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Hardwin (Vote Dakota)

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I am from Chesterville, ON and I've been a Club Horse member for 5 years, 8 months and 23 days

Nicknames: Maple Drive Star

Age: 19 years old

Gender: Gelding

Breed: Canadian Horse

Height: 15'3 hands

Color: black

Type of Riding: english and western

My Horse's Achievements: For loving me the way I am

My Horse's Favorite Treat: everything. No joke

My Horse's Favorite Things To Do: eat

Pet Peeves: work

My Horse's motto: only the good ones fall off

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Well, my mum got him while she was pregnant with me so we have known each other for pretty much our entire lives..

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In an effort to improve our website for our visitors, we will be changing some of our service providers. We do not expect to experience any technical difficulties. However, if you are unable to access our website, please be assured it will be temporary as we transition to the new service. 10/19/2013 12:00.00 AM
Hi Rose, nice hearing from you! Have you been able to ride much lately? Voted!

Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

06/12/2013 02:27.27 PM Report This Comment
♡♥♡ Happy Presidents Day…I had a very nice weekend and hoping you did too!! I hauled Deacon to Lake Whitney and met some friends. It was so beautiful out, calm clear skies and the temp was around 62. Perfect day! We didn’t get back to the trailer until after dark. The people I rode with do not really do much picture taking so I got 2 pictures of just Deacon but they turned out ok. Sunday was clear and 68 but the winds were 18 to 25 mph so I didn’t ride but I did chores around the barn and helped Cliff put in an opening for a gate area so we can let the horses out to the middle turn out through their main area they stay with the barn. Just enjoyed being out side and of course I had to muck stalls. Hope you had a great weekend too!!!!

Sherry ★ Whiskey, Deacon & Rocket

Come visit me, ♥ Deacon ♥.

02/18/2013 10:30.31 AM Report This Comment
Yesterday we had 40 degrees but today it is 15 degrees, real feel -3. It is also very windy and icy so I won't be doing a whole lot today. Enjoy your weekend. Maria

Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

01/12/2013 06:25.13 AM Report This Comment
Cute picture, looks like you got some snow! I never get any pictures of Dakota laying down because he hops up every time he sees me coming with the camera. No I didnt get Scout for Christmas but it was just a couple weeks before Christmas so it feels sort of like I got him for Christmas. My mom said she saw an add in the paper for a free horse to a good home but I said yeah right if it is free than it must be really mean or untrained. But then later I got curious so I asked my mom to call and the lady said he was "trained to the gills" so I said I wanted him! When we went to look at him the first thing my dad noticed was his swayback but he was such a sweety that I fell in love with him right away. My dad kept on saying that just because we brought the trailer with didn't mean that we had to get him but I wanted him so we broght him home and he really fits in now. I ride him a couple times a week and he behaves really good and his lope is super smooth. Do you ride English?

Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

01/02/2013 11:22.16 AM Report This Comment
I had a great ride on Scout yesterday, we did quite a bit of loping and he was so slow and smooth. Then I saddled up Dakota and gave him a good workout, he is the opposite of Scout! Still very fun to ride though. I hadn't ridden Dakota or Scout for at least a week so they were needing the exercise. We got a couple more inches of snow, usually I don't like snow but this time it was dry and fluffy do I don't mind it quite as much. I am leaving a vote, hope you enjoy your Sunday.

Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

12/30/2012 05:26.09 AM Report This Comment
December 29th Newsletter

***HOTD Sheikh 170228 Nominated by Ginger
Hi my names Sheikh, I am a 20yr old Morab mare from Muskegon, MI. I ride western and I love to eat and be lazy. My motto is "Do I have to go for a ride today??"
Please stop by and leave a vote.

Congratulations Painted Possum our HOTD!

***HOTM Little Cowboy & Trigger 227894
***DOTM Angel Romeo 185037
***COTM Angel Sugar 62813
***BOTM Gizmo 190123

Please remember Andrea(Sweet Pea#192859) and her family in your prayers, her grandpa passed away Dec. 27th.

Todays inspiration: A dog looks up to a man,
A cat looks down on a man,
But a patient horse looks a man in the eye and sees him as an equal.


Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

12/29/2012 05:22.47 AM Report This Comment
December 27th Newsletter

***HOTD Lil Joe 214711 Nominated by Fancy
Hi my names Lil Joe, I am a 6yr old Paint Horse gelding from homedale, ID. I ride western but also do trails, barrels and dressage. I love carrots and hate bugs.
Please stop by and leave a vote.

