Today’s Horse Facts: My Third Horse

Today’s Horse Facts

My Third Horse: Lady

You probably won’t understand what I’m about to say if you are young, but when you get “older,” your memory can start to fail you. Duh! Everyone knows that. Anyway, the horse that I thought was my third horse turned out to be my second horse.

Like a dummy, I never marked the dates or the horses’ names on the back of the zillions of pictures I took of all my horses. So I’ve been plowing through all my albums, trying to sort out which horse was who and when I owned each. But I know that the horse in this picture is Lady, who was my second horse.

How do I know? Well, the picture shows a friend riding Lady, a bay grade mare; beside them is my husband Richard riding Moon Doggie, my first horse. So, that proved to me that Lady was my second horse. And Ginger, whom I thought was my second horse, was really my third horse. Now, are you totally confused? And, by the way, does it really matter?

Now, here’s a little bit of info about Lady, who by the way wasn’t a lady in any shape or form. She was an older horse, and you can tell by looking at her ribs sticking out in the one photo (even though I fed her tons of food). By buying an older horse, I thought I was getting a gentle down-to-earth easy rider. Well, Lady was that—kind of. As long as we rode her AWAY from the barn, she was a piece of cake.

However, as soon as we turned her around to head for the barn, look out! We needed a tight rein on her, and we never could run her going home. That little gem of info we found out the hard way.

One Saturday, hubby and I went for a short ride, maybe for an hour. I rode Moon Doggie, and hubby was on Lady. On the way home, we started to lope across a farmer’s field. We were probably a quarter of a mile from our barn.

All of a sudden, Lady took off full speed ahead and hubby couldn’t stop her. All I could see was a brown blur and him yelling, “Whoa, whoa” and yanking on the reins as hard as he could.

Do you know what we found out?

Lady had a hard mouth. You don’t want a horse with a hard mouth.

What’s a hard mouth? All the nerves in her mouth had been so damaged from bits over the years, her mouth had become totally numb to any pressure or pain. When she decided to run, she was unstoppable. What she should have had on her was a hackamore. Of course, I was still learning about horses, so I didn’t know that.

Unfortunately, Lady was so old, I think I finally sold her to the meat market, sad to say. But I’m not really sure of that. All I remember is that she was very old, and she was no fun to ride back to the barn. But, I will hand this to her. She taught me an awful lot about older hard-mouthed horses. The next time I went horse buying, I made sure I rode the horse away AND BACK to the barn.

Marsha's Little Red Barn

Marsha’s Little Red Barn

Happy riding!


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Today’s Horse Facts: My Second Horse

My Second Horse: Ginger

(Early 1970s)

Ginger, Pretty Pinto Walker

Ginger, Pretty Pinto Walker

After I sold Moon Doggie, my first horse ever and still dear to my heart, I bought a greenbroke part Tennessee Walker pinto, Ginger, from a friend whose mare had foaled this pretty little thing.

Ginger was about three years old when I bought her. Now, I want you to know that I was “greenbroke” too. I didn’t know much about horses, especially how to train them. I had only had Moon Doggie, a gentle little Welsh Pony, for about a year when I decided to move on to a bigger, flashier horse.

Well, Ginger certainly was that. She was bigger, and she was flashier. However, if ever a horse could be labeled ADHD, that was Ginger. As pretty as she was, that’s how flighty she was.

Everything scared this poor horse. When I rode her, I had to be constantly on guard because her nerves were ever psyched. Her ears twitched like radar antennae and her eyes searched out every little sound from either side as we went down the trail.

Did Ginger have that nice smooth Tennessee Walker gait? She certainly did, but she was so skiddish, I rarely could kick her up into second or third gear. Even a leaf blowing across her path would spook her, and she’d decide to take a 90-degree turn without letting me know. Whoa, babe! I had to hang on for dear life!

Marsha's Little Red Barn

Marsha’s Little Red Barn

My hubby and a friend had finished building our little two-stall barn to house my equines, so I started looking for a second horse. I kept Ginger for a year or two, but she never improved as far as her spookiness was concerned. I take the blame entirely for that because, as I said, I knew little about training horses, so I sold her to someone who planned to work with her and turn her into a fine, flashy mount.

