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Jessica Pierce has been at 2 events

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San Diego Zoo540,076@109454142323344169041 is back from his trip to St. Bees Island, Australia, and he's eager to share what it's like to work with koalas in the wild. Bring a question or two and come chat koalas with us!Koala Hangout x2 with Zookeeper Rick2012-11-16 02:30:0030  
Fraser Cain953,032To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout.  In conjunction with @106911959181067745693. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, @109036978092446954908, @108952536790629690817 and @102887292457967781591 for this special event. Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the @111419948721791453320 and the @108759765804984663877. @109479143173251353583 and @107051665537162034944 will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment. We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout   (this will replace our regular Sunday night @100902337165997768522)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004865  

Jessica Pierce has been shared in 140 public circles

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Nameless Person21,122✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿  The Nameless Circle❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀April 26, 2015 - Update #8This is an ever changing group of highly active, eclectic, interesting and engaging people. Please add them to your circles and share this post with your friends.Follow these instructions to be added:➤1. Add me to your circles.➤2. +1 this post.➤3. Share this circle publicly.➤4. If possible, comment on this post.➤5. Ideally, add the people to your circles.If you want inclusion you must have a profile pictureif I have added you in error and you want to be removed please let me knowif I have missed adding you please let me know, I apologize#namelesscircle   #namelesspersonoriginal   #sharedcircles   #circlesharing2015-04-26 21:09:51292292537
Neil Bailey16,371If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next #Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately. Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#Pacific #Affairs #Background #Note #North #Korea #US #State #Department #Archived #original #Retrieved #Check #date #values #in #date= #help #His #Holinesss #Teachings #at #TCVA #Brief #Biography #Office #His #Holiness #Dalai #Lama #Dalailamacom #Archived #original #May #Retrieved 2015-04-22 10:02:17386211
Nameless Person19,777 ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿  The Nameless Circle❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀April 20, 2015 - Update #7This is an ever changing group of highly active, eclectic, interesting and engaging people. Please add them to your circles and share this post with your friends.Follow these instructions to be added:➤1. Add me to your circles.➤2. +1 this post.➤3. Share this circle publicly.➤4. If possible, comment on this post.➤5. Ideally, add the people to your circles.If you want in you must have a profile picture #namelesscircle #namelesspersonoriginal #sharedcircles #circlesharing2015-04-20 15:54:01294364242
Achintha chamath26,885plus and add this people to your circle and add colors/colours to your Google Plus career #sharedcircleoftheday   #circle   #publiccircle  2015-04-20 02:37:1481001
Nameless Person17,528 ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿  Nameless Circle❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀April 12, 2015 - Update #6This is an ever changing group of highly active, eclectic, interesting and engaging people. Please add them to your circles and share this post with your friends.Follow these instructions to be added:➤1. Add me to your circles.➤2. +1 this post.➤3. Share this circle publicly and with your friends.➤4. Comment on this post so I know what you've done.➤5. Ideally, add the people to your circles.Have a profile picture as no "Blueheads" will be included#namelesscircle #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #google   #circle #circles #publiccircle #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #addcircle   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   2015-04-13 00:16:15272393943
Max A397Circles #14_______________________________________________This is a public circle of people.You can discover new people.If you want to be included, follow these steps !1/ Follow/Add our page2/ Add circle and Share the circle publiclyDont forget ! Share, comment and +1 !_______________________________________________#partagedecercle #ajouteraucercle #cercle #cercles #Circle #Circles #PublicCircle #CircleShare #CircleSharing #SharePublicCircle #querosercirculado #circleoftheday #publicsharedcircles #publiccirclesproject #sharedcircleoftheday #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #awesomeness #awesomepeople #circlevietnam #awesomecircle #awesome #awesomesauce #awesomeness #awesomepeople #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #greatcircle #fullcircleshare #thumbupyourfollowers #circleoftheday #bestcircle #circleshared 2015-04-08 05:58:14272262331
Nameless Person15,413 ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿  Nameless Circle❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀April 5, 2015 - Update #5This circle is comprised of highly active, interesting and engaging people. Please add them and share this circle.To join please follow these simple instructions:➤1. Add me to your circles.➤2. +1 this post.➤3. Share this circle publicly and with your friends.➤4. Comment on this post so I know what you've done.➤5. Ideally, add the people to your circles.No "Blueheads" will be included#namelesscircle #sharedcircles #circleshared #publiccirclesproject #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheday #circlesharing  2015-04-05 13:23:44271404047
