Friday, February 27, 2009

Old Gymkhana pictures

I'm having way too much fun digging through old pictures on my external hard drive. So, I give you some old pictures of my horses and I. These are 4-H, local gymkhana shows, and just, all sorts of fun stuff I miss doing!
I might keep posting old photos for a little while, so I can gather up NEW material to talk about. Then maybe I'll post more for awhile.

The picture above is my old horse Blue when I was in the 4-H junior mounted division and I got to carry the flag in the parade.

This is one of my favorite pictures. Yeah we're not fully in the frame, but its just so neat to see the speed and the flag stuck in the bucket. It was so hard to stick the flag with Thunder!
This picture was from when I was on the Junior Mounted Division which was through 4-H. We were carrying mail, in the brown saddle bag, in a relay. It was called the Pony Express.Titan running back after a decent pole pattern. I look SO tall in this picture. I'm not!
One of the first ties I ever let Titan go quickly through the pattern. He used to run so NICELY. What happened? haha.

I love this picture, the lighting is just SO pretty.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Some old kitten pictures :)

Last night Titan colicked fairly severely. I was very busy keeping him up and painless. It was caused by atmospheric pressure changes. Which, until now, I never knew happened. Weird.

Anyway, I meant to post really cute pictures of my cat Banjo as a kitten. I love the flashback of his kitten hood :).

Monday, February 23, 2009

Goals and goals aplenty.

I think maybe the 101 things in 1001 days needs to get changed a bit. There are so many things on that list that seem sort of, out of reach now. Is it wrong to change my goals? Personally, I think it isn't. Goals change! I shouldn't leave goals on there that I don't want to complete.

Anyway, we did give Apollo back to the woman we got him from, she said she'd find him a great home, thank goodness. I was so attached to the little bird already, and it was only a couple weeks. All the horses are staying for now. I may retrain Titan a little bit for dressage and English showing. He has a great foundation on him and rides beautifully in a snaffle, he also has lovely free-flowing movement and collects pretty well, so the training won't be too tough. He may get sold later as a dressage horse, but not for some time.

Everyone keeps telling me that when you get to the second trimester the serious lack of energy goes away and you feel better. I'd love that! I have noticed that I'm trying to fix the house up more and get everything ready.

In crafting news, I'm thinking more and more that I will get back into leather. I'm working on the keychains for the blog giveaway (I have one mostly done and the other is waiting on rhinestones). I guess I feel burned out because I have far too many hobbies. I don't have time for all of them, so I keep thinking I should cut something out. But then I realize, that I'm also not doing much most of the day right now, so really, maybe I just need to pick them back up when I can. Hopefully, I'll work everything out. I'm sick of worrying about everything! I know I shouldn't keep worrying, but its hard not to sometimes.

OK, enough of my rambling. I'll post some pictures at some point.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Mexico and the Sonoran Desert Museum

I come bearing more photos.  That’s pretty much all for today though.  I’ve got stuff to get done! 


028 Prairie Dog at the Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ.












Mountain Lion, also at the Sonoran Desert Museum.


045 Rattle snake.  I can’t remember what kind this was, but he was also at the Sonoran Desert Museum.




My husband in Mexico buying some awesome hand decorated keys.



DSC04037 A couple of guys playing music at the restaurant we ate at in Nogales, Mexico.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Glad to see you didn’t all leave.

Well I lost two followers. Not bad for all my non posting. I guess the news about the baby, sorting stuff out, working, and friends visiting from Michigan have sort of had me pretty busy with other stuff. I intend on working on posting nearly everyday again. I missed it! I also have to catch up on all the blogs I’m following. Yikes!

OK, pictures from our adventures, at least, round one!


Me at the Saguaro National Park, with a saguaro, of course. Did you know that Saguaro’s have to read 70 years old before they can grow arms?


Chollas, they look very pretty in the sunlight. They probably don’t feel great though.

001 Don’t you love the views out here? Well, I do!

Anyway, I will post more pictures from Mexico, and maybe other pictures if my friends post some nice ones I can steal from them!

In other news, I’m not sure how much longer I can keep up with my Etsy and Artfire accounts. I don’t feel much like crafting…EVER. However, now that I’ve got some time I am determined to finish the leather keychains for the blog giveaway.