Nevertheless, I still have fond memories of sweet, scared Ginger, a picture to feast your eyes on but not a horse to rest your butt on.

Happy riding!


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Today’s Horse Facts: Meet My Very First Horse

Feb. 5, 2016

My Very First Horse

My Very First Horse

As all child horse lovers, I dreamed about the day I would be able to have my own horse. Only after college and marriage did that dream ever come true for me.

I look back with fond memories on the many horses I owned for about a twenty-year period. I miss those days and consider my horses as lost but never-forgotten best friends.

In this social networking world in which we now live, I really enjoy visiting other horse facts blogs, whose bloggers have shared memorable moments with their equines. So I thought I’d share some of my horsie experiences from long ago. So let’s ride back in time to my very first horse.

Moon Doggie

Riding My First Horse, Moon Doggie

Moon Doggie was safe to ride bareback

Moon Doggie came to me quite by accident. My hubby and I had been married just a short time and had moved to a rural area in central PA where I started teaching third grade and he worked in the accounting department of a state-run special needs facility.

We rented an upstairs from a retired man, Bucky, who was kind enough to already being sharing his home with my widowed aunt and her teenage son. He had enough room in his big house to accommodate hubby and me, too, while we built a ranch-style home on four acres of land about a quarter of a mile away. For practically nothing, Bucky opened his home to us.

On a whim, Bucky bought a handsome pinto Welsh Pony gelding for his one granddaughter for her birthday. I say he bought it on a whim because he didn’t have a barn for the horse and neither did his granddaughter. He also had not discussed it with anyone else, least of all the granddaughter’s mother! I remember the day the horse was delivered in Bucky’s parking lot. Bucky took the horse by its bridle and twenty-foot rope and staked it out in his small yard. All he had to house the horse was his garage, which he used all the time to park his car.

When Bucky’s daughter and granddaughter came to get the “surprise” present, Bucky’s daughter was appalled. “Dad, we can’t take that horse. We have no place to keep it.”

Can’t you keep it in the garage?”

“No way,” she said. “Ken (her hubby) will never agree to giving up his garage for a horse.”

Although the granddaughter was thrilled with the horse, her heart was also broken because Bucky’s daughter insisted that the animal be returned.

Of course, yours truly, being horse crazy since I knew what a horse was, was not about to let a horse, and such a beautiful little horse just right for my size, slip through my fingers.

My hubby and I had a close friend, Bob, who lived several miles away and had built a small shed and fenced-in pasture for his son’s horse but which was unoccupied at the time. Bob agreed not only to keep the horse at his place temporarily, but he also offered to help my hubby erect a small red barn and fence in a pasture on our four acres of property where our home was being built. In about a month, the job was done, and my Moon Doggie moved into his new barn about the same time hubby and I moved into our new house.

Moon Doggie was a sweet little horse, and I can’t remember him having any bad habits other than his favorite gait being trotting, not loping. He loved apples, which he received frequently. I also can’t remember why I ever sold him other than I wanted to get a bigger horse with a smoother second gear. But today I fondly remember my first horse, who sent me on my way to own about fifteen others.


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but most folks say he doesn’t even exist. But then in a strange encounter, she

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Today’s Horse Facts: The Akhal-Teke

Jan. 5, 2016

The Akhal-Teke, a Metallic Beauty?


Do you want to learn about an absolutely stunning and unusual horse? Have you ever heard of the Akhal-Teke (AH-kuhl TEH-kee)? Yes, it’s an actual horse breed, one that has its roots from Turkmenistan, a country on the northeast border of Iran way across the Atlantic Ocean in Asia. I have to admit that I never heard of the Akhal-Teke until I read about it in a horse magazine; in fact, I’m not sure how to even pronounce the name. So, let’s take our 10-question quiz and see how much you know about this breed that is little known, even to the passionate horse lover.

