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Belgian from Orland hills, IL

Apollo ~ You Are Missed ~

About Me

Active within 1235 Days

I am from Orland hills, IL and I've been a Club Horse member for 6 years, 6 months and 13 days

Nicknames: butt racer, moocher, Apollonator, "straight" jamaican man... more that i can't think of.

Age: 30 years old

Gender: Gelding

Breed: Belgian

Height: probably about 15 hands high, maybe a little higher! not really sure!

Color: he looks black with a white stripe, but in the summer he is quite dark bay.

Type of Riding: i primarily ride western, but i do ride english
~update~ today is the first day i rode on Apollo english!!! yay! it been awhile!

My Horse's Achievements: i just love him for who he is, thats what i'm proud of.and i love him because him and i both think people that come on my page and forget to vote are crazy!

My Horse's Favorite Treat: apples, carrots, and peppermints. lmao, and grass balls with wild lettuce and wild rasberries!!! homemade!

My Horse's Favorite Things To Do: lope, eat, eat, and did i say eat?
get a good long grooming session
step on feet, and get many many apples!!!

Pet Peeves: spray bottles and pesky flies, moskitoes, gnats, and now queen bee's(as of today)!!!

My Horse's motto: one blue eye, one brown eye, one sweet guy, thats Apollo!

Apollo's just being Apollo!

Apollo's too sexy for his saddle too sexy for his saddle, Apollo's too sexy for his bridle too sexy for his bridle! etc.

food? food? is that something i can eat?!!??!? Omg!!! a fone, look colorful! lets taste it!!!

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How We Met

well, i am only a part time owner. I went on the internet to find a nice stable and found a great one and here i am riding one out of three horses i tried out. the owner of Apollo might be selling apollo, but im shareboarding currently, my parents dont have enough money to pay for his boarding fee if we bought him!!! :-( i love apollo soooo much
~update~ 6/16/09, wow, its been awhile... well today i rode Apollo english and had an exellent time!!! until it started to rain, thts when Ann and I decided to run to the barn for shelter! lol, Apollo and Stormy look great with their little braids! little show horse and pony!!!
-update- Apollo just got sold to a "horse rescue, she says she has good intentions but I have mixed feelings... once he gains some weight im going to play with him and work with him. I'll miss the trails of Saratoga, but not that barn... I will NEVER step foot in that barn again, and i won't miss it...
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I'm the 13,711th member on HorseChannel.com.

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

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Hi Apollo! You are so handsome!!! My Morgan, Ferina, is leaving you with a vote! We'd love to hear from you soon!

Come visit me, Ferina, Izzy & Gracie.

01/21/2010 05:28.14 PM Report This Comment
glad you're still around! are you still riding sometimes with annie? we'll help you with votes.

Come visit me, Sing & Herd Yes It's CHRISTmas time!!.

01/14/2010 05:59.08 PM Report This Comment
Thanks for the compliment and I hope that you and Apollo will be together soon. That is so cool. I have never owned a horse myself so I find that exciting to know that other's have had their dreams come true. good luck. Hers a vote:)

Come visit me, My Dream Horse-Brego.

12/07/2009 09:09.41 PM Report This Comment
good to hear from you. so glad you got to see apollo!

Come visit me, Sing & Herd Yes It's CHRISTmas time!!.

09/29/2009 08:44.41 AM Report This Comment
hi
here's a vote for you. have you heard anything about Apollo? I'm sos orry to read that he's been sold to a horse shelter :( here's a vote for you hope to hear from you soon

Talia, not saying, NS.

09/22/2009 08:57.50 AM Report This Comment
voted

Come visit me, ♥ Stormy ♥ Not on as much latley :(.

09/20/2009 08:23.21 PM Report This Comment
hi
haven't heard how you guys are doing. come update. :)

Come visit me, Sing & Herd Yes It's CHRISTmas time!!.

08/14/2009 07:50.46 AM Report This Comment
Hey I Sorry That You had To lose your horse
Good luck and and keep your chin up

Come visit me, Badg.