Sunday, February 15, 2009


I'm sorry I haven't been updating like I was. I am sort of on vacation. I have friends from Michigan visiting and we've visited Bisbee, Tombstone, Tucson, Kartchner Caverns, and today, Mexico!

So, I've been busy. But I will have pictures to show you soon! Bear with me.

Also, I'm in the process of debating whether or not to have a wedding ceremony or just a reception come May. I really want pictures, but I don't know, Doug keeps telling me I won't like it being 5 months pregnant :(. I'm not sure he knows anything. Maybe I'll ask my mom, I've got to call her in a few minutes, it is her birthday after all.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Apollo and Orion :(

What to do with animals? Hmm.

Well, we sort of figure that we will have to rehome Apollo. I'm worried about the noise! Between the bird and the baby I might not be able to rest, and not to mention the baby might not be able to nap if the bird squawks. Unfortunately, we are limited in size in this house too. I wish I would have known I was pregnant before I got him, I really love Apollo, but I'm not looking forward to having to wash my hands entirely and change clothes when I go from handling the bird to handling the baby.

As for Orion, I thought we'd be fine keeping him, but today he threatened to kick me and just missed my stomach. Wake up call anyone? Being that I do most of the feeding, and when I don't my less horsey husband does means that someone is bound to get hurt. He could injure me or the baby and is likely to injure Doug as well. So, it would seem that the wise thing to do may be to have Care for the Horses take Orion back, as he is still owned by them technically until April. I am thinking that I may lease or sell Thunder as a teens gymkhana horse. He is a challenge, but could win them tons of ribbons once they get with him and learn to ride him. It'd be a great reward and probably a great advancement in their riding skills. I hope I can find someone to lease him. I'd prefer to keep him around for my husband, but I guess money for the child is going to be the most important thing, and if I can't keep him, I can't keep him. Titan will stay until after I am able to barrel race again. If I feel he'd be better with a different rider, than perhaps he will find a new home too. This could mean I might get a new horse, but only ONE new horse. As hard as this might be, it'll have to do if I can't keep them. My hope is that I can somehow work it out, lease Thunder temporarily and end up keeping both the adult boys. However, the truth is, I really want a different competition horse and while before, I could keep all three of them, now I'll have to choose who stays and who goes. :(

This baby will be a great thing, but what it is doing to my menagerie of animals is heartbreaking. I can only hope that the kid will make it so I don't regret the bird or the horses.

I thought I needed a change, but this change? Man.

Life is difficult. I can only hope I work this out!

Friday, February 6, 2009

OK So.....

Well, the reason I've been sick to my stomach is this....

Yeah, I'm pregnant, about 7 weeks. This would explain a lot of things. Not something that we were expecting, but alright. This might mean we have to rehome Apollo, as I'm not sure I can live with a noisy bird and a baby, but we'll see what happens. I may have to give up Orion as well, and I'm most likely going to have to sell a horse. While these things are all sad, I can only hope that the addition of this family member will make up for all those things. Of course, I'm going to wait a while before making all these decisions, to make sure there aren't any complications and what not.

This also means I won't be barrel racing soon, like I intended.

Things happen when they're meant to happen, at least that is what I'm telling myself.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Old photos galore

I miss photography. I was really into it for a while, but right now I've hardly been playing with my cameras. I really enjoyed macro! Nature photography is my favorite! I am by no means professional, but these are some of my early attempts with the nice cameras. In fact, I'm definitely an amateur.

I also really want to play my guitar a lot right now, but instead I've been doing pretty much nothing, I haven't even ridden the horses.

Why? Because I'm incredibly sick to my stomach pretty much ALL day. Pepto isn't helping. I'm sick of feeling, well, sick!

I've also been pretty much constantly tired. Going to a doctor might be a good idea, hmm.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Etsy Finds : Appaloosas

I tried to search artfire for appaloosas, but sadly, there was NOTHING :(.  So, I present,  Etsy finds that are all appaloosa horses!  Appaloosas are my favorite breed of horses.  I’ve always wanted to breed, raise, and train appaloosas.  I’ve never owned one, which entirely saddens me.  I’ve ridden several, and loved them all.  Hopefully, my next horse will be an appaloosa filly!appaloosabydaniellebarlowart

This beautiful appaloosa horse painting is by Etsy user DanielleBarlowart.



