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American Quarter Horse from New Springfield, OH

~ Cinnamon ~

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I am from New Springfield, OH and I've been a Club Horse member for 2 years, 9 months and 14 days

Nicknames: Good Heavenly Cause

Age: 15 years old

Gender: Mare

Breed: American Quarter Horse

Height: 15.3

Color: Sorrel

Type of Riding: Pleasure, trail riding

My Horse's Achievements: Cinnamon is a wonderfully sweet girl but is not for a beginner, she definelty fits the trainers description who sent her to us "A Firey Feisty Filly" of course he told me that after I had bit the dust twice!!

Thank-you Everbody for my 1st HOTD 1/27/13

My Horse's Favorite Treat: Candy Apples & Carrots

My Horse's Favorite Things To Do: Get Brushed - Eat goodies - go for a trail ride

Pet Peeves: Not getting her treats

My Horse's motto: Patience is a virtue!!

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How We Met

My Mom's friend gave her to us - she came from Arizona but was originally from VA. Cinnamon has a rare form of Navicular which actually makes little holes in her Navicular bones, it is only in her front feet right now but we do Digital X-rays every other year to keep tabs on it. I will not ride on days that she is limping, so I never know when I am going to get to. We have a wonderful blacksmith that is continually trying to help make her more comfortable & move better, he makes special shoes for her. I cherish every moment I spend with her though. I went away from riding for over 20 yrs and have spent the last five years getting back into it, which has been difficult since I do not get to ride on a regular basis. But we make the best of it!!!.

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I've had 2480 friends visit me.

I'm the 36,408th member on HorseChannel.com.

218 friends have voted for me since I joined Club Horse!

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Remember me? I haven't been online much the past month. I don't really want to talk about me but suffice it to say, not only have I been really busy but I've been sick too. I'm on my 11th week of antibiotics for a sinus infection and I may need surgery to finally fix it. Ugh!

Anyway, want I really wanted to write about was my amazing drive with Pippin yesterday. It was cold and he had lots of energy. I hooked him up to the cart over his yak like coat which looks really funny as the harness sinks in and then he has fur sticking out all over the place!

He hasn't been that energetic the past few weeks since he's not as fit as usual. I even considered removing parts of the harness for comfort and convenience but decided not to.

And a good thing too! We drove about 3 miles and galloped at top speed for at least mile! Wow, that was so exhilarating. He was probably running about 22mph which is pretty good for a 30" horse! Of course, Melian was running alongside like we were going sooooo slowly.

I was so very happy. Not just because it was a nice drive, but because Pippin was happy and energetic. I haven't had a drive like that since he got sick from those nasty enteroliths early this year.

This afternoon I took him for a 6 mile bike ride. He loved it and was very hungry when we got back!

And, Eddie's knees are looking great. The worst one is now almost completely healed. Only time will tell if the fur grows back though.

Did you get to ride this weekend? I hope you did or at least spent some time with your horses. Here's a vote for you.

P.S. Sorry no personal blogs tonight. My bed is calling out to me. Will try later!

Come visit me, Prince, Pippin (Remembering Melian) & Eddie.

11/11/2013 12:26.49 AM Report This Comment
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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, for your support this month with Eddie's campaign for horse of the month. I apologize for missing some days. I hate it when I have to do that.

This weekend I was really busy. Last year we started a trend with salukis and their people visiting us. They came again this year, last weekend, and though it's a lot of work it was also tons of fun.

We took the dogs lure coursing in a friend's field. Actually, the same friend who owns Prince. So, while the dogs were chasing the lure some of us were driving around the perimeter with Prince. Everyone had a blast!

And… my brother has a new puppy! They brought 4 puppies with them, which I didn't know about until they got here. My brother now has a saluki puppy. I'm going to have a lot to do with raising him and he'll get to run with Melian. He's so cute!

I'm posting a photo of him on Eddie's and Melian's page. His name is Longshanks. Don't blame me! I didn't name him.

Eddie's knee is slowly improving and looking better. Still a way to go yet. That was quite some gash. I hope to drive him later this week. He's missed a few days because I haven't been feeling well and have been so busy. I have a vet, er I mean doctor's, visit tomorrow. Still fighting infection after several weeks and I don't have time for it!

Again, thank you so much for your support and friendship. I hope you've enjoyed learning about Percherons and driving.

Leaving a vote of appreciation.

Come visit me, Prince, Pippin (Remembering Melian) & Eddie.

10/02/2013 12:05.10 AM Report This Comment
I'm on the mend, thanks!

Thank you to all who voted for my 2 Dover entries. For those having trouble getting the links to work, are you remembering to remove the spaces?

If that doesn't work, please go to the following link and search for Pippin. His will be the only entry that comes up.

http://www.doversaddlery.com/PhotoContestGallery. aspx

Then do a search for Eddie. 1st entry that comes up, a head shot.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Today's Percheron topic is feet! Yes, we all have them! However Percherons are endowed with extra big feet. Yet, they are not clumsy!

I do have to admit though that at the end of a long drive or walk, Eddie's feet seem to be extra heavy and he literally drags them across the ground. Usually at that point though his nose is almost dragging across the ground too. I usually exclaim, "Wake up!" And Eddie looks up like, "Where am I?"

It's a good idea to wear steel toed boots around these big feet. Sometimes they don't know where you are in relation to those big stompers and if one lands on your toes you can say goodbye.

The hoof wall on a draught is considerably thicker than on a "normal" horse. And when one considers that the wall is also the hardest part of the hoof, it makes sense that it is much harder to trim these giants.