***Congratulations Cloud our HOTD***

***HOTM Little Cowboy & Trigger 227894
***DOTM Angel Romeo 185037
***COTM Angel Sugar 62813
***BOTM Gizmo 190123

Todays inspiration:A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
Ayn Rand


Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

12/27/2012 06:01.24 AM Report This Comment
Hi Rose, its so good to hear from you! Guess what, a few weeks ago I got another horse! His name is Scout, he has a profile on HC if you want to see some pics of him. He is really old and has a swayed back but he is a sweetheart. How are your horses doing? Merry Christmas!

Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

12/26/2012 12:26.54 PM Report This Comment

Please support Cowboy & Trigger with a daily vote during the month of December for their January HOTM campaign. If you only have time to vote for one of our herd members, please give that vote to Cowboy & Trigger during the month of December.

Here's a vote from Cowboy & Trigger.
We hope you will vote this fun loving team of two your January HOTM. Little Cowboy's 12 birthday is in January and in February he will be the proud owner of Trigger for one whole year! That is the longest Cowboy has ever had any one horse!
We appreciate your votes, love Fancy & herd.

"Horses and children, I often think, have a lot of the good sense there is in the world." (Josephine Demott Robinson)

If you haven't had time to check the Calendar of Agendas Page #232390, the HOTD runner for today is:
★ Miracle 185107 ★
PLEASE vote HOTD :^)

♣ Little Cowboy & Trigger ♣
♥ Fancy & Frances ♥

Come visit me, Fancy's 2012 HC Members Veterans Day Trail Ride!.

12/01/2012 06:05.31 PM Report This Comment
Hi, left a vote. I just got in a bit ago from working with Sierra, she did great. Earlier this week everyone was saying it was supposed to get really warm today but so far it hasnt warmed up much and it is a very dreary day. Oh well at least I got to ride Misty yesterday. I have been teaching her to go straght from a stand-still to a lope and she is really getting the hang of it.

A big congratulations to Logan our new HOTM king!!! I am so happy for Shannon and Logan I know Logan will be a great HOTM!
Have a great weekend!

Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

12/01/2012 01:29.44 PM Report This Comment
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are having a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving. I hope you're enjoying lots of good food with your family and friends. We have much for which to be thankful. And we just ate our BIG meal and are stuffed!

I am lucky to have such great friends as you who love me even though I'm so bad about getting online and writing. I miss you and just wish I had more time to write. Sigh! Such is life…

I treasure your friendship and even though I'm not always around I think of you often. Thank you for being there for me!

I'm also very grateful to have another horse living with us now. Eddie's been here for 2 months now but he's so settled in it seems like we've had him forever. He and Pippin are great friends but with their size difference and their perky personalities I don't trust them to be alone together. So, Eddie has a smaller fenced in section of Pippin's big day pen and they spend lots of time right against each other with the fence in between. And yes, Pippin is boss!

We walk them together with the dogs and they drive their own carts. Eddie takes 2 steps while Pippin takes 20. They are adorable! And we keep stopping traffic! hehe

Happy Thanksgiving! And here's a vote on this special day.

PS You asked how often I drive Pippin? I try to drive him 1-2 times a week and in between I take him on hikes and bike rides. He's tons of fun!

Come visit me, Eddie (In Loving Memory), Prince & Pippin (Gone too soon).

11/22/2012 11:31.49 PM Report This Comment
Happy Thanksgiving!
What are your plans for Thanksgiving?
Last night we went to a Thanksgiving program at a church and today my moms side of the family is coming for dinner and staying to talk and play games and stuff. It sounds like it is going to be kind of an all-day thing so I probably wont be doing anything with the horses. Here is a vote.

Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

11/22/2012 05:14.08 AM Report This Comment
Wow the weather has been so awesome lately! Yesterday we got up to 60 degrees and today we are supposed to be in the 50s which is above average for this time of year. I have a dentists appointment later this morning so I will probably go riding this afternoon. I uploaded a bunch of new pics on Dakota's page and will be uploading a video soon so if you get a chance please go check them out. Have a great day!

Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

11/20/2012 05:52.44 AM Report This Comment
Yesterday I did some work with Sierra, she was awesome, very well-behaved and none of her ussual antics. I really need to do more ground work with Misty, I lunged her yesterday and she is pretty rusty. I didnt do a whole lot with Dakota, he pretty much just stood around and ate hay all day-his favorite thing to do of course. I hope you enjoyed your weekend, I would love to hear about it!

Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

11/18/2012 05:16.44 AM Report This Comment
Yesterday I rode rode both Misty and Dakota and they did really good.I also did some ponying with Sierra and she did good too, except when I tried to lope, then she got a bit rowdy. Any tips on how to get her to settle down when I want to lope? She always likes to bolt past Misty and try to pull the leadrope out of my hand.The weather has been so nice lately, upper 40s and lots of sun. Have a great weekend and here is a vote!

Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

11/17/2012 08:12.32 AM Report This Comment
November 12th Newsletter

***HOTD Sassy 230603 Nominated by Fancy
Hi my names Sassafras In The Rain but I just go by Sassy. I am a 6yr old Paint Horse mare from Deerfield,OH. I love apples and peppermint treats and my favorite thing to do is eat! My motto is "Just keep on trotting"! Please stop by and leave a vote.

***Congratulations Angel Doobie our HOTD***

***HOTM Logan 238276 Cutter 204902 Ziggy 228743
***DOTM Delta Dawn 210077 Molly 237690
***COTM Steve 206575
***BOTM Sky 224183

Todays inspiration: Success does not consist in never making blunders, but in never making the same one the second time.
H. W. Shaw


Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

11/12/2012 06:31.39 AM Report This Comment
Hey, do you have any riding plans for today?
I didnt get to ride Misty very much on Monday because about 10 minutes into our ride it started raining. Ethan and I are hoping to go riding later today, so I hope the weather cooperates. Dakota's new shed was delivered yesterday and he is pretty happy about it. Here's a vote!

Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

11/08/2012 06:11.04 AM Report This Comment
Hi, here is a vote, HC is finally cooperating for me! It rained quite a bit last night, but I am hoping it will clear up enough for me to ride Misty later today. Please remember to vote for todays HOTD runner :Melvin#220764. Also our HOTM runners Ziggy#228743, Logan#238276 and Cutter#204902. Well, I had better get to my school, I hope you are having a great day!

Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

11/06/2012 12:21.06 PM Report This Comment
Hey, how is your weekend going so far? This morning I rode Misty and she behaved pretty good. Sierra's leg is doing a lot better, before if she would try to go any faster than a walk she would start limping. Now she is tearing around the pasture and doing her ussual antics and she's not favoring her leg at all. Early this morning we had some snow and Dakota looked so cute with it stuck on his whiskers and eyelashes. Thank you so much for Dakota's HOTM, he's lovin it!

Please remember to vote for Dec. HOTM runners Ziggy#228743, Logan#238276 and Cutter#204902.
I'm leaving a vote and I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

11/03/2012 08:03.08 PM Report This Comment
November 2nd Newsletter

***HOTD R.I.P Time O' Roper#230714 nominated by Fancy, Angel PF & Alliance
Hi, my names Time O' Roper. I am a 25 yr old American Quarter Horse mare from Monrovia IN.Please stop by and leave a vote.

***Congratulations Pops our HOTD***

***HOTM Logan#238276 Cutter#204902

Our condolences to Sadie's#193983 buddy Star who crossed the rainbow bridge Nov.1st.

Have a great day!

Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

11/02/2012 06:04.59 AM Report This Comment
Boy that is really a bummer that you still had to go to school but at least you are all safe. Heres a vote!

Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

11/01/2012 10:36.10 AM Report This Comment
Wow, I can not believe today is the last day of October! It has been a lot of fun blogging about horse breeds and reading everyones answers to the question that I had everday. Thank you so much for all the support, even if Dakota does not win HOTM it still means a lot to me that everyone took the time to come vote for him.

Last question of the month: Does your horse have any funny or strange quirks? If so I would love to hear about them!

Today is the last day to vote for Dakota, please remember to get your vote in!
Maria,Dakota N the girls

Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

10/31/2012 05:28.32 AM Report This Comment

Also known as "Scotland's Little Giant", the Shetland pony is the oldest of known breeds. Experts agree this breed to originate from Scotland (Shetland Islands) and are believed to trace back to the origins of other small ponies found in other countries like Ireland and Wales.
Because of the climate and rough conditions of the islands, these small ponies adapted to survive bitter cold weather, rocky and steep hills and poor grazing lands. This is believed why the Shetland has a thick neck, short ears, heavy mane and strong hooves.
The demand for this small pony did not have a great demand until 1847 when The Mines Act was enacted prohibiting children to work in coal mines. Children had been used to pull coal tubs through the narrow and cramped mines which were too small for an adult to maneuver. After The Mines Act, Shetland ponies became a hot commodity for the jobs previously held by children.
This hearty pony is known for its long life cycle, sturdy footing, stamina and excellent eyesight. It can carry up to half of its body weight on its back for long distances. These favorable characteristics made the Shetland popular for carrying peat on the islands as well as pulling coal carts in the mines. These ponies known as "pit ponies" were mainly used for coal mines until the introduction of the Miniature horse.

