“Evan” – December’s GOOD HORSE
Dec04

“Evan” – December’s GOOD HORSE

By Subscriber/Contributor Sarah Phillips Sarah has won a generous Gift Certificate from the World Famous Calabasas Saddlery where Julie and her expert team have no trouble finding you the perfect gift for the horse person in your life.   I bought Mr. Evan several years ago as a jumper.  While I loved his personality, I found that I did not enjoy riding him.  He was difficult off of your leg, he didn’t like to go into corners, and you couldn’t have any sort of consistent contact.  I started to think about selling him to someone with more skill than I. On a whim – I decided to try one last thing: dressage. I told my two girls that I was sending Evan to boarding school. Jackie Stoutenburg, my trainer, has not only changed his life, but also mine.  All that I asked was to have a more ridable horse, and last month we competed in our first dressage show!  Not only is he now very responsive to my leg, but we are learning all of these cool new moves (to someone who has never studied dressage) – side passes, shoulder in, haunches in, and he’s even started to learn some passage. I have to say, I’ve never had so much fun learning and riding. A dream came true and last month I got to move Mr. Evan out of his training barn, and to my home where he hangs out with my two geldings, and retired mare. I wasn’t sure how he was going to like the home life, but he has been nothing short of awesome. We trailer to meet my trainer 4 days a week – and even get to go out on trail several days per week.  He has turned out to be the “a bit of everything” horse that I’ve always dreamed of owning. Happy Holidays and Happy horsing! Sarah    ...

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“Spanky” November’s HOM for 2017
Nov12

“Spanky” November’s HOM for 2017

Editor’s note: For sure Spanky is no turkey and we give thanks for horses like Spanky who are faithful companions and make for a reciprocal friendship between owner and horse.  For submitting Spanky, Sarafina Topolsky receives a generous gift certificate and horse treats from the forever friendly Agoura Feed, in Agoura Hills CA. “Spanky is a 17 hand Percheron cross. I will never forget the first time I saw him. I was 12 years old when I got him and I was originally looking for something smaller to start eventing on. When I first laid eyes on Spanky I have to admit I was not too happy we took the drive to see this GIANT horse. As soon as I started interacting with him the bond began to form. When I got on him it was a done deal. I was in love. The first lesson he taught me was to never judge a book by it’s cover.  Spanky isn’t like other Percherons.  His athleticism never ceases to amaze me. From eventing and dressage shows to riding double on trails he has the heart to do it all.  We’ve jumped up to 3’10 and schooled third level dressage. Now Spanky is 19 and we enjoy our semi retired life.  I continue to do dressage and we love to toodle on the trails.  He truly is my once in a lifetime horse. “ Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Horsing!...

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Lovely Lola – The GOOD HORSE for October
Oct09

Lovely Lola – The GOOD HORSE for October

                                  Jasmine and Lola received a very generous prize from the Calabasas Saddlery. Julie and her well-trained team always take such good care of their customers and are so involved with the local horse community. Julie offers many events and opportunities for small business folks and vendors to be part of what she does. Julie is definitely a one of a kind horsewoman.  “Lola” is a very cute Appaloosa pony (almost tall enough to be a horse) and her owner Jasmine writes about her. “Lola is my Appaloosa mare and her registered name is ‘Nemepoo Shufflebunny’ She comes from the great state of Montana. My family and I just call her Lola. Lola’s a little over 13 hands and is ten years old.  Her  favorite adventure is trail riding. She is also an excellent jumper, but Lola loves trail rides more than arena work which happens to be my favorite too. She has a wonderful canter and prefers to canter uphill which is great as long as the footing is good. She is my first horse and such a good friend. I am fortunate because after school, I can walk to the barn and Lola is always so happy to see me. She is my favorite horse ever because she always protects me when I ride her. For example, if I am ever off-balance in the saddle Lola stops dead in her tracks. She eats mostly orchard hay and gets a bucket of timothy pellets daily plus carrots and an occasional apple. Lola is such a good little pony/horse and I love her so!” Happy Halloween and Happy Horsing!...

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Stellar Stallion Finds Forever Home in Hidden Hills
Sep21

Stellar Stallion Finds Forever Home in Hidden Hills

He was supposed to carry stars in the movies, but instead has found a pleasant home at the Diamond Barn in Hidden Hills, California. Formerly known as Media Noche 1, “Blanco,” a 16 year old Andalusian Stud has found peace with a new owner and a trio of Mustang geldings as pals. With plenty of space to move, this Stallion is perfectly content to work in the round pen or the track extending around the property. His diet consists of an orchard-timothy mix with a little alfalfa and he gets a bucket of integrity senior in the evening. Blanco works with the rope with ease and takes his rider’s cues in stride. Happy...

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The GOOD HORSE – “BRONSON” July’s Horse of the Month
Jul01

The GOOD HORSE – “BRONSON” July’s Horse of the Month

The GOOD HORSE – “Bronson” By owner Bianca Lukasik Thank you Malibu Feed Bin for your gracious prize for “Bronson” and his family.             Our story begins with the rescue of a Lusitano, gelding named “Bronson.” A year ago, when we first met Bronson we had high hopes of bringing him home. He was standing in a pile of filth; his head was tied straight up to a tree and bound by a rope and chain. He had bleeding lacerations running down both front legs resulting from a cruel and unconscionable act known as “rope tripping.” Horses that fall prey to this inhumane practice are usually used for entertainment purposes before slaughter. The horse is terrorized and chased out of a shoot or pen only to have a single rope thrown around the pastern forcing the horse to flip over on its back; the outcome is usually a horse with a broken leg or snapped spine. Bronson was lucky enough to escape this horrible fate thanks to our perfect timing. We rescued him from a hellish situation and everyday he shows us how grateful he is. Bronson has shown great promise in the area of three-day eventing and has shown a natural aptitude for the sport both physically and mentally. He’s improves strength-wise thanks to the right diet, supplements and the right amount of exercise. Good ownership has helped on my part and the right training, with Jessica Karlsson, has also been a great help. Bronson is full of life, love and has a commanding presence; he draws you in. Our whole family adores him. I can’t believe how satisfying it is to see a horse transformed from a starving, neglected, abused animal and become a healthy, energetic, and happy equine. He got there because people wanted to save him. It’s awe-inspiring to see Bronson achieve and through recovery we are reminded how terribly he has suffered but yet he still has such a will to live and allow people love him again. Happy horsing,...

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THE GOOD PONY – “Smokey” June’s HOM
Jun01

THE GOOD PONY – “Smokey” June’s HOM

  “Smokey” thinks that he is a horse – no one bothered to explain to him that he is only 12.2 hands.  I bought Smokey when my first daughter was born – he was 4 years old, and I bought him 5 minutes after meeting him.  He is the best little guy.  He is a welsh type B, and turns 9 next month. If you ask Sophia, my four year old, she will tell you that he is as close to a unicorn as they come. She loves to trot, and her legs are finally long enough to kick and make Smokey go.  He is the dirtiest pony, and loves to roll. Keeping him somewhat clean is a full time job. Smokey is still learning, but he has a heart of gold, and loves his kids. He is an adventure pony on the trail, and a flashy gentleman in the show ring, but best of all, he lives in the front yard where he gives kisses to parents and kids in the neighborhood every day. For submitting “Smokey,” Sarah has won a prize from Agoura...

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