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Kathie P. Mautner

December 7, 2009

A Little Yellow Pony Became The Brains Of The Outfit

He was a little yellow pony in a show barn full of big, fancy hunters.

Technically, he was neither yellow nor a pony; he was a palomino who stretched to make it to 15 hands. He stood out like a sore thumb among the tall brown and bay Thoroughbreds and warmbloods.

September 8, 2006

Dances With Horses And Dances With Guys

When I told the professional dancer who is my ballroom dance partner that if he were a horse, I couldn't afford him, he wasn't quite sure whether the statement was an insult or a compliment. Then I explained about "packers"--that good amateurs' dressage packers can sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. The more I compete in the ballroom, the more I realize that packers share some major personality traits no matter what the sport--or the species.

January 20, 2006

Experiments In Foaling

When I think of breeding and foaling, I envision spring in the home of my heart and brand-new, baby race horses romping in the lush, green fields and white board fences of Kentucky's Bluegrass. To some, breeding means the elegant advertisements of the warmblood breeders, who fill the stallion issues with gorgeous photographs of gorgeous stallions being gorgeous at gorgeous prices. My own brushes with breeding have been markedly different.

December 27, 2005

Moses Delivered A Gift To Nearly Everyone

Beginners called him names not suitable for inclusion in a family publication. My father (an international eventing and show jumping competitor in his Army days) called him my life insurance policy. I called him Moses, and he was one of the smartest and most opinionated horses that ever lived.

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