Question of the day: Would you be open to the idea of getting another horse if it was well trained, or are you content with the horse/horses that you already have?

For now the horses that I have keep me pretty busy, but in a couple years I might look into buying another horse ( if my mom and dad let me).

Thank you so much for all your support!
Maria, Dakota N the girls

Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

10/30/2012 05:53.22 AM Report This Comment
Friesian Horse History

The Friesian horse is unique, truly a breed to be proud of. It developed from a very old breed which was inherent to all of western Europe. It's the only horse native to Holland. Historically speaking, the Friesian horse has been influenced by eastern bloodlines and has often been threatened with extinction.
The armored knights found the Friesian Horse very desirable, having the strength, courage and heart to carry great weight and still maneuver precisely, in the face of the enemy. The Hungarian King Louis II used a Friesian Stallion on the battlefield on June 15, 1526. The Friesian was used as a war horse by Friesian Soldiers fighting with the Roman Armies, and later was used by knights and traveled all the way to the Middle East with the Crusaders.
The suppleness and agility of the Friesian Horse became sought after in the riding schools of Paris and Spain in the 15th and 16th centuries. In the middle ages, it was mainly a knight's horse, but in the 18th and 19th century the Friesian was especially famous as a trotting horse on short distances. The Friesian was so adapted as a fast trotting coach horse that it was, in fact, Friesians who invented trotting races over short distances during the 18th century.
At one time, the amount of registered Friesian Horses became even less than one thousand and the fate of the breed was uncertain. In fact, the number of Friesian Stallions reputedly was reduced to ONLY three, prior to World War I. Thanks to the single-mindedness and dauntless dedication of true Friesian horse lovers and Breeders in Friesland, a northern province of Holland, one can still appreciate the many facets of the Friesian horse today

Question of the day: What is one skill that you would like your horse to learn?

I would like to teach Dakota to pull a cart, but unfortunately I do not have a cart or a harness.

You only have a few days left to vote for Dakota,and winning HOTM would mean so much to us so please come vote for him!
Maria, Dakota N the girls

Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

10/28/2012 05:29.54 AM Report This Comment

What were the reasons for breeding a small draft horse such as the Gypsy Horse? One such reason, to have a horse showy enough to complement the brightly colored wagons driven by the Gypsy breeders, was given above. But the Gypsy Horse was not just for show; he performed a vital function—pulling his family’s wagon. For this type of work, a heavy draught horse such as the Shire, which typically stands between 16.2 and 17.2 hands and weighs between 2,240 and 2,688 lbs, was overkill. Even the smaller Clydesdale was too much horse for this task. An even smaller draft horse such as the Gypsy Horse was capable of performing the work needed and required only a fraction of the feed needed to maintain the massive Shire. This need to create a draft horse capable of performing the relatively light work of pulling a wagon and needing minimal feed was the primary reason for the creation of the horse we call the Gypsy Horse.
While the Gypsy Horse was bred for the road, the nomadic life of the road further shaped him, both physically and mentally. By necessity, he was hardy, thriving on uncertain forage found at campsites as the Gypsy caravans traveled from place to place. These campsites most likely provided no shelter for the horses; his profuse mane, tail, and feathers provided protection from the cold and wet. He was an integral part of his family and so had to be tolerant and kind. He had to able to be handled and managed even by the family’s children. Any horse which behaved aggressively was immediately banished.
The American discoverers of the breed were Dennis and Cindy Thompson. While driving through the English countryside in 1994, they glimpsed an extravagantly feathered black and white stallion and stopped to inquire about him. Two years later, they imported the first two Gypsy Horse mares, and founded the Gypsy Vanner Horse Society, one of the breed's registries. Other registries include the Gypsy Horse Association, the Gypsy Cob and Drum Horse Association, and the Gypsy Cob Society of America. The Thompsons coined the name “Vanner” for this imported breed, and intended the name to refer not to all Gypsy-bred horses, but only to those which they felt embodied the vision of the breed’s originators, whom they sought to honor. Some lovers of this breed choose not to use the name “Vanner”, but rather prefer to use one of the other accepted names for the breed, Gypsy Cob or Gypsy Horse.

Question of the day: If you could change one thing about your horse, what would it be?

