Art and Equine Blog

  • A little R&R

    A little R&R

    Hey folks,

    I have been MIA recently to take a little break for some much needed care for myself as well as for Blue.  So here’s an update on what’s going on…

    Last week Blue went to UC Davis. After 2 months of not being able to diagnose her lameness, the vets there took very good care of her and 2 ultrasounds later they found that she had injured two of her lateral ligaments. She will be getting a special shoe, shock wave treatment and 6-9 months of recoup (No riding and confined to a small area) and physical therapy with increased amounts of exercise as she heals. Blue is home and happy to be spoiled with a deluxe double-wide stall full of shavings and is glad to be on her path to healing and feeling better. I would like to send a big shout out to Barb Peterson for transporting us to UC Davis and for her help and support. 

    In other news... I just registered for my Equine Facilitated Learning Certification and I am getting very excited! In just a few months I'll be heading over to Nevada to attend the OK Corral Series and earn my certification with Greg Kersten, founder of EAGALA. To learn more about this certification program you can visit my website at braidedtales.org and find links under resources.

    Thank you to those who have been sending me links regarding possible school horses; they are much appreciated. I have been in contact with the owner of the three mares and will continue to have an open dialogue as the program gains financial momentum. A campaign launch party is in the works…more details soon to come!

    Happy trails from Braided Tales!

    Kat

    A horse doesn’t care how much you know until he knows how much you care.


    – Pat Parelli

  • Needle(s) in a Hay Stack...

    Needle(s) in a Hay Stack...

    Finding the right horse is like finding a needle in a haystack. There are so many variables involved. After my STORY was published in the Ukiah Daily Journal, I received many phone calls, emails and outreach from the community. Among those was an email from a woman who has 3 sweet mares she is willing to donate to the program along with all of their equipment! I continue to be amazed by this community I am so lucky to be apart of and the kindness, love and generosity of others. I am looking forward to meeting these lovelies early next month. Keep your fingers crossed for not just the program but for these wonderful horses to find themselves a loving and fulfilling home at Braided Tales. Though these horses are potentially being donated, it is crucial to have support funding for vet checks, and a probation period for student numbers to increase in order to support the program independently. The expressed need for this porgram in this community is overwhelming, and I see the potential for this program to quickly grow. I am starting from scratch and as the GO FUND ME CAMPAIGN has come to a crawl, I am pulling the last of my money out of my piggy bank, desperately trying to make this dream come true. I have a month to come up with funds to cover the initial vet and boarding fees to bring these girls home. Let's make it happen! Please share my story and my campaign with all of your friends and family. Sharing goes a long way. Who knows, maybe a needle in a haystack isn't so hard to find after all.

    Stay tuned for more exciting news!

    Kat

    You have three choices in life; you can give up, give in or give it all you've got

    (author unknown)

  • Sad Day at the Vets...

    Sad Day at the Vets...

    Yesterday Mac's integration pen was put up, his stall was ready for him with yummy grains and I picked up a salt lick and a water bucket for him today so he would be nice and comfy for his first night in his new home. We all had such high hopes for Mac and there were so many people involved in his adoption process rooting for us and helping us along the way. I am beyond heart broken to announce that Mac will not be joining our program post vet check. After working with him for two days, we discovered that he has some health issues that make him unfit for the program. He is such a special horse and has the greatest spirit and personality. It was very hard for me to walk away from him after how much we hand bonded in so little time.

    That said, Braided Tales is back to square one in finding a lesson horse. As great as everything was going, it just wasn't meant to be in the end. Mac will find the right human(s) and Braided Tales will find the right horse! And don't worry; we will still be doing the raffle it just won't be with Mac. 

    Stay Tuned for updates-

    Kat

    Ride the Horse in the direction that it's going

    (Werner Erhard)

  • Rising from the Ashes: Fire Rescue Raffle

    Rising from the Ashes: Fire Rescue Raffle

    Mac is a rescue from the fires we recently had and I have been thinking a lot lately about the irony of using a recued horse in my equine facilitated learning program. There are varieties of Therapeutic and Equine Facilitated programs out there that ONLY use recued horses. The reason for this is that these horses wind up getting just as much from the program and are actually emotionally and physically rehabilitated themselves in the process. How could you ask for a more beautiful relationship between a human and a horse? In light of the fires, Mac coming into the program as a rescue and the timing of this programing launching, I would like to raffle off a free lesson to a fire victim affected by the fires in Sonoma or Mendocino Counties. Both the nominee and the nominator each recieve 1 free lesson. To enter in the raffle, like our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram, share the Braided Tales Go Fund Me Campaign with your family and friends and nominate one person for the raffle. If you have more than one person you would like to nominate, have a friend or family member enter the raffle and nominate them that way. Please, Follow these links to enter in the raffle. The WINNERS will be announced at the end of February!

    https://www.facebook.com/braidedtalesartandequine/?view_public_for=142727839775853

    https://www.instagram.com/braided_tales/?hl=en

    https://www.gofundme.com/help-launch-kats-arthorse-program#

  • Lesson Horse on the Horizon...

