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Love Song

I was alone in the barn.  Or so I thought.  It was late at night; the other boarders had long since left and the staff had fed hours ago. I ...
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Not Something You See Everyday By Robert Goodman

Purim is the Jewish holiday described in the biblical Book of Esther. The story celebrates the Jewish victory over their Babylonian enemies, especially the death of the wicked Haman, royal ...
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Perfect

When judges look at a horse and rider, one of the things they consider is “suitability.”  Coney and Sharon were not in any way suited to one another.  One look ...
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Choosing Vintage: The Value of Older Horses

We see it happen so often at the bigger shows. Some fantastic athlete (a four-legged one) is retired at the ripe old age of 15. Or maybe 17. The horse ...
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Mucho

Originally intended as a polo pony, Macho Magic grew too big…and was too slow. Paul Kuhn, the manager of Kirby Hill Farm, suggested that one of the trainers located at ...
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The Purple Heart

In the United States, 20 veterans commit suicide every day. Army Sergeant Arturo de la Garza nearly became another statistic. Then he met a horse. Three deployments in Iraq had ...
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Police Horse

He was a comedian, always looking for a laugh.  He patrolled a busy, bustling intersection: Lefferts Boulevard and Liberty Avenue in the Richmond Hill section of Queens, New York.   Buses, ...
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Born to Ride

One of Tina Konyot’s colleagues says “She rides beyond competition, with an excitement that emanates from her and broadcasts to those watching that something brilliant and extraordinary is taking place.” ...
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Bail Me Out (Striker)

By Nikole Ruddy Striker was born on my grandparent’s small farm in Windsor, Connecticut on May 26, 1983.  My grandparents, William and Marie Garthwaite, had not expected him to be ...
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Mirage

When she hears Judy’s truck approaching the barn, Mirage runs to the gate, waiting for “mom” to come and get her. The stunning chestnut mare enjoys her life in a ...
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