Painting Capri’s Skeleton

This week is my video post is about the skeletal anatomy of a horse; More specifically, my horse, Capri. She is the bay roan Quarter Horse mare that I’ve been talking about. Honestly, I was surprised how patient she was through the whole painting process. I had trouble finding a color of paint that would show up on both her body, which is mostly white, and her legs that are black so I ended up picking a light pink. I made sure to video her body standing still, walking, trotting, and loping. If the video is not clear while she is moving, I apologize! It is easiest to recognize how the bones move and legs extend while she is walking. Make sure to look closely so you don’t miss it.

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I almost forgot!

Sorry, I almost forgot to give everyone the results of the poll for naming my mustang. It was a tie between Maggie, Penny, and Whiskey, where Belle had one vote. Since it is a three-way tie, I am naming her Paisley because that is fun, sweet  and so is she.  Everything is going very well, I can brush her, lead her, pick up her feet, she has been trimmed, put saddle her, get on her, and walk around bareback. She is awesome at turning, I have never seen a horse turn so well.

Ideally, horses are supposed to basically pivot on their hind end. This means, their back feet stay in place, and to turn, the horse crosses their front feet (one over the other) to well, pivot around! This video demonstrates the turn I am talking about, but obviously not so fast. There is also a discipline, or type of riding, for this skill called reining. It is by far the best event to watch because it is always exciting. Also, if you have a Facebook, you don’t have to add me as a friend, but you can like my page and follow along with what is going on with the training process. It will be a little easier and probably updated more often. Another thing coming up this week is a video so don’t go too far.

Oh! Sorry the pictures are so small; I have no idea what’s going on. However, you should be able to click on each one and see the image in a larger view.

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Map of “Must Know” Equine Locations in South Jersey

Hey guys, I have put together a map of the places I like to go or have been that I think are important to know as a horse owner, or I like. When you click on the map, be sure to click on each individual point for a more detailed description.

The Gloucester County Dream Park is on the map because, for those of you following along, this is where the Extreme Mustang Makeover competition will be held August 2-4, 2013. You are welcome to come out and show your support! Also, the horses trained over these 100 days are auctioned off on the last day to promote the breed and The Mustang Heritage Foundation.

I wanted to put Shadow Equestrian on the map for any of you that would like to visit, or more importantly, volunteer. If you listened to my interview with President Kay Drissel, you heard her say “volunteers are the backbone of what goes on” there at Shadow.

If anyone has a horse, or horses, or are thinking about getting into riding, you will need to hit the best tack shops around. On the map, you will find three- KC Stables Tack & Supply, Lisa’s Tack Shack, and Circle 40 Tack. KC is a great place to go if you have a lot of questions, Lisa’s is best for tack with bling, and Circle 40 is best when you’re looking for things no one else has. Another place to go is Garoppo’s. They have a large selection of feed, and I sometimes find good barn supplies there.

I put Liberty Bell Farm on the map because without that place, I wouldn’t have the riding experience I do. It’s special to me. I have also mentioned it in a previous post because that is where Rowan University’s Equestrian Team rides. If you are looking to take lessons, visit Liberty Bell Farm and see if you like it there.They also have a really fun summer camp program if you know of any kids that are interested!

Don’t be shy! Let me know if you have any questions or would like more information. Thanks everyone.

Home Safe and Sound, Still No Name

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Yesterday was such a long day! I got my mustang; She’s a five year-old, chestnut mare. Unfortunately, she still doesn’t have a name. I’m hoping she will do something and it will just come to me. When I arrived, I had to sign a few papers for the BLM. I was then given a folder with the horse’s record of shots. I was handed a yellow slip with the numbers “9919,” my name, and “chestnut” on it. Then I was allowed to search the pens for my new partner in this adventure. She was in a pen with another horse who seemed to be the bossy one. My mustang was curious and sweet from the start. Thankfully, we didn’t hit any traffic on our journey. We drove three hours to Virginia, five hours to central New Jersey to drop off another mustang, and then two hours home. It seems like a lot of riding in the truck, but it wasn’t all that bad because I could look back and see my new friend standing patiently in the trailer. Here are two pictures I took in Virginia while she was still in the holding pen. Any name ideas yet?

Horses and People Working Together at Shadow Equestrian

Kay Drissel is the President of Shadow Equestrian, a therapeutic riding facility, located in Monroeville, New Jersey. Here, SHADOW stands for “Special Horses And Disabled Overcome Weakness.” Therapeutic riding is working with disabled people (in Kay’s case, children) to help cope or even heal a mental, physical, or emotional disability by working with horses to perform activities and play games. In this interview, Kay talks about how she got involved with therapeutic riding and how things work at Shadow Equestrian.

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Kay & her noble friend, Snickers.