Robert Connor35,666This is a shared circle of people that help G+ to growShare and be shared If you like this Circle, please share this post and Circle. If you want to be in the next #circle, share this circle and post a comment here!#the #summer #Southwestern #sections #of #the #continent #are #hot #Siberia #is #one #of #the #coldest #places #in #the #Northern #Hemisphere #and #can #act #as #a #source #of #arctic #air #masses #for #North #America #The #most #active #place #on #Earth #for #tropical 2015-03-31 10:27:31486202232
Nameless Person12,951✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿THE NAMELESS CIRCLE❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀22/03/2015 - #3This is my circle of friends. It's comprised of very real, highly active, interesting and engaging people. These folks are the only reason I am where I am today. They'll help you too, if you're capable of following these simple instructions:➤1. Add me to your circles.  (No follow, no add)➤2. +1 this post.➤3. Share this circle publicly.  (no share, no add)➤4. Comment on this post.➤5. Ideally, add the people.No "Blueheads" will be includedNo "Spam Pages" will be includedBe advised: remaining in this circle is not automatic#namelesscircle #sharedcircles #circleshared #publiccirclesproject #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheday   #circle 2015-03-22 13:23:24273127119155
Azat Live5,583⋘⋘⋘ Активный круг G+ ⋙⋙⋙☛ Желающим попасть в следующий круг, необходимо:⓵ Добавить меня в круги⓶ Поставить +⓷ Поделиться с друзьями "Для всех"⓸ В комментариях указать себя❤❤❤ Желаю Успехов Пользователи G+ ❤❤❤#circlesharer   #circle     #circles   #circlefreaks       #publiccircle     #circleshare     #circlesharing       #sharedcircles       #sharedcircle     #morefollowers       #sharingcircles       #circleshare       #endlesscircle   #sharedpubliccircles       #sharedpublicircles       #sharedcircle       #AddCircle       #FindCircles     #AwesomeCircle       #addcircle       #addpeople       #circlemeup     #circlesdiscovery       #circleshare       #добавь #друзья #круг #добався #circle #circles #add   #кругах #добавить #friends2015-03-21 09:47:26314141523
George Clark16,767If you received the notice you are in this #circle, then well doneIf you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks#prose #to #describe #it #in #any #detail #He #defines #it #carefully #mentioning #the #previous #geographers #whom #he #had #read #but #whose #works #are #now #missing #By #it #he #means #Anatolia #and #the #Persian #Empire #in #contrast 2015-03-19 13:38:44313108108121
Nameless Person11,503✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿THE NAMELESS CIRCLE❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀ ✿ ❀15/03/2015 - #2This is my circle of friends. It's comprised of very real, highly active, interesting and engaging people. These folks are the only reason I am where I am today. They'll help you too, if you're capable of following these simple instructions:➤1. Add me to your circles.➤2. +1 this post.➤3. Share this circle publicly.➤4. Comment on this post.➤5. Publicly share the original circle.➤6. Ideally, add the peopleNo "Blueheads" will be includedNo "Spam Pages" will be includedBe advised: remaining in this circle is not automatic #namelesscircle #sharedcircles #circleshared #publiccirclesproject #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheday   #circle2015-03-15 14:53:26301126117151
Nameless Person10,487THE NAMELESS CIRCLEThese are the people who have helped me grow to where I am today. It is my way of saying thank you for following me and engaging with me. They have my gratitude, and to help them, and to help you grow your followers I am sharing them here. They are all great people and are a circle of truly amazing and creative friends. All of the people here are very active on Google+ and are worth adding to your circles. They come from different countries and backgrounds, all walks of life, some of them are bloggers and social media professionals, others are artists, musicians, writers, photographers, humorists, SEO experts, marketing geniuses…They are not a shy group by any means. All you have to do is reach out and most of them will reciprocate the engagement. They all contribute unique, interesting, entertaining and exciting content to my stream and now you can enjoy the same benefits they provide me.To get into my circles is very simple: engage with my posts and share them as well as continuing to share your quality content with me. If you want me to notice you quickly, be active in my community > A Nameless World > https://plus.google.com/communities/104598991499200273742IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS WORK AND BE INCLUDED IN FUTURE VERSIONS OF THIS CIRCLE PLEASE FOLLOW THE SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:➤1. Make sure you have added me!➤2. +1 this post➤3. Publicly share this circle and also to your circles and extended circles.➤4. Comment on this post to let me know what you have done!➤5. So I can easily find your share, always publicly share my original shared circle. You'll know if you're sharing the original one because you won't see "Nameless Person originally shared" above here. If you don't see it, click on "originally shared" and it will bring you to this post.➤6. Ideally, add everyone from this circle. Your Google Plus engagement will skyrocket, as many people in the circle will add you back and plus, share and comment on your posts!If you are on #TSU , connect with me: https://www.tsu.co/namelessperson Check it out if you're not, it's the new social network that pays you revenue for your online activity!Curating this circle will be aided by the use of +CircleCount and +Circloscope #GrowthCIrcle     #GooglePlus   #CircleShare   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #publiccirclesproject   2015-03-08 19:02:42222394647
Achintha chamath19,146My #ORIGINACIRCLE   which has many awesome people who share awesome stuffif you want to get include in this circle1.You just simply message me or comment in this circle so i will analyse your profile, seeing that is that profile suite to get shared in this circle 2015-02-18 06:22:3780121
