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American Saddlebred from Whitehall, NY

Aladdin

About Me

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I am from Whitehall, NY and I've been a Club Horse member for 1 year, 7 months and 16 days

Nicknames: Laddin and beautiful

Age: 19 years old

Gender: Gelding

Breed: American Saddlebred

Height: 17 hands

Color: Dark brown with white blaze and one white sock on rear leg

Type of Riding: western and some english

My Horse's Achievements: unhooking the gate hook to come to my back door at my house for grain.

My Horse's Favorite Treat: apples and peppermints

My Horse's Favorite Things To Do: trail riding, eating, being groomed and having his chin itched, itching his head on my back.

Pet Peeves: brushing him too fast

My Horse's motto: live, love food.

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How We Met

aladdin and i first met when i saw he was up for adoption on pet finder. i saw his picture and i automatically loved him i had to go see him. so i went the next day to see him. i walked into his pasture and rubbed him. saddled him up and took off me and him hit it off just like that. as soon as i unsaddled him he started nuzzling my face looking for kisses and followed me all over his pasture. so that was it he was mine i took him home the next day. i couldnt have been happier..

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PLEASE VOTE FOR ANGEL SASSY MAC HOTM
Thanks to everyone that voted us HOTD, we are so excited, we are getting close to the end of the month, I still have lots of story to tell. We left you a vote this afternoon. When things started to go wrong, at first I didn't know what the issue was, mostly because it was not consistent, some days everything was great but other times it was like Mackie had two left front feet. I can't describe it any other way, he stumbled quite a bit, I know lots of horses stumble on occasion, but remember, I knew this horse, and this was not just a stumble. We had his farrier check him, we checked saddle fit, we looked at teeth, we had corrective shoeing done to help with breakover. The strange thing was it was not all the time, I lunged him and tried to see it, it was like he didn't know where to put his feet. Years earlier Dr. Cook gave me a book entitled Lameness in Horses, he has since lived to regret that....I read that book everyday, and when it got to where I felt we needed Dr. Cooks expertise, I called him and said "can you come and look at Mackie? I think he has navicular" Talk soon, Love Donna Leepl

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

12/27/2013 01:26.06 PM Report This Comment
Hi Jasmine, please vote Angel Sassy Mac HOTM
Good Morning, here is a vote and a wish that everyone had a wonderful Christmas Day. Thank You so much for HOTD, this will help us on our HOTM journey.
Mackie had just turned 9 in the spring of 2004 and I brought him home in August, the next spring we dealt with all the health issues, which we overcame. Spring 2006 came and believe me I was terrified about his vaccinations. Dr. Cook had decided to premedicate plus we broke them up and did them over a few days rather than all at once. I watched him like a hawk, I bet I took his temp on the hour...poor Mackie. All went well, our riding also went well, we were working so well together, I had him doing small courses of just xrails, but still it was great fun. I had managed to put a few pounds on him, race horses tend to be a bit too slim for me. Life was good. funny how it can change so quickly. Love Donna Lee & Mackie

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

12/26/2013 02:50.42 AM Report This Comment
MERRY CHRISTMAS
Good Christmas morning, we left a vote in your sock.We hope you have a wonderful day full of surprises and love. Don't forget to hug a horse today....
angel Sassy Mac is going for HOTD for tomorrow, if you have time please drop by and leave him a vote, talk soon, Love Donna Lee

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

12/25/2013 02:57.14 AM Report This Comment
PLEASE VOTE FOR ANGEL SASSY MAC HOTM
Good Morning my friends, we have missed you, glad you are back. thanks so much for making this journey with Mackie so enjoyable. I can't tell you how much it has meant to me. Mackie, was like a small school child, you how kids bring everything home, well, if it was going around Mackie got it....I am a good rider not a great rider. I have over the years had instructors, I love taking lessons. However there was a financial situation with Mackie's health and don't forget I still had Sterl May and little Jackie to care for. Plus I rented the barn and pasture. Because Mackie was such a willing partner, I did not have a coach. We seemed to be doing just fine on our own, after all this was just for fun, I was not headed for the Olympics. Everyday was great he never seemed to have off days. Talk soon, Love Donna Lee

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

12/24/2013 12:43.03 AM Report This Comment
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 Aladdin
(}--{) Here is a rainy Tuesday morning vote. I tried to make the bit symbol, WHISKEY & DEACON'S Mom did it, her's looks better. talk soon, love Donna Lee PS posted a video of Sterl May's razor comb clip job, check it out.