Have a great weekend!
Maria, Dakota N the girls

Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

10/27/2012 05:41.42 AM Report This Comment

The Gypsy Vanner, Gypsy Horse, Gypsy Cob, Irish Cob, Tinker Travelers Horse and various other names are all used to describe this amazing horse. However, the Gypsy Vanner Horse Society established the first registry to give the horses a name and an organization to track the closely guarded, original bloodlines, of the Romany Gypsy breeders. The name of the Registry was carefully selected not only to identify the people that created this magical breed, but to acknowledge the horse’s history as well. The Gypsy Vanner Horse must possess a certain look and meet a clear conformation standard, ensuring that we may reproduce the same quality horse that the first Romany Gypsy breeders dreamed of.
For hundreds of years the nomadic people known as gypsies have traveled the roads of Europe and the United Kingdom in beautiful decorated living wagons. To maintain this wandering way of life, they created an extraordinary breed of horse. It had to have enough endurance and strength to pull the heavy family wagon, the ability to subsist on whatever grazing could be found along the side of the road and an extremely calm, willing temperament. The result , after hundreds of years of selective breeding , is a beautiful, powerful and supremely gentle Gypsy Vanner Horse.

We had snow yesterday! It snowed almost all morning but melted as soon as it hit the ground.Sierra got a pretty bad cut on her hind leg and it swelled up quite a bit. I didnt do very much with the horses yesterday because it was a very cold and blustery day. Poor Dakota is without a shed( he has been without one ever since his old one got wrecked by the toronado).Thankfully my dad ordered him a new shed and it should be delivered by next week sometime. Dakota is a tough little guy but I know he will enjoy having a shed again.

Question of the day: Have you ever had to go to the hospital or get stitches for a horse related injury?

This is the second time I have had to get stitches for an injury caused by a horse. The first time was when Dakota bucked me off on the driveway and a really sharp rock made a deep gash on my nose.

Have a horsy day and once again thank you all so much for all the votes and support!
Maria, Dakota N the girls

Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

10/26/2012 05:25.34 AM Report This Comment

Today, Morgans have few wildernesses to conquer or wars to win, but they still accomplish great deeds. They are loved and revered as dynamite performers in Morgan shows across the country, and as loyal, sensible mounts on America's beautiful trails and pathways; they are treasured by mounted police squads and therapeutic riding programs for their intelligence, soundness, and gentleness; they are winning awards in driving, dressage, reining and cutting competitions against horses bred specifically for these jobs; and no matter what they may be doing or the tack they wear, knowledgeable horsemen see them and know, 'That's a Morgan!'
A bit of the hard-working, determined Morgan legend is with us whenever a Morgan carries a saddle-weary cowhand down a Montana mountain, pulls a carriage around a grueling obstacle course in record time, quietly carries children along a wooded path, or flashes around show rings with a style that causes spectators to cheer. The Morgan, our country's first breed of light horse, is as much a part of America today as it was two centuries ago.'
The Morgan legend has also spread around the world. Morgan owners and dubs can be found in Canada, England, Germany, Italy, France, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South America. The beauty, intelligence, and willing personality of the Morgan will win you over too!

Yesterday I was leading Sierra around outside of her pasture, when all of a sudden my aunt started up the lawn mower nearby. Sierra reared and as she was coming down her hoof hit my forehead. It didnt hurt very much so I didnt think very much about it, until I saw blood dripping down onto my jacket. I cleaned it up and put a bandaid on it and thought it was fine. Later my mom saw that I had a bandaid on my forehead, and asked me to take it off so she could see what happened. She took one look at it and said, you are getting stitches. By then the docters office was already closed so we had to go to the emergency room. Needless to say it was not a very enjoyable experience. Sierra has been around lawn mowers all summer,and has never gotten too spooked about them so I'm not sure what got into her. Well this blog is getting a bit too long so I dont think I will have a question today. Tommorow I will either be blogging on Friesans or Gypsy Vanners.

Have a good one, and dont forget to vote for Dakota so that he can be your HOTM!
Maria, Dakota N the girls

Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

10/25/2012 05:27.58 AM Report This Comment
October 24th Newsletter

***Anniversary HOTD Royal Mes 220108

Quite sometime after losing her beloved Mackie, Donna Lee started looking for another horse. She looked at several that just didn't have "it". She decided to stop looking for a while. Two days later her coach called and told her about a horse she wanted her to see. She said NO, she proceded to tell her about him anyway, first, he was only 6, too young, he was a Thoroughbred, she didn't want a Thoroughbred and he was 16.2, he was a bit bigger than she wanted. But her coach insisted, the horse was fairly close to home, so she agreed to just go and look. Donna Lee knows some of you will understand this, when she walked into his stall and their eyes met. The connection was instant. It was the feeling she had been waiting for. Donna Lee could not believe it, she forgot that he was big, and a Thoroughbred, she rode him that morning and fell in love. He is just a very amazing horse. Love at first sight, it does happen!! Charlie Bubbles has "it" Please stop by and leave a vote.

