Monday, March 19, 2007

The Twelve Steps of Mare Starers Anonymous - Arabian Horses

I was gone all weekend to an Arabian horse schooling show with my granddaughter and missed a mare foaling on Mare Stare that I've been following for quite a while. Fortunately, her stable mate, who I've also been watching didn't foal while I was gone, so I checked the threads to see what the status was and found a group of Mare Starers discussing their (and my) addiction. I couldn't resist compiling this! God please don't strike me dead! And for all horse lovers and lovers of horses (search engine fodder) enjoy. Then go check out the mare's foaling on Mare Stare live cams.

12 Steps of Mare Starers Anonymous

1. We admitted we were powerless over staring at mares - that our lives had become unmanageable because there just aren't enough hours in the day to watch enough mares..

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. The mare if she would just foal.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him so He can encourage the mare to foal during peak watching hours and of course, keep her safe.

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves of our horse watching skills so maybe we can get better at predicting when the darn mare will foal, so we don't have to spend so much time watching mares and spend a little more time taking care of our families.... or we could watch more mares.

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our addiction to mare stare so we can encourage them to join us. Misery love company. And sometimes we really enjoy the mare takes her time, letting us post more and met fellow addicted mare-strarers. And we could feel less guilt if they joined us.

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. You know the ones where we miss a foaling, screw up our computer so it freezes us out of a foaling or anything connected with missing the mares.

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. This one too would be where we miss a foaling, get caught watching another mare while our favorite one foals undetected. Have to go to the bathroom at an important moment in a delivery. Can't go another 24 hours without sleep...You know the stuff!

8. Made a list of all persons and horses (especially our own msres) we had neglected and became willing to co-erce or bribe them into forgiving us and accepting our mare stare behavior so we can spend even more time watching mares and less time taking care of them.

9. Made direct amends to such people when nothing else would work, except when to do so would jeopordize our mare watching time and keeping up on the boards and chats. Amends to such horses made in the form or hugs, pats and carrots (double for our mares) when we do stumble out to the barn, dazed and blinded by hours at the computer.
10. Continued to take personal inventory of our mare foaling prediction skills and when we were wrong promptly admitted it, then learned from that mistake so we can get better at catching the mares foaling next time. Also, we promise to pass that information on to other mare starers on the boards so they might not make the same mistake and miss a foaling.

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for the mares and foals and the power to catch them foaling and not miss any cute moments provided by the new foals. Also praying for the ability to survive on less sleep so we can spend even more time watching mares, foaling and cute new foals.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to mare-starers, and to the general public to practice these principles in all our affairs and encourage the growth of Mare Stare and appreciation of the horses we love.

See my cam currently on Krugorrs Heiress and her new colt born March 12. He is a character to watch.

I will post about the schooling show and how my horses and Rachel did. Also have a post I'm working on about the mare that I found through Mare Stare who was pregnant with her fourth set of twins. It's a compelling story of great heroisn and horsemanship. Hope to have that up soon. I'm taking my time making sure I do these wonderful people justice. It's a read you won't want to miss.


  1. Hi MiKael,
    You guys are just too funny!!
    I was wondering if you have an update about the twin colts. I couldn't find anything. Also saw some ads on their mb about Seattle. Are they from out here also?
    Gayle, North Bend, WA

  2. Hi MiKael thanks for the giggle. Baby is looking great, I watched him today and yesterday for a bit and both times he was lying down sleeping but his little legs were going ten to the dozen like he was running madly in his sleep, soooo cute. He is an active little guy.

    I think the people who have had so many sets of twins are probably the ones that I saw an article on a year or so ago but couldnt find anything on it. I will be interested to read their story, four sets of twins WOW.

    On the subject of my two horses playing. Cayenne and Wiggle were very attached to each other and they used to mock battle all the time, you know sticking their heads in the air like snakes and pretending to bite each other on the nose. This was just during one of those play fights and she was nipping her as she walked past LOL.

    Have to go finish another stall which I have started stripping, it is getting late, nearly feed time already sheesh.

    Hope you are well, we are having a nice warmish day 40s today but expecting 5 days of rain.


  3. Oh, no....

    Did you *have* to tell me about this site??? I really need to be doing any number of chores right now, but I keep finding myself strangely glued to my computer screen. Between watching the pregnant mares on marestare and watching your little colt, I'm not getting anything done....