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

06/11/2013 04:29.40 AM Report This Comment
hi Aladdin
Here is a Sunny Sunday vote, let's see what can I do today, oh yeah, I remember NOTHING. I so hate this, I'm at the 8 week mark, and honestly I'm not seeing much improvement. Can't even think about doing all this for nothing. Dr. said I would not be happy that I did it for 3 months, we'll see. Have a great day, love Donna Lee

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

06/09/2013 04:06.09 AM Report This Comment
hi Aladdin
We left a vote today, looks like another rain day coming up, I am off to physio this morning, I'm still not able to drive, so that is just one more thing that David has to do, I have to say, I like being driven around. There really is very little I can do with one arm, but, I can still let the guys out in the morning. I can slide the barn door open with one hand as long as it isn't windy, and because both of these guys drop their heads, I can get halters on, I can even carry hay, one flake at a time, it isn't much, bur I look forward to it. Talk soon, LOVE Donna Lee

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

06/07/2013 04:01.24 AM Report This Comment
hi Aladdin
Tomorrow it will be 8 weeks since my shoulder surgery. I wish I could say I was all better, however, physio is tough, I'm not a baby, bur this really hurts. On the positive side, I'm getting a great tan or as David says "probably melanoma" and I've read several books and here is the best one, because I did not want to sedate Sterl May to clip her, I have, with one hand and a razor comb, clipped her, she looks great, how many people do you know that are that dedicated to their horse???!!! Wait, maybe I'm just crazy!!! Rain on the way today, so I guess read, we left votes, love to all, Donna Lee

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

06/06/2013 03:31.34 AM Report This Comment
☆ I had such a nice ride on Whiskey yesterday morning. I didn’t haul out; rode around home area. Whiskey is such a ham! He lowers his head then turns it nearly upside down as if it is a trick! Good flexing exercise or he will continuously bow thinking I will give a treat! I give carrots for treats but I made him wait until I had him saddled and he stood quietly and ready to ride before giving a carrot. I rinsed him when we got back then gave Deacon a quick bath and Rocket got the full spa treatment! He looked awesome when I finished him. Cliff couldn’t believe how good he looked! Yes, that was plan “B”! I went to the store after work Monday (thought of “B” plan while shopping) and got home and Cliff had come home sick around 9:30 a.m. so “B” plan went into effect! Clicked your horseshoe and left you a vote~ have a great day!

Come visit me, ~* Whiskey*~vote Deacon 237272 for HOTD & <)__~ Deacon vote ME HOTD!.

06/05/2013 09:58.42 AM Report This Comment
hi Aladdin
What a strange day, one minute it is sunny as can be, the next it's raining and sky is full of big black clouds. Crazy wind, it's a nice day to look outside, so that is what I'll do, talk soon, left a vote, love Donna Lee

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

06/02/2013 12:33.46 PM Report This Comment
Sounds like you & Aladdin are enjoy your new Home!!!! ♥♡♥ Congratulations to our June 2013 HOTM Queen Sterl May!! Great job Donna Lee!!! Fancy Walk n That way ~ you were an awesome May HOTM! I had a crop duster spraying the hundreds of acres of cotton growing by our place. Had to change my plan! I went to the dollar store and the Food Mart 1st then took a ride after it was finished. On one side of us are hundreds of acres of corn that is 5’ or more and the other side cotton. I wasn’t sure if it was weed killer or insect spray; the wind was blowing it away from our area so that was GREAT so I didn’t get to do much riding just in case. I rode the front area toward the main rode. Whiskey walked-grazed, walked and grazed!!! I don’t have much room to do anything else. Reached 94 but had a breeze. It was humid…

Come visit me, ~* Whiskey*~vote Deacon 237272 for HOTD & <)__~ Deacon vote ME HOTD!.