Circle Followers0#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2015-02-17 11:59:24201000
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UpdateCar256FOLLOW ME TO GET MORE CIRCLE AND FOLLOWER HERE http://goo.gl/KUf4b8    #Automotive    #TechNews    #Cars    #Ford    #BMW    #Toyota    #UsedCars    #Auto    #NAIAS    #Audi    #Vehicle    #Honda    #Ferrari    #DetroitAutoShow    #Detroit    #Nissan    #Chevrolet    #SuperCars    #AutoShow    #Lamborghini2015-02-16 05:54:44455000
Adını Sen Koysan4,076#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles  #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia2015-01-26 22:28:3449511511
UpdateCar41FOLLOW ME TO GET MORE CIRCLE AND FOLLOWER HERE http://goo.gl/KUf4b8---------------------------------------------+Amar Porsche Fans +Jackie Burroughs Anderson +Claudia Anglon +Jean Marc Deltombe +Eric Delcour +FAILS & PRANKS +Girls 18+ +Hela Risuha +Ivan Kazanikov +Jean Marc Deltombe     #Automotive    #TechNews    #Cars    #Ford    #BMW    #Toyota    #UsedCars    #Auto    #NAIAS    #Audi    #Vehicle    #Honda    #Ferrari    #DetroitAutoShow    #Detroit    #Nissan    #Chevrolet    #SuperCars    2015-01-19 16:35:59470323
Ercan Çakir4,631Let's break 500 shares again and keep the momentum going! These are the best of the best engagers from all walks of life. Give yourself a little diversity and add these great people to your circles.➤ To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:  1) Add the circle2) Plus the original post3) Share the circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)4) Comment on the original post when complete  #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   2015-01-08 06:42:30479022
Ercan Çakir4,631Let's break 500 shares again and keep the momentum going! These are the best of the best engagers from all walks of life. Give yourself a little diversity and add these great people to your circles.➤ To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:  1) Add the circle2) Plus the original post3) Share the circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)4) Comment on the original post when complete  #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   2015-01-08 06:41:47479003
Ercan Çakir4,616Let's break 500 shares again and keep the momentum going! These are the best of the best engagers from all walks of life. Give yourself a little diversity and add these great people to your circles.➤ To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:  1) Add the circle2) Plus the original post3) Share the circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)4) Comment on the original post when complete  #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   2015-01-08 06:41:19479000
Ercan Çakir4,616Let's break 500 shares again and keep the momentum going! These are the best of the best engagers from all walks of life. Give yourself a little diversity and add these great people to your circles.➤ To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:  1) Add the circle2) Plus the original post3) Share the circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)4) Comment on the original post when complete  #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   2015-01-08 06:40:56479000
Sinem Kobal0#sharedcircle   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #publicsharedcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles    #cevreler   #cevreekle   #takipci arttır   #circlecount    #circle  2014-10-25 11:55:58472000
Oktay Deniz621#sharedcircle   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #publicsharedcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles    #cevreler   #cevreekle   #takipci arttır   #circlecount    #circle  2014-10-20 19:35:11402002
Becky Collins14,837Advertising Professionals Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-08-12 05:01:10486319
Joe Martinez61,582My Favorite People & Brand Pages on Google+ - June 2014All these people are amazing and fun (hence why I follow them)! :) If you are looking for people to follow then this is definitely the circle for you! There is a little bit of everything here! From people who love photography, tech, music, art... the list is endless! Enjoy!!  Some of the awesomesauce in this circle:  +Hanna Silver, +DJ Spin, +Tanya Muse Diaz, +Tiffany Henry, +Ant J, +anthony feliciano, +jessi roman, +Bronwyn McGuckin, +Renata Sherwin, +Cynthia K Seymour, +Natascha Otero, +Daria Musk, +Kamal Tailor, +Emily Jiménez, +Carms Perez, +Christopher Lira, +Eleanor Hoh, +Chris Pirillo, +2014-06-23 04:01:3650139640
TecnoAndroid.it11,608#sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #influencers #influencer #influence #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #sundaycircle #circleshare #Wednesday #wednesdaycircle #wednesdaycircles #circlewednesday #cerchie #cerchieitaliane #CircleShare #CircleSharing #SharedCircles #CircleOfTheDay #SharedPublicCircles #GooglePlusTips #Google+ #Google #AddCircle #SocialMedia #SharedCircleOfTheDay #addcircles #Engagers #addpeople 2014-05-28 10:30:54499849
ramzi parta7 Hello AllHere is my RANDOM Circle... V1.8 - 131123The circle has shrunk a little this week lets see if we can build it back up again. Please share and invite people to join the circle.247 people did not move from the last RANDOM circle, don't be one of them for the next circle.RULES1. Leave a comment saying who you would like to add.(min 1 name - max 10 names)2. Publicly Share the postIn the next circle I will add the people you added or mentioned and yourself (If you give more than 10 names I will only add the first 10)Re-Sharers also automatically get added to my Re-Share Circle and the last one has been shared 211 times so far.http://updateslaluz.blogspot.com2014-05-13 02:32:17501012
Paige Keaton57,548In memory of +Dirk Talamasca I am sharing a circle of friends from G+ I have shoved into a circle named. People Worth Keeping. As he was really into getting people connected. This circle is 700 people deep and it only shares 500. I need to split this in 2 and share all of you lovelies.. Dirk was a bad ass. He was what G+ was all about. Enjoyed many hours online during Beta with him. Really sucks when people die on here.   #RIPDIRKTALAMASCA   #shareyourpeople  2014-03-31 01:45:085017137
