Blog - Living with Horses

April 20, 2017

UPDATE ON PIPER AND HER HOMECOMING.


BIG LOVE and THANK YOU Message from Piper who has been supported and loved by her community throughout so much of her life and most especially recently in her journey to healing her broken tooth. Piper will be returning home on Friday ready to get back into life with this experience behind her now forevermore.. Read More

April 8, 2017

ON THE SET OF “THE GREATEST SHOWMAN” WITH HUGH JACKMAN, MICHELE WILLIAMS, A COUPLE HUNDRED EXTRAS AND SOME REALLY AWESOME WORKING HORSES,DRIVERS AND WRANGLERS.


I drove Rock and Roll and we were part of a scene where Hugh Jackman, Michele Williams and the little girls playing their daughters got in and out of the coach. We took countless takes, from every angle, giving a whole layer of meaning to tedious….for me anyway. Rock and Roll stood still and noble and barely shifted their weight, quietly settled down to wait….forever it seemed. Read More

March 26, 2017

THE DILEMMA OF TRYING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR HORSES.


There have always been those that want to help the horses at risk of suffering. All of our animal welfare societies in America and abroad were founded with the motive of “helping” the working horses, in cities, at war or anywhere they are neglected and abused.

I have been doing this work, taking care of retired, disabled and homeless horses for over eight years now. I can say quite honestly that I have not seen any real progress in addressing some of the fundamental problems that exist for our working equine friends, even with the incredibly massive opportunity that the NYC carriage horse issue presented. I still cannot tell what, if anything, has changed for working horses in America. Animal activists still....... Read More

March 12, 2017

SYNCHRONIZED HEART RHYTHMS AT BLUE STAR


The young women that work and live on the farm are all hard working and passionate, creative, sensitive and strong. They all have great big lives planned and the Blue Star farm has given them amazing skills to build their lives with.

The girls can handle a whole herd of horses of all sizes and health issues. They can handle extreme weather and all kinds of other adversities they encounter in their day to day lives. Farm life is not an easy life. They have all sacrificed and given what they can to keep..... Read More

February 23, 2017

ACTIVATORS AND ENABLERS OF SPIRIT


Chief Phillip Whiteman Jr of the Cheyenne Nation says that Horses are “Activators and Enablers of Spirit” and that they are “The Creator’s Universal Tool for stirring the Spirit of Mankind”

What if we lived as if it were true? Is it even possible to love them, protect them and honor them until we do so for ourselves? What if they truly are mirrors into who we are reflecting back everything we need to see in order to come into balance in our inner and outer worlds. What if we lived as though we are connected to them to them in an ancient and sacred bond that has made us and them who we are collectively.
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February 23, 2017
OPEN LETTER TO ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS AGAINST WORKING HORSES BY EMMA RICKENBACH


Dear Animal Rights activist,
To the ones who sped past our carriage, and screamed at us from doorways in a fit of rage yelling nonsense “Horses don’t belong in the city asshole!” The sun was shining down brilliant and warm on a beautiful February morning in the city I am learning to drive horses, the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia. With shocked smiles on our faces we said “have a nice day!”
You must truly know little which begs me to ask What do you know of your history? Maybe you call yourself “a progressive” Fighting what you believe to be the good fight, there are no good fights.
But lovingly I tell you, that ……….
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