06/01/2013 08:16.24 AM Report This Comment
`````PROUD TO BE YOUR HOTM`````
Good morning everyone, we couldn't be happier this morning. GREAT BIG THANKS to everyone that supported us this past month, I really enjoyed sharing Sterl May's life with you, I want to send a special thank you to Susan & Sing for the wonderful photo edits, they are also on the COA page, if you have time please take a look at the video tribute Susan made to celebrate Sterl's 30th birthday, in the video's click Susan b, and all her videos come up, you will find "Sterl May turn's 30". Hug your horse today and everyday, Love Donna Lee & STERLY GIRLY

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

06/01/2013 03:07.10 AM Report This Comment
May 31st Newsletter

***HOTD Lightning 257409 Nominated by Rose
Hi, I am a 3yr old American Quarter Horse gelding named Lightning. I ride in western speed events, on the trails and soon I will ride English too. My motto is "nobody said 'whoa'!" Please stop by and leave a vote.

Congratulations Diego our HOTD!!!

***HOTM Rose 252606 Sterly Girly 220509
***DOTM Shotgun 26288
***COTM Whiskers 227256
***BOTM Luigi 225307

Todays inspiration: “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.”
Jerry Rice

Happy trails...Team HOTD

Come visit me, Sierra, Misty, Cheyenne, Dakota, Cherokee*vote 4 Copper August HOTM! & ~Scout~RIP~.

05/31/2013 07:28.37 AM Report This Comment
hi Aladdin
HERE IS THE FINAL EPISODE, THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT SUPPORTED US ALONE THE WAY. WE LEFT YOU VOTES AS WELL.
With Jackie and Sterl settled in their new home and David and I in our new house, things were great, except Jackie's health was failing and his quality of life was sometimes quite poor. I convinced myself that I should really look for another horse because if something was to happen to Jackie, Sterl May would be alone. Plus I would like to ride again. After an EXTENSIVE search(please read ROYAL MES "HOW WE MET") I found Charlie. What can I say about Charlie, he is simply the best. Charlie arrived Oct.8,2008, Thanksgiving Sunday. Jackie passed quietly with David, Sterly and me by his side on June 9, 2010. She loved her little buddy, she watched and called for him for several days. Dr. Cook told me to let her be, they mourn the same as we do. We had him cremated and he is buried in the pasture where Sterl can be close everyday. This is her last move, it is my last move until they cart me of to the "old folks home" Everyday is an adventure, what I have tried to say this last month, is that thru all of it, STERLY GIRLY has always been there. THE END, LOVE TO ALL DONNA LEE & STERLY GIRLY.

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

05/31/2013 03:38.03 AM Report This Comment
HOPE THEY ARE GETTING SETTLED
Just when I was sure things could not get any worse, guess again. Not only was I looking for a new place for Sterl & Jackie to live, understand that boarding 2 horses that are not ride-able was out of the question. Jackie was also having some health issues, he had COPD and Cushing's disease, plus due to an old case of laminitis he wore special shoes, all of this cost $$$. You know that expression, "BEING AT THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME" Well, I could almost not believe my luck, I heard from a neighbor that a place just down the road was going to be available, to make a long story short, when I looked at it, it was perfect, it needed fencing and the barn needed some reno, but nothing like what I had been thru, the only catch was if we rented the barn and pasture, they really wanted us to take the house as well. I would actually be where my horses were, I could see them all day, it would be amazing. I believe in life it isn't where you go, it's how you get there....we were home. LAST STORY TOMORROW, THANKS TO EVERYONE, IT HAS BEEN GREAT FUN SHARING STERL'S JOURNEY, LEFT A VOTE, LOVE DONNA LEE & STERLY GIRLY

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

05/30/2013 03:34.02 AM Report This Comment
☆ Congratulations to Paige & Marion on their 1st anniversary together today! Turned out our herd to the #3 turnout. Deacon kept looking up towards their home paddock to see if I was watching. He does that every 5 to 10 minutes. If I walk out of sight he starts walking toward the gate. I noticed when we rode Friday that he pays more attention to me then I realized! After our ride at Whitney I took and rinsed him off good and cooled him down. Then the couple that was camping had put up a temporary fence so I put Deacon in it and visited awhile. I walked over to where I had parked the truck to bring it closer to us and Deacon ran to the closest corner and started to whinny as if I were going to leave him! I parked close to him and he would never move from that spot he was in. He just stared at the trailer like “you will not leave me”! Now this weekend I noticed him watching every move I made…I guess I never paid as much attention in the past~LOVE my Deacon!!!!

Come visit me, ~* Whiskey*~vote Deacon 237272 for HOTD & <)__~ Deacon vote ME HOTD!.

05/29/2013 01:16.47 PM Report This Comment
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?
Here comes another rainy day vote, THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE SUPPORT, WE LOVE IT.
