do with unicorns I had to be in possession of. One day A friend of mind DARED to tell me that they didn't exist and I slapped her square in the face.. Yes I was heartbroken, but she did have a point... Anyway, from unicorns transitioned to horses, since they were the closest animal to resemble a unicorn. And then when I met a horse for the first time and boom. That was it. Instant connection. From then on, it was a secret mission of mine. To learn as much as I can about them, so that one day, I could be part of a horse's life, and he/she can be part of mine. I took many books with me to school, drew them, talked to people about them (of course they though I was a wierdo because horses were kind of unheard of in my part of FL) but despite all of the odd looks and shady talkers - I kept on learning and growing. Of course it didn't last very long though, you can only look at so many horse pictures and play the Barbie Riding Club enough to realize that you'll never have the chance to see, ride, or touch a horse unless it was anywhere but Key West.
Now that I am a woman who has moved on with my life away from my family and into an area that I can access my desired hobby, and have THE BEST, MOST SUPPORTIVE man in my life, I am ready to start my journey! Recently I've been affiliated with a couple of local farms and equestrian centers and have offered my free time to volunteer. It hasn't lasted too long, but with time and patience, I know that I will reach my goal. Oddly enough it isn't to OWN a horse, it's to learn and grow and experience that connectivity that so many of us share. I know that I won't be able to successfully own and keep a horse until around 10 years from now. (21 + 10 = 31 / A LONG TIME FROM NOW!)

With enough strength, passion, and hope, I know that one day regardless of the day, year, or time, I will reach my goal.

Moonstruck 05-16-2011 08:10 PM

* alstad arabian farm *
Day One photos of my first time at AAF. Also the first time in years that I have been around free grazing horses with nothing to keep between them and I. It was peaceful, and I never wanted to leave... until I started to get hungry and ran out of water D:
^ Pumpkin (An Arab.)
^ Easy (TB?)

Moonstruck 05-16-2011 08:29 PM

"A woman needs two animals - the horse of her dreams and a jackass to pay for it." ~Author Unknown

"Her name was Julie. She was afraid to see a stranger in the stables, but she eased up and realized that I meant no harm. She has ridden all of her life, grown up around horses. Never owned a horse though. A trainer affiliated with the BO decided to purchase her an OTTB to train on.. (don't worry I was a little confused to.) His name is Nu-beau, and he is drop dead gorgeous. Shiniest coat you've ever seen, but with a nibbling and attitude problem. A little too eager to get out and work I guess. I met her trainer, but he doesn't really speak any English, but at least he was polite. He worked him out around the make**** jumping obstacles. He was gorgeous in the sun. Julie spoke to me about her story with Nu-beau, how she had a perfect horse for her already set up, an Andalusian, but she decided to go with the bigger, younger, and prettier horse. At this point I imagined a dunce cap on her head, but I'm not generally a judgmental person. She told me about the day Nu-beau spooked and leaped into the next property. She told me about the day she "jumped off" of her horse and became seriously injured. Then she spoke about her fears.

It's now starting to look complicated. But surely, there are smarter horse people, right?

At least I was able to comb his mane after his bath and got to anoint his hooves with conditioner. Maybe it was a good way to show him that I'm 'alright' in his woman's eyes."

Moonstruck 05-16-2011 08:47 PM

A horse doesn't care how much you know, until he knows how much you care. ~Pat Parelli

^ Hold your horses there Parelli haters. This is JUST A QUOTE. I am absent of knowledge when it comes to Parelli but no need to explain I have read my share of news on her. And I don't care about it enough to explain myself, lol..

I had Pumpkin at the cross ties and I was trying to get her dry and groomed up because they had soaked her with water because it was hot, which made me feel bad because I heard that it was a big no-no to do that since it makes them even hotter. She was all icky on her legs and I was informed about some fungus on her back legs. It wasn't BAD but I wasn't going to leave it unattended and dirty either. I took her to the wash area after she dried up and rinsed down her legs and soaped them up and got them white again. Cleaned her hooves, cleansed the area that the fungus was on, and took her back into the stable area so she can at least be indoors to dry off and not in the heat of Miami. I found some good topical cream for fungus and infections and such with aloe and tea tree oil and rubbed them on all four legs (just in case) :) Her bottom lip was all droopy from relaxation, I think it felt like a massage for her!

Easy thinks he's so slick! When i was cleansing her legs allofthesudden he was just watching me from behind her. Then he start RUBBIN' on her back. Then he got WAY too close! I pushed him back and had to get real stern with him to make him back up and get away from her. Poor Pumpkin was pulling to get away from him and I didn't want him thinkin because she's restrained that he could take advantage and do the nasty to her OR get her injured somehow which would have been REALLY BAD! :D But I sure took care of him!

Moonstruck 05-16-2011 09:02 PM

The 3rd Sunday @ AAF.. Every time I go there I put just a couple more pieces of the puzzle together. I am slowly starting to understand that a lot differs from one horse to another.

^ The beloved Pumpkin, enjoying my company.

Moonstruck 05-16-2011 09:05 PM

Nu-Beau. The athlete at rest.

Moonstruck 05-16-2011 09:10 PM

Moonstruck 05-16-2011 09:20 PM

A lovely horse is always an experience.... It is an emotional experience of the kind that is spoiled by words. ~Beryl Markham

The most... BEAUTIFUL... Horse of them all. I am not sure exactly what he is just by looking at him. Is Dr. Templeton!

He is a HUGE grey gelding, he looks like an ancient war horse. I saw him. He saw me. He rubbed against the chain link blocking access between he and I, like he wanted me to itch his ear :D He is immaculate. He looks down at me with those big dark eyes, we exchange breath, then he tries to open the stall door with his giant head! Its like he want my love lol :) I am hoping to catch his owner one of these days and be able to see him in action. He's so sweet! Apparently he does some dressage, but other than that, I don't know much about him.

Moonstruck 05-16-2011 09:23 PM

Dr. is HUGE!

Moonstruck 05-18-2011 12:59 PM

Just giving a bump until this sunday! :) replies and comments are ok!

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