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Parking Lot Exile

So, here I sit, in my car, in the parking lot at the barn, as I wait for my daughter to finish her ride.  It is about a 2-hour wait from arrival to departure, so I have lots of time to ponder my thoughts and/or play candy crush.  As I look back and reflect on this year I realize how much has changed.  Due to the COVID19 pandemic, our lives with horses have been greatly affected and I am really feeling it.  It is interesting, as I work through a few different roles in my life, how I feel the effects of this role in particular, and know that I am not the only one to feel this way. As...

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The Gang's All Here: Of Pandemic Puppies and Equine Friendships

As the daylight ever so slowly begins to shorten and we pull ourselves away from the hour upon hour of watching and tending the garden and the countless hours lounging in the extreme heat, waiting for a breath of cool air, that change of season is now upon us. There is the refreshing crispness in the air in the evening accompanied by the search for an ever so slightly warmer sweater to wear. Of course, this summer has been as no other. We have had the daily uncertainty with regards to how our life may be different from one year ago and as to how it may be unfolding this Autumn. We have been bombarded each day with an overload...

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Part II - Between The Old and The New: Mary and Lily at The Barn

Part Two of a Two Part Series This work of fiction was originally published in The Plaid Horse in February, 2020, and appears here with its permission. “Changing barns is a little like changing schools when I was young,” Mary told Lily, “for both of us.” When she had changed schools as a girl, she had been quick to learn that there was an inner circle and she had found herself decidedly on the outside of it. There had been girls at her new school who wore brightly coloured sundresses, who thought themselves all that, whereas she had worn the only thing she had – bright red stretchy pants. The girls used to point to her from the far side...

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Between the Old and the New: Mary and Lily at the Barn

Part One of a Two Part Series This work of fiction was originally published in The Plaid Horse in February, 2020, and appears here with its permission. Mary wiped her hands on the thighs of her jeans in that matter-of-fact way of hers, you know the way, that said in a manner of speaking that she was done with one thing and was now moving on to the next. She did it like she had done it a thousand times before, but this time she paused for a moment as she came out of the barn, put her hands on her hips, and set her face to the sky and closed her eyes, letting the rain and wind sweep over...

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Reflections on why RSE is pleased to offer Wildcraft Products

It’s a pleasure to imagine yourself walking in a chamomile filled meadow or through fields of lavender, isn’t it? These are simple pleasures that fill us with calm and pleasure. Wholesome things that speak to the soul. They say tell me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who you are. There would seem to be some truth in this saying. We tend to gravitate to those who hold similar values and interests. This proves to be the case when it comes to Red Scarf Equestrian’s relationship with the producers of the products we offer for sale. To offer a particular product to our “herd,” we need to wholeheartedly believe in it ourselves. Take Wildcraft Skin Care as an...

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