Hey guys, I know you've listened to my many stories of Majik, aka: The Best Horse in the World. It is with a very heavy heart that I have to tell you that Majik died last Wednesday afternoon. (April 17th, 2013). He was my best friend, my confidant, and the best riding horse I've ever sat on. I have, on many occasions, said that he taught me everything I know, and there is some truth to that statement. When he took that last breath, a little part of me died with him. He and I were truly a team. Not only have I lost my best friend, but the world has lost a majestic and beautiful spirit. I'm very proud to have owned and loved this special horse. He will be missed by all who were blessed to have known him.
It's been a long and very dreary winter this year. Not a terribly cold winter, but too cold, wet, and dreary to get out and do anything. I think that may be the main reason I am looking so forward to this weekend. A much needed trail ride. A time of friendship, fellowship, horses, and sunshine. It just doesn't get any better than that. I have found, over the years, that "horse people" are as unique as each of their horses, and just a lot of fun to be around.
As much fun as it will be, there's also the warm and fuzzy feeling that comes from knowing that we are doing a great thing. Arthritis affects 50 million adults, (that's 1 in 5), and 300,000 children in our country. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in our country. The Arthritis Foundation is raising awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of arthritis. It's good to know that for every dollar donated to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 75 cents goes directly to fund research and interventions for people with arthritis. Each year I participate in the Arthritis Walk in Montgomery, AL to help raise money for the Foundation. This year, the trail ride will be my main fund raiser. "Horse people" have always rallied together for a great cause, and I know that we will accomplish much as we come together this Saturday, and we'll have fun doing it !
I want to take a minute to thank you all in advance, for participating in this event, and to K lazy B Farm for being a HUGE part in that participation. None of this would be possible without you.
See y'all Saturday ! : )
Happy Horsing Y'all,
Well fellow horse lovers, time is sure flying by. Here it is the Christmas season 2012 already. It just seems like yesterday it was Springtime. LOL, maybe because it was 73 degrees here yesterday. Anyway, I just wanted to take a minute and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and the most awesome New Year yet for 2013. Thanks to all of you for sharing a part of my life. I'd like to share something my friend Peggy posted on Facebook yesterday. It is the most beautiful expression of the "joy of being a horse owner / lover" that I've read in a while. Thank you Peggy for sharing !
just got back from the barn... had a magical moment with Echo, our Tennessee
Walking Gelding~!!! i had groomed the girls; Bella and Maggie and it was Echo's
turn. had the radio on Magic 96.5 and was listening to Christmas music when one
of my favorite upbeat songs came on as i finished grooming Echo. ("All I Want
For Christmas Is YOU~!") so i didn't want to miss the song so with his green
halter on and the red lead rope in hand... We began Dancing~!!! He was a willing
participate too~! The girls were out in the field so I was amazed that he didn't
start heading towards the pasture to be with them. I danced and signaled for him
to move back and I twirled around under the lead rope and kissed his nose and
dance along side him and walked him here and there in the barn and twirled some
more. we had so much fun~! if my neighbors caught a glimpse of us they probably
thought, "now she's dancing with her horse~!" they know i love and enjoy our
horses by the amount of time i spend with them. and if they knew that i'd asked
santa clause for a horse every year since i was 2 yrs old... they'd understand.
i wish i could have had someone there filming it. go out there and have some
Till next time:
Hello again my fellow horse lovers. It's been a while. I suppose that means my plans to blog a little more often have not been accomplished. The last time we were here together was in June. My how time flies ! To the left is a recent pic of Majik and myself. Take note of the lopsided appearance of his left ear. No, he's not listening to anything in particular. We've had a most interesting summer, and he and I are both about tired of it. About mid to late July, my friend Diane noticed Majik doing a lot of "head shaking" out in the pasture. On closer exam, his left ear was swollen shut. Both the anterior and posterior inside "flaps" of his left ear was swollen. The entire ear was hot, and obviously uncomfortable for Majik. He seemed to be in a lot of pain when he would put his head down to graze. So, thus began yet another period of "doctoring". First, I began cleaning it, and trying to figure out what caused this ordeal, and trying to reduce the swelling. After about a week of cleaning it daily, and applying some topical antibiotic to it, it seemed to get better. But, it was about then that Majik began to tire of the whole ordeal. (can't say that I blame him) It was about 2 weeks later before he would come in again, and the ear was at least twice as bad as before. OK, time to call in the professionals. Called Scott, (Majik's personal doc), we put him on antibiotics, and continued to clean the ear daily. This time though, we kept him in so we could catch him. The hematoma did open up, and the front part of his ear went down completely, but the back side was still "freaky" looking. After about 10 days of antibiotics, and no further improvement, Scott came out and opened the ear up. UGH ! And yes, another 2 weeks of antibiotics twice a day, and daily cleaning. The best horse in the world is done with the antibiotics, most of the stitches are out, (not an easy task mind you) and he's back out in the big pasture with his buddies. For some reason, he seems to be hanging out as far from the gate as he can get, in the far back corner of the pasture behind the small pond. I think he's done. LOL It may be a while before he comes up for anything. It seems his ear is totally functional, but just kicks over to the left and back. Looks funny, but then I think it adds a bit of character.
Till next time,
Joyce and Majik
Hey again to my fellow horse lovers. I believe Summer has begun. YAY ! I am a warm weather fan. I know, it's hot and muggy and the general forcast is hot, partly cloudy with a 20% chance of afternoon thunderstorms. LOL This is pretty much the forcast for the next 2 1/2 - 3 months. Even with the heat, it's still a lot more fun than Wintertime.