Congratulations Cha'dich our HOTD

***HOTM Maria & Dakota 240582 Laura & Tex 209066

Todays Inspiration: "The test we must set for ourselves is not to march alone but to march in such a way that others wish to join us." Hubert Humphrey

Happy Trails, Team HOTD

joey, spring, TX.

10/24/2012 08:17.34 AM Report This Comment

While the offspring of Justin Morgan were taming the wilderness and building the country, they were also creating the standards by which other American breeds would become known. The stamina and vigor of the Morgan together with his excellent conformation and way of going helped make other American light horse breeds what they are today. The great speed of today's racing Standardbreds was produced by crosses to the fastest Morgan blood. in the 1860s, the Morgan stallion Shepherd F. Knapp was exported to England where his trotting speed became a byword. Today, many English Hackneys carry his name in their pedigrees. In American Saddlebreds, such famous champions as Edna May, Bourbon King, Rex Peavine, and Wing Commander trace to Justin Morgan. The foundation sire of the Tennessee Walking horse, Allen F-1, was a grandson of the Morgan stallion Bradford's Telegraph. In addition, many good Morgan mares were sent to Texas only to lose their breed identity in Quarter Horse bands, and to make the breed greater for it. The oldest of all American breeds the Morgan was strong enough to contribute greatly to almost every other American light horse breed while retaining its own identity across two centuries.

Yesterday my little brother Ethan and I went riding together again. We played gotcha last on horseback and had a blast chasing each other around. I also longed Sierra and she did really good.

Question of the day: Would you rather ride a lazy horse that you cant get to go faster than a walk or a disrespectfull horse that is always testing you and keeping you on your toes?

Dont forget to vote for Chaka# 215291 over on BC he still needs around 270 votes.

A big thank you to Sterl May and Royal Mes for giving Dakota vote 1,000!
Maria, Dakota N the girls

Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

10/24/2012 06:07.07 AM Report This Comment
Thats too bad about your moms computer, but at least you get to come on once in a while. Hows Hardwin doin? Gave you a vote!

Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

10/23/2012 02:14.08 PM Report This Comment
October 22nd newsletter

***HOTD Alliance#244159 nominated by Angel Petite Fluer
Hi my names Alliance and my registered name is Alliance D'Amour. I am a 2 yr old Thoroughbred mare from St Antoine L'Abbaye. My motto is "I will follow you anywhere and respect you without asking for much but some love and good yet gentle training! Please stop by and leave me a vote so that I can get my HOTD badge.

***Congratulations Jet our HOTD***

Please vote for HOTM runners:
Laura and Texas#209066
Maria and Dakota#240582

Question of the day: Do you feed your horses treats?
A. Yes I feed them treats all the time.
B. I give my horse treats every now and then as a reward.
C. I dont feed my horses treats because I think treats make them too nippy.

Thank you to everyone that voted for Chaka#215291 over on BC, he appreciates it but he requests that you leave your horses name so that he can return the favor.

Have a great day!

Come visit me, Dakota, *Misty*, Sierra, Cheyenne, Cherokee & ~Scout~RIP~.

10/22/2012 05:49.39 AM Report This Comment

Over the next 30 years, the little bay stallion worked long, hard hours in the fields and on the roads of Vermont. Gradually, the local population began to talk about the feats of "the Justin Morgan horse". Standing just over 14 hands tall, Justin Morgan's exploits gained him fame because he was not as big as colonial workhorses nor as tall and long-legged as racehorses, yet he consistently outperformed both. There was the time he pulled a log no draft horse could budge, the day only he had the beauty, spirit and manners to carry President James Monroe on a muster-day parade ground; and the time he outran the most winning racehorse central Vermont had ever known, at least until that day.
Doing it all and doing it well, Justin Morgan remained sound of eye, wind, and limb throughout a lifetime of two ordinary horses. That should have been enough, but the stallion added still more: showy, ground-covering gaits with speed to spare at any one of them; a gentle disposition that made him safe enough for a child to handle yet spirited enough for any horseman, beauty men would to recall decades after his death; and a rare courage that made men who lost bets on him hit their flagons of rum and say, 'To the little Morgan!' and drink deeply.

Hi, how was your weekend? I had a pretty good weekend, a bit dreary though. We finally got some rain, not very much, but enough to at least wet the dust down. Of course when the ground gets a little bit muddy the horses have to roll, so I got them all brushed out. Thankfully Sierra doesn't roll very often yet.

Question of the day: If it is raining outside, would your horse rather stay out in the pasture or come into the barn?
Misty doesn't usually mind being out in the rain, but Sierra is a bit of a weenie and will run to her shed if she feels a few drops of rain. Dakota will usually stay out in his pasture unless it is really storming.