08/07/2009 01:32.04 PM Report This Comment
Hey
left a vote =]

Come visit me, ♥Watch My Fancy Hustle (Payton), ♥Flame, ♥Chance, ♥Jewel, ♥Buster, ♥Ace & ♥Ruby.

08/07/2009 04:45.34 AM Report This Comment
Did you call her yet? waht'd she say?steph I'm not trying to be a jerk, but your soundind extremely mellow dramatic. I know things are tough, Apollo is doing fine! At least he's not stuck in his DUNGEON stall! Smile before I hunt you down! xD I will... Frankly I think where he's at the lady has alot of ideas but not the funds to follow through wih everything. If you give the money for his feet and teeth MAKE sure his teeth and feet are DONE! You'll see apollo again missy, I know it! now stop moping and whining! I hate seeing you like this, things will be ok, we all know what it's like going through tough times! Things could be tons worse, apollo could have been sent somewhere where'd you never see him, there you were offered to go see him! you could loose other things that are important too and things could be 10x worse be happy nothing giant has happened besides apollogoing. You will see him again, and he'll always love you! Look on the bright side!!!!!! I know I sound like a jerk but steph, your not helping yourself by feeling sorry for yourself about all the things that have happened think of Ron! He has cancer, and he doesn't care he still does everything. Besides he went thorugh so many worse things, he was in the marines during WAR! IF he felt sorry for himself he wouldn't be here today! So stop it!

Come visit me, ♥ Stormy ♥ Not on as much latley :(.

08/06/2009 10:23.10 AM Report This Comment
Hi
I love your main picture. I'm so so sooo sorry to hear about Apollo!! :( Why would he go to a horse rescue??have you tried calling the rescue to see if you can visit. That must be awful. here's a vote for you I hope you get HOTM sometime Apollo sure deserves it!!!

Talia, not saying, NS.

08/05/2009 03:52.14 PM Report This Comment
O I am so sorry you can't see Apollo. He sounds like a great horse. Heres a vote.

Come visit me, Gazelle, Fox, Cheyenne, Wind, Forest, Celtic & Sparrow.

08/04/2009 07:56.57 PM Report This Comment
Thanks! Wow, Apollo is gorgeous! :]

Come visit me, Sleet *RIP*.

08/04/2009 03:55.31 PM Report This Comment
Oh stephanie! what am I gonna do with you!
Thanks for the congrats stephy!!! still no call? I really hope she calls soon. I have her release form sitting on my desk. I think she'll call eventually she's busy trying to raise money and stuff I hope. ofcourse seeing that newspaper article and that horses feet really made me gag! STEPH you need to EAT!!! If you don't I'm going to force you too! your too young to not eat enough, your still growing and you need the food! CAll pam and talk to her, I'll call you tommorow morning. ((hugs)) stephy! I don't like seeing you like this your going through so many tough times relax and have fun missy your too young to worry so much!

Come visit me, ♥ Stormy ♥ Not on as much latley :(.

08/03/2009 10:42.50 PM Report This Comment
hi
apollo is so beautiful. have you been able to visit him? so sorry it didnt work out for him to stay. that stinks to lose the horse you love.

Come visit me, Sing & Herd Yes It's CHRISTmas time!!.

08/01/2009 05:35.18 PM Report This Comment
Hey. I really tired today. I was at the barn. It looks like hopefully Lacey can start making a slow recovery. Nothing is set in stone. This morning she had diearhea, then like an hour later she just fell over in her stall. They got her up and took her outside to try to graze her and in case she died right there the campers won't see it. Then the vet rushed over and gave her more liquids through the IV. Then he stuck a long tube through her nostril and stomach fluids and toxins came out. I had to hold her durning all of this. The vet said that she is may start to recover in the next few days. Thanks for the vote. Grey and I appericate it!!! :) Today I walked out and opened up the gates so then the horses can run out. I got some cute pictures and a cool video. Then I went out to the pastures and took some pictures and bleached the throughs. Grey came right up to me and followed me around until I left. Meanwhile there is hay all over that he could be eating. I hope to post the new photos soon. Here's a vote for you...
~Big Grey and Shay
!*!*!*!*! I would like to make a youtube video of the Horse Channel horses. If you would let me use a picture and/or video of your horse please send it to me at BigGreyandShay@gmail.com . Please include your horse's name,breed,age,and profile #. My youtube channel name is BigGreyandShay. Deadline is July 19th. I really want to make this video right away!*!*!*!*!*!

