Becky (ridendurance)
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  • Midwest Illinois
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What do you do to get your barn and horse/pony/mini ready for the winter?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Suzanne Oct 21, 2008.

Horsekeeping,trailride,horsecamping etc tips
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jessie Aug 16, 2008.

Favorite Horse Treats?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Donna Campbell smith May 1, 2008.

Silly things your horse will shy at!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by DeeAnna Weed Jul 31, 2010.

Natural Horsemanship Can you describe it?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Suzanne Aug 12, 2008.


Parelli, Natural Horsemanship, Arabian, Endurance

Profile Information

Horse or pony breed
Arabians, QH and Miniature Horses
What state or country are you from?
Midwest Illinois,USA
About Me:
My Blog @
I share my life with my husband ( hot looking cowboy in Wranglers and George Strait hat!) and five horses, four dogs and a cat named Moses.. We have a 22 acre farm and I plan to start riding lessons for kids here soon. I have ridden English and Western and done quite a bit of Endurance racing. I am currently having a blast doing Parelli Natural Horsemanship. We also like to trail ride and camp.
How did you find us?
My sister
Favorite movies?
Out of Africa, Seabiscuit, Lonesome Dove, Quigley Down Under, Man From Snowy River, Monte Walsh, The Cowboys, 8 Seconds, Dreamer,, Sylvester, Murphys' Romance
Favorite books?
The Giver by Lois Lowry, Leaving Cheyenne by Larry McMurtry, Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin, Hope Rising by Kim Meeder
Favorite Music?
Emmy Lou Harris, Don Williams, Caedmans Call, Mary Anne Kennedy,
Classical, C&W, Christian Contemporary , Opera (almost everything but not a fan of Rap.)

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Small Partnerships

Today was a busy day spent in training with the miniature horses Little

Man and Major. We have a date to visit North Adams nursing home in

Mendon, Illinois on November 7th. We continue practicing standing

quietly while being hugged and petted and sometimes even kissed on the

nose. Today we also spent practicing some of our tricks such as

jumping, standing and pirouetting on the pedestal, rolling the ball,

and of course… Continue

Posted on October 24, 2010 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Three Quarter Moon and a night ride

Tonight was one of those rare and perfect training nights when

everything goes right. Combining the methods of Parelli and "clicker

training" produced a magical I stood at the gate and called my

Arabian mare Jazz and my mini horse Little Man up from the pasture. I

listened and heard the hoofbeats coming swiftly towards me. Halters

went on and a "click-treat" given. I… Continue

Posted on October 16, 2010 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

A mission for Mini Miracles

A Mini Miracles visit is planned for Sunday, August 15th

at the Northwoods Nursing Home in Belvidere, Illinois. We will be remembering

the old time County Fair days and in keeping with the miniature horse visit,

the residents will be having a snack of apple juice and oatmeal cookies. I

think Manny and Major would like to there early so they could have some


We hope to have a lot of fun with some games, prizes and

songs and the boys will be providing… Continue

Posted on August 7, 2010 at 1:00am

NARHA Certification !!!!!!!!!

It is with great appreciation for my family, friends and husbands

support that I announce the successful passing of the NARHA

certification for therapeutic riding instructors on July 24 at


in Harvard, Illinois.

After an intensive three day workshop and testing

for my riding skills and therapeutic riding instruction I… Continue

Posted on August 1, 2010 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

A Couple of Firsts

Remember the saying "Never say never"? While accomplishing a couple of firsts, I had to acknowledge the truth of this saying. I will never have a pony....., they are sooooo ornery. I will never do a parade...., all that hurry up and wait. Funny how life likes to whittle us down a notch or two.

I bought my first miniature horse..., does that mean I might as well have got a pony? He is one of the most joyful parts of my life.

I… Continue

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

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At 8:37pm on May 23, 2012, Dakotah Mykel Whalen said…

hi Becky

At 1:45pm on December 28, 2010, Donald Redux said…
Both Bonnie and Altea have fallen recently while running and playing in the snow and slush. It does not seem to inhibit them in the least. Up and at it again, just like the video in my latest blog shows. Bonnie even jumps a snow covered stump and brush pile.

Such a lesson of how to live life, no?

I'm glad you are all staying cozy and warm.
At 7:03am on December 6, 2010, Donald Redux said…
Yes, winter is certainly upon us in most of the country. Here we usually stick at freezing, with the rare instance of lower temps - though we did see 9F for a couple of lows recently.

We are in a permanent state of slush otherwise, and out in the paddock muddy slush refreezing, melting, etc. on and on. Altea runs through it like it's nothing, just prancing along as Andalusians do, while Bonnie, with her small hooves, goes slow, careful, and dainty.

Except of course if mom is let out first to run to the hay piles down the paddock aways. Then Bonnie does her galloping best to get there with lots of showing off when she's alongside mom, with kicks and bucking, even rearing from time to time.

Yesterday we had elk in the yard, right next to my back deck. Thought they were going to step on up for a cup of hot cocoa for a moment there. Big beautiful creatures in an ungainly sort of way. Bonnie and Altea both tend to have a fascination with wildlife, especially these elk but even the deer that live in the woods around them.

Glad you're all tucked in for the winter with fat ponies running the show and bossing everyone about. All's right with the world when ponies are in charge. LOL
At 6:07pm on November 22, 2010, Dakotah Mykel Whalen said…
ETHAN talking tonight he,s probably say,in hi
At 6:00pm on November 22, 2010, Dakotah Mykel Whalen said…

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