It takes me no time at all to trim Pippin's hooves in comparison to Eddie's. Fortunately, Eddie is very patient and allows me the time needed to get it right.

I'm a big proponent of barefoot horses but I know that shoes can be necessary. When a 2000lb horse like Eddie does fairly regular work, especially on the paved road, then shoes are a must.

With one drive Eddie can wear 3/4 inch off his feet. That's a month of growth! (Yes, I know this from experience with a tardy farrier.) Even the shoes have to have a hard surface added to the steel to stop them from wearing down too quickly.

I could keep going on about feet but I think you get the gist! Oh, and one added bonus, the dogs LOVE the hoof trimmings! And Eddie's are extra big! :)

Well, since yesterday's blog was about horses being vocal, I thought I'd pick this video for today. Pippin Sings for His Supper

http://www.horsechannel.com/horse-videos/ watch-video -20bd25d7272f428cb686fcf7b8d70b55.aspx (No spaces!)

Thank you all so much for your support this month. I can hardly believe it's almost over! Leaving you a vote.

Come visit me, Prince, Pippin (Remembering Melian) & Eddie.

09/26/2013 12:25.01 AM Report This Comment
How are you all doing? It's the end of another long day. Any of you worked with fibreglass insulation? That's what I worked with all day. Awful stuff!

Horses are very gregarious creatures. They don't care about differences in size, colour, or even gender (except perhaps between stallions). Personality is what it's all about.

Before we got Eddie, neither we nor his previous owners had ever heard him make a sound. Not even a whisper of a nicker.

We would sometimes take Prince out and Eddie would be left behind. Not a sound.

Well, the day Eddie arrived here, he and Pippin started talking and kept babbling to each other for a week. They were saying some pretty nasty things to each other which I cannot repeat.

After things calmed down they would occasionally nicker. Pippin is quite vocal so most of the later talking was instigated by him. Now, whenever Pippin is brought back from grazing, Eddie will come over to the gate with a low, sweet nicker to say hello to his tiny friend.

Whenever Pippin goes out for a drive without Eddie, Eddie will stand in his pen and neigh mournfully. They are best buddies!

Here's a video of Eddie and Prince being buddies.

http://www.horsechannel.com/horse-videos/ watch-video- 51DDB87422EF3886C364C1D2B99D95EC.aspx

If you haven't voted for my 2 Dover entries yet, please do! Here are the direct links to the photos.

http://www.doversaddlery.com/PhotoContestGallery. aspx#view/17807/1502391

http://www.doversaddlery.com/PhotoContestGallery. aspx#view/17807/1502398

(no spaces)

Thank you so much. Please vote and share!

Leaving you a vote and many thanks.

Come visit me, Prince, Pippin (Remembering Melian) & Eddie.

09/25/2013 12:35.06 AM Report This Comment
I'm going to make this quick tonight. I think maybe an early night is what I need!

Percheron's are known for their great action in all the gaits. I know from personal experience that despite Eddie's size, he can literally turn on a dime.

I remember one occasion while riding him. One second we were going in one direction. Suddenly without warning he turns a full 180 degrees and we're heading in the opposite direction.

My Thoroughbred used to do that. I never expected a Percheron to have that much agility!

When I'm driving him the only hindrance to a full pirouette is the cart. He can outmanoeuvre anything!

I've entered two photos in the Dover Saddlery contest. I would really appreciate if you'd stop by both photos and leave your vote. You only need to vote for each photo once.

http://www.doversaddlery.com/PhotoContestGallery. aspx#view/17807/1502391

http://www.doversaddlery.com/PhotoContestGallery. aspx#view/17807/1502398

(no spaces)

And please ask your friends to vote too! I have a good chance if I'm in the top ten!

Thank you!

Leaving a vote of appreciation.

Come visit me, Prince, Pippin (Remembering Melian) & Eddie.

09/23/2013 11:02.09 PM Report This Comment
Oh boy! I'm sorry I didn't blog last night. It kind of seems that Eddie's campaign has had lots of challenges!

I wasn't feeling that great last night so I even wrote Eddie's blog out fairly early. I was all prepared to start posting my blogs and zap, spark, poof, the internet went out. Apparently the battery in the UPS must have exploded. Blue flames were leaping out and burning brilliantly, causing lots of sparks and smoke.

I quickly pulled the plug and the fireworks died down. Unfortunately, the internet died down too. I tried resetting the modem and router and they worked for a few minutes and then fizzled out.

And then this morning I was up for about an hour and just felt too sick so I went back to bed. I hate spending the day in bed, especially when I have so much to do.

When I finally dragged myself out of bed I was able to fix the internet again. It took quite a few resets and combinations of button pressing.

But, I'm back. And here's the blog I wrote. (Adjusted to reflect today's perspective.)

Well, we had a wet couple of days. It's nice not to have to water anything for a bit. But if it goes back up to the 90s again it won't be long before the sprinklers are back to full-time work!

Eddie's knees are healing but the worst one looks a bit infected with some pus drainage. If it doesn't clear up in a couple of days I think he may need antibiotics. The vet is out of town right now but she'll prescribe them over the phone. Can you imagine, one large animal vet for an entire rural county? She's pretty busy!

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to be valedictorian of Horse College. I won a whole ton of really handy Absorbine products, including wound care products. At the time I didn't need them but they've sure come in handy now!

