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Appaloosa Horse from Rockford, IL


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I am from Rockford, IL and I've been a Club Horse member for 6 years, 4 months and 2 days

Nicknames: Her ApHC registered name is A Special Dominique, but I just call her Luna (as in Luna Lovegood).

Age: 17 years old

Gender: Mare

Breed: Appaloosa Horse

Height: 15.1, which is just the right height, because now her legs are long enough to reach the ground.

Color: Blue roan leopard Appaloosa. She has black legs and black ears which are really cool looking!

Type of Riding: Mostly trail and pleasure riding.

To see the wonders of man, travel by car.
To see the wonders of God, travel by horse.

My Horse's Achievements: She has foaled twice, both were before I bought her.

HOTD Sept 21 2011
HOTD Oct 9 2012
HOTD Nov 3 2013
HOTD Jan 19 2015
HOTD Oct 9, 2017

Update (Oct 2013): Luna had always been kind of spooky on the trails, especially when we rode out alone without other horses. But since I've been doing the trust exercises with her, now she is showing so much more confidence. I am very proud of my big ol' girl!

Update (September 2014): Luna has become the ideal trail horse. She will ride on roads with traffic, I have ridden her to carnivals and festivals full of crowds with no problems, and last summer, I even rode her through the drive-thru of a Dairy Freeze!! There's no where I can't take her.

Update (January 2015): I've taught Luna a few tricks, including smiling on command and the beginning of the Spanish Walk.

Update (July 2015) I've started to learn to ride Luna with no saddle or bridle! She's doing so well, I'm really proud of her. I'll upload pictures soon.

My Horse's Favorite Treat: Clover! And those soft pastel mints.

My Horse's Favorite Things To Do: Trail ride with other horses, belly rubs, and being walked on a lead.

Pet Peeves: She hates bits, so I ride her bitless everywhere.

My Horse's motto: Trail riding? I have an App for that!

Job 39:19-22
Do you give the horse his might?
Do you clothe his neck with a mane?
Do you make him leap like the locust?
His majestic snorting is terrifying.
He paws in the valley and exults in his strength;
he goes out to meet the weapons.
He laughs at fear and is not dismayed;
he does not turn back from the sword.

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How We Met

I have loved horses, especially Appaloosas, my whole life. As a teen, I took lessons, went to horse camp, read horse books, and drew horse pictures. But I never had one of my own. I had to be satisfied riding other people's horses.

Fast forward 35 years: I switched my auto insurance from Geico to State Farm, and I saved enough money that I could finally buy my dream horse! I saw a For Sale ad on the internet, and I HAD to go see her. She became mine on September 3, 2011

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Thank you Cisco #250327 for vote #3000

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Hi & a vote,
We are at 35F right now! Light dusting of snow this a.m. Then warmer temps through the week will start melting our snow. I worry about the horses with these big swings back and forth in temperatures!

Come visit me, Rocky (the blue-eyed wonder horse), Comet (has new home) & Cowboy.

01/09/2018 08:05.30 AM Report This Comment
How have things been in this cold snap? Hope all the pipes are okay and the horses are doing well. My hay guy said one of his customers who has about 70 horses had her barn pipes to freeze and she was having to haul water by tractor out to the pasture troughs. Don't know why they don't have the anti-freeze type spices at her barn, but oh well. She was in a pickle.
I rode Allie out in the pasture yesterday and she did well out there too. We loped a little and she was real good about letting me steer her (gotta dodge all the fire ant hills, which is a challenge). She seemed to understand the step around better yesterday after sleeping on it. We're still only doing one step and only to the left right now until she gets it pretty good, then I'll introduce going to the right and add more steps as she's ready. Might be turning into a handy little horse (except for her half-acre stop, lol). I was really happy with her. Trimmed her fronts afterward and it was dark by then.

Come visit me, Allie & BJ and his mom Gracie.