Come visit me, Big Grey 4 Aug HOTM 2000 votes plez! Almost there!.

07/16/2009 06:02.56 AM Report This Comment
Hi Apollo is a handsome boy. He sounds like a nice horse, you must have alot of fun with him. Heres a vote.

Come visit me, Gazelle, Fox, Cheyenne, Wind, Forest, Celtic & Sparrow.

07/06/2009 10:57.40 PM Report This Comment
Happy 4th Of July!!!! :)
Happy 4th of July. I hope you have a fun and safe day.
Anyways I left a vote.
Marli

Come visit me, Franklynn (Goal = HOTM May 2013).

07/04/2009 08:18.42 AM Report This Comment
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!
here is a vote;) ttyl ruth ann n navajo

Come visit me, Freedom & Daisy.

07/04/2009 06:58.54 AM Report This Comment
Hi, left a vote. Happy 4th of July!

Come visit me, Toby, Zip N Fire & Amber.

07/04/2009 03:33.48 AM Report This Comment
hey
This evening I rode Navajo and decided I am going to pay attention to me and see in what ways I as a rider can improve. Well I figured out that I need to make sure I keep my heels down and obviously move with my horse and be more depenent on my leg/body cues instead of my voice and rein cues. Toward the end I got a little sore because to build up my muscles in my legs I do posting without a saddle and believe me your legs hurt after a bit. Good exercise.

I then figured I would pay attention to how he responds to my cues and how quickly. He does very well with my leg/rein cues to move over. I want to work on the sidepass but am going to start that next week so he is fresh. Anyway as I said he is good with leg/rein cues. Amber Wolbeck gave me some tips on how to use my seat/legs to stop a horse and to back them up right after they are stopped so they don't hollow their back, lift their heads and go on their front legs which is hard on their navicular bones. Got that from Amber. So that is what I worked on. First I used my seat and reins to stop him with a gentle whoa. Then I went into stopping him using my seat and reins and a gentle whoa and then backing up. Eventually I want to just use my seat/virbal and leg cues to stop him. An so far it is going quite well and I am quite proud of him:)

Here I have an overview of what I have taught/retaught Navajo this summer. First I retaught him to neck rein and to move away from leg pressure. Using groundwork I got him to be a more confident backer (to back up). I also taught him to lunge. Another thing was I got him to stand still for me when we are on the trail. Doesn't matter where we are I say whoa his feet stop (for the most part) but it definitely is better than at first:) So I have accomplished some of my goals and now I am setting new ones. I never dreamed we would get this far so quickly but I am proud of how far he has come.

New Goals: Get him to sidepass. Learn basic dressege (if anyone has any ideas or a website you can point me to would be great). Get better at lungeing him. Be a more confident rider (that one is for me). Teach him to have more respect. Maybe ride bridless eventually but that is farther in the future because we have a lot of work to do before then.

These are some of the goals that I have as of now, I can't think of more right now. I might add some later. But I feel they are good goals and we will eventually reach them if we both work hard, have patience, and that I don't get frustrated as soon as he don't get it. So I am not going into this expecting him to know exactly what I want right away but I am expecting him to try to figure it out and he be patient with all our trys. Well that is all for now. ttyl ruth ann n navajo
p.s. sorry for the longness will add a personal blog tomorrow if i have time:)

Come visit me, Freedom & Daisy.

07/03/2009 06:26.14 PM Report This Comment
Hi, thanks for the vote, left you one. Beautiful horse! I love draft horses! Good luck!!!

Come visit me, Toby, Zip N Fire & Amber.

