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This is not Goodbye - A Story of Horses Lost   11th Aug 2012
This is not Goodbye - A Story of Horses Lost
Horse Stories As you guys have read recently, Snickers, Lena, and Dancer have been removed from Penny and I's life. I'm not sure if it's permanent, but I hope that it's not. I decided to write this because I think you guys need to know the truth about these beautiful horses. I know they have caused quite a bit of conflict on Ponybox because of the type of fencing they are in, but that doesn't matter in this article.

I don't really remember when the first day I met Snickers and Lena was. It had to have been around 3 years ago, more or less. Penny had been whinnying for a long time, and I couldn't stand it any
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Training For My First Vaulting Competition   10th Aug 2012
Training For My First Vaulting Competition Training For My First Vaulting Competition Training For My First Vaulting Competition Training For My First Vaulting Competition
General With summer coming to an end, so is the vaulting competition season. It’s been a great first year, and I’ve had so many amazing opportunities! In September it will be a year that I’ve been vaulting and I’d like to share my first year with you guys! I’ve gotten so much out of this sport, and I never thought I’d be where I am today. I know I say “I’ve only been vaulting for x amount of months” a lot during this story, but it’s because I would have never thought I’d be doing such amazing things after such little time of doing this sport!

I started vaulting in September, around the second or third week, of 2011. I went to a schooling show 3 weeks later in October. I started vaulting on a 17.2hh Belgian mare named Sparkle, at the Walk D level. It was the lowest level vaulting but I was just starting. In October of 2011 I entered my first schooling show for vaulting. My freestyle was super short, I think it took me just over 30 seconds to complete! I remember being so nervous before compulsories and before my freestyle. The judge was so kind, and so was everyone else competing. I knew I had finally found something I loved to do.
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When Darkness Sets In - Part 4   8th Aug 2012
When Darkness Sets In - Part 4
Horse Fiction Back in my room I swayed with dizziness and unbalance. I didn’t know where anything was anymore. I tried to bring everything to minds eye and stepped forward a couple of steps. I tripped over something on the floor and fell to the floor. I forgot I moved my chest there. I reached out my hand and climbed onto my bed and as I sat down something slid down and hit me. I closed my hand around and smiled faintly, it was my phone. I flipped it open and felt the buttons under my fingers. I could still call people... I held down the number three to speed dial John. It rang once, twice and then the soothing voice came over the little speaker in the phone.
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Ponybox Featured Horse Graphics   7th Aug 2012
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Graphics Here is another set of some amazing horse graphics and photos submitted to Ponybox.com. Want to see your photo or graphic listed here? Just add your horse related photo or art to your Ponybox photo album and we will consider it for our featured horse graphics news post.
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Ponybox Shout Out Videos
 by PonyWriter on 6th Aug 2012
Ponybox Shout Out Videos Ponybox News  Ponybox Shout-out videos are taking over YouTube. Do you have something to say about Ponybox or its members? Just upload your video to YouTube with Ponybox in the title and we will feature it here. Check out these member videos recently posted on YouTube.
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Old Joe - Chapter 3
 by mosquito on 5th Aug 2012
Old Joe - Chapter 3 Horse Fiction  It wasn’t long before Luke rode up alongside us on Snowy. I couldn’t see him for my blinkers, but I could hear Snowy’s little quick hoofbeats and smell his carroty breath. Snowy reached over and gave me a nip on my muzzle; I turned my head to tell him off, when I saw what he was trying to tell me. As I tipped my head and peered off to the south through my blinkers, I could see that the sky was dark, almost pitch black. The air grew colder still, and the wind picked up so much that I felt Bess give a shiver in the traces next to me. I gave her a nudge, and she turned in my direction, looking off into the black abyss with as much astonishment, trepidation, and curiosity as I did. The sky was unbelievable. Black as night at the bottom, except for occasional flashes of bright, straight lightning that seemed to start high in the clouds but make a beeline for the ground. Above was a tower of white cloud, rising right to the heavens. Bess and I both stopped and stared, until I felt an anxious smack of the reins on my rump, and Ben’s voice firmly calling ‘Joe-bess, Hup!’
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Showing a Horse Nobody Else Wanted
 by Run Free on 4th Aug 2012
Showing a Horse Nobody Else Wanted Horse Training  On October 16th 2010 I met my dream pony, the red and white mare with no name. She was extremely thin and unfit, but she was quieter than a lamb. I worked hard on ‘fixing’ her, feeding her, grooming her and getting her fitness up and eventually she became something extraordinary. She went from a skinny mare that couldn’t jump anything and was so unfit to On Angels Wings, the 14hh mare that clears 90cm with ease and is just beautifully behaved and extremely fit.

