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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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Who is Inside the Barn is What Matters Most – My Hopes Live in a Barn

Photo by Kim Roe

“If dreams were lightning, And thunder was desire, This old house (or barn) would’ve Burned down a long time ago…” Angel from Montgomery by John Prine   My first barn was a ramshackle affair. Hand built from bark-covered cedar poles and recycled steel siding, it was a sheep and cow …

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Living with Horses – Horse People can Handle the Realities of the Equestrian Lifestyle

Photo by Kim Roe

We’re smack in the middle of winter with its driving rain, icy cold, and short days. As I’ve thought about writing this month’s editorial, with a focus on the equestrian lifestyle, it’s easy to find myself a wee bit sarcastic about the whole scene.   Each day I pull on …

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