• "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of it's creed: "We hold these truths to self-evident that all men are created equal." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be to the sit down together at the talbe of brother-hood...I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of character." -Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial
  • "But when a long train of abuses and usurptions pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them uder absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards to their future security." -Declaration of Independence
  • "There are no safe choices, Miss Temple. Only other choices." -A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  • "If you are a painter, paint. It doesn't mean you have to paint Jesus into every picture, just paint good. If you paint good enough, then people will aask why you do what you do." -Issac Slay; The Fray (on why the band doesn't use the name of Jesus in every song)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Song of Gold

During the Extreme Mustang Makeover competition, the Top Ten Riders have to do a freestyle routine to a song of the rider's choice, a small list of pre-disposed maneuvers, and other maneuvers the rider can add for fun and effect. So for the past couple months, I have been scouring through my favorite songs and albums, looking for one little 4-5 minute gem that will help make a freestyle routine that will ultimately stand out to the judges and get the crowd to their feet. And I think I've found it. I won't make it public yet, because I have to make sure I can come up with a good routine outline to it (enter the guinea pig-horse named MJ! LOL) and run it by Marsha to see what she thinks about it. Because, let's face it, the cash prizes would be awesome to get, but ultimately I've got my eye on the really cool looking belt buckle the Top Rider gets. Sure, I can actually buy the belt buckle, but what's the fun in that? ^_^

Anyway, as for another little update: Raider is progressing very nicely. We're still working on trying to get him to take his right canter lead, but since he's weak in the right hind, it's extremely hard for him to take it. He takes the lead correctly maybe 20% of the time, whereas he takes his left lead 90-100% of the time. So we're going back to lots and lots of lunging. Hopefully, it'll click by the end of the week. Other than that, everything else is going smoothly. He lets me pick up his feet and clean them (still working on getting the cue down though) and we've already ventured out into the big arena with no problems. Tomorrow, I'll start long-trotting him down the arena fence; it'll help build up more muscle in his hind end too and help with his leads and his stamina.

OH! And before I forget...

Here are some pictures of Raider and I! There will be more coming, as well as videos:

Until next time!

God Bless,

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