Thursday, April 24, 2014

appreciating what you have blog hop

Another gem from L. Williams at Viva Carlos! It is all about taking a minute to appreciate the horse you have and not about what they can't do yet or what you are working on or what you wish you could change. 

Let's take a moment to appreciate the Pros of our current ponies, whether you own them or just ride them in lessons. 

Shyloh. . . oh sassy Shyloh.

  • She is small but strong enough to carry me around
  • She can be off work for long amounts of time, then ride/drive (kinda drive) without being crazy
  • She is cute, when she is not giving the evil eye
  • She does not need to be lunged before being ridden, she is pretty sane that way
  • She is phenomenal with the kids
  • She is an easy keeper, hardy, and easy to take care of
  • She is not a picky eater
  • She puts up with me and all my shenanigans 
  • She is totally fine being by herself or with a herd of horses
  • She loves going new places
  • She loads into a trailer like a dream
  • She is funny and goofy
  • She is willing and eager to please, usually
  • She loves her hooves picked! She will hold them up for me as I go around her to get the mud and poop out.
  • She is smart, so so smart. Too smart
  • She is independent
Shy seems to have a lot of good qualities going for her. Gotta love my happy little pony!

Shy and Whitney Houston

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

hump day haflinger series #15

Hendershot New Millennium Haflingers is home to a Dutch Import, Silver Classified, National Grand Champion stallion.  Just as mares are classified for breeding reasons with the American Haflinger Registry, stallions are also classified in gold, silver, purple, and white categories.  For the year 2013, only six stallions were classified as gold and only thirteen mares received the gold classification. This was out of 817 horses inspected!
Haflinger: Nando
Sire and Dam: Dutch National champion Notaris and Jessica an Elite mare. 
Age: 15 year old stallion
Height: 14.3 hh
Favorite Food: Carrots
Tricks: Nando will bow for carrots!
Personality: Nando is quite the character, loves attention and will bug you until he gets it.
Likes: He like to get well groomed, clipped, and bathed, and then go out and have a good roll in the mud.
Discipline: English, Western, Dressage, Trail, Carriage Driving, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Team Penning, Reining, Over Fences
Barrel Racing!
The goal of Deb Parker and Bill Hendershot was to prove exactly how versatile a well-bred Haflinger could be. . .and that is exactly what they did! Nando was trained and shown in everything they could possibly think of.
The Hendershots discovered Haflingers in 1999 when they were looking for a fun driving horse. Previously, they had National and World Champion Quarter Horses and Paints. The first Haflinger they had has been donated to handicap riding program. They started researching more and more of the breed and eventually imported Nando.
Western Pleasure
When Nando was a three year old, he won his halter class, then went on to be Overall Grand Champion stallion at the American Haflinger Registry Nationals. That same day, he also won BOTH his English Pleasure and Western Pleasure classes at Nationals. That had never been done before and it has not been done since.
The Hendershots goal is for Nando to continue to sire Haflingers that are as versatile as he is. So far, many of his offspring have been Silver Classified. They show several of his offspring who have been successful in receiving High Point in the nation in Driving, some 4H State Champions, and some ADS Driving Champions in Combined Driving.
It is great to see Nando and his offspring being so successful in their lives. He seems like such a great overall horse who does a little bit of everything!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

how bad is your barn car blog hop

I love blog hops! They are so much fun, but this one might be rather embarrassing. . .

Pony'Tude is hosting this hop on just how bad horse people's cars can be. "It's a mysterious phenomenon of the universe that horsepeople tend to have really grody, disgusting vehicles. Maybe it's because we constantly find ourselves in places where we are routinely covered in mud, poop, hair, and sand. Maybe it's because our lives revolve around half-ton creatures who love to roll in dirt and slobber on us. Maybe it's because we are all genetically wired to be slobs. Whatever the reason, Barn Cars are nasty. I'll show you mine if you show me yours."

My barn car happens to also be my every day car. Woe is the person who decides that I am driving for the day, especially if it is out to lunch with co-workers. Not only do I have horse junk in my car, but it is also the main transport of my dogs.

The back of my car boasts the Northwest Ohio Driving Circuit sticker. You know, the driving circuit that I am part of without a driving horse. I also have to show some love for Michigan and Detroit!

