The Element of Surprise

Sep 24
Jan Swan Wood

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The Element of Surprise

September 24, 2022
Jan Swan Wood

Having owned and doctored lots of horses over the years, I’ve developed a pretty fair file of practical vet experiences. A lady I knew some years ago had good horses, knew how to ride them well, and she made a good living starting young horses and riding for a feedlot. Due to lots of irons […]


Penny and I

September 22, 2022
Jan Swan Wood

In my writings, I’ve mentioned the buckskin mare, Penny, who helped raise me. She and I were foaled on the same year, her in June, me in November, so we literally grew up together. She was orphaned before she was old enough to wean, so was raised around the corrals and was an absolute pet. […]


Worth His Weight in Gold;Kind-hearted Pony Starts Sisters in the Trick Riding

September 20, 2022
Ruth Nicolaus

The most unlikely candidate became a trick riding horse for three young sisters. Shyla, age sixteen, Layna, twelve, and Clara Navarre, age seven, daughters of Corey and Melissa Navarre, each started their trick riding careers at the age of seven on a little Shetland pony named Thunder. But Thunder, who came to the Navarres of […]


Good Kid/Bad Kid Foals

September 16, 2022
Jan Swan Wood

Penny and I were foaled/born on the same year. She was a June foal, me a November. When she was four and I was a coming four, my oldest brother put us together and she took good care of me. She was the kindest, sweetest, gentlest horse ever and she spent her years hauling me […]


Roping Roy

September 7, 2022
Jan Swan Wood

The cavvy on the New Mexico ranch I was on numbered around 85 head of geldings with some studs thrown in. Catching a horse out of the milling mass every morning could be a challenge if the horse didn’t want caught. I’d gotten my string to where they’d stop and turn toward me without much […]


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