OK, here's the latest update on Majik, aka the best horse in the world. Scott, my vet, was out middle of last week. It seems that despite how awesome Majik looks on the outside, he's aging "not too gracefully" on the inside. His arthritis has pretty much gotten the best of him. Scott advised that it's time for the old guy to retire. So, here's to the most awesome horse in the world ! ! ! ! For the rest of his days, however short or long that may be, I'm here to make sure that he's as comfortable and happy as he can be. He has given me some of the best memories of my life, and is my best friend. He's taught me everything I know about horsey stuff., ( lol ) and he doesn't charge me an arm and leg for my therapy sessions. My turn to be there for him. Thanks guys for all the support and I look forward to this new adventure with Majik and you guys too. Any advice and / or comments to help me transition are more than appreciated. Till next time.........................
I have stumbled on some truly exciting information and I can't think of anyone I'd rather share it with. You all know that I've lovingly referred to Majik as "The Best Horse In The World" many, many times. It's become his nickname, and I do believe it to be true. Sitting here on my sofa, obviously with nothing better to do than probe into the computer, I decided to look up Majik and Angel's bloodlines. I've known since day 1 that Angel had a few World Grand Champions in her bloodline, but had never really dug into Majik's. Today I did. I've sat here in shock and cried with sheer pride. I feel like my child has just won some type of distinguishing award. (lol) Let me explain.......................if you can tolerate a bit of TW history. The Tennessee Walker originated from the Narragansett Pacer and the Canadian Pacer in the late 18th century. TN breeders were working toward a horse which could be ridden comfortably all day over the varied terrain of the large plantations. Confederate Pacer and Union Trotter blood was added during the Civil War, creating the sturdy Southern Plantation Horse (aka the Tennessee Pacer). Breeders later added Thoroughbred, Standardbred, Morgan, and American Saddlebred blood to refine and add stamina to their gaited horse.
In 1885, Black Allen (later known as Allan F-1 was born. By the stallion Allendorf and out of a Morgan mare named Maggie Marshall. He became the foundation sire of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed. The registry was formed in 1935. As the stud book was closed in 1947, since that date, every Tennessee Walker must have both parents registered to be eligible for registration. Still not excited ? Ok..............try this one on..............as I began plugging in the info on Majik's registration papers, Allen F-1 is Majik's great, great, great, great grandfather. Way cool ! 1885 Allen F-1 was born, and in 1904 he sired Roan Allen, then in 1925 Roan Allen sired Merry Boy, who sired Merry Walker in 1939. As I digress down this path, the line continues from Merry Walker in 1955 as Roger's Perfection was born, and he in turn sired Gills Carbon Copy in 1960. This stud sired Mark of Carbon which I don't have the date of foal for, but Mark of Carbon was the sire of Mr. Master Mark, who sired Majik. Majik was born on May 23rd, 1987 and his registered name is Mr. Marks Masterpiece.
I know, I know...........proud momma's bragging about their awesome child ! Yep ! May 23rd, 2012...........Happy 25th Birthday to the most AWESOME horse ever ! ! ! ! !
Joyce and Majik
Hope you guys have had a chance to think about "retirement". I had no comments. I did have a couple of friends tell me that they tried to leave a comment, but it was freezing their computer up, so naturally, I tried it for myself and had no problem with it. If anyone else has a problem leaving a comment, please let me know so I can try to fix the problem. You can always e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org I try to check here for comments and my e-mail pretty often.
I'm so glad that the weather has been absolutely awesome this Spring. Here in Alabama, we usually have a very short Spring, but this year has been wonderful. We really couldn't ask for any better. Majik and I have had time to ride a bit, and Angel and I have had ample time to remember ground manners in the round pen. She has settled down so much over the past year. I think I'm gonna round up a few of the horse women I know, and trailer off somewhere and have a day ride soon. Any takers ? Just pop me a comment here or send me an e-mail and let me know if you're interested. I really think it's time to put her to the test.
As for the blog, I've been doing some extensive reading and studying on equine nutrition lately, and will have lots to share pretty soon. For now, I just wanna have some fun. Till next time................
Happy Horsing to you all. I realize that I've not kept up the blogging like I first intended to, but I'm going to try to do better in that area. That's a goal for me to work for in the coming months.
Well, here it is the middle, well.....almost the end, of April. I just can't believe how fast time is flying by. As I look back over my previous blogs, I can't believe how many of them are centered around the weather. At first I began to think I might be obsessed about it, but then I realized........I am obsessed about it. hehehe You see, when your life is centered around a horse world, the weather is a big deal. Not enough rain, no grass. Too much rain, bugs ! Too cold, throwing hay. Too hot........well, just too hot. hehehe So, I don't mind keeping an eye on the sky, and the weather channel. It keeps me better able to handle horsey stuff.
Now, moving right along. I'm going to try to take a different path today. I've been dealing with some age related issues, and so has Majik. So, I need some feedback from all of my horsey friends. My thoughts are about retirement. Oh, not me ! But more of "horse retirement". What do you guys think of when you think of a horse being too old ? What are your thoughts on horse retirement ? As a lot of you know, Majik will be 25 years old next month, and he too has had some age related issues over the last couple of years. Last year he lost a good bit of weight over the winter, and choked in the spring. It took most of the summer and fall to get him back in shape. This spring, we had a really close call with some early signs of laminitis. (by the way, he was not happy with the muzzle). I'm just needing some of you guys to chime in on some things that you would consider when deciding whether to "retire" your horse to being a big, happy pasture ornament, and how long I might expect to be able to continue riding "The Best Horse in the World", aka: Majik. (hehehe)
I suppose I'll be checking in to see if anyone sends me their thoughts, and we'll go from there. If not, just keep on keepin' on. Till next time......................
Like most horse owners,