Friday, July 24, 2009


By the time I met Abby to leave for the barn yesterday I had had it with everyone and everything I encountered in the day. Ever have one of those days? I found nothing humorous, which is VERY rare for me. I swear that all parents picked their children up from day care and took them to Trader Joe's then let them run around. I was not pleased.

Abby did make my day better by A. Driving me to the barn, and B. Letting me borrow a book called $TUD, adventures in breeding. It's pretty cool. It's written by a non-horse guy. So far it's addicting. I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Thoroughbreds, and truly believe that there is nothing better than an OTTB! (My crazy opinion, I know.)
I showed Denali the book since her grandsire, Storm Cat, is on the cover. I can see some similarities in their build. Other than that they have nothing in common. He gets paid $500,000 for 30 seconds, and the only way Denali could make that kind of money in 30 seconds is if she wore a black jammy mane tamer, and walked into the local bank with a gun. Not going to happen. Plus she's too lazy to actually run fron the scene of the crime.

Denali on her way to the bank. (Is it sad that I actually took time to make that, I suck at photoshop as well.)

Also, I'm not sure if I even mentioned Denali's "thing" with her halters. She eats them when she gets mad. I'm not kidding. When I was gone, apparently she didn't like that Ophelia kept getting to go into the arena. SO she ate Ophelia's halter and hers. This is halter number 7. I know that there are some people who will give me crap for using a rope halter, but honestly, it works so much better. I use a "normal" halter in the barn, but to lead her to and from I use this one. She'll eventually graduate to "normal" halter, but for now this is our choice. In case you were wondering, she eats "normal" halters too.

As for pictures of me and denali riding... not happening yet. Saturday maybe. I asked my trainer and she joked that she wants to make sure I'm doing it right before she takes my picture. I wasn't in the humorous mood. I didn't remind her, so no photos of us. I even made a point of matching. Oh well! Abby said she'd take pictures on Saturday. I might try to canter her. I'm just going to dial 911 and then all Abby needs to do is hit send.


Anna said...

lol, I think its great that you took the time to show us how Denali prepares to enter the 1st National Bank...Adventures in breeding? That sounds rather scary to me. But then, it is an adventure and you never know what you're gonna get.

I agree with you..OTTBs are best. Even if I'm not really riding mine yet.
btw, I like the name of your blog as's how I found you- searching for help with my own green + green issues..never know who else might need to read that they aren't the only one in these shoes!

AKPonyGirl said...

There's nothing wrong with using a rope halter. You even said yourself that "it works so much better". I use a rope halter for everything except tying my horse to the trailer or in the trailer. I even leave it on under her bridle when we trail ride. Why do you think that she needs to "graduate" to a "normal" halter?

I like the name of your blog also. I was a Parelli student for two years until I decided that I wanted to ride my horse instead of playing on the ground. I firmly believe those two years gave my horse a solid foundation. I should have done it in six months though.

Have you heard Mary Anne Kennedy's song with the same title?

SprinklerBandit said...

WOW. I just about fell out of my chair laughing at that picture of Denali with a gun. FABULOUS!! I had no idea where you were going with that. ;-) At least your angry day made mine lighter.

As for the rope halter, I use one on Izzy most of the time. I bought her a nice leather halter, but her ground manners aren't such that I actually trust her in it very often. I think that practicality ranks aesthetics, at least for now.

Denali said...

I showed a picture of Denali to a Dressage person to ask their opinon of her confirmation for Dressage, and they just kept telling me I shouldn't use a rope halter. I smiled and said okay. I still use it, I see nothing wrong with it. I guess she saw it as harsh. I have a "normal" halter on her right now and she's walking all over.

I DID NOT know that there is a song by the same name as my blog!! i'll need to go find it!!

SprinklerBandit said...

It is stronger than a nylon or leather halter, but I think the main objection to rope halters is simply that they look western. I appreciate the aesthetics, but I'd rather use a rope halter than a more conventional one with a chain. I tie with a rope halter; there's no way it's safe to do that with a chain. Someday I'll switch, but now isn't the time.

Still to your guns. ;-) Plenty of dressage riders use them out here.