Well Being

New Year’s Equine Resolutions

With the New Year come resolutions to fix or address some issues. It’s also a good time to try to make some new commitments to our equine partners. Don’t berate yourself about what you haven’t done. The idea about resolutions is not to immediately “fix” something but, instead, to commit to improving, to making progress. In the words of the famous American poet and humorist, Ogden Nash: What lordly aspirations dawn The while I draw my trousers on! Oh beamish [...]

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Horses and Christmas

I know there is not much to admire about the Marlboro Man. After all, these iconic cowboys were used to advertise cigarettes but I was too young to know about smoking back then and I just loved them because they were cowboys. They were ruggedly handsome men with sharply chiseled features and strong jaw lines and all decked out like cowboys. But what I loved the most was the ads that would show up at Christmas time. Then the Marlboro [...]

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“It’s morning in America….” And I am…

I feel like I have fallen into some wormhole and popped through into an alternate Universe where Donald Trump is the President-elect of the United States. It reminds me a little of Amazon's TV hit series based on Philip Dick's novel, Man in the High Castle, where the viewer is introduced into a post-World War II universe in which Japan and Germany have won the war and the United States is run as a colony of the Axis powers. It [...]

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A Horse Has Thing Or Two To Say About This Election

No election has divided our country as much as this year’s presidential election. Our leaders failed us. Our government failed us. And we failed ourselves by letting ourselves end up with a choice between a despicable candidate and an untrustworthy one. No one inspired us. They exhausted us. Voting ended up being like vomiting: it felt better when it’s over but it left a bad taste in the mouth. This election has been as predatory as possible. It’s about powerful [...]

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Love in the time….

Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Márquez wrote in Love In the Time of Cholera: “…wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good.” I don’t think that he meant that wisdom was not useful, it’s just that the wisdom you grasp comes too late in your own life to do you much good so you have to consider what you can do to pass it along. Three days ago my son Luke and his wife Claire gave birth [...]

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Virtual Reality with Horses: For Liberty to Appear, Lead Ropes Must Disappear

  We are used to putting on our horse’s halter – I only use rope halters, by the way—and clipping our lead rope to it and then walking off with our horse. It’s second nature. It should be because it’s really the only practical way to move our horses at will. The key word, however, is practical. Because the lead rope is not a method; it’s a device. In other words, it’s a way of exerting energy or pressure physically [...]

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Stalking Well Being

I am not an expert on finding well-being, though maybe I am an authority on searching for it. I recognize its tracks. I stalk it. I rarely catch it. And I never can seem to hold on to it for long. Here are a few simple assertions I’ve made during the process of stalking well-being for most of my adult life: Anyone who claims to have found the answers, hasn’t. There never is one way, one solution to finding well-being. [...]

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