Archive for December 2016

Holiday 2016: A Jewel of a Ranch Dog

It always amazes me when I read in some national horse magazine, blog, or Facebook page that dogs and horses don’t mix. Most often such articles claim that dogs’ unpredictable behaviors can be the cause of serious accidents, startling both horses and riders, chasing wildlife, or getting underfoot when horses begin to gallop. Clearly the…

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Holiday 2016: Remembering MaryB

Whenever a new bird lands on the Dunrovin ospreys’ nest or hangs out at one of our feeders, the DaysAtDunrovin chatters will quickly take note and generally one of them ends up saying, “I wish Mary were here to tell us more. I miss Mary.” Missing Mary is something that we, who have been part…

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Holiday 2016: November/December Continuing Stories

Training Mystery. A video is worth a million words! October 25th was a great day for Taryn Bushey, Brandon Carpenter, and Mystery. Calming her nerves, Taryn puts her trust in Brandon’s coaching, her own training accomplishments, and Mystery’s good nature to mount up for her first time ride on Mystery. All three of them have…

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Holiday 2016: Reflections on a New Knee

Naturally I brought my little point-and-shoot camera along with me when I went into the hospital for surgery to replace my left knee. I wanted to divert myself from my medical situation, and searched for something interesting to present itself as a photographic subject.  I have found that merely having the camera in my possession…

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Holiday 2016: Gratitude

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough.” — Melodie Beatty For me, there is something fundamentally pure and simple about Thanksgiving. Little is asked of us. Gather together, contemplate our good fortune, and show sincere and humble appreciation to one another, to Mother Earth, and to God. While spiritual, Thanksgiving is…

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Holidary 2016: D@D Book Club

Two years ago, DaysAtDunrovin experimented with creating a “cyber” book club like none other. We not only wanted to share some good reads with our fellow D@D members, we wanted to engage some literary professionals to deepen our discussions and possibly engage some of the people involved in the books, like the authors themselves or…

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Holiday 2016: Artist in Residence

Our experience with Tyler Nansen as our Dunrovin Ranch Artist in Residence last winter exceeded our expectations. It all began when Sterling and I visited the Blackfoot Pathways Sculpture in the Wild in the spring of 2015. As described in my recent article in Distinctly Montana (flip to page 39), the Blackfoot Pathways so inspired…

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Holiday 2016: Winter’s Hush

Last winter a friend and her husband happened to drop by Dunrovin Ranch in the late afternoon just I was about to begin the evening feeding. They readily offered a hand and were soon involved in the process of spreading hay and moving horses. We went down to the riparian area along the river to…

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