07/03/2009 03:43.23 PM Report This Comment
Here is vote 166. You are so close I think i you probably get your goal for tomorrow! So how have you and Apollo been? well ttyl Cathy and Buddy! Please vote for buddy as much as possible as i am trying to get him HOTM he does so much for me and i want to do a little something for him!

Come visit me, Blazin Rocky Man~1100 votes please~ & ~MastersDreamcatcher- ~.

07/03/2009 01:44.33 PM Report This Comment
BELGIANS RULE!!!!!! :)
That stinks I love to show Franklynn it is soo much fun.
Anyways left a vote.
Marli

Come visit me, Franklynn (Goal = HOTM May 2013).

07/03/2009 11:21.57 AM Report This Comment
Thanks for the vote!!! Here's one for you!!! :) Everyone is picking completly diffrent songs. I think that in a few days I will narrow down the list and then ask everyone to tell me which song they like the best. I hope that you have a happy Forth of July!!! And a great weekend!!! Thanks for all your help and over 800 votes!!! I was shocked. I didn't even ask for help with votes!!! You guys rock!!! :)
See ya,
~Big Grey and Shay :)

Come visit me, Big Grey 4 Aug HOTM 2000 votes plez! Almost there!.

07/03/2009 05:25.40 AM Report This Comment
VOTE 163 APOLLO from Petite Fleur
hi Apollo! I know you want 175 for tomorrow on the 4th so you now only need 12 more! See ya tomorrow!

Paula, St Antoine, FRANCE, Intl.

07/03/2009 03:57.53 AM Report This Comment
Hi!
Just stopping by with a vote towards your goal!
talk to ya soon!

Talia, not saying, NS.

07/03/2009 03:39.03 AM Report This Comment
haha yup! Fun times, fun times! ;) I'll miss you in IN!!!!!

Come visit me, ♥ Stormy ♥ Not on as much latley :(.

07/02/2009 09:43.43 PM Report This Comment
I will try and get some people to vote for you so you can make your goal! Have a good Independence day too! Well i will try to vote for you every day! ttyl cathy and buddy

Come visit me, Blazin Rocky Man~1100 votes please~ & ~MastersDreamcatcher- ~.

07/02/2009 07:20.29 PM Report This Comment
Aw he is cute! Here is vote 161! I think you will make your goal! I will try and vote for you tomorrow! What all do you do with him? Well hopefully i will ttyl! Cathy and Buddy! Buddy is trying to get HOTM so please try and vote for him as much as possible! It would be greatly appreciated! Thanks

Come visit me, Blazin Rocky Man~1100 votes please~ & ~MastersDreamcatcher- ~.

07/02/2009 06:28.38 PM Report This Comment
Hey!!! Thanks for the vote!!! Here's one for you!!! :) How have you been? I hope that you have a happy Forth of July!!! And a great weekend!!! I have a favor to ask. I want to know your opinion and tell me what which song you like the best. I want to use some of the lyrics to put on pictures. If you don't know the song please go to youtube or google the lyrics. After a few days I'll see what song everyone likes the best.
The choices are:
1. Crazier~ Taylor Swift
2. The Climb~Miley Cyrus
3. Wild Horses~Natasha Bedingfield
4. The Best Days of your Life~ Kellie Pickler
5. Love Like This~ Natsha Bedingfield
6. It Only Gets Better~ Mimi Giannopulos
7. Alive~Becky Ryan
8. The Best Day~Taylor Swift
9. On the Ride~ Aly and AJ
10. 1,2,3,4~ Plain White T's
11. **Pick your own**
Thanks for all your help and over 800 votes!!! I was shocked. I didn't even ask for help with votes!!! You guys rock!!! :)
See ya,
~Big Grey and Shay :)

Come visit me, Big Grey 4 Aug HOTM 2000 votes plez! Almost there!.

07/02/2009 06:07.01 PM Report This Comment
VOTED!!!!!I'm tired!!!!!

Come visit me, ♥ Stormy ♥ Not on as much latley :(.

