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The Little Girl & The Horse

Posted on October 27, 2019 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

After making the little girl, God said:


“You’ll need something to lean on. Something with substance that will teach you the value of hard work, perseverance, and to never give up. A thing that won’t cast judgment when you mess up in life. Because you will often, it’s just part of growing up and becoming a decent human."


"You’ll need something whose impressive physical presence must be respected at all times. A being who could b...

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A Father's Explanation of Why He Had Horses for His Children

Posted on September 1, 2017 at 9:20 AM

A Father's Explanation of Why He Had Horses for His Children

~ Author Unknown


My daughter turned sixteen years old today; which is a milestone for most

people. Besides looking at baby photos and childhood trinkets with her, I

took time to reflect on the young woman my daughter had become and the

choices she would face in the future.


As I looked at her I could see the athlete she was, and determined woman she

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Riding Lesson

Posted on August 20, 2017 at 10:25 AM

Poem: "Riding Lesson"

by Henry Taylor

From An Afternoon of Pocket Billiards (University of Utah Press)


Riding Lesson


I learned two things

from an early riding teacher.

He held a nervous filly

in one hand and gestured

with the other, saying "Listen.

Keep one leg on one side,

the other leg on the other side,

and your mind in the middle."


He turned and mounted...

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The Dressage Lesson

Posted on July 3, 2017 at 10:30 AM

The Dressage Lesson - A Poem

by Stephen Forbes

July 03, 2017


Contact, oh contact, what does it mean?

Trying to figure this out makes me want to scream

Too light, too soft, too hard, too strong

My instructor yells that it's always wrong

They say it means whats going on in the back

This Dressage thing I can't seem to get the knack

"The hindelgs the hindlegs they are too out behind!"

Trying to get this...

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Skiing

Posted on February 7, 2015 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Skiing

By Maribeth Dunlap

February 6, 2015


I went skiing again the other day.


It was the first time since 2010 when I skied with my family. I skied alone this time. I was nervous and not sure I could do it. But I was determined. I dug out all my ancient gear and put together a ragged outfit. I looked like something that crawled out from the past; ragged and forlorn. But I went. When I arrived at the lodge, I decided to try the ne...

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Life Rhythms

Posted on December 21, 2010 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Life Rhythms

By Maribeth Dunlap

December 2010


My family and I went skiing the other day. I used to be an avid snow skier and worked for a short period of time many years ago as a ski instructor in Vail, Colorado. Much like riding is for me in my life today, I lived to ski when I was younger. But over the years, time and life went by and I found that I hadn't skied in a very long time. I was feeling rusty, out of condition, and maybe a little old. My husba...

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Christmas Eve Dressage Poem

Posted on October 30, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Christmas Eve Dressage Poem

by MARY L. BRENNAN, DVM

OCT 30, 2009


Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the farm,

Only one horse was stirring, the brown one in the barn,

The only one to hang a stocking from his feed dish that night,

Hoping that Santa would come, and fill it just right.


The other horses were settled quietly in their stalls,

While their dreams were of horse treats, candy cane...

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