Horses

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…

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September & October 2017: The Dunrovin Brand

A recent viewer’s comment saying she was appalled by our inflicting pain on our horses with a hot branding iron caught me by surprise, because that’s not what we do. We use the pain-free method of freeze branding, and I am happy to explain the process and the reasons I believe it to be in…

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September & October 2017: Moon Blindness

  Moon blindness is the layman’s term for equine recurrent uveitis (ERU). It is the leading cause of blindness in horses and has been known to man since the time of Alexander the Great, when they believed it to be associated with the lunar cycles, giving it the name still being commonly used today. Basically, the eye gets…

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Equine-Assisted Therapy

What is equine-assisted therapy? It can be about having a person with physical aliments riding a horse to stimulate muscles and improve balance. It can be about connecting a veteran with post traumatic syndrome with a horse that help teach self control and anger management. It can be about an abused child becoming empowered by…

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July 2017: Jane’s Diversity with Horses

JANE OF ALL TRADES, MASTER OF…? by Jane sparks SuzAnne Miller has a talent for encouraging people to stretch; to reach outside their comfort zones. You can resist (which she doesn’t take personally!), or you can lean into the growth. When SuzAnne proposed I work with her horses on camera, and also write a monthly…

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June 2017: Canner’s Story – Chapter Four: Recovery

  Canner’s Story by Mackenzie Cole CHAPTER FOUR: RECOVERY   Canner has stayed at Dunrovin, to both of our benefits. The following are some highlights from our work there. Unfortunately, his biggest hurdle remains being a happy loader. Fortunately, I’ve enlisted some new help with that problem and hope that this will be the year Canner…

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June 2017: Canner’s Story – Chapter Three: Gifts

  Canner’s Story by Mackenzie Cole CHAPTER THREE: GIFTS Stan took the rest of the horses into the backcountry that fall and I started to take more and more responsibility for Canner. The winter went by fast for me as I worked on my thesis for grad school and visited Canner between the long process of…

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June 2017: Canner’s Story – Chapter Two: Trauma

  Canner’s Story by Mackenzie Cole CHAPTER TWO: TRAUMA One misstep can mean big setbacks in the short run with traumatized animals because their brains simply react differently than animals who haven’t experienced trauma. Many people have run into skittish household pets, but comparing those to animals like Canner would be like comparing a guy with…

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