Shashi S5,199Got an Amazing women's circle at Google Plus... through +Ay Jay Schibig ... Check it out...AMAZING WOMEN'S CIRCLE  3.21.14Some  Amazing Women from all walks of life  in this New Circle!  Add them to enliven your G+ network!  Please Share!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy   and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday    #circleshare     #circlesharing     #circlesharingforthepeopleplc     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles       #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharedcircleday     #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles     #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles       #circle   #circles     #circlemeup       #awesomepeople     #awesomecircle   #circleme     #sharedpoint     #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle   #womenscircles  2014-03-22 05:19:3840115920
AyJay Schibig53,216AMAZING WOMEN'S CIRCLE  3.21.14Some  Amazing Women from all walks of life  in this New Circle!  Add them to enliven your G+ network!  Please Share!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy   and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday    #circleshare     #circlesharing     #circlesharingforthepeopleplc     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles       #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharedcircleday     #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles     #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles       #circle   #circles     #circlemeup       #awesomepeople     #awesomecircle   #circleme     #sharedpoint     #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle   #womenscircles  2014-03-21 23:39:21500372843
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:27:36393014
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:50393033
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:17393011
John Nuntiatio (TodayNews)29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:52393011
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:16393203
Paige Keaton57,202This is my Women's circle. Stuffed with amazing people. A really decent add to anyone's circles.  Thanks ladies for being so great to me and my G+ experience.  Some people may have not been included in this circle share. I can only share 500 at one time. This circle exceeds that. Sorry ahead of time. #whateverwednesday   #wednesdaywisdom   #wednesdaymotivation  2014-03-05 15:08:18501211623
İbrahim Aslan (By Rapcolik)02014-02-25 12:24:46501001
Bernard Piette7,060Hi,First off big hat tip to everyone who just participated in the Great Google+ Circle debate hosted by +David Oldenburg and +Christine DeGraff . Thanks to all on both sides on the debate to help us all get more perspective on this discussion. *NOW BACK TO OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAM :-) *Announcing version 2 of the #MoversandShakers  circle!! Yippee! Again this week, I have spent much time to ensure there are only quality engagers, posters and mentors who can bring value to your Google+ experience.If you want to be included,,,,, wait for it..... Be a strong contributor and participant on the Google+ platform. That's it, that's all. Just be a great google+ netizen.You don't have to be rich, famous or pretty LOL. I built this circle and stream to help Nooglers meet new people, learn new things, hear different perspectives, encounter someone you may never have had the courage to speak to live in person. Trust me, just reach out and comment on a post of someone you appreciate, You'll be amazed how happy people are to engage with you, once you've had the courage to reach out, so like Nike says, JUST DO IT! Please see some of my favorite posts from the last week below. 1. The Great Google+ Circle Debate - By +David Oldenburg ► http://goo.gl/2fYuuR2. My Joke of the day, Who else is in the same position? - By +Anabell Hilarski ► http://goo.gl/pEhlRM3. To most of us, Google +  seems like just another social media platform.  But that misconception�c - By +Ronnie Bincer ► http://goo.gl/AWdvRw4. 11 Quick Tips to Boost Social Media Results - By +Anabell Hilarski ► http://goo.gl/hoJO4h5. Time for another +The Mia Connect Power Chat!  Each week we cover a variety of topics including the - By +Randy Hilarski ► http://goo.gl/IMeMl3=======================================================6. Just Joined Ronnie's Hangout Mastery Group - By +Craig Chamberlin ► http://goo.gl/cB1EeE7. Excited to see how +Jenn Herman is embracing Google+ and seeing how much fun and effective it can - By 2014-01-17 19:23:23493442145
Bernard Piette5,500Announcing the 2014 #MoversandShakers  circle v.1.This one took me some time to put together as I really wanted to find those people that were having the biggest impact either in their corners of the world or to the larger Google+ community. I'm really happy with the result if I can say so myself. :-) No discussion on Google+ is complete without mentioning our Google mentors and coaches such as +martin shervington +Lee Smallwood +Mia Voss +Scott Buehler +Billy Funk +Shawn Manaher +Ronnie Bincer +David Oldenburg +Tom Coleman  .. Google, you need to write these guys and gals a cheque!! Want to be added to the #MoversandShakers circle v.2 ??1) Be active on the Google+ community2) Share, share and reshare great content.3) Comment on people's posts.That's it, that's all. also please suggest names of people you think would like to be added to this community of sharers.Please help me in sharing this wonderful circle of contributors.Thanks#circleshare   #circles   #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #share   #vipsnowballcircle   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharewithyou   #circlethursday   2014-01-04 20:32:1449912969103
