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May 20, 2014

Cowboy Up

Every five weeks I have a counseling session. For about an hour we chat about my career change, the challenges of working with animals AND children, and the advantages of aluminum versus steel. Some people have psychologists, others have bartenders—I have a farrier.

March 15, 2014

Not Quite A Pink Pony

“Can you buy me a pink pony?” my toddler daughter Holston asked when I told her I was going with “Grandpa Johnny” to Europe to shop for horses.

“Good mover AND good jumper!!” she added.

With the minions all suitably mounted and myself still a few years from wanting anything as big and fancy as what we’d be looking at in Europe, Holston’s tall order was my only one.

February 5, 2014

Do The Flames Make Her Go Faster?

Like a teenaged boy who’s just seen a supermodel on the beach, when I pass a tractor-trailer load of horses on the road my head whips around, my eyes widen, and I stare for too long. 

Most often, it’s the boxy silhouette of a commercial shipper that catches my eye; loaded down with young Thoroughbreds or a show barn’s string of hunters and jumpers headed to warmer climates for the season.

December 19, 2013

Living The Glamourous Horse Life

As I lowered myself into the barn dumpster, a recent blog about how glamorous the horse world looks to outsiders crossed my mind.