Yuck, need a car wash
 The hatch part is filled with various items. I have an old saddle that I need to clean up, get photos of, and sell. Then there is a hay bag, some harness pads, a random tote, a box of halters from Horze, wormer, a bag of potting soil, and behind the saddle is another box filled with various things.
Kind of embarrassed. . .
 The back seat of filth. I have a dirty halter that needs to be washed because it was ripped off Shy's head and stomped into the dirt. I always have my Muck boots in case it gets muddy or I need to wade through a puddle. There is a hanging strawberry plant that I need to put up (hence the potting soil in the trunk) and a bag of sour taffy that I got from my dad. A dog brush and some frisbees are in the pouch of the driver's seat. And dirt and hair. Everywhere.
I vow to have strawberries!
 The other view of the back seat. I have a dog leash from Maggie from the disastrous trip to the barn a couple weeks ago. . .Maggie is not a barn dog. A bottle of water with an ADM coozie on it and some Nicker Bait treats (banana flavored for Shy) have made their home on my back seat. A ziplock bag of a Purina Hydration Hay sample I got at the MSU Stallion Expo is still there. I don't know what to do with that block of hay. There is the movie Pitch Perfect, because who doesn't travel around with a copy of that? And two hats, just in case (Michigan weather). My school bag is also on the floor.
I need help . . .
 The front seat is equally as bad. There is an almost empty case of Coke which is my Kryptonite. I have A Horse Box sack pack and a bag of Veggie Straws crammed on the passenger seat along with a zip up hoodie. Looks like my purse is on the floor. The pink piece is my phone charger that is a necessity because my battery drains so quickly. And if you look real close, you can see a clay Shyloh hanging from my vent. Also not seen is my iPod for some kickin' tunes. Underneath my seat is a gallon of Neatsfoot oil.

And finally, I have a photo of Shy, my husband, and my nephew on the ceiling of the car.

Please don't judge me!

Monday, April 21, 2014

monday musings by shyloh #129

Sometimes, when I do new things, I am able to channel my inner Arabian. . .
Flared nostrils!
Creeks don't bother me though
Like when I am taken on a bareback ride to the back fields. In a pretty headstall that is not mine. With a bit I have never used before. 
It's so purdy
Haley wanted to hop on a horse real quick and I was the perfect mount because I am close to the ground. She is much braver than Allie as she rode me outside the confines of the round pen. I was a little bit like, uh, I am not used to this but I will try extra hard to be good for you, even if I am a bit scared. I did a couple quick steps a few time from being scared, but over all I was good. I really do try so hard. But with someone riding, I have to be extra careful to care care of them and it can be nerve-wracking!
I am much more relaxed here and looking quite cute, if I say so myself
Another day, Allie walked me back to the same area. You know, the back fields where I have been many times before. A new, giant pasture is up there and almost ready for horses! Allie let me roam about it because I don't bother fences and the electric wasn't on yet.

That is a lot of space for us!! I tested out the new pasture to the fullest.

First, I ran about it checking things out. 
Lots of room to stretch my legs, and I even got out a buck!
Then I rolled to make sure it was acceptable rolling ground.
Works for me!
And finally, I tasted the grass it had to offer.
Sparse, but tasty!
Also, my tail is gorgeous!
Then I made Allie chase me around because I didn't want to leave! The new pasture is Shyloh approved! Two hooves up!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

easter drive

What a gorgeous day! The sun was shining, the temps were perfect. Mike had to work so off to the barn I went. I spent a bunch of time with Shyloh and had her doing some work and stretches. 

But after that, Jaime and I took the ponies on an Easter drive! It was so nice to get out. I have not driven in forever and I was happy to be back in the cart. Ponies are so easy to harness and hook. And Meatball just makes everything so simple.

We went around the "block", which was about 4 miles. Meatball has turned barn sour and was not a very forward mover. Dexter was perfection, as usual. But Meatball. . . he has a built in GPS straight towards his home. 

At first, it was a constant battle to make him go forward and not try and turn around. He was walking. . .so. . .slow. . . Then, about the half way point, every drive way that would technically take us across fields and straight back to the barn, he wanted to turn down. And he made it a point to announce himself (or call for help because he was clearly being tortured) every minute or so. His next tactic was running out of gas and refusing to move. No matter what I did to try and get him to go. We were being left in Dexter's dust! As a last resort I vowed to scratch him down when we got back, he just had to keep going, because I knew he was itchy from all the hair and being sweaty.

Eventually, I got him going again, but he kept running out of gas. Unless we were passing people having Easter parties at their houses. Then he was a little show off with his cute trot and great listening skills. 

Once we made the last turn on the street of the barn, Meatball flat out trotted home. We passed Dexter and Jaime and kept on trucking. I let him go because it was controlled, he was still listening to me, and he was walking when I asked. 

We walked back up the driveway, stopped, and I quickly unhooked and unharnessed Meatball for his promised scratching. He was very grateful. Then I put him back in the round pen and he rolled and rolled. 

Dexter and Jaime caught up to us and Dexter was also put back in with Meatball. Then, weird as Dexter is, stood right over Meatball as he continued to roll some more. 

Aside from the flat out stopping and trying to get back home on Meatball's part, both ponies were amazing. People, running horses, bikes, motorcycles, golf carts, cars. . .nothing bothered them. And neither horses seemed tired from their first bit of distance since before winter. Gotta love some ponies!