In the time I have owned my super mare (who was officially mine on Christmas day 2010 by the way) we have been to Pony Club, Pony club camp and passed our C test at the Killinick Harriers branch of the Irish Pony Club. We have perfected our relationship together and we were invincible. When we gallop across fields nothing could stop us and when we approach a jump there is no doubt something special is going to happen.
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Ponybox Featured Horse Graphics   2nd Aug 2012
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Graphics Here is another set of some amazing horse graphics and photos submitted to Ponybox.com. Want to see your photo or graphic listed here? Just add your horse related photo or art to your Ponybox photo album and we will consider it for our featured horse graphics news post.
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The Presence and History of the American Mustang
 by SuperLevi on 1st Aug 2012
The Presence and History of the American Mustang General  To some Americans, mustangs are the idol symbol of the Wild West. Their untamed, fiery spirit often captivates the imagination of the American people and icons freedom just as much the bald eagle, if not more. When some think about the mustang, the first thoughts that may come into mind are of midsized equines of an array of various coat colors, grazing on a hilltop, with the faded blue mass of mountainous terrain in the background. However, there are equally as many people in the United States that sees these majestic beast as worthless creatures who are only going to starve themselves and the millions of farmers’ cattle. Although there are the many that claim that the horses are truly wild, there are the others that simply state that the mustangs are domestic horses that more appropriately should be called ‘feral horses’ rather than ‘wild horses’. If the mustang were just feral horses, where did they originate from?
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When Darkness Sets In - Part 3   31st Jul 2012
When Darkness Sets In - Part 3
Horse Fiction My eyes flew open to the darkness the next morning in eagerness. I could visit Midnight today! I got out of my bed and felt around to the little closet for my clothes. I heard a nurse come in to help me, “No! I’ve got it,” I said letting a little bit of the anger that had built up out. She stopped short and walked back out. I sighed and relaxed as I felt around for a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. My hands soon found the dense, strong fabric of the denim and the textured soft cotton shirt. I headed into the bathroom with my hands outreached, this would be challenging.
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Ponybox Featured Horse Graphics   30th Jul 2012
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Graphics Here is another set of some amazing horse graphics and photos submitted to Ponybox.com. Want to see your photo or graphic listed here? Just add your horse related photo or art to your Ponybox photo album and we will consider it for our featured horse graphics news post.
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Breyer Horse Movie - Conquering Tide
 by PonyWriter on 29th Jul 2012
Breyer Horse Movie - Conquering Tide Horse Fiction  Breyer horse movies are becoming extremely popular, especially since they only require a few Breyer horses, a video camera and an imagination. Recently, YouTube member CinnamonMewMew released the prologue to her new Breyer horse movie titled Conquering Tide.
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Old Joe - Chapter 2
 by mosquito on 29th Jul 2012
Old Joe - Chapter 2 Horse Fiction  As the sun grew higher in the sky, the dew dried on the grass, and the last few lingering clouds fluttered and disappeared. The bright blue sky – with that deep blue of a cold morning – changed to a softer hue, as a muggy haze began to crawl out of the west. I don’t mind working in the heat, but the trouble with Appalachian weather is the air gets so damp that your sweat don’t dry. It just froths and soaks into your harness, and before you know it you’re all chafed and rubbed and sore. Like I say, I don’t mind leanin’ into the harness when I have too, but when I get all galled up, it’s hard to find the strength.

And lean in we had to do. We followed the roads over familiar ground, up the mountains and through the Cumberland gap. I knew this road well; farmer Ben and I had made this trip – as far as Kentucky and Ohio – a few times. Sometimes when he needed seeds and couldn’t afford them back home, we’d head out this way to get the seed stock – they didn’t make as good a yield of crops as the southern grown stuff, but during the War they got real pricey and it was just easier to head out here for the prairie grown stuff.
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Photoshop - How to Give a Black Horse White Facial Markings   27th Jul 2012
Photoshop - How to Give a Black Horse White Facial Markings
Graphics Ever wanted to give a horse facial markings, like stars or snips, but don’t know how? Today we are going to learn how to change the color of a horse’s whole face, to make the bald face marking. This tutorial should be applicable to creating any white facial marking, however.

Today we are going to learn how to change a black horse’s face to white. Black is the hardest color to change to white, as the two colors are direct opposites of each other.
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Ponybox Featured Horse Graphics   26th Jul 2012
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Graphics Here is another set of some amazing horse graphics and photos submitted to Ponybox.com. Want to see your photo or graphic listed here? Just add your horse related photo or art to your Ponybox photo album and we will consider it for our featured horse graphics news post.
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When Darkness Sets In - Part 2   25th Jul 2012
When Darkness Sets In - Part 2
Horse Fiction “Anna, someone is here to see you.” came the nurses voice once more. Two more days have passed and they finally took off the cloth around my eyes. They were right, I couldn’t see anything. I turned my head to the doorway with my unseeing eyes and listened for the footsteps. They came in steady and soft, with a purpose. “Hey there, Anna,” said a calming, deep voice.