Have a great Sunday and dont forget to vote Dakota for your Nov. HOTM!

Maria, Dakota N the girls

PS.There is a bird named Chaka#215291 over on birdchannel that has been voting for Dakota, and he would like me to spread the word that he is running for BOTM.
Please stop by and leave a vote for our bird brained friend.

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10/21/2012 05:48.58 AM Report This Comment
The Morgan Horse - An American Legend
Justin Morgan was a living legend. In the manner of so many heroes, he began as an unremarkable colt and became the father of an entire breed of horses recognized for quality and dependability.
Born in 1789, Justin Morgan started life as a small, rough-coated colt known as "Figure." In 1791, he left his birthplace in Springfield, Massachusetts with his new owner, the soft-spoken schoolteacher Justin Morgan, by whose name the stallion eventually became known. Although his breeding was unknown (thought to be of Dutch, Thoroughbred, or Arabian breeding), the quality of Justin Morgan's ancestry showed in his straight clean legs; deep muscling over his quarters and shoulders; and fine, intelligent head with large expressive eyes and short, pricked ears. Add to these the quality of his movement, a thick but silky mane and tail, and a clean-cut throatlatch, and you have the conformation of the ideal light horse. Despite these fine qualities, Justin Morgan's lack of size was such that his debt-ridden owner found no buyers on their journey north to Randolph Center, Vermont. It was simply fate that no one but, his new owner realized what a little giant he was.

Question of the day: When buying a horse, how important is color?
Color really isn't really a factor for me, I care more about the horse's personality, however I do really like paints.

I hope you are enjoying your weekend, and once again thanks a million for all your support!

Maria, Dakota N the girls

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10/20/2012 05:28.55 AM Report This Comment
History of the Canadian horse:The Threats to the Breed

The advent of mechanization during the mid 1900s nearly marked the end of the Canadian Horse breed. After the second world war, the Canadian Horse population steadily dropped until it hit crisis proportions in the 1970s. Less than 5 registrations per year were being recorded from1970 - 1974, and the number of horses had dropped to an estimated 400.
During the late 1970s a few influential breeders recognized the plight of the breed, and slowly started acquiring quality animals, setting up breeding programs, and once again began promoting the breed and its wonderful qualities.
By the early to mid 1990s, the breed finally began to look like it was on its way back to recovery. The numbers were up to about 2500 - 3000 live animals worldwide and the status was changed from "critical" to "rare" by the American Livestock Conservancy.
With its increase in popularity during the early 2000s, unfortunately, just as has happened to so many other breeds, pressure began to be placed on the Canadian Horse to change from the traditional breed type, in order to suit the show ring and to meet perceived market trends.

Wow, its hard to believe that October is half over already. I didnt do very much with the horse yesterday, because it was cold windy and misty.

Question of the day: What is your least favorite horse related chore?

My least favorite chore is probably watering Sierra and Misty because their pasture is too for away to water them with a hose and I dont have automatic waterers, so I have to haul 5 gallon jugs of water to them with the tracter, and it really gets to be a drag sometimes.

Thanks so much to everyone that is voting for Dakota, your vote is appreciated!
I hope you are all having a good fall!
Maria, Dakota N the girls

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10/18/2012 05:27.18 AM Report This Comment
The Canadian Horse is a little known national treasure of Canada. This hardy breed descended from horses originally sent to the “New World” by King Louis XIV of France in the late 1600’s. These Norman and Breton horses were felt to be of Arab, Andalusian and Barb ancestry – traits of which can still be recognized in the Canadian Horse today.
For hundreds of years, the French horses bred with little influence from outside breeds. They eventually developed into their own distinct breed - the Canadian Horse or Cheval Canadien. Because they evolved under the adverse conditions of harsh weather, scarce food, and hard work, the Canadian Horse remains the sturdiest and most acclimatized horse in Canada today. They are tough, strong horses, tolerant of inclement weather conditions, and are extremely “easy keepers”. Because of these traits, the Canadian Horse is often referred to as “The Little Iron Horse”.

Wow has it ever warmed up around here! Yesterday we had upper 70s but I dont think it is going to last very long. Yesterday some people came over to my aunts place to help her with some yard work( my aunt lives a very short distance from us). They had a couple kids that wanted pony rides so I brought Dakota over for them to ride and thay had a lot of fun.

Question of the day: Wich of the following is your horse most likely to spook at?
A. A loud vehicle passing nearby.
B. A vehicle moving in the far distance.
C. A plastic bag flapping in the wind.
D. A rustling noise coming from tall grass.