    Lesson Horse on the Horizon...

    Meet Mac....also known as Mustache Mac. He is a Kiger Mustang Quarter Horse cross and I met him yesterday. I got a call from a friend who is in my riding club and he told me about these rescued horses so I thought to myself, well, why not at least see what they are all about. All I knew about him was that he had been sitting for a long time and was previously a husband/grandkid horse. So I drove through an hour and a half of rain to go see him. When I got there, the skies parted and it stopped raining. I was walking to the area where the horses where being kept and Mac and I saw each other from across the arena. We kept each other’s gaze the entire way. I got up to his pen and he smelled me and we checked each other out. He looked at me with such soft, sweet and curious eyes. I walked around to the other horses pens but did not get the same feeling as I did with Mac. 

    So...I went and grabbed my halter and my grooming bag and brought him out of his mucky pen. Once out of the pen, I could see his poor feet were in terrible condition but nothing a few trimmings couldn't correct. He was anxious about being taken away from his friends and it was apparent that no one had worked with him in a very long time. So I got to work brushing him and picking up his feet, which he did so willingly. Once we got a little bit more acquainted we went into the arena. After I got the spunk out of him, he quietly responded to my qs and lunged smoothly. Within a few tries, he was picking up on every groundwork q I was giving him. It became apparent very quickly that that this was a very smart horse and also a very sensitive horse, which is important for the kind of work I will be doing in the program.

    After this I decided to take the next step and see how he moved with a saddle on. While I tacked him up, he barley bat an eye and only gave a couple curious glances back at me. After some continued groundwork and lots of backing up exercises he became much calmer and less worried about being separated from his pals. It took a few tries to get on him until he decided it was okay for me to be up there. I stood in one stirrup and he didn't budge. I stepped off and gave him a good rub. We did it again and still...he didn't budge....so I swung my other leg over and got my foot in the other stirrup. At first he was dancing around and we were doing little circles all the way to the other side of the arena until he realized oh, this is okay. We walked around the arena and I just sat with him for a little while. It had been over a year since anyone had done anything with him so I figure we did pretty well. He relaxed his body and I felt like we just melted together. I decided that was a pretty good note to end on and hopped off of him. We went and untacked and of course he got treats (lots of them). 

    I knew right away that Mac and I had a thing. As soon as I drove away, I said to myself, "There is no way I am not coming back for that horse". So...pending a pre-purchase vet check, Mac will be coming home on Monday!!!!!

    Right now almost all of the expenses will be coming out of pocket. We have had a couple of very wonderful donations through go fund me which will go towards helping pay for the pre-purchase vet check. To help support Mac's transition to his new home, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/help-launch-kats-arthorse-program# Thank you!!!!!!

    When your horse follows you without being asked, when he rubs his head on yours, 


    and when you look at him and feel a tingle down your spine...you know you are loved.

    (John Lyons)

  • Going live!

    Hoooray!

    Today the program went live with the Braided Tales Go Fund Me Campaign https://www.gofundme.com/help-launch-kats-arthorse-program. It was a big step towards future goals! I am beside myself excited and very much looking forward to starting the search for our first lesson/trail horse. 

    "One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go

    fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the

    day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less

    stress.

    (Viggo Mortensen)

  • The Beginning

    Welcome to Braided Tales and my first EVER blog post!

    This program is very dear to my heart and it’s been a long time in the making. The dedication, hard work and courage to get here have been humbling. I am so grateful to be a member of my community and to have the opportunity to create this program. The best part is, the journey is just beginning!

    I am excited to invite you to join me and follow along as the program grows. You can do that by following us on Facebook, Instagram and this Blog. I will be making educational and informative posts regarding healing arts and equine facilitated learning, program progress, special announcements and shout outs.

    Looking forward to the road ahead, I hope that you can join Braided Tales in our efforts to create an even more beautiful and productive community, full of vibrant and fulfilled individuals.

    Until next time,

    Katharine

    -Founder and Operator of Briaded Tales                                                                                                                                  

    Flaming enthusiasm, 

    backed up by horse sense and persistence,

    is the quality that most frequently makes for success. 

    (Dale Carnegie)