As we've established, Percherons are big. They are also big targets for pesky horse eating flies. The horse flies and deer flies have been pretty bad this season so I've been using fly spray fairly often on Eddie. A lot of that came in my prize package too! Nice!

For Pippin's sake there's an advantage to Eddie being a big target. He has hardly any flies on him. But then again, before we got Eddie Pippin didn't really attract them either. Before Eddie, flies were not really an issue. I guess even a fly is smart enough to know it's not worth the effort to suck on a tiny horse.

This week's poll was rather interesting. Anyone have any foal stories? I raised a foal. His name is Pippin! I've had him since he was a 4 month old weanling. Boy, he was CUTE!

Saturday was a special day for me. 4 years ago my favourite dog, Tiny, died. Yesterday would have been her birthday. I still miss that smart, loyal, little girl. On a happier note, our little Yorkshire Terrier, Kermit, turned 4 yesterday. Yes, they share a birthday!

Come visit me, Prince, Pippin (Remembering Melian) & Eddie.

09/22/2013 11:49.14 PM Report This Comment
rest of my long blog!
So, I guess my Percheron fact of the day seems to be, watch out for flies! Flies love a big and worthwhile target. :) But then again, so do I. One huge hunk of lovable sweetness.

Today's video is:

http://www.horsechannel.com/horse-videos /watch-video- 6AA5532B5DE40C39379293601AF425EC.aspx

An old video with Eddie and Prince ready to be ridden.

I hope you had a nice weekend. Here's a vote for you!

Come visit me, Prince, Pippin (Remembering Melian) & Eddie.

09/22/2013 11:48.01 PM Report This Comment
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How are you doing? It's pouring rain here. So nice! Except for the things I have outside which should not be getting wet. Sigh!

I thought I'd write again about another aspect of driving. Horses pull carts by those long poles sticking out the front of the cart, right? The shafts? Well, most people do think that but the answer is no. Even most horse people think that! Didn't you? :)

It always annoys me when a beautiful painting has a horse and cart in it and the harness is all wrong and if it were real, would never work at all. 99% of the time the horse is hooked up in a way that indicates he is pulling the cart by the shafts. Nope!

(In case you ask, no it doesn't bother me as much if it's wrong in an ugly painting. I already don't like it so it really doesn't make much difference.)

So, what is the correct way? Why are the shafts even there?

The shafts are there simply to hold everything in place, including the horse! There are two long straps that start at the chest and attach to a piece in the front of the cart that moves with each step the horse takes. This allows freedom of movement and prevents chafing.

These straps are called traces. The traces are the "only" way that the horse's strength is pulling the cart. In some ways, you can think of the horse as "pushing" in to the chest piece to move the cart, rather than "pulling".

I hope this in an enlightening blog. I'm pretty tired tonight so I've had to read through what I wrote several times to remove gibberish. I'm not sure I removed it all!

Tonight's featured video is Pippin: A Quiet Drive in the Country

http://www.horsechannel.com/ horse-videos/watch- video-87b4a28447a14858b988d542e282742e.aspx?

It's a good way to distinguish the shafts from the traces. He's not wearing full harness, so fewer straps to confuse you!

The shafts are on the outside. The traces (straps) are on the inside. You can see the traces moving with each step. And in a few shots you can see the moving piece of wood (singletree) to which they are attached.

Have a wonderful weekend! And here's a vote of my continued appreciation.

Come visit me, Prince, Pippin (Remembering Melian) & Eddie.

09/21/2013 12:41.26 AM Report This Comment
Oh good, I'm glad you enjoyed the videos! I'll never forget the look on Pippin's face when he first saw Eddie. It was priceless!

Thank you for the anniversary wishes. A whole year seems to go by so fast. It seems we just got Eddie but then again, it also feels like we've had him forever.

Well, he may have been ours for only a year but I've been riding and driving him for 6 years now.

He used to belong to an elderly couple, now in their 80s, who find it increasingly difficult to care for their horses. So, my sister and I would go there once a week and exercise Prince and Eddie.

Last year they decided that having two horses was too much for them anymore and they gave us Eddie. He's big and that makes it harder to reach him and harness, groom, etc.

Even just 6 years ago his owner was driving both horses daily. Now he drives Prince once or twice a week and I still go there once a week and drive Prince too. And I did that today! He's hinted that he'd like to give us Prince too...

When I visited Eddie's page today I noticed that he had the nice even number of 50,000 visits! Pretty cool, huh?

I have a new video on HC. I think you'll enjoy seeing Eddie in his prime.

http://www.horsechannel.com/horse-videos /watch-video -1f40e77815ca4655920c7e10099b0bb4.aspx (no spaces)

Leaving a vote for you. Thank you!

Come visit me, Prince, Pippin (Remembering Melian) & Eddie.

09/20/2013 12:53.11 AM Report This Comment
Happy Anniversary, Eddie! Today we have had Eddie for one whole year! Wow! He and Pippin are such good buddies.

I'm sorry about last night. Like many people, antibiotics can make me feel lousy and I'm on them for 3 weeks. Really bad timing for Eddie's run for hotm! Plus, yet another stomach bug has been going around. It didn't get me as badly as my friend. She was throwing up all last night! Ugh!

Anyway, on a happier note, Eddie's knees are already showing improvement. He's getting bute for 5 days and he really hates it. But he's pretty good about taking the bad with the good and he's not too much trouble to dose.

On an even happier note, Pippin's eyes look fine now! I'm pretty sure he had bacterial conjuctivitis (pink eye) which is very contagious. Why do I think that? Well, 2 of our goats got it yesterday and they are also responding to the same medicine. Phew!

