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Pretty as Horse Pictures

Pretty as Horse Pictures

This week I’m scaling back on the chit-chat so I can show you some horse pictures. I believe it’s important to incorporate multiple horse pictures into my blog. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. Over the years, I’ve taken a zillion horse pictures. This one of Gandalf begging for a carrot always makes me smile. I like the artistic composition of this one, Gandalf all decked out in surcingle and sidereins, ready to be lunged. I’ve taken…

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Gandalf’s Terrible Year

Gandalf’s Terrible Year

The year 2010 was not a good year for Gandalf. It was the year he lost a tooth and an eye. I ran across his pedigree the other day. I’m not in the breeding or bloodline business so his ancestry doesn’t mean anything to me, except to tell me he had Hanoverian, Trakehner and Westfalen ancestors. He was 17 hh and thin as a rake when I bought him in June 2002. I never knew his history. The dealer I…

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Am I Getting Too Old To Ride?

Am I Getting Too Old To Ride?

It feels like I’ve been whining about winter for weeks now. It’s not just the cold, or the unexpected thaws, or the about-faces that plunge us back into ice and snow. It’s the toll that winter takes on my body. It raises the dreaded question: am I getting too old to ride? I shouldn’t complain. I haven’t had a cold this winter. Or the flu. I haven’t had to drive out to the barn in the dark and come home…

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The Horse-Human Bond

The Horse-Human Bond

Whenever I want to talk about the horse-human bond, I seem to fill with emotion and lose all my words. I’ve loved horses since before I ever touched a horse. From the very beginning, just looking at a horse filled me with wonder and reverence and yearning. My whole life has been a love affair, not just with the special horses that have been my companions for a time, but with all of horse-kind. What is it that’s so special…

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Larry and the Animal Communicator

Larry and the Animal Communicator

The first Christmas that I owned Larry, the owner of his boarding stable treated all the horses in the barn to a session with an animal communicator. Before I tell you what Larry had to say, I want to point out that my background is in the sciences. I worked in a laboratory for most of my adult life, and made decisions based on data, evidence, and rational thought. It doesn’t mean I’m closed-minded. Just because something isn’t explainable doesn’t…

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