Bernard Piette5,325 Hello Everyone! #CircleCanada  v.3 is out with the addition of many (52) new #engagers# in the Google+ world. There are people from all around the world in this circle, the name was chosen as I'm from Canada and it makes for a memorable circle name. Now that we got that all cleared up, please enjoy the rest of your show. :-) There's 350 movers and shakers in #CircleCanada! I have included only those people I find to be very strong contributors to the Google+ platform and NOT only people who share my posts...We have room for 150 more real Engagers and Contributors!It's hard not to mention the people the make this Google+ world a better place. Please allow me to give some credit where credit is due. +Christine DeGraff +martin shervington +Lee Smallwood +Yifat Cohen +Ronnie Bincer +Stephan Hovnanian +Mia Voss +Fulvio Meloni +Mark Traphagen +Eric Enge +Scott Buehler +Billy Funk +Shawn Manaher  Cheers my friends and thanks!The list could go much longer but I hope each of you will take the time to visit their profiles if you have not done so already, your Google+ profile and those that will have to interact with it,... will thank you! :-) Want to be added to the #CircleCanada ??1) Add me to your circles.2) 2014-01-03 23:23:063511104881
Core Marketing4091. Plus The Post 2. Comment3. Add People To Circles/Include Yourself4. Share The Circle!#sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle    #circlesharing   #circleshare         #circles       2013-12-28 07:48:32495859
Core Marketing2921. Plus The Post 2. Comment3. Add People To Circles/Include Yourself4. Share The Circle!#sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle    #circlesharing   #circleshare         #circles       2013-12-27 07:10:04496245
Bernard Piette3,755Hello Everyone! #CircleCanada  v.2 is out with the addition of many new #highly active engagers# in the Google+ world. Note there are people from all around the world in this circle, the name was chosen as I'm from Canada and it makes for a memorable circle name. Now that we got that all cleared up, please enjoy the rest of your show. :-) There's approx. 300 movers and shakers in #CircleCanada  as  I have only included those people I find to be very strong contributors to the Google+ platform and NOT only people who share my posts...We have room for 200 more real Engagers and Contributors!It's hard not to mention the people the make this Google+ world a better place. Please allow me to give some credit where credit is due. +Christine DeGraff , +martin shervington , +Lee Smallwood , +Yifat Cohen +Ronnie Bincer, +Stephan Hovnanian , +Mia Voss , +Fulvio Meloni +Traphagen Marc , +Eric Enge , +Scott Buehler +Billy Funk , +Shawn Manaher  Cheers my friends and thanks!The list could go much longer but I hope each of you will take the time to visit their profiles if you have not done so already, your Google+ profile and those that will have to interact with it,... will thank you! :-) Want to be added to the #CircleCan2013-12-23 16:29:36302785495
Jack Humphrey12,866Here's 500 of my top engagers #sharedcircles #circles2013-12-21 08:27:05500104
David Leonhardt3,391This is basically the Megamix 19 of +Tancredi Matranga .   To grow your contacts on G+,:1. Plus the post2. Leave a comment3. Save the circle.4. Share the saved circle (but make sure to tick "include yourself" when sharing).#circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #influencers #influencer #influence #influencermarketing #sharedcircle     #circleshare   #thursday   #thursdaycircle   #circlethursday  2013-12-19 16:54:54498101215
Tancredi Matranga11,444WEB INFLUENCER MEGAMIX 19Have a great Thursday my Google+ Friends!I am happy to share with you my 19th #sharedcircle named Web Influencer Megamix.I put together a mix of #TopEngagers  - Really Interesting People who share unique and original content.   Do yo want to be added to the Web #Influencer Circle?To be included, be so kind to:   1 - Do +1 t the post   2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)         (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)   3 - Include the circle among your circles   4 - Share the circle (include yourself)   5 - Be free and smile to life! :)   #circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #influencers #influencer #influence #influencermarketing #sharedcircle     #circleshare   #thursday   #thursdaycircle   #circlethursday  2013-12-19 10:54:49498876295
Lo Sauer2,493This is a great circle combined of active engagers, creative folks and  some of the best and brightest people on google+. A thank you in this circle-inclusion-shoutout to: +Peter Terren +Michael Műller +Carlos Esteban +Justin Chung +Malthus John +Marta Rauch +Rajini Rao +Katherine Vucicevic +Jonathan Eisen +Mike Allton +Scott Buehler +Mario Falcetti +Zvonimir Fras +Krithika Rangarajan +sridhar krishnan +Joanna Ortynska +Seamus Smyth +Chuck Croll +Michael Schobel +2013-11-19 18:19:4843218317
Rank Kemeng0This is a group of individuals that has personally shared four of my best circle sharing circles in the last month (or so).  They also include a mix of new circle sharers and some that are just trying to learn it for the first time. :) :) :0)They are individuals, to a large degree, that are very interested in not just circle sharing (which is great), but also engaging with you in a meaningful way (which is awesome)!!!Guidelines for Core Multipliers- Share the circle to stay in the circle- Have some fun!- If you are new and want in the circle, share the circle.This is a great group.  Enjoy this circle and have an awesome Thursday!*if you were somehow missed/ not included in the circle, please let me know and it will be corrected on the next share. My apologies ahead of time! :)**For those coming from multiplying circle, we are not inviting new folks here, you can privately message them or ping them when you share the circle on your public feed. Thanks!#corecircle #multiplyingcircle #coremultipliers #sharedcircles #circleshare #bestsharedcircle   #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #CircleQueen   #CircleMaster   #GPlusList   #Circle   #Circleshare   #Circlesharing   #PublicSharedCircles2013-11-01 15:53:38426115