I just bet you are all thinking that finally everything is going my way and we all live happily every after.....not so fast. Mackie was without a doubt, a truly wonderful horse(please take a moment and read his"how we met"on his profile. He is ANGEL SASSY MAC. I think it best describes him to say that he was like a sick child, he was constantly struggling with something and of course, we worked thru it all. When we had been in the barn almost 9 years and Mackie was 11, EVERYTHING started to go downhill fast. The barn owners had a change of heart about retirement and decided to sell the property. There I was with 3 horses and looking for a new home again. I thought of tons of possibilities, some you don't want to hear. The farm sold in 3 days, however, the new owner gave me until spring to move, that gave us almost 10 months to find a new home. In the meantime, MACKIE'S health deteriorated and on AUG 8/2007 at the University of Guelph EQUINE HOSPITAL, with me by his side until the end, he was euthanized due to heart failure. He was only 12. I can tell you, I miss him every day. So, it was just me Jackie and Sterl May again. TO BE CONTINUED. LOVE DONNA LEE & STERLY GIRLY

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

05/29/2013 04:12.21 AM Report This Comment
RAINY DAY VOTES FOR ALL, My search began again, Sonya and I had 3 horses lined up to look at, none were close to home so we made a day of it. The first 2 were not even possibilities, I was tired, it was getting on in the day and I wanted to just go home, Sonya convinced me we had come this far, let's just go look. The directions were bad, we got lost, when we finally got there I was in a bit of a cranky mood. Everything changed when we were introduced to Sassy Mac. He was so handsome (but I had learned that is no reason to pick a horse)His manners were excellent, I actually wondered for a minute if he was drugged, he wasn't, we spent several hours with him, hearing his history, his training, the personal medical reason the owner had to let him go. He was 8, 16hh and oh so sweet. I rode him, we video taped him, we came home to think it over. Mackie arrived the next week, Jackie and Sterly had a new friend and I had a horse to ride. Life was good again. One thing I have learned over the years, with horses, THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING, talk tomorrow, thanks for helping Sterly, love to all, DONNA LEE & STERLY GIRLY

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

05/28/2013 03:56.17 AM Report This Comment
ANOTHER LOVELY DAY COMING OUR WAY, WE LEFT BIG THANK YOU VOTES.
Once I got hurt, there really was no way for me to shake off the fear, and once BRAY was on to my fear, we were going nowhere together, I decided that although I really LOVED that horse, I didn't LIKE him very much. I sold him to a young woman at a large show barn, she had far more riding experience than me, plus she had a large support group around her. I was happy for BRAY, I really thought he would do well in that environment. He was such a handsome guy(his picture is a the bottom of the page)So, off he went to his new adventure. Now, here I was back a square one again, just me, Sterly and Jackie, there had to be a horse out there for me....Three weeks after I sold BRAY, I got a call from his new owner, he had an accident in his paddock, when he came in that night, he walked on 3 legs, refusing to put right hind on the ground. She got two veterinary opinions, both agreed after xray and ultrasound that the stifle muscle was torn, prognosis was hopeless. She chose to euthanize. She asked if I'd like to come and say good bye, because he had actually been my horse more than hers. It wasn't suppose to be like this, I had already said good bye once. I went, I cried, and I came home to Sterly. TOMORROW, LOVE DONNA LEE & STERLY GIRLY

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

05/27/2013 03:57.23 AM Report This Comment
LEAVING A SUNNY SUNDAY VOTE. THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT.
The barn was done, safe and Sterl had her little companion, it was close to home,it was on my way to work, so I could stop at 4:30 in the morning and, for example if I thought I had left lights on, I could pop back over before bed to check. This next chapter is not one I'm very proud of. When Jackie and Sterl were settled in, I started looking for a horse to ride. I found Brazen Virtue, we called him Bray. I went against Dr. Cook's advise and bought him as a 3 year old, to be fair he was a peach at 3, but by the time he turned 5, he was an idiot. Bray was trotter bred Standardbred, he was a bit over 17hh, and he was gorgeous. Wrong reason to buy a horse....live and learn. When I started to have trouble with him, I did what I thought was right, I got help. I had 3 horses now and had them at home, I didn't have a lot of extra cash. I sent Bray off to training school, that helped some, but once back home he started to fall back into his bad habits. This sweet at 3 horse, turned into a 5 year old that tried "to kill" me, I rode him and was just glad every time I got off in one piece, I found I was making excuses not to ride, things like, it's too windy or too wet or I'm tired or he's too fresh. I finally admitted, that I was afraid of him. The last straw came early one cool spring morning, I was feeding, put out hay, Bray was fresh, I was between Bray and Jackie, out of the corner of my eye I saw the foot come up, I remember saying, "don't you dare" that was the last thing I remember, when I came too, I could not find my glasses, I don't think I knew what had happened, I managed to get to the phone and called David to come help me find my glasses. We went to the hospital, his kick caught me on the forehead, 17 stitches and a serious concussion. It was over for me and Bray. When I look back at what I know now, when I look at pictures from that time(today's profile shot, and one more at the bottom) in almost all the pics, Sterly was between Bray and Jackie, she never trusted him. I should have listened to her, she has never let me down, TO BE CONTINUED, LOVE YOU ALL, DONNA LEE & STERLY GIRLY

