Horse & Pony Letters Nov 2017-Jan 2018

Bouncing back from bullying
HP: I started the August – October 2017 issue by reading Lisa Hines’s editorial in Sweepings called “Bouncing Back.” I read the paragraph pertaining to the George Morris Clinic and Lisa’s comments about his “pointed personal insults.” I then went straight to Jana Hemphill’s article were I read words like “suffered the sting of his sharp tongue,” and some of the insults he called out to people. 

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Horse & Pony Feb-Apr 2017

Knowing when
    We have a good dog. The kind of dog who comes around once in a lifetime. If you’re lucky. He’s the dog who hears his name no matter where he is on the farm and comes running, lies by the barn door until chores are done, carries the paper up the lane each morning, shares his food with the kitten, and quietly requests a brief belly scratch every evening – if it’s not too much trouble. 
    He was the last puppy, a leftover, in a final litter of Bernese-Labrador crosses. The five-month-old quiet, gangly pup who we named Dodger had very big shoes to fill. We brought him home after the death of Chester, the elderly and by then blind Shepherd cross that I ran over with the horse trailer one terrible hot day in July (ALWAYS check under your vehicles on hot days before you drive away). Chester, the tiny unwanted puppy who arrived randomly one day tucked under my husband’s arm, grew to be pretty close to perfect himself.  

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Horse & Pony Nov 2016-Jan 2017

HP: I am writing in regard to Teresa Alexander-Arab’s article in HP May – July 2016 issue, titled “Workload.”
Please pass along to her that the article stuck with me and, recently so, when I had to lay to rest my “baby” that I had for 18 years. When I read the article again, it makes me weep because she is so tuned in to what we horse lovers feel, each and every day.

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Horse & Pony Aug-Oct 2016

Crazy for horses
HP: I wanted to drop you a line to say thanks for publishing the article about the Mount Traber Bible Camp (HP May 2016). Every year we try to reach a new segment of horse and non-horse people to tell them about the camp. We are continuously improving the horses and the program we offer. So thanks again for giving us the space to submit the article.  
     I also wanted to mention an article in the same issue that touched me: “On a lighter note... Workload,” by Teresa Alexander-Arab. I identified with this article so much. Janet and my husband and I just moved to Shubie with our own two horses, and we also, at times, have a camp horse or pony there too. People think we are crazy, but the way Teresa described the experience of keeping your horses at home was perfect.
     Thanks for putting articles like that in the magazine. All the articles were great this month—very informative and interesting.  Great job.

Nancy Hynes
Shubenacadie, N.S.

Horse & Pony May-July 2014

Surprise! (a baby mule)
HP: A few days before April Fool’s Day, Richard and Rosemary Jones of Woodville, N.S., were surprised to find a baby mule in their barn. Their daughter, Rae-Ann, bought what she thought was a very plump pony mare.  This sweet little mule has a donkey’s black cross on his shoulders and spine and stripes on his legs.  He is calm and friendly. Rae-Ann’s daughter, Kamryn, thinks “Si” (Simon) is pretty cute!

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