Near the end of the trail

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feel­ings Lynne “The 490) Most about Next Car­pen­ter’s of of Jour­ney” us loss be­ing can ex­pressed un­able em­pathize touch­ing (True to Tale, in con­tinue es­say, Mary with EQUUS the the en­joyed rid­ing for ad­ven­tures so long, all she due and to changes Bear had in Bear’s phys­i­cal sta­tus. She notes that the years of work­ing to­gether to in­crease their skills and im­prove their re­la­tion­ship are now be­hind them. I would like to sug­gest she look into lib­erty work and/or equine agility train­ing with Bear. I, too, had been a life­long rider un­til I dis­cov­ered these amaz­ing modal­i­ties of in­ter­act­ing with my horse. Un­like rid­ing, both of these are un­mounted, al­low­ing hu­man and horse to see each other eye to eye, which I be­lieve pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for re­la­tion­ship build­ing that goes be­yond that of horse and rider. I have learned more about horses in gen­eral as well as my horse’s in­di­vid­ual per­son­al­ity in these in­ter­ac­tions than I have in over 30 years of rid­ing. My horse gets to choose what he would like to do, and as I have be­come more adept at learn­ing what he is telling me, we have two-way “con­ver­sa­tions” in which he will keep com­mu­ni­cat­ing as long as I am lis­ten­ing! It has opened up a whole new, won­der­ful world for me, and my horse seems to love it---he is so en­thu­si­as­tic when I come to see him. While I still miss rid­ing, and these ac­tiv­i­ties do re­quire a shift in think­ing, I find I think less and less about rid­ing as I see how much my horse en­joys this new part­ner­ship and I en­joy en­hanced com­mu­ni­ca­tion with an­other species! Danielle Y. Clark Erie, Penn­syl­va­nia

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