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

05/26/2013 04:07.45 AM Report This Comment
we appreciate the support
GOOD MORNING ALL, we left votes on this sunny Saturday morning.
Clean up got under way, basically this property had been left about 15 years ago, the barn closed up the fences left to fall down, the house had been rented over the years and as you can see from the pics, the barn was used as a garbage dump. We had to literally hack the overgrowth away with machetes in order to get inside, we carted away at least half a dozen trailer loads of "junk". It took a good couple of months to get it ready to be a safe comfortable home for Sterl May, but thru all the work I stayed focused on my goal. Once she was settled and happy I would look for a horse to ride. The only issue was Sterl had never been alone and I worried about her stressing by herself, that is where "Jackie" entered the picture (today's profile shot) Our coach, Val had a few boarders, one owed back board, they had a horse and little Jackie, they came in the middle of the night and took the horse but left Jackie, Val gave him to Sterl May for company. Jackie was about 7 when we got him, part mini, part Shetland pony, about 9hh, but don't worry, he didn't know he was little. He became Sterl's "little side kick". Life was good. TO BE CONTINUED, THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT, LOVE DONNA LEE & STERLY GIRLY

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

05/25/2013 04:08.07 AM Report This Comment
ARE YOU MOVED YET??
Feels like winter is back in Ontario. We left chilly, windy votes for all.
The next stage of Sterl May story could go on and on, I'm just going to give you the highlights. Even tho we live in the country, we had no place to keep her, so I gathered my thoughts and started to look for somewhere she could call home. I did have some criteria, like it needed to be safe, preferably with some kind of companion, Sterl has never been alone, it needed to be close enough that I could get there daily to feed etc. my work day starts early and I did not want to be driving all over the country side before work every day. I put the word out every where, I asked neighbors, I literally started knocking on doors. It was not looking good, until finally someone told me about an old abandoned barn not far from where we lived. There was an old shack of a house on the property that was rented to a young man that farmed with his family, he kept the house as a place to get away from work and be alone. But the barn and pasture had been let go for about 15 years. I took a look at it and at first rejected the whole idea, way too much work involved. But after David and one of my brothers hacked their way through the overgrowth around the barn door, they said "this could work". I used my imagination, the barn had water and electric, it had a pasture. about 5 acres, it needed fencing, but I saw in my mind a safe peaceful home for my girl. I located the owners, I told them my story. It was like it was meant to be. These people owned this property and had planned that one day when they retire, they would build on this land, they where huge animal lovers and where touched by my dedication to Sterl May. They said "if you think that place will work for you, you are welcome to it" the only restriction was, if something goes wrong we don't want to hear about it, I was responsible for the clean up and fencing, and I had to get along with Robert, the tenant in the little house. WOO HOO, Sterl was getting a home, roll up my sleeves and get to work, TO BE CONTINUED, LOVE DONNA LEE & STERLY GIRLY

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

05/24/2013 03:46.59 AM Report This Comment
vote 200 for you Aladdin!
☆★☆ Quick whinny & a click on your horseshoe! If you don’t hear from me just know that I am having lots of horsey time and will share my 4 day weekend when I return Tuesday the 28th! Our thoughts, prayers and support are with Oklahoma….have a wonderful Memorial Day!

Come visit me, ~* Whiskey*~vote Deacon 237272 for HOTD & <)__~ Deacon vote ME HOTD!.

05/23/2013 10:30.29 AM Report This Comment
Thanks for the Vote!
Beautiful horse! He has a cute face! Vote 199!

Thank you so much for voting Zilker HOTD! Please vote for Rose during the month of May, so that she can get June HOTM! :-) Thanks!

Come visit me, Spangle, Zilker & Rose.

05/23/2013 06:43.37 AM Report This Comment
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT....