Many descriptions of Percherons state that they are easy keepers. I'm not entirely sure what they mean. Generally the term refers to horses that require very little food for their size.

Eddie eats a lot! He's twice the size of an average horse and he eats half a bale of hay a day. When I think about it though, that's really not a lot for his size.

Percherons also have very few health problems though I would have to say that Eddie has more than had his share of colic throughout his life! Fortunately, since we've had him he's only had a few minor issues with it. And since we've changed his diet from grain hay to pure grass hay, no problems at all!

Since today's Eddie's 1st anniversary living with us, I'm going to highlight our very first video of him. His arrival and first meeting with Pippin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wNH44vJGA8

As always, I can't thank you enough for your support and for your get well wishes. Leaving you a vote!

Come visit me, Prince, Pippin (Remembering Melian) & Eddie.

09/19/2013 12:16.39 AM Report This Comment
click and a vote
hope you shake that yucky cold!!!

Come visit me, Digit.

09/18/2013 04:59.39 PM Report This Comment
Quick hello
and a vote today

Come visit me, Digit.

09/17/2013 09:24.08 AM Report This Comment
Ugh, a cold? I hope you feel better soon! I'm feeling better but still not 100%.

I do apologize for the quick blog tonight. It's been a busy day. Eddie's stiff from his fall yesterday. I discovered that one of his hind shoes has worn down completely in the front and is actually in two pieces. The front clip broke off so perhaps that's what caused the fall.

I did actually drive him today, just at a walk, to help stretch out his stiffening legs. I can tell he feels pretty sore and he was nervous too. At first he was nervous and didn't want to go, but you know what they say, "If you fall of your horse, get back on!" And that applies to horses too! It was good for him mentally to get out and realize that driving doesn't have to result in injury.

He's getting ointment and banamine for a few days. As long as we can keep his wounds clean they should heal up fairly fast. I posted a photo of his worst knee on his page. You can see that all the skin is gone on that spot and the cartilage is showing. Eek!

And just in case we thought that wasn't enough, Pippin has some type of eye irritation! Both eyes are very red and oozing some nasty pus. Tomorrow I'll pick up eye ointment for him and more banamine for Eddie.

Sigh! Always something!

So, today's quick Percheron fact is that if you weigh 2000lbs and you're going 10 miles an hour, don't fall down! That's a LOT of force!

I was trying to fix up a new video tonight but my computer kept saying, "NO!" I finally listened and decided to tackle it again tomorrow. Instead here's a movie I made awhile ago only using avatars. It's silly love story but it still makes me smile.

http://www.horsechannel.com/ horse-videos /watch-video-312A7326AFD91B447DC6D437BED1EAED.aspx (As usual, no spaces.)

Thank you all for your votes, support, and friendship!

Come visit me, Prince, Pippin (Remembering Melian) & Eddie.

09/17/2013 12:31.56 AM Report This Comment
Thank you for you kind wishes!

How are you today? I'm feeling better. I guess those antiobiotics have finally kicked in. And I'm a bit earlier tonight so I'm hoping that I can write a better blog tonight.

And since I'm feeling game for a real blog, I thought I'd touch on a controversial subject, Premarin.

Premarin is an estrogen replacement drug that is made from the urine of pregnant mares in the last 6 months of their pregnancy. It has been manufactured since 1924.

Much of the bad rap that surrounds this drug comes from the fact that the mares often lived, and perhaps still do, in cruel circumstances. They were bred every year, not unusual for many brood mares, and kept confined in a stall for half of every year of their often shortened lives.

Many were kept restrained so that even in their stalls they could not move around. Horses are created to move and eat continually and many health problems arise from this maltreatment.

The foals that were born were usually slaughtered soon after birth, an unwanted by product of the drug. Most of these mares were draught breeds, mainly Belgians and Percherons, because the larger the horse, the greater amount of urine.

However, steps have been taken and farms that participate in providing the ingredient necessary for this drug are, or should be, routinely inspected.

It's not uncommon now for breeding farms to make some extra income from this through their pregnant mares. And now that the drug is also shown to be dangerous in large amounts, patients are taking less of it and smaller horses are being used.

You may be asking why I brought this up. Obviously you've seen the connection to Percherons. Eddie is also directly connected.

He came from a fancy Percheron breeding farm in the East. They bred show horses and elegant carriage horses. The foals are pure bred Percherons registered in the national club. And the pregnant mares produce lots of the necessary ingredient of Premarin. In short, Eddie's mother is a Premarin mare.

He was actually bought with another gelding as one of a 2 year old driving pair. Unfortunately, his brother died of colic some years ago. I've seen photos of the two of them hitched up together. They were a gorgeous team!

I'm learning a lot about Percherons that I didn't know. I hope you are too! Did this blog make up for my short ones? :)

Today's video is not to be taken too seriously.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXBe9def40U

I hope you're having a nice weekend.

Come visit me, Prince, Pippin (Remembering Melian) & Eddie.

09/14/2013 11:17.07 PM Report This Comment
I'm leaving another quick blog and vote tonight. Still fighting this bug but better than the last couple of days. Still, an early(ish) night is probably a good idea. (Well, it was supposed to be early but time seems to be getting away from me. And the later it gets the lousier I feel. So, just quick c/p tonight!)

So, today's short Percheron fact is that the USA has more Percherons than any other country.

There was a huge influx of them in the 1880's. Almost 8000 Percherons were imported directly from Le Perche, France.

