“Rope Burn”

“Rope Burn” by Kathy Rogers Where are those dammed gloves? I thought to myself as I rustled through the tack room, overturning buckets and looking behind dusty, dirty bottles of shampoo and conditioner.   No gloves. Oh well, I’ve ponied many times without gloves. Why would this time be any different? As I tightened the western…

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“A kid, a horse and a tree….”

A kid, a horse and a tree…. by Kathy Rogers   “Mommy, look how high he can jump!” Cori exclaimed as she came around the backside of the small, fenceless arena on the banks of Guadalupe Creek. Cori loved to jump her Sonny and today’s jump was a downed tree branch in the middle of…

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“A Forced Study in Patience”

A Forced Study in Patience by Kathy Rogers Buck was a tall, cool, older, gentleman horse of bay coloring. He had been a working cow horse most of his life and had ended up rather lazy and uninterested in pleasure riding. And although Buck could be a good trail horse at times, he had acquired…

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“Buried at Trail”

“Buried at Trail” by Kathy Rogers “I haven’t seen old Yankee out for a long time”, I pointed out to the pleasant young blonde woman now working a curry over the big buckskin. “That’s right!” she explained. “Bob said I could ride him in the Ride and Tie today up in QuickSilver Park!” My brain…

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“To martingale, or not to martingale…

“To martingale, or not to martingale?” By Kathy Rogers “Where’s the martingale? You know he needs to be ridden in a martingale”, I could not have been more clear.. “That was then, this is now”, smiled Tracy. “I’ve been working on his ground manners and riding him everyday. He is doing so well at giving…

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“Hard Lessons…”

“Hard Lessons” By Kathy Rogers Years ago, I boarded my mother/son Arabian duo at a large ranch, near a big lake, in the beautiful but dry Almaden Valley of California.   At the time, Kalero was just a yearling, and even though I rode his mother on a regular basis, I tried hard to set aside…

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“Picture this…”

Picture this… by Kathy Rogers “You know horses think in pictures”. Tracy made the statement in such a matter of fact tone,  I didn’t even bother to question her. “And if you want to communicate properly with them, you have to think in pictures too”. Well of course you do. Made sense to me. Horses…

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