GOOD MORNING, We left you all a vote. Now that I had an answer although, not the answer I wanted, I have to admit that I did fall apart, there were lots of tears. Reaction varied at the barn, most were understanding and sympathetic but remember the lady that said I needed to "hit her harder", well she said "I don't know what you're crying about, you just sell her and get something else, it's not like you raised from a baby" I have never believed that animals were disposable, and I promised Sterl a home until the day she died. But, reality set in David said that I could not continue to pay board to go 4x a week to simply pat her, there was the wear and tear on the vehicle and the gas for all the travelling back and forth, for what, I can't ride her. I needed to THINK. bringing her home was not an option, we had no land or barn. I didn't know what to do, YET, but I knew I WAS NOT GETTING RID OF HER. Talk soon, Love Donna Lee & STERLY GIRLY

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

05/23/2013 03:08.49 AM Report This Comment
Hi Jasmine & Aladdin!
♥ Whinny’s and hugs from my herd to yours….

Come visit me, ~* Whiskey*~vote Deacon 237272 for HOTD & <)__~ Deacon vote ME HOTD!.

05/22/2013 09:24.04 AM Report This Comment
hi Aladdin
Here is an early morning vote for you, STERL MAY and I appreciate all the wonderful support, thank you.

Dr. Cook went to the University Hospital to go over Sterl's case with her Drs, he then came to us to explain the diagnosis in detail. This type of condition is sometimes seem in very high end dressage horses, because they are held in such tight collection for long periods, enormous stress is placed on the spine, it is sometimes caused from something like a fall eg. a horse flips over in cross ties, or an accident in a trailer, that type of thing, also studies have shown that pacing Standardbreds are more susceptible because of the diagonal motion of the legs during pacing, BINGO, STERL IS PACER BRED. Regardless of how it happened the outcome is the same. Sometimes with rest and time the bones will actually fuse, therefore no more rubbing of bone on bone and so no pain.
The bottom line was Sterl's riding days were over. Dr. Cook suggested that I give her a year off and try her again, in the meantime, she will learn to accommodate herself, she won't do anything that hurts, I now had a pet....see you tomorrow, Love DONNA LEE & STERLY GIRLY

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

05/22/2013 03:43.45 AM Report This Comment
hi Aladdin
GOOD MORNING ALL, LEFT YOU A VOTE, Thanks for being patient with the story, I don't want to bore you if they are too long. Have you heard the expression "egg on my face"? well, that is exactly how all these Dr's felt as they went over Sterl's xrays, here is the diagnosis "xrays revealed sclerosis,periosteal proliferation,decreased interspinous space and lytic cysts along the 14-18 thoracic vertebrae" to break that down it means that the bones of her spine are rubbing bone on bone and causing her great pain, add a saddle and weight and it it even greater...One of her Dr's said after reading the xrays he could not believe that she let me on her back at all, he said "all I can say is your horse has ONE HELL OF A HEART" I already knew that. In such cases sometimes cortisone is injected into the spaces, so they brought in a Dr. to assess that option, it was determined that there was not enough room to get the needle in, surgery was discussed but not recommended, we were offered an acupuncture treatment and we took it, they said improvement could take up to 2 weeks, if nothing happened it wasn't going to help. It didn't. So after a very long exhausting day, we bundled up my beauty girl and returned to the barn, TO BE CONTINUED, Love DONNA LEE & STERLY GIRLY

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

05/21/2013 03:51.28 AM Report This Comment
hi Aladdin & Jasmine
GOOD MORNING, please drop by Charlie's page, I posted a picture of his foot, 2 weeks shy of 10 months, lookin' good...We left votes for everyone too, thank you

You guys are really good, a couple of you asked about her saddle fit, before we even got Dr. Cook involved, we had a saddle fitter take a look, he was satisfied that we had a good fit, on palpation of her spine she showed no tenderness. So here we are at the Hospital, the referral was made and Dr. Cook had sent a history and asked for xrays. I have to say the day was very long, but incredibly interesting, I was warned ahead of time that this is a teaching Hospital,so this would not be a quick in and out visit. Sterl was assigned Dr's in charge of her case and then there were what seemed like a million students at varying levels all hovering around my girl. Every square inch of her was gone over, and a million questions were asked. How nice to spend a whole day talking about your horse and everyone HAS to listen. They told me they would gather all their info and a report would be sent to Dr. Cook. They did absolutely everything except watch me ride her. When they lounged her, she actually moved pretty good, I think it was adrenaline 'cause this was exciting for her too, in the end her assigned Dr's said they saw NO need to xray her spine. Those of you that know me,even a little know that I am non assertive, but, be proud of me, I became like a Mamma bear with her cubs, I said "do you know Dr. Cook? he sent us here for xrays, do you have any idea how hard it was to get here today? we are not leaving without xrays" So, they took our xrays, she needed some sedation because these needed to be very accurate, we waited until the films were ready, they were brought to a large viewing screen and all the Dr's and students that had been with us all day were gathered for the reading. TO BE CONTINUED, LOVE DONNA LEE & STERLY GIRLY