  1. The Akhal-Teke is probably the oldest purebred horse in the world.
  2. It is believed this breed is about 3000 years old.
  3. This breed was first used for raiding and war.
  4. This breed is known as a mountain breed.
  5. Most of these horses are found in Russia and Turkmenistan today.
  6. There are over 20,000 purebred Akhal-Tekes today.
  7. This breed has a long slender body that stands an average of 15-16 hands.
  8. They can be any color and any combination of colors.
  9. They are used primarily for trail riding and trail classes in shows.
  10. The most distinguishing trait of this horse is its beautiful metallic sheen over their base color.

A Cremello Akhal-Teke

A Cremello Akhal-Teke

Here are the answers. I’d be surprised if you get five correct. I probably would have gotten one or two correct:

  1. T
  2. T
  3. T
  4. The Akhal-Teke is known as a desert breed.
  5. T
  6. F  There are only 3500 purebred Akhal-Tekes in the world and only about 500 in the U.S.
  7. T
  8. F  They are all solid colors including dappled grey; but they are not pinto or app.
  9. F  They can be shown in practically any class including jumping, endurance, and dressage.
  10. T

Isn’t the Akhal-Teke an amazing horse? I have never seen one except in pictures. I think that metallic sheen, which shines through any base color even black, is absolutely gorgeous.

If you want to learn more about this fascinating horse, look up these other websites to check on additional facts: (You MUST see this!)

Happy riding!


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Do You Know Your Horse Facts?

Dec. 8, 2015

How Well Do You Know Your Horse Facts?

Okay, I think it’s time to see how much all of you really know about horses and your horse facts. Following is a matching game of horse terms. Let’s see how you do.

Now don’t cheat. (Yes, looking them up in the dictionary is cheating! Look them up AFTER you do the match game.) The answer key is below, but don’t peek.

Are you ready to hit the dusty trail? Let’s go:

  1. _____ Trot                         a.   A female baby horse
  2. _____ Dressage                 b.  Usually gold with white mane and tail
  3. _____ Mare                       c.   Between a walk and canter
  4. _____ Grade horse          d.   Two or three different colors
  5. _____ Hackamore           e.   Above the shoulder & behind the mane
  6. _____ Roan                      f.    “Fancy” riding
  7. _____ Foal                       g.   Western competition
  8. _____ Horn                      h.   The fastest horse in a short distance
  9. _____ Cinch                     i.    A female horse old enough to breed
  10. _____ Equestrian            j.    Stud
  11. _____ Filly                       k.   Wild horses on America’s plains
  12. _____ Pinto                      l.    Not registered
  13. _____ Rodeo                   m.  Tender part of the horse’s hoof
  14. _____ Stallion                 n.   Male horse that cannot breed
  15. _____ Frog                      o.   A bitless bridle
  16. _____ Fetlock                 p.   Part of the horse’s lower leg
  17. _____Arabian                q.   Smooth riding gait
  18. _____ Bots                     r.   Dark color with “sprinkled” white specks
  19. _____ Colt                      s.   Oldest horse breed
  20. _____ Equine                 t.   A male baby horse
  21. _____ Tenn. Walker     u.  Baby horse, male or female
  22. _____ Gelding               v.   Nasty insect eggs that stick to the horse’s coat
  23. _____ Mustang             w.  Another name for horse
  24. _____ Quarter               x.   “Knob” on a western saddle
  25. _____ Withers               y.   A horse facts lover/rider
  26. _____ Palomino           z.   Holds the saddle in place






