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Meet my very 1st horse, Lazarus.
I couldn't wait for Santa anymore or ask one more time for a pony for my bday (after age 30 it got embarrassing). I took matters in my own hands and I finally decided to pick a pony that needed a new home. Laz found me as I contemplated with this idea. He was sweet yet very sassy, fresh off the track, Thoroughbred (OTTB).
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Childhood delights

Don't you remember, as horse obsessed kids, when ANYTHING horse made you giddy?! 
(has that changed? lol) 
Anyway, I personally remember that in between my 3 day a week riding lessons, I would bury myself into books of horses and would sketch horses for endless hours.
Once in fact, in High School, I was yelled at in the front of the class by my 'teaching' Nun (blah) who held up my journal of notes with doodles of horses all around it.  Little did she know that her class of religion would do nothing for me as an adult, but my doodling horses brought me all the joy in the world.  Ha!

So, have any of you ever read this book below?
I remember it being one of my faves as a child and just recently found a copy for my home...can't wait to re-read as I've forgotten the story quite a bit other than Sky Rocket was a small Bay that loved to jump...I think?!
AND..it's illustrated by Sam Savitt who I basically drool over his illustrations.

Hmmm, quite interesting that this little Bay Horse...
Looks JUST like another Bay Horse I know...
Perhaps that came into play in my subconscious when we met in the field, that random Fall day in September of 2008, lol!

Isn't it great that our Childhood loves have grown into our Adult loves and we get to have a special port back into time of fun, innocence and love of horses!


And here is something that I wanted to share, that was emailed to me by a sweet Parent of my Husband's Bball team:

4. Horse Sense : Tips for Working with Horses

By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
Children are different from horses. Parents are different from horse handlers. Sleeping in a barn is different from sleeping in a bed. Horses are bought and sold. Children are not. Horses pee and poop in a field. Children are potty trained to use a toilet. Raising horses is a lot different from raising kids. All that being the case, you might not expect to find any useful parenting strategies employed by horse trainers and their owners. But, then again, you might.
Consider the following:
  1. Communication takes many forms. Most important is that horses understand what we are trying to say and that we understand what they are trying to say.
  2. Horses push. They test boundaries. If the boundaries move, they figure the boundaries will probably move again.
  3. If what a horse pushes on moves, you can bet he will push some more.
  4. Horses don't particularly care where our boundaries are, but they are more comfortable when we have some and are consistent with them.
  5. If a horse can move us without a consequence, he has learned an important lesson.
  6. Many adults blame the horse for learning that lesson and forget to look at the person who taught him that behavior.
  7. How we react to a testing of boundaries will influence how the horse looks at us from that point on.
  8. Many adults label a horse as pushy, disrespectful or bad, even when he has learned the behavior from his handler. They often want the horse to be fixed.
  9. Catching a behavior early is easier to deal with than if it is allowed to continue for a longer period of time. It takes less energy on the part of the horse and the owner.
  10. Sometimes the cure for a horse problem is to allow the horse to go for a good run without being chased.
  11. Some horse handlers look at an unwanted behavior and label it bad. Most often that behavior is just the horse letting you know how he is feeling in the present moment. He is providing us with information.
  12. What we do with that information flows out of how we decide to see that information.
  13. Patience is important.
  14. A horse's body and behavior is telling us what is happening internally.
  15. Most miscommunication between a horse and a rider results from the rider not giving enough direction. This often occurs when the rider is indifferent.
  16. You have to stay connected with yourself if you are going to connect effectively with your horse.
  17. The more upset a horse gets, the quieter you need to become.
  18. If your horse increases his emotion, it is helpful to decrease yours.
  19. Very few new horse-training techniques exist. There are only those that are new to us.
  20. Horses thrive on consistency.
Obviously, not all horse owners treat their horses with the respect these ideas reflect. Some people beat their horses, blaming them for inappropriate behaviors. Others let them starve physically or emotionally. Some ignore them and their health needs. Others frighten them with whips and shouting.
Our hope is that more people learn to respect horses and build trust without wounding their spirit. Perhaps these ideas will help more parents—we mean horse owners—raise more responsible, caring, conscious children . . . we mean horses.


  1. Sky Rocket!! I loved that book. Yep, a little bay orphan horse who was started right, then had the snot abused out of him, then ended up in agood hands and was a fabulous jumper.

    Best part? It's true.

  2. OMG, Sky Rocket was one of my FAVE books ever!! Love it! I believe it's in my storage locker with about 50,000 other horse books, lol.

    And I had to laugh at the story of you getting in trouble for doodling in religion class. I almost got kicked out of Catholic school for, um, "enhancing" my religion book in the 8th grade. ;-) I thought I was such a rebel, lol.

  3. I've never seen that book, but it looks really good.

    I liked the list above - it's very consistent with what I've learned over time from Mark Rashid.

  4. I don't recall Sky Rocket but I am very famliar the author and with the illustrations of Sam Savitt. I love children's books of all kinds, but of course prefer the horse stories. I read everything I could get my hands on as a child and had a similiar experience with a nun.

    There's lots of wisdom in that list. Breeding Arabian horsres, preserving a horse's spirit is important to me since that part of the Arabian is one of my very favorite things. I sure wish more people would get these things figured out.

  5. You know me and children's books. I don't know this one, but it looks like a keeper for re-reading joy!!!

    I like the insightful list.

  6. I didn't read that book! I am going to have to find a copy now. I didn't think there was a children's horse book on the planet that I hadn't read at least twice.

    I love that list. It's so true. Especially the part about boundaries and pushing, and running without being chased. Loved that!

  7. I still have two books from when I was a kid (one was the first book I ever read by myself) and I treasure them. I'm going to have to find that one though since it's about horses and has beautiful illustrations!

    I like the list about the similarities between horses and children. I've been saying for a long time that raising children is a lot like raising/training dogs. I've never thought about the similarities between children and horses, but I have with dogs. Consistency and boundaries are key. :D Too bad I don't plan on becoming a parent to the two legged version because that's a list I could live by. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I never read Sky Rocket, but you know what? I'm going to! I'm like an over grown, horse crazy kid - even now, I guess...lol.

    I remember reading a book when I was younger about a girl who steals/finds a wild black horse. She doesn't know what to do with him, so she hides him in an abandoned cabin and then, of course, falls in love with him....I can't recall the name of that book, but I loved it! Do you know which one I'm talking about?

  9. I'm not familiar with that book, but I do have a how-to-draw-horses book by Savitt. I adored "King of the Wind," I had an arabian when I was younger so that book hit close to home.

  10. I was the same way--I was horse crazy long before I even had a horse :)

    I love the Tips you posted. I can think of so many instances when a horse was labeled "bad" just because their owner wouldn't listen.

  11. Sky Rocket is so great..started re-reading it and NO-Sprinks- I didn't know it was true! Even better!
    Frizzle-I'm pretty sure if we grew up together, we would have been hellians in class and at the stable :) Heehee
    Marissa-You'll love. Read it in all your spare time ;)
    JJ-I dont know that book but look forward to finding out about it. lol on 'steals/finds' slight difference little girl but she's smart in my eyes.