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

05/20/2013 04:24.19 AM Report This Comment
we appreciate the support
GOOD MORNING, LEFT A THANK YOU VOTE, So, let's get right to it. On routine exam all her vitals where good, she, of course appeared healthy, she had regular vacs, wormings and her teeth were good. We drew blood for a complete work up, all neg, with nothing obvious we started the slow process of ruling out, one by one the possibilities. I mean slow because in order to not get confused we needed to give each treatment time to test effects, does that make sense?? Being a Mare, almost 15 and never bred, we wanted to rule out ovary issues first, I was happy and relived when the physical exam and the internal ultrasound was negative, we then went at the simple stuff like corrective shoeing, we tried a course of Regumate and a series of Prostoglandn injection, we tested for neurological issues, we looked at eye issues, double checked teeth and throat, there was no obvious tenderness in her back muscles, however she lounged better than under saddle. Thru all the testing, which took weeks, I still rode her and acted like everything was fine. When Dr. Cook was satisfied that we had ruled out EVERYTHING, he said he needed some very accurate xrays of her spine, he needed us to go to the Equine Hospital in Guelph. He called to make her appointment and I asked Val(our coach) to trailer us up there, and on Jan 15/98 in one of the worst snow storms ever off we went. TO BE CONTINUED. Have a great day, Love Donna Lee & STERLY GIRLY

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

05/19/2013 04:11.13 AM Report This Comment
How are you Jasmine & Aladdin?
I read on Sterlys page that you were moving and putting up fences for Aladdin! Good luck and hope you enjoy your new home :) ♥♡♥ Yep, grey skies changed my plans yesterday morning! I did spring cleaning till nearly 12:00! I ate lunch, and then brushed Deacon and Rocket-fly sprayed and turned them out. I got Whiskey next and bathed him! He looked so pretty...after that I was tired, plum pooped!! So I relaxed and watched them graze. It will be a few days before I can ride around my home area due to the rains!

Come visit me, ~* Whiskey*~vote Deacon 237272 for HOTD & <)__~ Deacon vote ME HOTD!.

05/18/2013 08:57.15 AM Report This Comment
good luck with the move, thanks for the vote
GOOD MORNING, LEFT VOTES FOR ALL, TO THANK YOU FOR YOURS. This is where Sterly's story takes a bit of a twist. FF almost 4 years, we are still at the boarding barn, Sonya is now in University, I still ride 4x a week. I started to notice a slight hesitation from Sterl that was new, she did not want to go forward, at first it was mild, and I could push her thru it, but it got worse. She would actually do a small buck and a very tiny rear when I asked for forward. This was so out of character for her, but ever her resistance was polite, like she was trying to get my attention, she did. Believe me when I say there were lots of suggestion from folks that observed us, most thought that it was behavior and that I was not strong enough and I was letting her get away with it, one woman told me I had to beat her hard enough to make a welt on her skin, that would smarten her up!!!. I chose to call Dr. Cook, I explained the situation and we made arrangements for him to come and see her, I asked if it could be "just" behavior, he said "whenever a horse that was happy with its work begins to resist, they are trying to tell you something is wrong", in the meantime carry on as normal, act like everything is fine TO BE CONTINUED, Talk soon, love Donna Lee & STERLY GIRLY

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

05/18/2013 03:53.40 AM Report This Comment
May 17th Newsletter

***HOTD Dolly 251290 Nominated by Dakota
Hi, my names Dolly, I am a 16yr old Welsh Pony and Cob mare. I ride English, Jumping and Dressage and my favorite treat is cinnamon cookies. My motto is "You can make any horse a champion with dedication and proper training :)" Please stop by and leave a vote.

Congratulations Just Jazz our HOTD!!

***HOTM Rose 252606 Sterl May 220509
***DOTM Shotgun 26288
***COTM Whiskers 227256
***BOTM Luigi 225307

Todays inspiration: “I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” - Jimmy Dean

Happy trails...Team HOTD

Come visit me, Sierra, Misty, Cheyenne, Dakota, Cherokee*vote 4 Copper August HOTM! & ~Scout~RIP~.

05/17/2013 05:20.25 AM Report This Comment
hi Aladdin
GOOD MORNING MY FRIENDS,I would like to continue with Sterl May's story, thanks for reading them and commenting on them, because she is 30 and retired, it is also fun for me to remember the early years. THANKS FOR THE VOTES AND SUPPORT. All was well at the barn, Sterly's retraining was in full swing, I still leased Fool Kat, so I was a pretty busy girl, 2 horses to ride 4x a week and the barn was 40 minutes from home, a full time job, a house and husband to take care of plus 4 cats and a dog(Nicky) that I did agility with. The young couple that owned Fool Kat were pregnant and building a new house, they had no time for her but, did not want to let her go. So I was a perfect solution for them. Unfortunately, the baby arrived and the house was ready and they were ready to take her home. I had leased her for almost 2 years, I had Sterly but still it was a sad good by. Fool Kat was 23 when I started her lease, I kept in touch after they moved her home, she was basically a pet, she died quietly at 32. TALK SOON, LOVE DONNA LEE AND STERLY GIRLY

