Tag Archives: Clifford

When You Listen To A Horse

It will come as no surprise that Clifford is smart. He can paint pictures, play fetch, signs his own book, and has the good sense to go into schools and libraries and basically anywhere and keep his wits about him. … Continue reading

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Drummond Island Life at Lumber Camp

Drummond Island in those days was a giant canopy; its soft, muffled ground hidden beneath a cloak of orange needles. The cedar trees were so tall that their tops became crowned with eagle nests. The birds emerged from a mass … Continue reading

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Holistic Healing for Horses

Holistic medicine is considered voodoo by some, but others swear by it. This particular energy healing is backed by Linda Tellington-Jones, who helped design their new horse energy-blanket. This may not surprise anyone as she of course initiated the now-famous … Continue reading

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How Going Under Saddle Is Not the Same As Socializing A Puppy

How do you you teach a young horse to stop bucking, kicking and walking backwards every time you get on him? I admit there are a lot of things about training horses that I picked up from dog training. Working … Continue reading

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Nerdy Talk About Horse Tricks

Horse tricks are fun, but they have seriously helpful applications. (As an aside, first of all, I found out too late today that in order to get a proper video, I have to turn my new phone, which I call … Continue reading

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Clifford Rocks the Charlotte Library

Clifford played host to some 60 little kids this morning in Charlotte Community Library. Director Sally L. Seifert, the Children’s and Young Adult Librarian, had seen to it that the place was set up to my specifications: Plenty of room for Clifford … Continue reading

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Clifford’s Birthday Ride – With a Morgan Legend

My friend Stayner Haller is something of a legend in the Morgan horse world. With his eventing gelding, LGM Challenger, he competed in 104 USEA events, including one when Chally was 27 and Stayner 73. “Chally” lived into his mid-thirties, remaining active … Continue reading

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A Horse Knows Cold Wind

January in Michigan is supposed to be cold, but it’s nice to have a couple of feet of snow to act as insulation. We had some, but it’s gone now, following about a week of shirt sleeve weather. Then today, … Continue reading

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Thanks In Retrospect

Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends! November 24th is also our Dad’s birthday. I miss him dearly. This picture is from 2002 – I think – when Dad rode Clifford in the 4th of July Parade on Drummond. Dad would … Continue reading

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Excerpt: Twelve Days On An Island (Rough Draft, Working Title)

I have decided to pony Trudy just in case she lags behind. My choice of horse to ride is always Clifford. He is stumbly now because he can’t bend his left knee, but hasn’t lost his spritely vigor, and his … Continue reading

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