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Out of the Ashes – Stories of Generosity Remind Us of Humanity’s Kindness

My colt Gus on a smoky morning. Photo by Kim Roe

Late morning on September 7, Labor Day, I was hot-footing it north on Interstate 5, heading home from judging a horse show in Eugene, Oregon. As I sung along with the radio, I noted to myself how dry the Willamette Valley looked. Along the way I stopped off to meet …

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Exploring Options in Equine Wellness – Sometimes We Find What We Need in the Unknown

Photo by Kim Roe

There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. These are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns—those things we don’t know we don’t know. – Donald Rumsfeld Wellness weighs heavy on our minds these days. It …

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Learning Continues – A Computer, Wi-Fi, and Imagination Create Opportunity

Photo by Kim Roe

It’s late July as I write this column and I’m preparing to make the eight-hour drive down to the Oregon Horse Center to judge a Working Equitation show. Hurray! It’s the first horse show I’ve been to in 2020. I’m excited to see horses and people in the flesh. I’ll …

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Maturity Brings Excellence in Horse Training- Move Slowly, Take Your Time, and Take Breaks

Photo by Catherine Madera

Training is directing your horse toward something he doesn’t know. – Anna Blake   When I was in my late teens, I worked with an older horse trainer I respected a great deal. He didn’t talk a lot, but one of the things he told me was this: “Train a …

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Hope for the Future – Well-Bred Performance Horses Make Training a Joy

Gus. Photo by Kim Roe.

My young horse, Gus, turned three years old in May. The years have flown by since I brought him home as a pudgy weanling, and now it’s time to start him under saddle. He’s a typical adolescent—bumbling and silly in one moment, taking my breath away with his athleticism and …

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Nature Nurtures

“What I love about people (and I do love people) is that crises bring out the best in them. And the best people aren’t people, they’re animals.” – Stephen Colbert I’ll admit it, I’ve been rather sad lately. The world seems darker than usual. There’s a lot of bad news …

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Where Horses and People are Gathered – The Best of Equine Events is Grit, Beauty, and Partnership

Watching horse events takes me around the world. This photo was taken in Portugal at the annual horse fair in GolegĂŁ. Photo by Kim Roe.

Over 30 years ago I moved to Whatcom County, Washington. Not long after, I was invited to go watch the International Plowing Match in Lynden. The event is still vivid in my memory. There were draft horses of many breeds (and a few mules) and generations of handlers who walked …

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