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What do you do With Miles of Baling Twine? – installment #7


Barrel Racing Beaded Bridle


Close up of Brow Strap of Barrel Racing Beaded Bridle

The newest edition to the What do you do With Miles of Baling Twine series. It is a bridle to match the previous breast strap which will be used solely for barrel racing competitions.

The 6/0 glass seed beads are close to the same colour as the twine, burnt orange according to the label. Each one is sewn on the bridle individually and they add a subtle bling to an otherwise dull orange.

This bridle has been sold and will be custom fit to a chestnut and white Arabian horse. All hooks and buckles will be removed and where ever connections are, they will be hand sewn in place. Unnecessary straps will not be used, giving the bridle a minimalist feel and look.

See Installment #6 What do you do With Miles of Baling Twine?

Installment #5 What to do with Miles of Baling Twine

Installment #4 Horse Halter and Matching Lead Rope

Installment #3 Another Update to Baling Twine

Installment #2 An Update in the Post, “What Do You Do With Miles of Baling Twine”

Installment #1 What Do You Do With Miles of Baling Twine?

July 12, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

John’s CupCake

My Very First Scrapbook Pagecupcake

CupCake is my last equine friend and permanent resident at Leslie Stables. As the veterinarians decide and work on her lameness, I will add to her page with other pages.

April 27, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Cutest Dressage Performance Ever!

January 29, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

What to do With Miles and Miles of Baling Twine – installment #6

breast strap 2This is a breast strap I recently made for my niece. I used baling twine from the 4 foot round bales and handmade paper beads painted with nailpolish and lacquard  to a fine polish and thousands of seed beads. Her favourite colour is orange with brown trim. I neglected to take a photo of the final product before giving it away. But this is close enough to get a good idea.

Installment #5 What to do with Miles of Baling Twine

Installment #4 Horse Halter and Matching Lead Rope

Installment #3 Another Update to Baling Twine

Installment #2 An Update in the Post, “What Do You Do With Miles of Baling Twine”

Installment #1 What Do You Do With Miles of Baling Twine?

December 26, 2014 Posted by | tack | , , , , | Leave a comment

Understanding The Horse Digestion

June 8, 2014 Posted by | anatomy | , | Leave a comment

I Have A Golden Horse, Do You?


I have a Golden Horse! But I’m the only one who sees Willow Breeze as golden. I don’t publish much about her since she has nothing really striking or unique that is visible. Most people don’t get along with her, not because she treats them badly but because she doesn’t normally treat people at all. But make no mistake, Willow  is Golden.


The Golden Horse


Interested ears forward pricked,

patiently waiting through soft velvety nose-kisses,

the Golden Horse

loves the grooming attention;

two hours of brushing, polishing and wiping

with nary a fuss but more like a sweet relaxation

reminiscent of a day at the spa.


Solidly standing for the mount,

quietly ambling the first strides

into 100% effort.

Team player to the point

Of two becoming one.


Reciprocal listening, flickering ears back and forth,

gives and takes and loose flowing backs,

seamless communication seemingly telepathic,

mindreading  aids and signals, snorts and strides,

bounces and swings –

there is no better synergy

than when two combine.


Patiently waiting through your confusion,

Kindly caring through less-than-perfect risk-taking,

he is the ultimate teacher

in your quest to grow.


One of a kind.


April 6, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Merry Christmas from Gimme A Dream

November 26, 2012 Posted by | horsing around | | Leave a comment


August 13, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Sunny, Mom or Mummy Extraordinaire!

You are looking at one extraordinary mom. Meet Sunny…. Sunny is Gimme A Dream’s pet feline. She slept on the big 17hh Hanoverian often during the winter and spring, needling him a back massage whenever he need needed it.

Well on August 8th, 2011 Sunny had a litter of four kittens. She had two in my computer chair, not to my appreciation but moved into a dresser drawer that I placed just below the chair, where my feet normally go. And all was well for four days.

A neighbour had a cat who had four kittens two weeks ago. Two days ago the mother cat went missing. We don’t know what happened to her but the kittens were left alone for almost two days and were hungry and crying loudly.

I didn’t want to but after looking high and low for the mother cat, I brought the kittens home not thinking about putting them on Sunny because she had a full plate with her own brood. Emergence kitten food, gloop was made by my son (recipe is below) and small syringes were sterilized. Then the difficult task of feeding began. And it is difficult to feed kittens.

Their owner and his little 7-year old daughter rushed 100km round trip to the veterinarian to buy bottles and then to the pet shop to buy kitten supplement powder. But by the time they returned Sunny had one of the extra kittens with her brood, the one that was crying the loudest. The kitten that is ginger and white in the picture.

Within two hours she had claimed all 8 kittens and had them in the dresser drawer at my feet.

Now there isn’t enough room for all the kittens and the two week old kittens are far more aggressive at getting the nipples, so after 5 or 10 minutes I remove them to their own box but they cry and Sunny goes after them and one by one returns them to her dresser drawer, after her own brood is satisfied. She feeds and cleans them and they all go to sleep peacefully for an hour or so. Then the whole mess starts over again.

August 13, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

An Interesting Fact About…, Manure!

 in case you missed it !!!

When people ask what you learned today ……

Manure… An interesting fact

Manure :  In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship and it was also before the invention of commercial fertilizers, so large shipments of manure were quite common.

It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, not only did it become heavier, but the process of fermentation began again, of which a by product is methane gas of course. As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can see what could (and did) happen.
Methane began to build up below decks and the first time someone came below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM!

Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was determined just what was happening

After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the instruction ‘ Stow high in transit ‘ on them, which meant for the sailors to stow it high enough off the lower decks so that any water that came into the hold would not touch this volatile cargo and start the production of methane.



Thus evolved the term ‘ S.H.I.T ‘ , (Stow High In Transit) which has come down through the centuries and is in use to this very day.

You probably did not know the true history of this word.

Neither did I.   

I had always thought it was a golf term





August 2, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment