First mule ride

Work with the mule was interrupted by cross-country travel, but we still managed several more sessions on the ground this past month. Now, it was time to move beyond just putting the saddle on the back. It was time to put the rider on the […]

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First Utah Rides

We’ve explored about 15 miles of Utah by horseback since landing here last month. It’s a paltry sum, eeked out from the horses’ temporary digs in Payson. The biggest difference between here and Iowa and Maine? Space. You have room to see. In every direction, […]

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Lombard’s Land of the Horses

Midway through his book, “Land of the Horses: A True Story of a Lost Soul and a Life Found,” Chris Lombard writes about that elusive goal of feel: When you have a soft feel, there is slack in the lead line and slack in the […]

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A Ride with Unbranded’s Ben, Dino, and Chief

Last week I headed to Montana for the lovely opportunity to ride with Ben Masters, the team leader of Unbranded. We took two of his mustangs south of Bozeman into the Gallatin National Forest for a beautiful ride through the season’s first several inches of […]

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When a skeletal horse is a good thing

We’ve just got to give Big Props to Sandy Cramer and her registered paint, Raven. The two in fantastic costume have been a fixture at the local farmer’s market and flea market in Hocking County, Ohio. Sandy studied equine science for a few years but […]

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Darn Tough suits us

I remember our laundry room way back when. On its wall hung sock stretchers, metal frames to stretch out ragg wool socks. One errant toss in the dryer and those socks were goners. Shrunk beyond use. The special care seemed like a big hassle for […]

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Breaking Bad and Horse Success. Really.

With open minds and a few decades of experience, we can begin to see patterns, common developments across geographies, species, and time. It happened to me while listening to an interview with Peter Gould, a writer and producer for Breaking Bad, one of the most […]

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Riding To The Top hosts Triple B event

Therapeutic riding centers come and go. Staff changes, funding issues, and public enthusiasm all tend to wax and wane over the years for these high-overhead facilities and organizations. Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center in Windham is the shining exception. Since its debut 20 […]

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