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Date:7/26/2014 1:42:17 AM
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It has been miserably hot & humid the last few days. Yesterday I gave Cheyenne her first bath. She was nervous at first but then she cocked her hoof and stood still for me. Misty, Sierra & Cherokee got cool rinses also. This morning when it wasn't to hot yet I rode Cherokee. I worked on getting him to slow down at a trot by making him do small circles every time he sped up. Once he would slow down I let him trot in a larger circle. He was good but he still needs more work.

Here is the story of Napoleon and his horse Marengo
In the early 1800's, General Napoleon Bonaparte had not only proven his valor but conquered most of the known world at that time.
As a known animal lover he kept a stable of 80 horses; Napoleon found only 8-10 acceptable for him to ride. He also preferred little Arabs over the more popular Thoroughbreds. His favorite being Marengo, a horse that was all of 14.1 hh. Napoleon's troops captured him during the battle of Abouki in Egypt. Legend has it that Marengo was the mount of choice on all his famous campaigns.
The great commander was not known for great horsemanship. On the contrary, he had a poor seat, shifting around in the saddle so much that he wore holes in his breeches. He was awkward and unsteady on horseback. In spite of this he was a tireless rider- rash and imprudent. Marengo must have been forgiving of this to be compatible with such a rider.
Putting their trust in each other, they survived 15 difficult years of desert sun, winter snows, near starvation, chronic thirst, and battle wounds. That horse must have possessed superior temperament and stamina, for he, at age 19, carried the graceless Napoleon 3,000 miles to Moscow and back. Countless horses died but Marengo prevailed.
The infamous Battle of Waterloo is where the partnership abruptly ends. Napoleon was defeated and Marengo was taken by the British. He was a military marvel and served a legendary leader. The British celebrated Marengo and he was paraded in London, where sightseers thronged by the thousands to admire Napoleons personal charger.
In 1832, Marengo died at the remarkable age of 38. In death as in life, the name Marengo is synonymous with equine valor. As a memorial, the horses skeletal remains reside at the Waterloo Gallery at the National Museum, Chelsea. The world has not forgotten the famous horse and I am sure his companion and leader did not forget him either.
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