07/01/2009 10:40.11 PM Report This Comment
Hey!!! :) Thanks for the vote!!! I can't believe that I now have 800 votes!!! Wow!!! I was shocked when I logged on and saw that number. Here's a vote for you!!!I'm am sooo tired!!! Little kids are annoying!!! I spent all day today at the barn helping out with camp. Today they painted horses. I have paint on my boots now.Ugg!!! They don't even say sorry when they spill paint on you or get you soaking wet with the hose!!! I love the campers that tell me that I'm doing everything wrong!!! Anyway, I had a really nice time with Grey today. He was in for half of the day while he was being painted.Then one of the campers rode him. When it was time to give the horses that went out a bath nobody wanted to. I went and started giving Grey a his bath(he had paint all over him) then one of the campers wanted to help. So I let her do it. Then a horrible storm came through so I untied Grey and gave his lead rope to someone who needed it to wash their horse (I was standing right next to his head anyway.) I was watching the rain fall because we are not suppose to leave the campers alone with horses and I don't trust some of them very much with Grey. Grey was getting board just standing around so he put his head on my shoulder and just stood there next to me breathing his warm breath down my neck for a half hour straight.It was chilly from all of the rain and wind from the storm so it felt really good. Then when it was time for the camper to sweat scrape him he got a ticklish. He started to massage my shoulders with his lips (like how horses in the wild groom each other). Then I told the camper to pit him back in his stall while I go get his fly mask and fly spray. She apparently didn't listen because I had a surprise when I turned around- there was Grey!!! He had followed me all the way down to the tack room!!! It was really loud in the asiles and the campers were all hanging out in the bathroom screaming because of the storm and it was lighting and thundering out. I told him to stand while i ran inside and got the spray and his fly mask. We have two doors in the tack room. He was waiting at one of them and I came out of the other so he came trotting over to me. I put his mask on and the spray so then i could put it back in the tack room and not make another trip. He tried to open the door when it shut. he followed me back to his stall then it was feed time. After when I went to let him out of his stall so he can go to the pasture, he came all the way out of his stall the turned back around and came over to me to pet him one last time before he left to go to the pasture.I hope to spend the day with Big Grey again tommorrow. :)
I love him soooo much. Big Grey's love is forever and always!!! wprds can't describe the feeling I feel when I'm with Mr.Big Handsome Oversized Pony Butt!!! :)
Anyway, here's a vote!!! Hope to be back on tommorrow!!! :)
~Big Grey and Shay!!! :)
P.S. Do you know who won the virtual horse shows?

Come visit me, Big Grey 4 Aug HOTM 2000 votes plez! Almost there!.

07/01/2009 05:50.50 PM Report This Comment
Heeeeeyyyyy!!!! :)
Of course we can be friends. He is soo pretty, his face reminds me of one of the other belgians that we have named Baldy. See we have 6 belgians total, including Franklynn. Our barn is full we have a total of about 32 animals. We have dogs, cats, ponies, a donkey, a potbelly pig, goats, chickens, about 5 little chicks and of course the big boys. I have a ? do you show Apollo.
Anyways Franklynn wanted me to leave a vote.
Marli

Come visit me, Franklynn (Goal = HOTM May 2013).

07/01/2009 10:00.02 AM Report This Comment
ofcourse pony isn't clean! that is unheard of with stormster!

Come visit me, ♥ Stormy ♥ Not on as much latley :(.

06/30/2009 10:09.54 PM Report This Comment
hi! I love rainy!
Here's another vote!
Vote HOTD jetta june 30th!

Come visit me, Sadie & Jetta.

06/28/2009 04:17.11 PM Report This Comment
Alright! ♥ you steph! I'll bring my saddle for apollo, and we'll lunge stormy first, then ride. I'll bring my camera too... it's charging.

Come visit me, ♥ Stormy ♥ Not on as much latley :(.

06/21/2009 08:40.23 PM Report This Comment
Jenny is good, have you checked out all my other pages to see all the updates? I have a lot going on since you've been gone! Here's a vote for you, thanks for yours!

Kate, Tri-Cities, TN.

06/21/2009 04:37.18 PM Report This Comment
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