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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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It Takes a Herd: The 2020 DaysAtDunrovin Equine Art Extravaganza

"Be strong enough to stand alone. Be yourself enough to stand apart. But be wise enough to stand together when the time comes." I do not know who wrote these words, but their veracity is without doubt. At times, life requires us to demonstrate all three—the individual strength to weather the storms that are ours to navigate; the fortitude to resist the siren’s call to stray from our own principles and values; and the emotional and mental maturity to recognize when circumstances demand that we set aside our selfish interests and unite with others in a common cause. The Coronavirus pandemic dictates that now is the time for community unity and strength. It will, indeed, take the entire village working...

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Believe in yourself. Believe in others who believe in you.

RSE is pleased to revisit an article first published here on 4 December 2018. You’re in a riding lesson and your instructor asks what seems like the impossible. It is, to your mind, beyond what you’re capable of; it’s new, unchartered territory that you’ve never breached before; it’s just too much to even consider. You’re apprehensive. You’re prepared to fail. You remind yourself that you’ve failed before, but that even in failure there was progress. Even just the attempt made you a better rider. Deep breath. You’ve got to try it.  Now the unexpected happens: You succeed.... Your heart is ready to burst because you can’t believe it! How did you get so lucky? Your instructor moves on to honing...

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