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

05/17/2013 04:18.31 AM Report This Comment
★ I got so busy at work yesterday so I know I missed voting a few HC friends ~ sorry from my herd! I am putting Rockets picture up in Whiskeys window until I leave from work today so take a look at that beautiful Palomino Tobiano face of his!!! Off work tomorrow so of course I will phone vote as many as possible but for sure our contest horses!!!!!

Come visit me, ~* Whiskey*~vote Deacon 237272 for HOTD & <)__~ Deacon vote ME HOTD!.

05/16/2013 09:01.31 AM Report This Comment
hi Aladdin
GOOD MORNING, here it is day 16 already. WE LEFT A VOTE FOR YOU, and a big thanks for the wonderful support. Being a pretty new horse owner, I had sort of thought once I get the first year under my belt, I'd be good to go....Silly me, aren't we ALWAYS learning from them. One thing is for sure, if all horses were like STERL MAY, everyone would have a horse. By now she is pretty much the "sweetheart" of the barn. The owners loved her 'cause she was easy to handle, never caused a fuss and I was there regularly(every chance I had). One morning, Sterl was in the aisle cross ties, I was grooming her and Margaret was touring a new prospective boarder, they got to us and Margaret says "this is Sterl May, she is Standardbred, this horse jumps" as they walked past, I heard the guy say "nice butt!!!" HEY,he was talking about the horse. LOVE DONNA LEE & STERLY GIRLY

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

05/16/2013 02:44.45 AM Report This Comment
hi Aladdin
Thanks for listening to my stories of Sterl May, I guess by now you can see just how special she is to us. The trail ride was bad, but there were tons of great stuff that happened at "the barn" One morning I had just finished my ride and we jumped a few little jumps. I had turned Sterl loose in the arena to roll. As I waited for her, one of the other boarders came in with a friend. She introduced me and said her friend just came for the visit to watch her ride. I told them I was almost done, I'd be out of the way in a few minutes. I couldn't help notice that the friend was REALLY looking at Sterly, of course I thought because she is sooooo beautiful. As I got ready to leave the arena, I called "come on Sterl May, let's go" the friend says, "what did you call her? Is she a Standardbred?" "she said, I'm K. V. this horse was born on my Dad's farm, OMG, wait till I tell Dad that I saw her, she looks great, do you jump her? he will be so happy to hear that she is alive and well", we both cried a few happy tears, what a small world, what a great horse. After that day, I made sure that I let Mr. V know every year or so that Sterly was indeed alive and well. WE LEFT YOU A VOTE TODAY, THANKS FOR YOURS, talk soon, Love Donna Lee & Sterly Girly

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

05/15/2013 02:59.44 AM Report This Comment
hi Aladdin
Thanking you all with a vote today. We were really enjoying life together at the barn. I love having the guys home but I have always missed the camaraderie of other riders support. Sterly was now jumping small courses, mostly xrails but also some verticals. We had advanced to the outdoor ring. One evening, late spring I was at the barn and had just started my warm up when a couple of the other riders came in and said "we are going on a trail ride, want to join us" We had not done that yet, so I thought OK, sounds fun.....WRONG...Sterl May thought there was something spooky behind every tree, bush, rock, everything was a monster. She just could not settle, so I could not settle. The other riders are like, she'll be fine come on. So I hang in, we struggle along, Sterl on high alert, snorting all the way. Just then we see ahead of us in the field a dozen or so cows and everyone is like HEE HAW, LETS GET 'EM. I'm like, NO. STERL JUST FREAKED...they all took off, left us there, me scared to death, Sterl just dancing and prancing. So I did what any chicken would do, I got off and we walked back to the barn. I was just fuming, nice friends, don't ever ask me to go on your stupid trail ride again, everyone had a big laugh on us, it was all soon forgotten, but we never went on another trail ride again. Talk soon, Love Donna Lee & STERLY GIRLY

Come visit me, Sterl May, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes.

05/14/2013 03:05.08 AM Report This Comment
♥♡♥ Beautiful weekend! Whiskey and Deacon were awesome as usual! I often wonder if Deacon had an excellent rider with so much more talent to teach-how far could he go. He is so smooth and light in the mouth and he is so willing to try and do anything. I hope I am not holding him back from greatness…We BBQ’ed and just chilled other than my horsey time! How was your weekend?

Come visit me, ~* Whiskey*~vote Deacon 237272 for HOTD & <)__~ Deacon vote ME HOTD!.

05/13/2013 08:14.02 AM Report This Comment
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