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2015-04-13 04:24:18 (15 comments, 12 reshares, 116 +1s)Open 

I met a new rider today, a profoundly autistic boy. Distracted, agitated, uncommunicative, just all over the place and hard to reach. He couldn't stop twisting his hands together and ran away more than once.

The instructor, one of the most patient people I know, told and showed him over and over how to undo a saddle buckle. The boy had arrived late, there was no time left to ride, but she wanted him to at least get something out of it, and spend a moment with the horse. So we focused on buckle, buckle, buckle, whispering the whole time, having discovered that quiet voices help keep him focused. When he finally undid that buckle we all murmured the world's quietest great job buddy!

We walked Snap back to her stall and got her undressed. It was time to go, so the instructor said the usual lesson-ending thing: Say thank you to your horse, and we'll see you next week!
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2015-04-13 04:24:18 (15 comments, 12 reshares, 116 +1s)Open 

I met a new rider today, a profoundly autistic boy. Distracted, agitated, uncommunicative, just all over the place and hard to reach. He couldn't stop twisting his hands together and ran away more than once.

The instructor, one of the most patient people I know, told and showed him over and over how to undo a saddle buckle. The boy had arrived late, there was no time left to ride, but she wanted him to at least get something out of it, and spend a moment with the horse. So we focused on buckle, buckle, buckle, whispering the whole time, having discovered that quiet voices help keep him focused. When he finally undid that buckle we all murmured the world's quietest great job buddy!

