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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: 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: 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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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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September & October 2017: Getting a Higher Stool

  Years ago when we first started Dunrovin Ranch, we hosted open houses to lure people to come out to the ranch to ride. Thankfully, our business has grown to the point where we no longer need to do this. They were, in fact, something of a mixed bag. Not everyone was really interested in…

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September & October 2017: Riding with Old Friends

  Longtime friends who have been at our sides for the rigors of graduate school and the isolation of living in a far away, harsh, and at times dangerous place like Alaska, hold a very special place in my life and heart. Either too poor in grad school or too far away in Alaska to…

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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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September & October 2017: Worrying About Carlton Ridge

My article for the autumn issue of Distinctly Montana was due in July. I so love autumn and the heavenly riding opportunities during that time of year that I proposed an article entitled Falling in Love with Fall (see Distinctly Montana Fall 2017 and go to page 76). This is a familiar title to those…

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