01/08/2018 01:54.04 AM Report This Comment
Hope your doing well. Not sure if you are in the deep freeze too. Vicki & Big Jax

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01/05/2018 04:56.50 PM Report This Comment
Your horses are beautiful. I have never ridden Jax in the snow. It is my goal. But, our winters have had to much ice underneath. So I will wait. Someday soon I hope. Vicki & Big Jax

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01/04/2018 08:24.11 AM Report This Comment
Hope you're staying warm and the horses are doing well.
All that nasty weather stayed well to the east of us. I saw FB pics of my nephew's kids having a high old time playing in the snow amongst palmetto trees...There's something you don't see every day.
My very good friend came over and we stapled a plastic barrier around the pipes under the back porch. So sweet of her to help me with that dirty job. She made a yucky job fun. I also took advantage of the hard freeze to worm the horses. Everybody looks good, but Dee has dropped some weight and she is prone to worms. She also needs her teeth done, but that'll have to wait a few weeks. Otherwise, they're all fluffy and still acting stupid with their "frozen" brains, lol.

Come visit me, Allie & BJ and his mom Gracie.

01/04/2018 03:59.28 AM Report This Comment
Hi & a vote,
The pics of Rocky in the snow were from last year. It's been too cold to ride so far this season!! I like your new pics, the Santa horse one and the one of the two horses being ridden... I have one pic just like that of me and my daughter riding Rocky & Comet back in day.

Come visit me, Rocky (the blue-eyed wonder horse), Comet (has new home) & Cowboy.

01/03/2018 03:43.35 PM Report This Comment
It has been awfully dang cold, hasn't it? Are the girls doing okay in the cold?
My herd is doing fine, just going through a lot of hay, lol. After a wimpy start to their winter hair growth,they reconsidered and have grown some more.
We had a, don't know what you'd call it. A pain? A speed bump? Anyway, the central heat went out last saturday so we've been without all of New Year's weekend. I bought a kerosene heater and borrowed a couple of electric heaters, hung lights under the pipes, prayed, and somehow made it with no frozen pipes. They were able to replace the unit yesterday and we have glorious, even heat again! Thank goodness, it doesn't get as cold down here as it gets up north, but with lows in the teens and highs less than freezing, it's way colder than we're used to or equipped for dealing with.
So that's been our adventure lately. As you say, no riding with it this cold and with being so busy trying to keep things warm and watered. Hope your New Year is off to a good start.

Come visit me, Allie & BJ and his mom Gracie.

01/03/2018 05:02.00 AM Report This Comment
A Vote for You!!
Happy New Year!!! What a bad weather start for it. Hopefully, once Mother Nature gets it out of her system, you will have some days you can do more than just check Luna and Allie.
Stay Warm!!

Come visit me, Mistic, Willow & Whisper.

01/02/2018 07:13.31 PM Report This Comment
Leaving a special Happy New Year vote. Today Blue & I first found where the new, larger, dog agility facility is before we have our first class at that location. So, it was a little tricky, but I found it.
After that, Blue got brushed and ready for a therapy dog visit to the nursing home this afternoon. Everyone was glad to see him. He was easily the star of the afternoon for those folks.
Now we are relaxing at home waiting for 2018 to ring in!!

Come visit me, Rocky (the blue-eyed wonder horse), Comet (has new home) & Cowboy.

12/31/2017 06:32.18 PM Report This Comment
WOW...we actually had a SNOW DAY yesterday!!! Can you believe it snowed in Louisiana?? Yes it was quite an experience for us. I think it was 8 years ago since our last snow, but then it was nothing like this one. Normally the snow would melt not long after it hit the ground. We still have snow on the ground today. Everyone was busy building snowmen and playing in the snow. Got some pics of the herd on this snow day, will post on Susie's page. Have a great weekend!


12/09/2017 07:12.47 AM Report This Comment
Just dropping by to say hi. Hope you and the girls are doing well.
I rode Allie again out in the pasture yesterday after I trimmed her hinds (I did her fronts over a week ago, sigh). We did some lope circles in both directions around her buddies, and she did pretty good, didn't get too fast and let me steer her, more or less. I was very happy with her. I forgot to give her extra treats for being HOTD, but maybe they'll have a pasture party today since Gracie and BJ are HOTD today (thanks so much again. :) !
Well, stay warm and have a great tuesday.

Come visit me, Allie & BJ and his mom Gracie.

12/05/2017 04:01.01 AM Report This Comment
Thank you all for remembering Sadie and for HOTD! Means so much. I'm sorry I'm never on anymore. So much has happened Trusting God and His will and timing. Everything is in His hands. Love you all and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE *Thx For HOTD - 11/30/17!*.