And so today, we have Eddie! :)

Here's today's video. It's a very short clip of us driving Prince and ponying Eddie from the cart. Back before Eddie was ours!

http://www.horsechannel.com/horse- videos/watch- video-382faa151ea840c3b66463f2de3b06a9.aspx (No spaces!)

Leaving a vote. Have a wonderful weekend!

Come visit me, Prince, Pippin (Remembering Melian) & Eddie.

09/14/2013 12:15.35 AM Report This Comment
Thanks for the get well wishes.

I'm really sorry I didn't blog yesterday. I wasn't feeling well and I was working on the computer getting things done before I wrote out my blog. I just got so nauseated and the room was spinning and it felt like my head was going to fall off.

Fortunately, my head did not fall off. I'm on antibiotics for a persistent sinus infection. Just trying to get tonight's blog done before I feel too sick again. Thank you for stopping by and voting anyway!

I'd like to highlight the Percheron's easy going and sweet temperament. Many draught breeds are called "Gentle Giants" and for good reason. Without that laid back, forgiving personality, they'd be a menace!

I remember a few years ago I was taking the harness of Eddie after driving him for one of the first times. I was familiar with the pleasure harness since that's what I use with Pippin. However, at that time Eddie was being driven with a large collar draught harness.

When removing a harness one wants to undo as little as possible. There are so many straps and buckles that no one wants to have to put that all together before each drive.

Well, I wasn't sure what I was doing and I didn't disconnect the heavy collar from all the right pieces. I started to pull it over Eddie's head and he lifted up his head so that I couldn't even begin to reach.

The collar was now stuck on his poll with one ear behind and one ear in front. He looked like a clown! But instead of worrying and wondering about all this, he just stood patiently while I tried to figure it out.

I still remember that incident with a smile!

I hope you all enjoyed the last video of Pippin biting at Eddie's wheel. He's the the only horse I know that attacks a tyre!

Today's video is The Dinosaur and the Pig. You'll know why when you hear it!

http://www.horsechannel.com/horse -videos/watch- video-2da3038ac8534ea688a48857a35ab4f2.aspx

Leaving a vote of appreciation!

Come visit me, Prince, Pippin (Remembering Melian) & Eddie.

09/12/2013 10:56.37 PM Report This Comment
09/12/2013 02:37.31 PM Report This Comment
Even though this is my blog for the 10th, I post it after midnight which means it's the beginning of a new day. And today is a special commemoration of all those who died in the terror attacks on 9/11/01. I like to think of today as a day to celebrate the courage of all those who stood fast and resolute in the face of terror.

For all those who passed away, rest in peace, brave souls.

Today I would like to highlight another great feature of the versatile Percheron. They are very good at adapting to all types of climate and terrain. They are found all over the world in myriads of climes and terrains.

Here in the mountains of Northern California we have very hot dry summers and very cold snowy winters.

No problem for Eddie! In fact, there are two Percheron farms in our valley. On one of them the horses run free and can do as they please. The mares foal every spring and the owner leaves the colts in with them so there are always a few Percheron stallions with the herd.

While I personally like to bug my horses to death with attention, treats, cleaning, etc., I do think it's pretty cool seeing these semi-wild draught horses living their own life and making their own rules.

They are thrown hay in the winter but other than that, they're on their own! When the foals are born they are already taller than Pippin! Hm, but what isn't? And they are so cute!

Today's video is featuring Pippin. I'm in Eddie's cart and my sister is driving Pippin. Watch what he does with the wheel of Eddie's cart!

http://www.horsechannel.com/horse-videos /watch-video-
d096a590cd1145e49711696a99e6a116.aspx (No spaces!)

Many thanks to all those who stopped by Acorn's page for her win for critter of the day. She'll blog in a few minutes.

Leaving a vote of thanks. I really appreciate your support this month!

Come visit me, Prince, Pippin (Remembering Melian) & Eddie.

09/11/2013 12:57.35 AM Report This Comment
Today's blog
How are you doing? I'm sorry but this has to be a quick blog and vote tonight. My computer is acting up under the stress of too many jobs. I guess it's not the multitasker it claimed to be! And the channels have been acting up again too.

So, tonight's quick Percheron fact is that they average about 16.2hh and range between 16.2hh and 18hh.

With Eddie being 18.2hh he's more than tall for a Percheron. He's the average height of a Shire, the tallest horse in the world!

I'm glad you enjoyed the video of Eddie and Pippin driving together as a team. Boy, that was fun!

Today's video is Pippin and Eddie: Boy Talk

http://www.horsechannel.com/horse-videos/watch-vid- eo-
c3cdb0c0ec9c4d7ba85d6fe223a68252.aspx (No spaces!)

Leaving a vote of much appreciation!

P.S. My Acorn is critter of the day on the Small Animal Channel!

Come visit me, Prince, Pippin (Remembering Melian) & Eddie.

09/10/2013 01:23.42 AM Report This Comment
Oh, I'm sorry you didn't have a good weekend. I love that Shadow girl! She's a sweetheart! Best wishes to your Gpa and all of you.

I did have a great weekend. Here's my blog for yesterday.

Today was great! I was so surprised to see Pippin in the spotlight. I didn't realize it had been a year since he last won. For those of you who asked, this is his 9th win. Yes, it's true! We've been on the HC since 2007 and back in the first year HOTD was not limited to once a year. So, we won it 3x in 2007. Cool, huh?

Thanks so much for your congratulations. Pippin is a great little horse and I love him.

