Monday, September 10, 2007

Adventures for Rachel and Grandma and Arabian Horses at the St Jude's Children's Hospital Ride

You may remember that I mentioned in a post a while back that I was involved with the Daffodil Arabian Horse Association doing a fund raising ride for the St Jude's Children's Hospital
St Jude's focus these days is finding cures that don't compromise a patients quality of life.

With as badly as Lindsay has been affected by her treatment, this new goal is really important to me. So I have kind of been the driving force behind pushing Daffodil to do a fund raiser for St Jude's. That, of course, meant that I needed to help put the thing on.

My friend, Lilli Fletcher was in charge of the event. She and I have helped Daffodil put on a couple of poker rides. Those didn't turn out well for us. We put on a great ride but few people came. I think the horse community can't figure out what an Arabian club is doing sponsoring something that's not a horse show. But the people who did show up had a great time and won lots of prizes!

Anyway, back to this ride! It took place last Saturday, Sept 8 in the Capital Forrest outside of Olympia. We'd spent a couple of weeks working on making flags for the trails. Then Friday a group of us went and marked the trails for the ride the following day. Lilli took two of her neighbor children who are very horse crazy and ride Lilli's horses. I took Rachel and we rode Legs and Dandy, respectively. Then we had a couple who lived in the area as our guides.

I love trail rides. I would do it all the time except I'm geographically challenged. Can't find my way out of a wet paper bag. Get really turned around in the woods. Have nightmares about showing up on the evening news as the fool that couldn't find her way out of the woods even on horseback. Get the picture. Well, Lilli isn't much better!

So here are the two of us putting on a fundraiser on trails that are massive enough for endurance and competitive trail rides. So yes, the guides to mark the trails are necessary. What we do if we ever lost a rider, probably dial 911 and call the Backcountry Horsemen.

So Friday afternoon, a group of seven horses and riders headed out from the Evergreen Gun Club onto the Capital Forrest trails just north of Mima Falls to mark trail for the Daffodil ride. Most of the horses were seasoned trail horses.

Legs was the only exception. He's only been on a trail once before in his life. That was several years ago and he was a perfect gentleman. He did get freaked out about a trail that cut down sharply with high ridges on each side of it, but for a first time trail ride, he handled it just fine.

I knew that he would be good on this ride too. He's such a level headed horse. The only thing I was concerned about was others, particularly the young girls with Lilli forgetting he's a stallion and crowding him. I never expect him to be bad but still believe that there is a proper way to ride with stallions on the trail.

Dandy has been going on trails since I first started him under saddle. I used to ride him at least once a week on trails. That stopped when he had EPM but he's had enough trail experience, I don't even worry about him anymore. I knew Rachel would be fine.

WRONG!! Dandy was a jiggy mess! I have no idea what got under his skin but he was NOT the horse I know (and love). Rachel had her work cut out for her.

To be continued......

Part 2


  1. Oh goodness...hope Dandy settled down!!

  2. Wow MiKael dont you just love the little darlings?? LOL. They always show you up when you least expect it dont they? I wish I could get myself motivated to ride my horses and get out on the trails, my story also goes deeper too, I will fill you in in e-mail one of these days.

    I was really sorry to read your last post, I havent visited you other blog, mainly because I didnt know you had one LOL. I think I saw it on your dashboard page when I first started blogging, so I am going to check it out, it sounds like it makes my woes pale in comparison. I really need to stop feeling sorry for myself and get off my butt but it is really hard at the moment.

    Looking forward to the next instalment and hope that it was not too traumatic.

    The problem I am having with the horses in the field down the road is worrying me. I have posted a link in a short post on my blog, to what I think may be part of the problem although I cant find any of the plants that apparantly cause it, in the field. I was really hoping to be able to leave them there until at least the end of October because of the hay situation and the workload it would entail bringing them home now and having to clean stalls but I dont know how it is going to develop. I can't believe you pay so much for hay!!!

    Well that is my manuscript for the day LOL.



  3. Your brave lol. I'm scared to go on a trail ride. My trail riding experience consists of riding the back country I grew up on as a kid, not these trail systems that they have here. I'd get lost lol.

    And I only have one ridable horse at the moment, Saheib, and I have no idea if he's ever been on a trail or not. Plus he's gets a bit ansty sometimes when I ride him and misbehaves...

    I hope the ride went wonderfully.

  4. Uh oh. The best way I know how to un-jiggy a jiggy horse is to ride the hooey out of them. Swap out riders or something. But this sounds like a case where jigginess could be contagious! I hope to read a happy ending tomorrow. At least you don't seem to be writing about what happened in the ER.

    And don't you hate all that work for fundraisers and nobody comes? I'm so sorry. What a noble effort, though.

  5. I meant to also add that I am TERRIBLE with direction and get confused without too much problem even driving around a strange area. In London I used to hav a compass in my car and I knew that if I kept heading in a general south easterly direction I would eventually come to the Thames if I was north or it and then I could just follow along to the crossing point and then I knew where I was LOL.


  6. I hope your ride went well and that you got lots of participants. I just read back to your post when you lost your mare and I am just horrified that that could happen. I have never in my life heard of a gelding attacking a mare like that. How sad for you, my heart breaks over that kind of thing. We have one mare at the stable and 11 geldings and I am going to tell the owner about this. As hard as it was for you to write about it I want to thank you for sharing it with us, maybe it will save some horse in the future!! I have all geldings and I think I will always keep it that way as I have no intention of doing any breeding any more.