“John!” I exclaimed and smiled for the first time since my accident. The smile faded away when I realized I would never be able to see his sparkling green eyes or see that cocky smile ever again. I turned my head toward the direction I thought he was and waited for him to say something. Anything.
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Learning the Basics of Vaulting   24th Jul 2012
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General When most people talk about equestrian sports they think of the well-known disciplines such as dressage, jumping, reining, and cross country. Many people forget about vaulting and some have never even heard of it before. The most common question I get asked is "What is vaulting?”. The simplest answer I can give is gymnastics on horseback. No, it's not called trick riding and neither is trick riding called vaulting. They are both very different, but that’s for another time!
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Ponybox Featured Horse Graphics   23rd Jul 2012
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Graphics Here is another set of some amazing horse graphics and photos submitted to Ponybox.com. Want to see your photo or graphic listed here? Just add your horse related photo or art to your Ponybox photo album and we will consider it for our featured horse graphics news post.
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When Darkness Sets In - Part 1   22nd Jul 2012
When Darkness Sets In - Part 1
Horse Fiction The pain, the flashing of red in front of my open eyes. I was falling... Falling.

Where was I? I began to feel, but I could not see. A soft cloth was pressing on my aching eyes kept them from opening. I felt the pain in my bones and muscles and it overwhelmed me. I moaned at the pain and let mental darkness came over me once more in a painful wave.

I gasped as I woke once more; the pain was still there but less now. “Anna?” a soft, familiar voice came from the right of where I laid. It was my mother! “Mom!” I cried hopelessly. I still could not see! What was this on my eyes? I tried to move my slender arms but they only jerked weakly. “No, Anna, leave them covered.” came my mothers voice again, pain from watching me seeping into voice as she spoke.
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Ponybox Featured Horse Graphics   20th Jul 2012
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Graphics Here is another set of some amazing horse graphics and photos submitted to Ponybox.com. Want to see your photo or graphic listed here? Just add your horse related photo or art to your Ponybox photo album and we will consider it for our featured horse graphics news post.
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Your Horse From the Ground Up - The Lower Leg - Part 1
 by mosquito on 19th Jul 2012
Your Horse From the Ground Up - The Lower Leg - Part 1 General  Now that we have the foundations – the hoof – let’s move up our horse and find out a little more about how he moves. In this article we’ll visit the lower leg. For the most part, the front and hind legs (below the knee and hock) are pretty much the same, but after this feature, we’ll have to take the front half and back half of the horse separately.

First, let’s establish some context for the lower leg. Did you know that the horse has no muscles below the knee and hock? That means that everything going on is a complicated system of levers and pulleys built around delicate tendons and ligaments, all controlled by the muscles much further up the leg. It might also help you to visualize what’s going on if we compare the horse’s leg to your body.
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Supersize vs Superskinny
 by Twisted Rose on 18th Jul 2012
Supersize vs Superskinny Care and Grooming  We've all looked at articles on laminitis or photo's of neglected skinny horses and felt sympathy for the poor horse, but have we ever considered that a few simple mistakes we make could cause our own horses to get into such a state Maybe that state will be less extreme, but does that make it OK? In today's society, the majority of owners seem to believe that having a horse who is over or underweight is fine, and won't make a difference to its performance or health, when actually, its doing more harm than good. In this article, I will be running through how to check if your horse is overweight, underweight or just right, the possible causes of weight issues, long-term effects and how you can help.
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Ponybox Featured Horse Graphics   16th Jul 2012
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Graphics Here is another set of some amazing horse graphics and photos submitted to Ponybox.com. Want to see your photo or graphic listed here? Just add your horse related photo or art to your Ponybox photo album and we will consider it for our featured horse graphics news post.
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Old Joe - Chapter 1
 by mosquito on 15th Jul 2012
Old Joe - Chapter 1 Horse Fiction  I heard the rooster crow, and shifted in my stall to try and stretch as much as I could. First he crows, then Farmer Ben comes along, Bess and I have breakfast, and we get to work. Sunday was yesterday, when we got brushed up nice, Amy put a ribbon in our forelocks, and we took the wagon to church. If yesterday was Sunday, that meant today we had a week of work ahead. It was springtime too, so it would be hot by the afternoon, and there was a lot of plowing to do. We’d barely made a start on it; usually by this time of year we had twenty acres plowed and seeded. This year we’d barely done anything.

Today something sure was different. Farmer Ben came in, same time as always, but his hat was lower over his eyes, and he moved about the barn without whistling, without singing, without saying a word. He went about his usual chores, eventually dropping an armload of hay in our manger. Normally I’d stick my nose right in and get to my breakfast, but not today. Today I just didn’t feel hungry. I sighed deeply, and gave him a nudge with my muzzle as he brushed some stray wisps of hay into the manger.
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