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Our Perfect Companions – have four legs and four hooves.

The bond between horse and human can be one of incredible strength and love. Ask anyone who is a pet guardian, a real animal lover, and they will tell you that they are not “pets,” they are family. Our furry loved ones are incredible companions who give us unconditional love and understanding. Clyde and me!… Continue reading Our Perfect Companions – have four legs and four hooves.

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A Horse Can Teach Life Lessons

The little child looked upward to the sky, but a gigantic creature was blocking the sun. He moved slowly toward the little girl, her feet frozen to the ground. Inches away, the animal’s nostrils flared and retracted as the air around her face disappeared. She felt a silent scream in her ears, and life seemed… Continue reading A Horse Can Teach Life Lessons

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The Colt That Could

A short story dedicated to the American Saddlebred Museum, located in Lexington, Kentucky. In honor of Mrs. Helen K. Crabtree & RuthAnne Lewis (The Last Crabtree Girl). My eyes squinted as I took my first step out of the barn. I was led into the sunlight by the farmer holding a lead rope clipped to… Continue reading The Colt That Could

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Genie in the Heart Shaped Bottle

A short story by RA Anderson dedicated to the American Saddlebred Horse Museum, Lexington, KY. Thoughts lingered in my mind after Grandma told me about a wishing story. We walked in her den where I was asked not to play, and we sat down as she began her little story. She told me our families… Continue reading Genie in the Heart Shaped Bottle

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When It’s Safe

The lists of our to-dos, like where to travel and adventures we want to take when this is all over and life returns to normal, are growing as we live through this pandemic! At midnight December 31st, I wished for everyone to leap into the New Year with hearts and eyes wide open. Everyone is… Continue reading When It’s Safe

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Lessons Learned From a Legend: Riding 104

Safety and Security Equals Accomplishment Before cantering, you would want to have the walk, trot, posting, and guiding down solid! Do you feel safe and secure with your riding? You will want to feel very centered, balanced, before asking for the canter. A whole lot can go wrong when cantering a horse. This is when… Continue reading Lessons Learned From a Legend: Riding 104

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Lessons Learned From a Legend: Riding 103

“Fame is a handsome palomino quarter horse of a creamy color with a white mane and tail, and he belongs to my mom. When I entered his corral this morning, his big head—with the big white blaze running down his face—was lowered down to my height. His lips almost touched the ground as he stared… Continue reading Lessons Learned From a Legend: Riding 103

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Lessons Learned From a Legend: Riding 102

Now that you are learning to be aware of your horse, this next checklist is crucial! The issue at hand is how do I correct myself in order to help my horse perform better? I think I mentioned in my book that Chablis Premier and I would typically get second in the qualifying class at… Continue reading Lessons Learned From a Legend: Riding 102

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Lessons Learned From a Legend: Riding 101

When I arrived at Crabtree Farms as a new student, Mrs. Crabtree started teaching me the basics. Yes, the basics. I was frustrated because I thought I already knew the basics by then, but after time, I realized how invaluable these lessons were. With this in mind, I decided to share my ‘checklists’ with you. I used these tools every day, with every lesson, and even when riding on my own. I feel they were important and key to my riding success.