This wonderful eventing appaloosa painting is done by Etsy user GiddyUpStudios.







This cute little needle felted wool appaloosa is made by PleasantViewWoolArts.




This gorgeous head profile of a bay appaloosa is by Etsy user KarenHargett.'









And last, but not least…


This wonderful pendant featuring an appaloosa horse head is made by Etsy user GypsyMare.


So, visit these wonderful Etsy sellers and buy some appaloosa art!  Personally, I want a pendant from GypsyMare :).

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Posting everyday is hard!

Coming up with something to post about everyday is hard! It is hard mainly today because I'm feeling rather sickly and have done nothing productive. For the two blog contest winners that are getting custom items, it will take a little while!

So, I've decided today is a good day to show an old photos.Michigan winters were pretty...but so cold!

Monday, February 2, 2009

High and Mighty Parelli-ites and stereotypes!

Volunteering at CANTER is nice, but some of the people drive me nuts. People for some reason, keep acting like I know nothing about horses. Its pretty frustrating, considering I explained to them my horse experience on Saturday. I think part of it, is I'm up against the usual (at least for me its usual), "she rides Western, I ride English. Western people don't know how to ride, particularly barrel racers." First off, I'm not saying that all English riders think that, but I've ran across quite a few that do, and it drives me nuts. Also, I've also ran across enough Western people not knowing how to ride, particularly in barrels. But, I'd be lying if I said I haven't seen English riders that knew nothing. And honestly, I ride both! Yeah, most of my gear is Western and I find it more comfortable to wear my western boots and jeans to horse functions if I have an option, so all you see is Western-y stuff. Today, I combined that with my barrel racing sweatshirt, which made it even better. I hate stereotypes. Honestly, I wish we could just all look at each other as a "horseman" or "horsewoman." Sure, if the person proves to you that he or she is completely incompetent, that's fine, but seriously, give people a chance. People at CANTER let some of the volunteers ride, and I can't wait until I get to get on a horse and show them that I know how to ride English, in fact I have taken lots of jumping and dressage lessons.

I get that a lot of local barrel racers and some of the pros do things that are construed as cruel, whether or not they really are. I also get that, for some reason, a lot of people think that you don't have to have a good seat or posture to ride the barrels. These people do not represent the whole of barrel racers! I know there are stereotypes for pretty much every discipline, and all I can say is, "BOOOO!"

The other issue I had today was people touting the wisdom of Parelli. Parelli bothers me a little, sure, I like his 7 games and some of his ground work and he definitely has some sound advice, but I hate how much money he's making off of some techniques that you can find in books from several older trainers, Tom Dorrance, for example. The person touting the Parelli wisdom was discussing something he had said on his show or whatever, that if your horse gets anxious about a hanging girth you use your arm to add the feel of the girth all the way around. This, to me, is common sense.

I also found it funny because she walked up to a horse who was blocking the pathway by standing lopsided and looked her in the eye and said, "Move" and pointed at her butt. The horse blatantly ignored her. People for some reason think that because the Parelli's can do it, they probably can too. Right, because the Parelli's don't spend tons of time working with the horses they do their demonstrations with. Parelli even says, "If you take the time you need, you'll find it takes less time." Something of that sort anyway. I find that pretty true, but for some reason, many Parelli followers don't get it.

Look, I'm not just a Parelli hater, I got his level 1 dvds and I read his book. I'd say, I've done my research and I find him nothing more than a good horse trainer that has amazing marketing abilities.

OK, I will step off my soap box now. I hope I haven't offended anyone, honestly, I have no problem with people who like Parelli, as long as they're reasonable.

Alright, I have to go feed the bird, go to town, and probably head to the gym!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Happy Superbowl Sunday!

I have nothing much to say, but if you watch football, or just like silly commercials, then today is a good day. I'm feeling kind of ill so, today will be mostly me sitting around and watching TV. Maybe some cleaning, but I'm going to rest!