My HC pals are awesome and I hope you have a great day!
Maria, Dakota N the girls

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10/17/2012 05:55.01 AM Report This Comment
Yesterday my little brother Ethan and I went riding together and we had a lot of fun. It has been such a long time since anyone has gone riding with me, so it was nice to have some company. I rode Misty and Ethan rode Dakota. We went for a pretty long ride, got to gallop up some hills and chase in a few calves. It has finally warmed up and yesterday was a perfect day for riding.

Question of the day: Do any of your siblings/parents like to go riding with you?

Except for Ethan, none of my siblings like to ride with me, or at all for that matter.
My mom has never been on a horse in her life( boy she doesn't know what she is missing out on) and my dad isn't much interested in horses.

Have a great day and tommorow I will have some breed info on Canadian horses for ya!
Thanks so much for all the support!
Maria, Dakota N the girls

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10/16/2012 06:03.44 AM Report This Comment
October 15 Newsletter

*** HOTD Lulu#225566 nominated by Dakota
Hi my names Lulu but you can just call me Lu. I am a 6 yr old Thoroughbred mare from Mason City IA. I am an English jumper and my motto is "Are you sure I cant just sleep?" Please stop by and leave me a vote.

Congratulations Kody's Splash our HOTD

Please vote for HOTM runners:
Laura and Texas209066
Maria and Dakota240582

Question of the day: How much turnout time does your horse get?
My horses just have 3-sided sheds for shelter, so they are pretty much outside 24/7.

Have a great day!

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10/15/2012 05:50.52 AM Report This Comment
The modern Arabian, though no longer a warhorse subject to the cruel and unforgiving environment of the Arabian Desert, remains a breed of horse richly abounding in the qualities that made his ancestor a survivor. Above all, the Arabian horse was bred to serve his master, whose very life depended on the bravery, faithfulness and swiftness of his steed. These intrinsic merits as a synergistic whole define the breed as distinctly Arabian, comprising the essential elements of the authentic Arabian horse.
Perhaps, best described as a cross between an Olympic gymnast and a champion long distance runner, the Arabian horse is unrivalled as an athlete in the equine world. The defining characteristics of the Arabian horse are most often those that have historically been in highest demand by horse breeders of the civilized world down through the centuries. As the original racehorse, the Arabian was crucial to the foundation of the Thoroughbred, contributing the ability to run at great speeds over vast distances with courage, tenacity and superior physical fortitude. Arabians put the “hot” in the “hot-blood”, and all horses considered as such are largely Arabian in origin. The superior density, structure and quality of bone along with balance and harmony of proportion are unrivalled in the equine world and have been highly sought after in all equine breeds in which athleticism is of primary importance. Superior beauty, quality and refinement have always been distinct Arabian traits – all warm-blooded horses inherit these aesthetically pleasing and spiritually inspiring attributes from the horse of the Nejd.

Question of the day: Do you put up your own horse hay or do you have to buy it?

My dad is a farmer, so we put up our own hay. Usually during the wintertime we run out and have to buy some, but this year the weather conditions for putting up hay were really good and we have lots and lots of A1 horsehay.

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend, remember to vote Dakota for your Nov. HOTM!
Maria, Dakota N the girls

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10/14/2012 04:28.39 AM Report This Comment
The extraordinary environmental conditions of the Arabian Peninsula demanded the evolution of a superior equine athlete of exceptional intelligence and uncommon courage. Strength, fortitude and tenacity of constitution were paramount if any horse were to survive life as a warhorse on the rugged terrain. Swiftness and endurance were vital to the success of raids, and only those Arabians with the best combination of these nearly polar attributes were fortunate enough to escape the dangers of battle and earn the respect of their masters. The story is told of the great loyalty these horses would exhibit to their masters. They would be trained as young two-year-olds to respond to a bell, and then they would be left in the desert heat with no water until they became very thirsty. They would then be released near a body of water and right before the horses would reach the water the owner would ring the bell. The horses that would respond and come even in adversity would be chosen as the best and later would be bred to pass on their great loyalty to their offspring. Vitality of spirit and courage were also essential to success in battle; this was to be tempered by intelligence and kindness as both a willing mount and as a large domesticated mammal forced to live in close coexistence with the spartan, mobile life of his keeper.

Question of the day: If you had the choice of two free horses, one gorgeous but completely wild, and one of them very ugly, but well trained, wich would you choose?

Thanks for all the support, enjoy your weekend, and don't forget to vote Dakota for your Nov. HOTM!
Maria, Dakota N the girls

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10/13/2012 05:41.39 AM Report This Comment
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