I wanted to take both Eddie and Pippin out but it seemed that no one else (human) was coming with me. I didn't really feel up to ponying one from the cart since I do it by driving with one hand and holding the other horse with other. And I felt kind of tired which wasn't a good way to start something like that.

So, I had a brilliant brain wave. Why not drive them together? I've been pondering this for awhile but have never got around to figuring out how it might work.

Today was the day to do something about it and stop my pondering! :) I put half of Pippin's harness on him and his halter. I attached his halter by a lead rope to the front of the right shaft. I attached his harness to the ring on the back of the right shaft.

So far so good. One of my friends finally showed up so she hopped in the cart too.

We started out at a walk. Pippin was terrified. The back rope was a bit tight so after a few steps I halted and jumped out to rearrange him and give him a bit more rope.

Pippin and I have this understanding. If I say "calm" or "it's okay" he believes me. As I loosened the rope I told him that and he calmed down.

After climbing back into the cart I clicked and we went a few more steps. By that time Pippin was no longer afraid but ready to go.

The drive was amazing. The day was sunny but not as hot as it has been. We went about 6 miles and the boys seemed to love each other's close company. Now that I know it works so well I'm going to think up a better way to do it.

I thought I'd use reins for Pippin but it's unnecessary. He was paying very close attention to my every word. When I told Eddie to trot Pippin was already trotting to ensure he'd keep up. When I said "Whoa" Pippin was ready to stop as soon as Eddie had. They are such a cute pair!

I wanted to film a little bit of their first drive as a team but my camera battery was almost dead. I got a few seconds which I uploaded to YouTube.

Here's the link! I hope you enjoying coming along for the ride!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLSLbcsJmKU

Leaving a vote for you and best wishes for the new week.

Come visit me, Prince, Pippin (Remembering Melian) & Eddie.

09/10/2013 01:23.08 AM Report This Comment
It's the end of another busy day. I usually drive Pippin on Saturdays without Eddie. It's our time together. Quailty bonding time. :) Well, for years he was the only horse and I think he misses going out on adventures with just me and a dog. So, Saturdays are for him. (And Melian, of course.)

Unfortunately, since today was so busy I couldn't drive him. So, I took him and Melian for a short one mile run and just got back a few minutes ago. It's a really dark, moonless night. The stars are so pretty! I love being out at night.

Eddie usually neighs when he's left behind but he didn't do it now. He never does at night. I wonder if he's adverse to midnight adventures? For his size he can be funnily timid.

Tonight I thought I'd write a bit more about driving techniques. But first, a brief account of the history of the Percheron's name.

As we learnt earlier, they are called Percherons after the Le Perche area of Normandy, France. However they were called Diligence Horses when they were used less for war and more often as powerful coach horses.

As they became more popular they were called Norman Horses, later Percheron-Norman Horses, and finally, simply Percherons.

Okay, back to driving. Many driving horses are taught to respond to the cry of "Gee" (Right) or "Haw" (Left) for changes in direction. Both Eddie and Prince are very good about that having been driven for years.

When one drives, there is no help from leg aids so along with voice commands one can use the whip. Tap it lightly on the side opposite to where you want to turn. So, if you want to turn left, say "Haw" and lightly tap the horse's right side.

Of course, the reins are a good idea too.

I use these commands with Pippin too but I have a slight variation because otherwise "haw "sounds like "car" and I taught him car from the very beginning. He knows to go to the right side and sometimes he'll do that before I even know a car is coming! Eddie is learning this too but he hasn't yet quite figured it out.

Today's video is Prince of the Puddle

I thought I'd feature Prince because he gives a great demonstration of the perfect behaviour of a driving horse encountering terrain that would have been typical when horses were our main source of transportation.

Plus he got jealous when he heard that this month was all about Eddie…

http://www.horsechannel.com/horse-videos/watch-
video-0f2bae4453a2424c87ac2429b8e73a75.aspx (No spaces!)

Leaving you a vote and best wishes for a beautiful Sunday.

Come visit me, Prince, Pippin (Remembering Melian) & Eddie.

09/08/2013 12:45.49 AM Report This Comment
Are you ready for the weekend? Any adventures planned? I do hope to take both Eddie and Pippin for another drive again. If I can't get a friend to drive one of them, (want to come?) then I'll drive one and pony the other from the cart. It works pretty well both ways. I'll probably drive Eddie and pony Pippin. After all, Eddie is a bit stronger.

Today I would like to highlight some of the techniques of driving. For Eddie, I like to keep the reins with light contact on the bit so that he knows I'm there. It serves two purposes.

First it reassures him that he's not out alone having to fend for himself and "gasp!" make weighty decisions.

Second, it reminds him that if he tries any funny business, I'm there to nip it in the bud!

He may be a gentle giant, but he's still a giant! With Pippin I'll let him have a loose rein. He is not a giant.

We drive on a lot of paved roads so just as when you're riding, we can go no faster than a trot. However, he can go at a pretty fast trot! And we wear his shoes down quite admirably! :)

We also live in a forest and there's a short route going through an opening in the trees where we can canter and sometimes even gallop. It's a pretty awesome feeling to be behind that much power with the cart shaking and jolting over the uneven ground.

Some of the spaces between the trees are pretty narrow and we can squeeze through with inches to spare. That's why I haven't been able to get any on video yet. No one else will drive like that!

Today's video is... Fire Breathers

http://www.horsechannel.com/horse-videos/watch-
video-7a501a21daa44a2ba5f89591ef276eb8.aspx
(No spaces!)

Have a great weekend!

