Saturday, July 18, 2009


Well, it's been a long time coming, but I decided to finally take the plunge. :) I figured why not, it's the middle of Summer and we're in for a scorcher, so I'll relent and begin blogging.

Right now I really don't have a game plan, and I would like to rely on my readers to begin supplying topics in addition to what I come up with on my own to post. So, go ahead and email me at and we can get started exploring the things you want to talk about.

First up I thought we could just introduce ourselves and get to know each other better.

There will just be a couple of rules. One, no arguing or flaming. That will cause major changes to the blog, up to and including time consuming comment moderation (which I really don't want to do ~ I am an advocate of free speech) and certain posters not being allowed to comment here. Two, any comments that wander too far off topic will be asked to be taken to another blog for the purpose of that sort of discussion.

This is a blog about training horses, horse care and all horse related content. Being passionate in what we're discussing is good. Everyone has a different point of view, and that's wonderful. However, we can all address each other with respect, and put forth our different views without being mean and insulting.

So, here we go! Thank you for reading and for your participation!



  1. I'll start with my introduction. :)

    Some of you already know me from other blogs and forums over the years, but for those who do not, I am a professional horse trainer and riding instructor who also occasionally dabbles in breeding and judging. My specialty is Arabian show horses, however I've taken in many different breeds and shown on many circuits.

    Looking forward to "meeting" you!

  2. Welcome , blogging is a great way to sort thing out in your head as well as get feedback you might not otherwise have access too , enjoy!

  3. Thanks FV, I appreciate your commenting. My first! :)

  4. Good luck to you and hope we all can have a good time without being ugly. Since I do not know too much about any of you all(but maybe a little too much about some) I would like to know a little about the horses you work with, etc. I did some digging when my FL bought a dinky little Arab mare for his granddaughter(not mine). She turned out to be pure polish, english trained and an absolute delight. One asked her, do not demand and she would have stood on her head for you. she finally found a new home with another little girl who did 4-H with her and cleaned house from those high-dollar QHs. All Arabs should be like her. At any rate, am posting this to favorites and hope to see alot more.

  5. That's definitely the idea! Thank you for stopping by. Pssst...most Arabians are like the mare you describe. ;) I'd love to see some pictures of her and her pedigree.

  6. Your blog is very welcome, thanks for it!

    I've never gotten into breed-specific Arab showing, but have ridden/started/trained many Arabs and part-Arabs for dressage and eventing.

    In my opinion, any newbie (or really, anybody) who wants to explore a variety of disciplines and is unsure what breed to get, will never go wrong with a 20yo Arab!

  7. Hi SFTS (and everyone else)! I would love a blog post (or maybe a series of posts) about modern Arabian bloodlines and breeding: which bloodlines dominate in which events? What makes some more suitable for halter, and others for performance? Which ones are consistently good at crossing over? How much does the style in which the foals are raised have to do w it? For example, Rushcreek horses consistently perform well in endurance, yet looking at their website, the horses don't look such-of-a-much to me in terms of conformation. So why are they so good at endurance? Is it b/c they're ranch raised? And how do bloodlines impact on conformation which impacts on performance? Ok, as you can see I have about a million questions. But I am thinking ahead: in 2 years I'll have my PhD and be buying my first endurance horse. A lot of people I know in the endurance world shop strictly for performance: they buy on the basis of soundness, conformation, vet exam, any past performance, etc. But if there are reliable bloodlines for these types of things, I feel like it would narrow/focus my search. I want a horse that can perform both in endurance and lower level dressage. Recommended phenotypes/genotypes for this?

  8. Arabians make terrific Sport Horses! :) But then, I am a little bit biased. Thanks for coming on over, little dog!!

  9. Since I was planning on using the hot part of today (well, it's been hot since about 5:30, and never really cooled off much last night, ugh) to write up a new post, I will use your idea endure_to_the_end! Give me a while, but we'll start on that topic.

    Thank you for stopping by!

  10. I no longer have her papers but i do know she was bred up around Fort Wayne, Indiana and her sire was Elko. Alot of old Polish imports and back. Had a blast tracing her back. I do remember Komet was in there and a few of the old "name" mares. There is a local BYB breeder of hYsterical idiot Egyptians that turned her nose up at Eleca and tore her apart. But, you could put a green kid on her and she never put a foot wrong, put her in the pasture with any horse and she was their best bud, she could arch her neck, cock her tail and FLOAT!!! Damn, I miss her. I would love another just like her. "sniff, sniff"

  11. Hi, a friend pointed me in your direction. I own a few arabians, have done the show thing, bred them for quite awhile. My horses are mostly Gainey/Polish, but one of the stallions is Egyptian related. I don't tend to frequent horse blogs, but I will see how this one goes. These days I tend to live happily with them, doing regular 'horse stuff'. We do still train the dressage horses, but no more showing. I'll come back.

  12. Thanks for stopping in, Sandra. I love the Gainey horses...Gai Parada+++ is a particular favorite of mine. Great to have you!


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