11/30/2017 07:06.11 PM Report This Comment
Hi & a vote,
Rocky is waiting for more Squeezy Buns treats... maybe I will have to give him one a week and more for Christmas. In the meantime, I think it is this weekend that my daughter is taking Cowboy to the 2-day Dan James clinic in Atlanta area. Can't wait to hear from her all about it! Also can't believe December is nearly here. Blue went to Agility last night, but was so tired out by the end, well probably both us of were ready for bed!!

Come visit me, Rocky (the blue-eyed wonder horse), Comet (has new home) & Cowboy.

11/29/2017 07:18.06 AM Report This Comment
Dropping off a quick wed morning vote. Hope the girls are doing well.
I finally got to ride yesterday so I hopped on BJ bareback and worked on his liberty riding. He had more trouble with the maneuvers this time and I had to pick up the reins more often, but he always tries so hard. I probably just need to practice with him more. We did lope a little, which is a challenge for me bareback, lol. It was fun.
I work the next 2 days so may not be on HC tomorrow. If not, hope you have a great mid week.

Come visit me, Allie & BJ and his mom Gracie.

11/29/2017 02:23.49 AM Report This Comment
It was a beautiful day again yesterday and I had a little block of time worked out to ride, but the solar installers turned up unannounced in the afternoon and were working up on the barn, so all I got to do was some groundwork out in the pasture. But the solar panels are up, now the only thing left is to tie them into the meter on the house, which I think is done by someone from the power company.
Well, hope you have a great tuesday. Take care.

Come visit me, Allie & BJ and his mom Gracie.

11/28/2017 04:45.46 AM Report This Comment
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with family and horses.
Our weather has been idealic, sunny, light breeze, around 60. We had a great time with my folks though we were missing a few people. My nephew and his new wife are now stationed in Hawaii, and as of last night, Clay was in Dublin on his way home from Spain. Can't wait to hear about his adventures (he's been posting pics on FB, so I have some idea of what he's been doing). I think my sister and her hubby are going to buy my parents' old house, so I went over saturday and spent the day helping them haul and burn limbs. Got home yesterday before the Thanksgiving crowd hit the interstates, even had time for church. The rest of the afternoon was spent unpacking. We drove the truck down so I could bring back a recliner I had bought at a thrift store on a previous visit. It was the first time they had seen the truck and they liked it. I was happy it ran well all the way down and back. The house and critters were all fine while we were gone, of which I'm thankful. So back to the routine today, algebra and then grocery shopping. Hope you had a great weekend too.

Come visit me, Allie & BJ and his mom Gracie.

11/27/2017 05:42.49 AM Report This Comment
Hi & a Vote,
I was over to see Rocky yesterday and brush him and give carrots. Hoping all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Come visit me, Rocky (the blue-eyed wonder horse), Comet (has new home) & Cowboy.

11/26/2017 02:51.53 PM Report This Comment
Hi Cindy and Luna thank you for visiting us. My niece had an Appaloosa who looked a lot like Luna. The black legs and ears are beautiful. Murphy was a good boy. He is now retired. Vicki & Big Jax

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11/24/2017 04:00.13 PM Report This Comment
Hope you had a good Thanksgiving. I had to work, but I'm headed down to my folk's today so I'll be off line over the weekend. But I hope you have a great weekend and maybe some horse time.

Come visit me, Allie & BJ and his mom Gracie.

11/24/2017 04:01.55 AM Report This Comment
Hi Cindy & Luna, Happy Thanksgiving to you too! And here's a vote for ya. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! Well the knee was a little sore today from the injection, mostly at the injection sites. Two needles! Doc said it would be and that's part of the reaction to the shot, so Aleve twice today, he said I'd probably need to take them. I did! Had a really nice Thanksgiving Day. Couldn't do anything with the horses, but they got hay and fresh water for lunch as usual. Then I got cleaned up and went over to Kate & Eric's for T-Day dinner. Very good, Eric is the cook in the house, he's a chef, no not really, but sure could be! Got sent home with a goody bag with a full meal and desert! Hoping now tomorrow, is nice, sunny and warm so the kids can get out! They say the low 40's, sure hope so! Marion and the blondes.

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11/23/2017 05:22.42 PM Report This Comment
Dropping off a tuesday everything vote for Miss Luna. Hope your week is going well.

Come visit me, Allie & BJ and his mom Gracie.

11/21/2017 03:12.17 PM Report This Comment
Hi & a vote,
Was able to make out to the barn last evening after all. Rocky got 3 carrots + 1 new Squeezy Bun treat. He was sniffing for MORE, but will have to wait until thanksgiving for another one! They seem similar to Stud Muffins. I hope everyone is preparing for a Happy Thanksgiving.