And here's a vote.

Come visit me, Prince, Pippin (Remembering Melian) & Eddie.

09/07/2013 12:58.18 AM Report This Comment
Hello, Mouse's horse!

Wow, was it day 5 already? I'm glad you enjoyed my driving blog last night. It's lots of fun and as Susan pointed out, so few do it anymore.

Tonight's blog is about the colour of the Percheron. Many people think that they are only white (called grey by us horsey people) and many people think that they are only black. They are both! And many times one horse really can be both because he ends up a pretty dark, dappled grey.

Do you recall seeing medieval paintings of battles with those huge grey horses fighting in the midst of the melee? Those are Percherons or their direct ancestors. They have quite an exotic history.

According to one source, in the 1880's Percherons were actually the most popular breed of horse in the USA. Back then people were much more dependent on the horse.

Interestingly enough (back to colour) grey and black are actually the same colour genetically. Like many grey horses, Percherons are born black and they either stay that way, turn dark grey or light grey (white). This why a supposedly "white" horse is referred to as grey. The base pigmentation is still black.

Rarely a Percheron can be bay, chestnut, or roan and that is acceptable.

I had no time to take any horses out today. Too busy! :( I hope to have time this weekend for another long drive with my friends. Wish you could come!

But wait, you can! Join us on one of our drives in the video below. This is one of the first times we took Pippin and Eddie out together.

http://www.horsechannel.com/horse-videos/watch- video-0e0fd48dbcb94569a27e3f2cce2d5541.aspx (No spaces!)

Much appreciation for your support. Leaving a vote.

P.S. I forgot to paste my previous blogs on Eddie's page but they are there now. So, if you missed any you can go and check them out.

Come visit me, Prince, Pippin (Remembering Melian) & Eddie.

09/06/2013 12:44.22 AM Report This Comment
How are you doing? I am going to write a pure copy and paste message because I am so far behind with my HC blogs that you wouldn't believe it.

A lot has happened since I last blogged properly on here and I can't promise to be on as much as I would like.

Eddie has settled in really well. He and Pippin are great friends but boys will be boys and because of their giant size difference, 2000lbs vs 200lbs, they cannot be alone in the same field. So, Eddie has a pen within Pippin's huge day pen and they get at each other through the fence.

Eddie is the tall silent type and his previous owner has never heard him make a noise. Well, now that he's here he whinnies if we take Pippin for a walk and leave him behind. He nickers low and sweetly when Pippin is put in the pen near him. They are cute together.

We've had a couple of tough moments, health-wise, with both of them. Eddie had several episodes of choke earlier this year leading up to a major case which almost killed him. The vet actually thought he wouldn't make it and we were discussing the dreaded topic of carcass disposal…

Well, the long and short of it is, he's completely and absolutely healthy and looks the best he's ever looked. He's fit and shiny and has a spring in his step. That is, when he's not sleep walking which he'll do on a hot day like today.

3 weeks ago Pippin had surgery for the removal of 2 large enteroliths from his colon. They weigh about 3lbs and I've kept them as souvenirs. He's on the road to recovery and is also doing super well.

For a couple of months he was rapidly going downhill and we couldn't figure out what was wrong with him. Using a portable x-ray the vet discovered the stones. They are so huge that she actually screamed when spotted them on the radiograph. It's a wonder that he was still eating and pooping fine. Not sure how that was even possible.

Anyway, that's what's up here. I will try (really I will!) to write more often.

Leaving a happy mid week vote.

Come visit me, Prince, Pippin (Remembering Melian) & Eddie.

07/17/2013 01:11.31 AM Report This Comment
Thanks for asking about Pippin. He had enterolith surgery last week. Pippin is a tiny little thing only weighing 190lbs. The 2 enteroliths in his colon weighed 3 lbs! They were causing a lot of pain. He's doing so much better now and each day I see more improvement.

Leaving a vote for you. I hope you're all doing fine!

Come visit me, Prince, Pippin (Remembering Melian) & Eddie.

06/27/2013 11:46.01 PM Report This Comment
on helmet awareness day google/search Courtney king dye and her story, also Jessica jahiel's true helmet stories online. you can't believe how easy it is to have a life altering injury just from being around horses. as a nurse I've cared for patients who are paralyzed or on life support from bicycle, trampoline, gymnastic and diving injuries. a helmet can prevent sometimes. it's totally worth it to your horse, your family and to you!

Come visit me, Sing & Cross Creek Horses.

06/22/2013 01:13.54 PM Report This Comment
Hi there! Your kitties sent me on over to say hi. I have Tom and CC on there.

I see that you won hotd so I know I stopped by. That was in January!

Leaving you a vote.

Come visit me, Prince, Pippin (Remembering Melian) & Eddie.

06/14/2013 11:37.00 PM Report This Comment
Beautiful horse! Voted! Oberon is running for HOTD (so exciting) May 6th and would love it if you came by with a vote on May 5th (today)! Thanks!

Come visit me, Mohawk and Dazzle, Just Jazz, Thumbelina, Oberon & Metro.

05/05/2013 09:59.56 AM Report This Comment
☆★☆ Whinny from my herd and a click on your horseshoe for all! Have a great horsey day…
Sherry ★ Whiskey, Deacon & Rocket

Come visit me, ~* Whiskey*~ & ♥Deacon.

