Thursday, July 31, 2008

Hubby's test was good!

My hubby's medical procedure went well today. He needs to eat more fiber and drink more water to help prevent future Diverticulitis attacks of the colon. Other than that, everything looked fine. Hopefully, surgery can be avoided with the new diet.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Breyer Model Horses Sighting...

at the new Centerville Western Store in Centralia, WA next to the outlet mall. We stopped by there Tuesday on the way home from the Oregon coast. Several old and new Breyer models, along with various brands of toy horses, and other western-themed items were on the shelves decorating the top of the walls in this huge place. The best part of going here was being successful in finding a western shirt that I liked. They're hard to come by in the Seattle area where I live.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Hubby is home!

I picked him up at the hospital today, but probably won't be back to posting on here regularly until some time next week. He's being treated at home for Diverticulitis, a colon infection. Hopefully, he won't need surgery.

Monday, July 14, 2008

NOTICE: Hubby in the hospital

I'll be taking a break for a few days because my husband was admitted to the hospital last night for tests due to lower abdominal pain.

Your prayers are appreciated! Thanks!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

"Celebrate the Horse" Report

After discovering we had a flat tire on our van Friday night, and no one was open to fix it, hubby needed to take the van to Les Schwab at 8:00am this morning before we could leave for the horse fair. He had to wait about 15 minutes for them to get to him, but they fixed it for free!

He came home to get me and we were on our way to the "Celebrate the Horse" fair in Puyallup. We got there about 10:15. We had a schedule of the events which were located in 3 places of the horse stable area; the main indoor arena/stadium, the red barn, and the covered outdoor warm-up arena. There were also food stands and vendors selling horse-related items, artwork, crafts, photos, jewelry, clothing, and advertising their horses, ranches, training, health care, etc. There was also the horse rescue organization "People Helping Horses" with information. This was their fundraiser.

The first event we saw was the Warhorse Challenge. They demonstrated using spears and archery on targets (stationary & moving) from galloping horses. We also saw a group of girls doing circus stunt vaulting on a black Percheron draft horse's back, as it trotted in circles. Other demonstrations we saw were carriage driving, horse training using psychology, natural horsemanship (no bridles), and horse first aid.

The breed demonstrations we saw consisted of trained Kiger Mustangs (from southeast Oregon), a trained Nakota Mustang (a descendant of one of Sitting Bull's horses), Peruvian Paso horses, Marchador horses of Brazil (demonstrating archery), Friesian horses & a colt of Holland, Akhal-Teke horses (rare, ancient breed of the Turks), Gypsy horses of Ireland, Norwegian Fjord horses, Icelandic horses, Andalusian horses, American Miniature horses, Warlander horses (a new breed from crossing the Andalusian and Friesian), Arabian horses, Appaloosa horses, and Welsh Ponies. Many of these horses did tricks and showed what skills they can be used for. We met this Warlander mare and talked with her owner who rides in full armor for the Seattle Knights.

We both learned new things at the fair. We walked through 3 barns and saw many of the event's "stars" and talked to some owners and grooms. I also met and petted 2 of the rehab rescue horses. They were loving the attention everyone was giving them!

Gypsy Horse

Look at that long, thick mane!

Feathered feet of the Gypsy horse

Riding Demo

Friesian and Warlander

American Miniature Horses
Very small Miniature Horse

Akhal-Teke horses and ethnic attire

Only 3,500 exist in the world! These 3 live in Washington.

(All photos Copyright 2008 "DJ" of Blog & Pony Show)