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Chris Irwin’s Tough Love

Posted on Nov 9, 2011 in Events, Personal Stories | Comments Off

Chris Irwin’s Tough Love

We decided to drive to East Tennessee for the day this past October, a 3 /12 hour drive from Leiper’s Fork, to catch the last of a three-day horsemanship clinic with Chris Irwin. Tony was skeptical on who I was taking him to see. Chris Irwin is an internationally known horse trainer, author and speaker that I hadn’t seen since I attended his Equine Assisted Personal Development workshop in Lexington, KY in 2007. I was thrilled to catch him, since he’s rarely in the U.S. anymore, and for getting a moment for us to say hello and reconnect. But, it was a short conversation before Chris was pulled into the last session of the day. From what he described, and from what I was hearing from those around us earlier, it was about a horse with a trailer loading issue that had everyone at the end of their rope. He was an off-the-track Thoroughbred, and like so many of them, damaged by the hands of others he was more than anyone could handle. I wasn’t even sure how serious it was with this horse (I can’t believe, a trailer loading issue alone could or should determine the fate of a horse), but it sounded like life for this animal was looking very grim.

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First Fall – Where It All Began

Posted on Sep 11, 2011 in Personal Stories, Rebecca Bauer | Comments Off

First Fall – Where It All Began

I can still picture the inaugural day. I was standing there on the dusty trail, brushing off my pant legs as I turned to face the bay horse that was coolly staring back at me, licking his lips and his head hanging low.

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