We walked Snap back to her stall and got her undressed. It was time to go, so the instructor said the usual lesson-ending thing: Say thank you to your horse, and we'll see you next week!
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2015-04-13 04:24:18 (15 comments, 12 reshares, 116 +1s)Open 

I met a new rider today, a profoundly autistic boy. Distracted, agitated, uncommunicative, just all over the place and hard to reach. He couldn't stop twisting his hands together and ran away more than once.

The instructor, one of the most patient people I know, told and showed him over and over how to undo a saddle buckle. The boy had arrived late, there was no time left to ride, but she wanted him to at least get something out of it, and spend a moment with the horse. So we focused on buckle, buckle, buckle, whispering the whole time, having discovered that quiet voices help keep him focused. When he finally undid that buckle we all murmured the world's quietest great job buddy!

We walked Snap back to her stall and got her undressed. It was time to go, so the instructor said the usual lesson-ending thing: Say thank you to your horse, and we'll see you next week!
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2015-05-02 15:20:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Our orientation program is without fail my most fun night of the month. I guess it's because I get to remember how much I've learned, and get to show that off to a bright-faced crop of potential new friends who agree that horses are wonderful and are therefore primed to tolerate 1000 of my horse anecdotes. It's the best.

This last time, a nice new volunteer stayed late (my favorite person is always whoever stays the longest) and wanted to meet all the horses and ask a ton of really good questions. She apologized for keeping me, HA.

I'd mentioned the monstrous size of Luke, but he wasn't home as we walked through the barn, so we looked for him outside; when the weather is nice, some horses get to spend the night in paddocks.

Luke is our biggest, but not quite our tallest, and his body was blocked from our view until we were right at his side. As we came... more »

Our orientation program is without fail my most fun night of the month. I guess it's because I get to remember how much I've learned, and get to show that off to a bright-faced crop of potential new friends who agree that horses are wonderful and are therefore primed to tolerate 1000 of my horse anecdotes. It's the best.

This last time, a nice new volunteer stayed late (my favorite person is always whoever stays the longest) and wanted to meet all the horses and ask a ton of really good questions. She apologized for keeping me, HA.

I'd mentioned the monstrous size of Luke, but he wasn't home as we walked through the barn, so we looked for him outside; when the weather is nice, some horses get to spend the night in paddocks.

Luke is our biggest, but not quite our tallest, and his body was blocked from our view until we were right at his side. As we came up, he swung his head up and over the fence in a dizzying shift of perspective. He's done this to me lots but it gets me every time, this moment of already thinking he's pretty big but then he looms toward me like a T-rex and I realize his head is bigger than my torso and if he wanted to eat my face, it would be no problem.

He didn't want to eat a face, he wanted his head scratched and my volunteer was delighted to do it.

We stood there with mister huge sweet beast as the sun started to go down. I looked around and realized the three horses I could see were Luke, Libby, and Tonka.

Luke was the sickest in last winter's respiratory infection that swept through the barns and necessitated a quarantine that shut us down for weeks. Then he got so sick again a few months later that he had to be taken off-site for 24-hour vet care, and came home with square shaved patches from the ultrasounds, which caused a weird, gross skin reaction nobody had ever seen before, and basically he was a miserable mess for a long time.

Libby came to us bleeding, hairless, maneless, taillless, from a gnat allergy and our staff tended her so patiently back to health.

Tonka showed up desperately hungry, with a gaunt face and visible ribs.

And there they were, free of viruses, with unbroken skin and full bellies, about to spend a warm night under the stars.___

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2015-04-29 13:40:57 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Gammon.

Something I have now seen is a seven-year-old girl in pink leg braces and a walker, refusing help as she struggled and tottered over rocky ground in a grinning, laughing frenzy to get to the soft nose of her horse.

Gammon.

Something I have now seen is a seven-year-old girl in pink leg braces and a walker, refusing help as she struggled and tottered over rocky ground in a grinning, laughing frenzy to get to the soft nose of her horse.___

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2015-04-29 13:29:20 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

This is an IKEA bag full of what was so kindly donated by people who responded to my post about the Amazon wishlist I set up for a few of the stables' smaller needs.

I think I have contacted all donors to thank you personally (except for one mysterious figure with the initials SP, whose Plus account I can't figure out. If that's you, or if you're someone else I missed, please drop me a line!). Thank you all again so much.

When I hauled this bag (barely in "can carry it by myself" territory) up to the stables and dropped it beside my supervisor, her eyes got wide and she said "What did you DO?" and I got to say that it wasn't me, it was friends, and friends of friends. A nice moment.