  1. ___c.__ Trot                      a.   A female baby horse
  2. ___f. __ Dressage             b.  Usually gold with white mane and tail
  3. ___i. __Mare                     c.   Between a walk and canter
  4. ___l.__ Grade horse         d.   Two or three different colors
  5. ___o.__Hackamore          e.   Above the shoulder & behind the mane
  6. ___r. __ Roan                    f.    “Fancy” riding
  7. ___u. __ Foal                     g.   Western competition
  8. ___x. __ Horn                   h.   The fastest horse in a short distance
  9. ___z. __ Cinch                   i.    A female horse old enough to breed
  10. ___y. __ Equestrian          j.    Stud
  11. ___a. __ Filly                     k.   Wild horses onAmerica’s plains
  12. ___d. __ Pinto                   l.    Not registered
  13. ___g. __ Rodeo                 m.  Tender part of the horse’s hoof
  14. ___j. __ Stallion                 n.   Male horse that cannot breed
  15. ___m.__ Frog                    o.   A bitless bridle
  16. ___p. __Fetlock                 p.   Part of the horse’s lower leg
  17. ___s. __ Arabian               q.   Smooth riding gait
  18. ___v. __ Bots                    r.   Dark color with “sprinkled” white specks
  19. ___t. __ Colt                      s.   Oldest horse breed
  20. ___w.__Equine                 t.   A male baby horse
  21. ___q. __Tenn.Walker       u.  Baby horse, male or female
  22. ___n. __Gelding                 v.   Nasty insect eggs that stick to the horse’s coat
  23. ___k. __Mustang               w.  Another name for horse
  24. ___h. __Quarter                 x.   “Knob” on a western saddle
  25. ___e. __ Withers                y.   A horse facts lover/rider
  26. ___b. __ Palomino            z.   Holds the saddle in place

If you get 100%, please email me and let me know by going to my website and click on “CONTACT.” I’d like to know if we have any horse facts geniuses out there!

Happy guessing! Happy riding!


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meets Snow face to face, and both their lives are changed.

Today’s Horse Facts: Safety

Nov. 22, 2015

Today’s Horse Facts: Safety for You

and your Horse When You Hit the Trail


Rex, My Favorite Horse to Ride

Nothing is more exciting for a horse facts lover than that first time when you saddle up your new horse, mount, and take off for the dusty trail. Whether you ride in a training corral at a boarding stable, on a trail through the woods, or along the side of a windy road outside of town, you need to embrace some very important safety rules so that both you and your horse enjoy the ride and come back to the barn “together” with no injuries. Let’s take a look at what you should do as you go riding off into the sunset:

Prep Time:

  1. As you tack your horse, make sure the bit is not under his tongue and the cinch is very tight. Check the cinch several times because your horse has probably learned the trick of bloating when you first tighten the cinch.  A loose saddle might send you flying through the air while the saddle slides under the horse’s barrel.
  2. If the weather is hot and “buggy,” wipe down your horse’s entire body with a strong insect repellent. Those nasty horse flies can sting both of you and ruin an otherwise nice relaxing ride. Don’t forget horsie’s ears, belly, and legs.
  3. Check your horse’s four hooves. If he has shoes on, make sure they are not impacted with manure and/or small stones.
  4. Put on your hard hat, which completes your riding outfit of jeans or riding pants and steel-toed boots. You might want to put some of that bug repellent on yourself. Flies love human skin too!

On the Ride:

  1. The best thing you could do, if possible, is go riding with a partner who has a well-trained horse. Your new horse will learn good habits from his furry mentor.
  2. Be aware at all times of distractions which can spook your horse. If you have a new horse, you should have gotten a history about him from his previous owner.  Is the horse gun shy? How is he with cars passing him on a road? How does he respond to a gate swinging open? How about water? If you don’t know the answers to these questions before you start riding, be very careful. You a treading on dangerous ground. A spooked horse can give you a ride back to the barn that you will never forget.
  3. As you ride, try to maintain a semi-relaxed state in the saddle. The horse can feel your apprehension and nervousness. If you are on the trail and you approach a patch of water or a small bridge and he balks, proceed with caution. It might be better to dismount and try to walk your horse through or around the obstacle.
  4. Don’t run your horse on macadam roads or through heavy brush. You might wind up on the ground while horsie is taking off toward the barn without you. Believe me because it happened to me when foolishly running on a street a few hundred yards from my home after a rain. I wiped out! Macadam roads are very slippery to a horse’s hooves, even if you have barium on the shoes. And low-hanging branches on trees are a sure wipeout!
  5. If the weather is hot, don’t run your horse into a lathered sweat, especially an older horse. Horses can have heat strokes, which can be deadly. My sweet Rex, who’s gone to horsie heaven a long time now, had a heat stroke one hot July afternoon, and I wasn’t riding him. He was just standing in my small corral and collapsed. Fortunately, I was able to get in touch with my vet, who told me to get Rex on his feet, walk him, get him to the salt block, and wipe him down. Rex lived a few more years after that and never had a heat stroke again. But that one time scared the wits out of me.
  6. On your way home from your ride, never release the reins to allow your horse to have his full head. Are you crazy? At any moment, a squawking bird, a loud backfire, or a slamming door could spook horsie, and you’ll be dumped on your rump!

