Posts by DunrovinSuzAnne

November & December 2017: Winter Nocturne

Photos by John Ashley Many are the nights that have enveloped me in the stars. I have taken dark night skies for granted. Only during my years of living in Seattle, Washington, and Santiago, Chile, were night skies hidden from my view by the pollution of bright city lights. And then, quite frankly, I was…

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November & December 2017: Peace on Earth

 Living Peace Sign created in Hungary at Heroes’ Square  Budapest 2005. “Peace on Earth, Goodwill Toward Men.” The words are easy to sing. The sentiments are both deeply rooted in our hearts and at the surface, ready to flower. Yet the thoughts of peace are shapeless and without structure. It seems that world peace is so far…

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November & December 2017: Taking Care of His Riders

  Being a guest ranch pony is a lot like being a host in a very popular family restaurant. If you want everyone to have a great time and a delicious meal, you have to be gracious, tolerant, decisive, willing, adaptive, forgiving, and patient. You need to be a problem solver and anticipate issues before…

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November & December 2017: Remembering Cool Dude

Physically, Cool Dude exemplified the leopard color phase of his breed, Pony of America. He was sturdy and stout, measuring slightly less than 14 hands. His muzzle was mottled with pigmented and un-pigmented patches. He had a heavy coat of white with numerous dark spots, and his hooves showed dark stripes. Like others of his…

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November & December 2017: Dancing with Canner

  Dancing with Canner by Mackenzie Cole – Photos by Mackenzie Cole Many trainers talk about working with animals as a kind of dance. In a training relationship, timing, motion, and our presence with another being are all important. Just as they are in dance. Of course, there are dog-training sports like Freestyle that capitalize…

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November & December 2017: Connecting with Your Nature

The Risks, and Benefits, of Connecting with Your Nature by Hobie Hare – Photos by Hobie Hare     A few weeks ago I jolted awake following an extremely vivid recurring dream. It reflected not only how far I’ve come over the past five years, but also reminded me that there’s always more to learn…

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November & December 2017: When Bears Go to Sleep

When Bears Go To Sleep by Sterling Miller Most wildlife biologists experience great satisfaction in their careers. I’ve been particularly lucky in this regard because I was able to study species that are highly interesting. I spent 20 years researching grizzly (also called brown) and black bears in a truly remarkable setting—Alaska. SuzAnne asked me…

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November & December 2017: Crazy Horse People

Crazy Horse People by Kelli Kozak   The Santa Ana winds still blow in my hometown of Los Angeles, goading fires to even more death and destruction throughout the horse community. Had I still lived there, my horse Doc and I would have been forced to evacuate with scores and scores of others. Our last…

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November and December 2017: Dancing with Canner

Many trainers talk about working with animals as a kind of dance. In a training relationship, timing, motion, and our presence with another being are all important. Just as they are in dance. Of course, there are dog-training sports like Freestyle that capitalize on the similarities. For example, take a look at this amazing video:…

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September & October 2017: Letting Others Lead

It seems just when I personally need a life lesson, one of my animals is right there to teach it to me. The past five years of my life have brought many unwelcomed changes to my physical abilities, and frankly, to my husband’s as well. Neither of us has the energy we did just five…

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