Come visit me, Rocky (the blue-eyed wonder horse), Comet (has new home) & Cowboy.

11/21/2017 09:49.52 AM Report This Comment
Hi & a vote,
We had the strong winds here yesterday! First tiny snow of the season this morning. Really a dusting only! The Squeezy Buns horse treats have finally arrived. But Rocky might not get to try them out until Wednesday, so the suspense builds!

Come visit me, Rocky (the blue-eyed wonder horse), Comet (has new home) & Cowboy.

11/20/2017 05:48.11 AM Report This Comment
Hope the weekend will be a good one. Looks like there's a lot of wetness up that way, maybe it'll miss you. Have you been able to ride much lately? Hope the girls are doing well.

Come visit me, Allie & BJ and his mom Gracie.

11/18/2017 05:01.55 AM Report This Comment
Well yesterday was great! We got another ride in on Ace and Gypsy. My husband rode Ace first then I rode him for a while in the round pen. Then I got on Gypsy and he rode Ace again. Gypsy wasn't wanting to do much though, we figured out her hooves may have been bothering her. The farrier just came out on Tuesday and clipped her hooves, maybe a little too short. I am at home again today, got things to do. My husband is with the horses. It's another beautiful day here. Happy Friday!


11/17/2017 09:00.58 AM Report This Comment
Hi & a vote,
Rocky says his Squeezy Buns treats have been shipped and are en route... that is all he will care about once they arrive!
Rainy here today and supposed to get colder again tonight.
Just got back from a pre-Thanksgiving lunch at work with all the trimmings!

Come visit me, Rocky (the blue-eyed wonder horse), Comet (has new home) & Cowboy.

11/16/2017 10:14.59 AM Report This Comment
Hope your week is going well and you're getting lots of horse time.
I've ridden Allie the last couple of days and hope to ride again today. She's finally learning to listen and respond to softer cues without all the resistance she used to have, so I'm really happy. (It's only taken a year and a half to get her there, oi!)

Come visit me, Allie & BJ and his mom Gracie.

11/16/2017 06:44.20 AM Report This Comment
Hi and a vote!
Beautiful day today. Expecting rain and cooler temps by this weekend. Just hanging out at home today. My husband has the horses today. lol


11/15/2017 09:17.53 AM Report This Comment
Wow snow! Enjoy dashing through the snow!

Yes I am finally back in the saddle again! I have got a few rides in recently. I am riding on Gypsy and Lucky right now. My husband is riding Ace. He wants to make sure that Ace is not going to act up or anything before I try to ride him again. We have been working all of the horses, even Susie gets lunged in the round pen and put on the walker. We saddle the rest of the horses even if they are not being ridden. I am enjoying my riding time again. Yesterday they all got carrots. I haven't been giving them their treats, I could tell they really enjoyed that. Tomorrow the farrier comes to do their hooves. Enjoy your week.
P.S. Will post a couple of new pics on Ace's page


11/13/2017 07:55.12 PM Report This Comment
A Vote for You!!
Today it was cloud, but warm at least ...if you call 23 warm, but had no wind. Mike put in 3 more round bales, it bothers me that we have started so early feeding hay. Usually at the end of Noverber, or 3rd week sometimes, but we started the 28th of October. Chickens, guinea hens, and Lilly got to go out, while we moved the one pen outside, and set up a pen for Lilly, at least now she will not be getting into the square hay bales. Never really got sunny out, but once in a great while, Mr. Sunshine would take a peak at us. We went and got more corn and also whole corn for the deer. The 18th starts deer hunting season, with rifles, it was bow season. I know it is still 10 degree below normal, but it does feel good outside. Put strings on the rest of the lid ornaments that Dominic had painted and hung them outside on small trees, still have more to paint, and decorate another little tree.

Come visit me, Mistic, Willow & Whisper.

11/13/2017 04:37.01 PM Report This Comment
Hi & a vote,
Hi to Luna (& Allie), we haven't had any snow here yet this season, just some colder temps have now started. Yesterday I took Rocky on a very short ride when the sun was out and it felt warmer. Blue dog was happy to go along.

Come visit me, Rocky (the blue-eyed wonder horse), Comet (has new home) & Cowboy.

11/13/2017 07:19.53 AM Report This Comment
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