02/19/2013 09:57.48 AM Report This Comment
February 16th Newsletter

***HOTD Bridesmaid 238335 Nominated by Whiskey & Herd
Hi, I am a 15 yr old Norwegian Fjord mare from Fort Laramie, WY. I ride both english and western and do a little jumping as well. I love to trot and eat horse cookies and sugar cubes. My motto is "Trot and jump because everything else is boring or scary."

Congratulations Sierra and Ziggy our suprise HOTD!

***HOTM Jada & Twilight 242851 Doobie 211407
***COTM Josie May 193862
***BOTM Snowball 150862
***DOTM Secret candidate Blossom 43157

Todays inspiration: Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive Howard Thurman.

Happy trails...Team HOTD

Come visit me, Sierra*Congratulatio- ns Copper Sept. HOTM!, *Misty*, Cheyenne, Dakota, Cherokee*vote 4 Kootenai Oct HOTM! & ~Scout~RIP~.

02/16/2013 05:19.28 AM Report This Comment
♡♥♡ Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Here is a vote for you…

Sherry ★ Whiskey, Deacon & Rocket

Come visit me, ~* Whiskey*~ & ♥Deacon.

02/14/2013 01:02.50 PM Report This Comment
Hi to all. Most of you remember Lightning. To this day, I still miss him. Back in Nov. of 2011, I was blessed with meeting Elle Febbo, Best selling author, Speaker, Humanitarian, who dedicated a chapter of her book, to my story about Lightning. I witnessed a miracle through him and through Elle, I'm able to let the world know and inspire those in need. The book consists of inspirational stories by influential people. Please go to www.lifebyheart.com and check it out. I'm buying one for myself and buying a couple as gifts. It's a wonderful gift idea. Thank you all so much. Leaving a big hug and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE *Voting Kootenai 161648 October HOTM*.

02/11/2013 10:27.45 PM Report This Comment
Here's a Thursday vote for you!
I'm just making a quick vote and visit today, because I'm getting ready to leave on vacation. I will tell you all about it when I get back on Monday. Have a horsey day!

---Cindy and Luna

Come visit me, ~Luna~.

02/07/2013 11:46.02 AM Report This Comment
Voted!
I am finally over my cold. On the downside, we have been getting more snow. A couple mornings this week were -20 to -30 degrees. That is way too cold for my liking!!!

Come visit me, ~LAKE ELLEN CAMP~ & <><> RIP <><> FREEDOM'S SKYE <><>.

02/05/2013 05:35.25 PM Report This Comment
February 5th Newsletter

***HOTD Sailor 247500 Nominated by Smooch
Hi I am Sailor, a 4yr old Paint Horse gelding from Abilene, TX. I ride both western and english and I love Honey&Oats Nature Valley Bars. Please stop by and leave a vote.

Congratulations Rain our HOTD!!

***HOTM Jada & Twilight 242851 Angel Doobie 211407
***BOTM Snowball 150496
***COTM Josie May 193862
***DOTM Blossom 43157

Todays inspiration: "Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts."

Happy trails...Team HOTD

Come visit me, Sierra*Congratulatio- ns Copper Sept. HOTM!, *Misty*, Cheyenne, Dakota, Cherokee*vote 4 Kootenai Oct HOTM! & ~Scout~RIP~.

02/05/2013 05:26.43 AM Report This Comment
February 4th Newsletter

***HOTD Rain 233259 nominated by Smooch
Hi I am 4yr old Quarter horse mare named Rain. I do trail riding and western and love apples. My motto is "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
It's about learning to dance in the rain."
Please stop by and leave a vote.

Congratulations Buck our HOTD!!

***HOTM Jada & Twilight 242851 Angel Doobie 211407
***BOTM Snowball 150496
***COTM Josie May 193862
***DOTM Blossom 43157***please do not blog on the DOTM runner as it is supposed to be a surprise.

Todays inspiration: “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
Winston Churchill

Happy trails...Team HOTD

Come visit me, Sierra*Congratulatio- ns Copper Sept. HOTM!, *Misty*, Cheyenne, Dakota, Cherokee*vote 4 Kootenai Oct HOTM! & ~Scout~RIP~.

02/04/2013 05:56.53 AM Report This Comment
Sorry for the short blog, don't have a lot of time. Yesterday was miserable, cold and very very windy but today looks somewhat better, I may ride Misty later if I have time. My sister and I are going to a slumber party with a bunch of friends tonight so that should be fun. I recently joined fb so if you are also a member let me know and I will try to find you.
A big congrats to Susan and Smooch our HOTM!

Come visit me, Sierra*Congratulatio- ns Copper Sept. HOTM!, *Misty*, Cheyenne, Dakota, Cherokee*vote 4 Kootenai Oct HOTM! & ~Scout~RIP~.

02/01/2013 06:47.39 AM Report This Comment
i am so honored to be february's hotm! i accept the crown from trigger & cowboy. thank you HC friends. this means alot to me.
smooch XOXO

Come visit me, Sing & Cross Creek Horses.

02/01/2013 04:56.16 AM Report This Comment
A big hello and a vote for Cinnamon! I'm dropping by with a vote from snowy Northern Illinois. Last day of January...that means spring is getting closer (I say hopefully LOL!)
I hope you are getting more saddle time than I am right now. The weather has been nuts around here. It's either 6 degrees out and icy, or it's 55 degrees but it's pouring rain. Right now, it's 8 degrees and snowing. I would kill for an indoor arena hahaha!
I'm going to just brush and groom Luna today and work on her trick training some more.
I left you a vote. Have a horsey day!

---Cindy and Luna

Come visit me, ~Luna~.

01/31/2013 06:53.21 AM Report This Comment
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