Barn Time:

  1. When dismounting at the barn, give your horse a big hug and kiss. Horses respond to affection of all kinds from their owners. A few sugar cubes or slices of apple will seal the affection between you two forever.
  2. Untack your horse, air the blanket to allow the horse’s sweat to dry, and clean the slobbery bit before storing in the tack room.
  3. Do not allow him to drink water or eat grain if he is lathered and puffing. (Founder!)
  4. Walk your horse for at least 15 minutes to cool him down. Even in cold weather, the horse will work up a sweat. In fact, cold weather is as dangerous as hot weather. If horsie gets a chill, he could develop pneumonia. After a hard ride, he should be walked, groomed, and then blanketed for several hours. He can have water and grain after he has cooled down.
  5. Clean his hooves.
  6. Kiss him again and either release him into the pasture or lock him in his stall for a nice well-deserved nap.

Now, there you have the basics about caring for your horse as you ride him. Horses are powerful animals, but they respond to love, affection, and training with the proper attitude and equipment. If you want a happy horse, treat him with the respect he deserves.

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Dallis Parker has dreamed about owning a wild Mustang stallion,

but most folks say he doesn’t even exist. But then in a strange encounter, she

meets Snow face to face.

Today’s Horse Facts: Caring for your Horse

Today’s Horse Facts: Caring for your Horse



You just bought a new horse, perhaps your very first one, and you’re ready to ride down the dusty trail with your new equine friend. Is that exciting, or what?

But have you put a lot of forethought into preparing for that horse’s safe keeping and welfare? Are you going to board him at a reputable stable, or have you put the time and money into your own place to care for Trigger yourself? By this time, you should have already realized that keeping a horse is very expensive. He’s not just a new puppy on the block.

Let’s see how you do on this MUST HAVE list to keep your horse and new best friend healthy and happy. Answer the next 10 points either “Yes I have” or “Nope, not yet,” and we’ll see if you’re a horse owner who has the best interest of your horse at heart:

  1. I have at least a one-stall barn or shed (not a garage) that will protect the horse from bad weather and give him a nice place to snooze.
  2. I have at least two acres of pasture land for my horse to graze.
  3. I have erected a fence that is safe so that my horse won’t get caught in barbed wire, try to jump through or over it, or get his legs or head caught between rails.
  4. I have bought enough quality hay and oats (grain or sweet feed) for two meals a day for a month. I have a regular supplier of feed for my horse.
  5. I have means of providing fresh water (at least two large bucketsful) every day for my horse.
  6. I have purchased grooming equipment to use on my horse daily. The equipment includes bug juice (for stinging flies in hot weather), a comb, brush, electric razor, oil, horse pick, hydrogen peroxide (for the frogs of his hooves to prevent thrush), and bot killer. I also have a rake, shovel, and wheelbarrow to “muck out” the stall every day, and I’ve made arrangements to have the manure pile removed from my property regularly. (Heaped manure is a breeding ground for bugs and worms, which can infest your horse and make him sick or kill him.)
  7. I have purchased riding tack that fits the horse as well as me. I’ve gotten information from his previous owner concerning the type of bit with which the horse performs best.
  8. I have purchased a blanket (if I live in seasonal cold climates) and have determined to make sure my horse is kept in his barn and warm during frigid weather.
  9. I have called a veterinarian and a farrier to schedule regular appointments for check-ups, shots, hoof trims, and shoeing.

10.  I have promised my horse and myself that I will ride him at least twice a week, weather permitting and will always walk him to cool him down after the ride so he doesn’t get chilled and possibly get pneumonia.

Well, how did you do on this quiz? Are you ready to care for your own horse that will make him a happy camper at your pad?  Will Trigger love you forever because you’ve already lavished your love upon him?

If not, then determine today to fulfill all these conditions and you’ll be known as a horse owner who really cares for his/her horse.

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