THE GOOD HORSE – “Tuxedo” & Valentine for February
Feb01

THE GOOD HORSE – “Tuxedo” & Valentine for February

By Pamela Robins Editor’s note: Pamela has been through many tests and trials in her life, but the one thing that has been so consistently reliable is a beautiful, Paint gelding named “Tuxedo.” I remember meeting Pamela years ago when she first bought this running quarter horse and what elation and joy he brought into her life. The special bond between these two epitomizes excellent horse care and all its benefits.  When we show empathy and compassion for our equine friends, they almost always repay the favor. For submitting Tuxedo Pamela has won a prize from a local feed store. “Tuxedo is a very flashy 16.2 hand, black-and-white half Thoroughbred and half Quarter Horse. He is also a Registered Paint Horse. If he could talk, he would tell you how handsome, absolutely hysterical, smart, kind, grounded, brave and talented he is. For those that know him, this would make complete sense and for those that don’t, you can see him all over my Instagram and Facebook where I provide a forum for his amazing personality to shine through. I found him back in 2009 on the website dream horse.com. The second I saw him, I felt a lighting bolt strike my heart and I knew he was supposed to be with me – my soul mate. This magnificent creature is the greatest teacher, healer and friend I have had yet in this life. Our bond of unconditional love has carried me through the most difficult times and I am full of the deepest respect and gratitude for him. He still takes my breath away and it is an honor to care for him and to have him as a partner and companion. He also touches the lives of many other people with his gentle and charming ways. He is a magnet for meaningful interactions and I am gracious with him in recognizing and allowing him to explore this part of himself beyond just with me. It is my honor to share his being with others. We have competed in 3 Day Eventing and hold a California Title in Beginner Novice (our first season out and only a year or so after I learned to ride!) and we love to explore the trails together bareback and bosal only. Our relationship runs deep with trust and unconditional love. He is powered by Orchard and Alfalfa as well as a mix of Purina Equine Senior, Beet Pulp, Platinum Performance CJ and Farrier’s Formula. His favorite treats are bananas, carrots, apples and he told the pet psychic about the time I ran out of the soft cookies with the peppermints in the middle! Tuxedo is also the co-author of our...

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THE GOOD HORSE -“Romanov” January 2018 HOM
Jan07

THE GOOD HORSE -“Romanov” January 2018 HOM

“Romanov” By Jennifer Djavadi For submitting Romanov, Jen has won a gracious prize from Calabasas Saddlery. Julie and her crew come through yet again.  “I submitted my horse Romanov because not only is he a once in a lifetime horse for anyone, he’s REALLY a once in a lifetime horse for me! Romanov was imported from Europe as a 3 year old.  My dear friend Marilyn Meadows Bernstein bought him from the stallion testing.  Over the years, she trained and competed on him through Prix St. George.  Marilyn and I had met over 30 years ago and we reconnected about 10 years ago.  When Marilyn’s back went out, she had to quit riding.  Romanov was to be sold.  As much as I wanted Romanov, I unfortunately could never afford a horse of this quality and training, but fate intervened.  Marilyn wanted him to not only go to a home where he would be properly ridden, but most importantly where he would be loved.  She knew that I could provide that home and made it possible for him to be my forever horse! Romanov is a Danish, Warm blood by Michelene.  He’s a half brother to one of the horses that was on the British 2012 Olympic gold medal team.  You will never meet a sweeter or kinder soul.  Sure, he’ll spook at anything and everything; and frankly, at times, without any logic!  Large rumbling trucks?  No problem, he’s got those.  A leaf falling across the street?  Holy cow, time for a melt down!  Piaffe, passage, one tempi’s?  No problem for Romanov.  Which is why I feel completely safe putting my son, who doesn’t ride very often, on him to just putz around the arena. Romanov is thoughtful and careful with whoever is riding him. He’s a fan of watermelon, chocolate and P&J sandwiches too! Romanov has taught me more than I imagined.  Not only am I a better rider because of what he’s taught me, but he’s also trained me to partner with him and trust my gut.  From him, I have learned that on some days you need to modify the plan to fit into what the horse is thinking. Being flexible and not just sticking to what my plan is.  He’s taught me that some days you just need to slow down and go for a walk. And above all else, be present and live in the moment. Romanov is now 20. He is still works 6 days a week, either in the arena or on the trails.  I know that I will have other horses in my lifetime, but I can confidently say that none will ever be the...

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“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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