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A Dance with Gem

One of the best things about blogging has been the wonderful friends I've made over the years. These women have been a constant in my life for the last decade, and it's always such a special time when I get to visit with any one of them. The other weekend Niamh and I got together, and I had the absolute pleasure of getting to ride her lovely new horse, Gem. It was a chilly but beautiful day to connect with Niamh and get to know her incredible new partner! And of course, she busted out the nice camera so I have loads of gorgeous photos from my ride. Gratuitous boot shot Gem is a seasoned event horse, having competed through Training Level and with quite a lot of dressage buttons installed as well. He's probably one of the most well-schooled horses I've gotten to ride in a while, and I had so much fun getting to know him!  One of the traits I appreciate most in a horse is the willingness to talk to me - to make a genuine effort to interpret my aids, take my suggestions,

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