****New Addition....But she has a home!!!!***
bay Arabian Mare. Star, Strip, Snip, Upper Lip, Left Fore Leg,
Right Hind Leg. Imported from Sweden. This mare rides quite well
and is a sweet heart. She is also in foal to Colonel J.
*LALGA # 0272675
Lalga will be leaving
for her new home with Carol J. of Massachusets sometime this week!
In speaking with Carol last week, I told her of this lovely mare's
plight. Carol immediately said she would give her a home for life
and sprung into action to acquire the most luxurious and experienced
transport available! Thank you so much Carol for caring so deeply
and helping a mare in need at moment's notice!
3-8-01 - Lalga has arrived at her new home!
She is really
adorable and went into her paddock like she has been here for
years. Its funny, even my most dominant mare (Trix) usually lunges
at a new horse through the fence, but they all just accepted her.
I think they know she has been through alot!
I could not
really see her until this morning because it was dark. She definitely
needs her feet done, so a call is already into the farrier. I
noticed this morning she has a big open sore on her back leg.
We will scrub that with betadyne and put some ointment on it until
the vet comes to check her over. She seems sore or a little lame
on her back end but it might be because of the 5 day ride and
that sore! But when she was trotting through the 2 feet of snow
it did not bother her!
She is really
beautiful, just needs to be cleaned up, she looks like she came
from the mud! I believe she is about 14.1h which my daughter will
appreciate even more than us! You can tell by her confirmation
that she is a well bred horse.
I am looking out the window, and she is happy, great appetite,
and just enjoying life! She even ran around in the deep snow last
night to get some exercise! She is real sweet and safe! A beautiful
much for caring
3-10-01 - The past two days (now that we can see her in daylight)
we have been washing her with warm water and medicated soap to
remove all the debri and mud from her utters and back end on the
first day. Day 2 we washed her with warm water to remove the manure
and mud all over her body. We detangled and cut mats out of her
mane and tail today and conditioned them. We then blanketed her.
that she has a big sore on her back leg it looks like down to
the bone, we keep cleaning it and disinfecting it while we wait
for the vet.
are in real bad condition. She has rubber grown into the hoof.
I dont know whether someone had pads on her and they just grew
into the foot or what. The farrier is coming on Friday. The vet
said he will be out by Wednesday.
She is happy
as a lark and just loves her stall and laying in her shavings.
She stands completely still while we work on her. She loves the
attention and knows she is being loved and cared for! She picks
up her feet and will almost knock herself over to accommodate
holding them up for you!
She is so
sweet and we just love her so much! And so do all the other horses!
She has had many visitors from the neighborhood and more of my
much for her
4/13/01 - Lalga is awesome! She is just unbelievable! We gave
her a bath the other day (the weather has been great), with viodine
shampoo, some expensive cholesterol conditioner, great brushing,
and alas! She is Cleopatra! You would not believe how gorgeous
Today I had
a 10 year old on her on the lungeline on a breezy very windy day
in an open field, and she is just so good! She is very safe!
7/20/01 - She came here on the thin side and she's been putting
on weight little by little. She's making progress but I figured
she would have put some more on sooner. Had her vet checked and
she came out fine so maybe it's the move, new environment, little
high metabolism.....you know-things like that.
the photos. She's a real sweetheart. When I go to see her she
either softly walks over to me with her head down or comes running.
Depends on how often I see her. Anyway, she puts her head into
my chest and I wrap my arms around it stroking the head, ears,
mane and neck. She is especially sensitive to being gently scratched
below the eyes and sometimes it looks like she's going to fall
asleep in my arms. What a nice mare.
asleep thing is no joke. I'm refining a sort of Tellington Touch
rub & scratch down that greatly relaxes high strung horses.
On July 3 I worked over a high strung thoroughbred that a girl
at a barn could not saddle and in 20 minutes he fell asleep in
my arms. I released him and she said "Oh my God-is he dead?".
It was unbelievable. She then touched him on his nose and he jumped
a foot off the ground and startled us. Then I relaxed him again
but just to the point of still being conscious and she saddled
him up and took him out for a ride. This is the second time I
did this. The first time was with a Belgian but he was mellow
to begin with so it was not all that dramatic.
7/23/01 - Jerry & Winston......very important friends
in Lalga's life!
one of the exceptions is my first horse that I purchased in January.
He was severely face beaten by the woman that owned him and she
owns a riding school in Connecticut. I paid a ton of money for
him but don't care. In 6 months of humane training this habitual
biter, kicker, pawer, head tosser and refuser to give up his hoofs
has calmed down to a nice pet. He's still antsy and I figure it
will take another 6 months to finish his training off. I can't
undo in a few months what she did in 21. He's always been trouble
for his owners as he had 5 in the past 6 years. Spent the first
four years of his life in N. Dakota. I'll send you some photos
if you want.
even though I've never done a horse show and never saw one other
than 1 hour in May at a schooling show, had no idea as to what
the horse's show record was, we did two shows. We entered hunt
seat equitation and in 6 classes won 6 ribbons. One was a championship
walk trot and we found ourselves in a three way tie for first
place. The tie breaker was a figure 8 and after the three of us
did it, to a thunderous applause that almost tore the house down,
Winston the Wonder Appaloosa was awarded champion, with me on
board. We were by far the most inexperienced team on the field.
I've been riding only for 3 months and had no idea what he was
going to be like. We also had no barn to sponsor us, no trainers,
no instructors or anything of the sort. We did the whole thing
from start to finish by ourselves.
awards ceremony I was confronted by the mother of the girl that
got third place and she told me her daughter was balling her eyes
out in their trailer. She congragulated me and was thrilled I
beat her daughter. She was sick and tired of hearing the "I'm
holier that God" attitude her daughther had adopted and was
double thrilled that a man beat her. I was the only male that
competed that day. We exchanged pleasntires and she went about
What I did
not tell her that shortly before, her daughter was not the only
one crying in a trailer. I went into mine with Winston outside
devouring a large bowl of horse biscuits and as I changed my clothes
I looked at the big blue ribbon and a yellow one (we got a third
in another class too) and cried my eyes out. What these ribbons
meant is the humane and loving methods of training work. We had
been lied to, deceived, misinformed, and almost short of being
robbed by owners, trainers, instructors and the likes. I fired
them all in March and decided to go it alone. Got a bunch of training
tapes made by Greg Best and Sally Swift and put into practice
what they said about flat work. Also got books by George Morris,
Frank Madden and Anna Mullins. Well, it all worked and the ribbons
were the ice breaker. Two weeks later we did a regional horse
show in central Massachusetts, entered four classes and amist
a huge thunder, lightning and rain storm won 4 ribbons.
In view of
what type of environment Winston came from in January and how
he performed at the two shows, he has been nominated for a Presidential
Citation with the New England Trail Rider Association and it is
expected to be handed down in a month or so. All this on the horse
that was deemed impossible, stupid and dumb by his 5 prior owners.
June proved it was them that those words describe.
Due to what
he has taught me about horses, people and life in general Winston
the Wonder Appaloosa was officially nick named The Professor on
the 17 June. When you think of it, they are all professors of
life. It is up to us to attend class and listen.
12/24/01 - MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM "LALGA"
IS DOING AWESOME AND HAS RETURNED TO GREAT HEALTH! KEEP UP THE
GOOD WORK! GOD BLESS YOU!