I had a feeling the cheapest item in here would be the biggest hit, and I was right - the $4 hoof picks got a lot of attention, because we never have... more »

This is an IKEA bag full of what was so kindly donated by people who responded to my post about the Amazon wishlist I set up for a few of the stables' smaller needs.

I think I have contacted all donors to thank you personally (except for one mysterious figure with the initials SP, whose Plus account I can't figure out. If that's you, or if you're someone else I missed, please drop me a line!). Thank you all again so much.

When I hauled this bag (barely in "can carry it by myself" territory) up to the stables and dropped it beside my supervisor, her eyes got wide and she said "What did you DO?" and I got to say that it wasn't me, it was friends, and friends of friends. A nice moment.

I had a feeling the cheapest item in here would be the biggest hit, and I was right - the $4 hoof picks got a lot of attention, because we never have enough of them, and nobody's ever seen a clean one.

Yesterday we were getting Apache groomed for a lesson and he was sending up a cloud of loose hair. His shedding brush had gone missing, and we couldn't find one nearby (i.e. steal it from another horse's grooming bucket, which is not nice but often necessary). I had the immense pleasure of going to fetch a brand new, gleaming one. A small crowd literally gathered around me.

In probably about a day, these new supplies will have gathered the usual grime, and will be absorbed into the ecosystem of the stables. Apache's shedding brush will end up who knows where. That's ok. These tools will get a lot of use by many hands, the soap and scrubbers will provide hundreds of baths, and the treats will make the day of a whole lot of horses. 

I couldn't be happier or more grateful for how this turned out. I'm keeping the wishlist up, and will mention it once in a while, because this program's needs are neverending. A huge thank you to everyone who donated, shared the post, or is on my side in any way - I appreciate it more than you know.___

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2015-04-29 01:18:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Happy's heart-shaped spot.

Happy's heart-shaped spot.___

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2015-04-28 23:54:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Somebody made Queenie fancy too. She's not tubby, it's the angle.

Somebody made Queenie fancy too. She's not tubby, it's the angle.___

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2015-04-28 23:45:48 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

I am beyond thrilled to report that Pinky is ok! The vet had to do a procedure that was basically like snaking a drain, SHUDDER, but now the only thing wrong with the old girl is this undignified haircut.

I am beyond thrilled to report that Pinky is ok! The vet had to do a procedure that was basically like snaking a drain, SHUDDER, but now the only thing wrong with the old girl is this undignified haircut.___

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2015-04-28 18:07:17 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Update on donated supplies coming soon (thank you all again)! In the meantime, here's a gorgeously shiny shedding blade, a tool I had literally never seen in a new, un-rusted state.

Update on donated supplies coming soon (thank you all again)! In the meantime, here's a gorgeously shiny shedding blade, a tool I had literally never seen in a new, un-rusted state.___

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2015-04-28 01:51:00 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Somebody made Snickerdoodle all fancy.

Somebody made Snickerdoodle all fancy.___

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2015-04-27 17:11:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Bandit napping.

Bandit napping.___

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2015-04-27 16:43:26 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Found this bucket in the barn yesterday.

Found this bucket in the barn yesterday.___

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2015-04-26 22:46:34 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Pinky went home sick from the party today. I don't know a thing. She's old and I'm worried.

Pinky went home sick from the party today. I don't know a thing. She's old and I'm worried.___

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2015-04-24 20:24:39 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Winston found a good spot.

Yesterday was rough. My third long day in a row, I would have already been pushing it in terms of energy and hydration and then I woke up feeling like crap. Sinuses and/or looming migraine. I sign up to help with lessons weeks ahead of time, and when I feel awful last-minute and we're already short-staffed, there's just no calling in sick because I know it makes the difference in someone's kid getting physical therapy. No pressure.

I made it through two of four lessons before I had to tell my instructor how faint I felt. She was her usual gracious self and immediately adapted without making me feel bad for one second. I guess this comes with working with kids and animals, but it's just crazy to see how fast some of these people come up with a new strategy or schedule. Not everyone can do this, which is why I love the ones who can.

I... more »

Winston found a good spot.

Yesterday was rough. My third long day in a row, I would have already been pushing it in terms of energy and hydration and then I woke up feeling like crap. Sinuses and/or looming migraine. I sign up to help with lessons weeks ahead of time, and when I feel awful last-minute and we're already short-staffed, there's just no calling in sick because I know it makes the difference in someone's kid getting physical therapy. No pressure.

I made it through two of four lessons before I had to tell my instructor how faint I felt. She was her usual gracious self and immediately adapted without making me feel bad for one second. I guess this comes with working with kids and animals, but it's just crazy to see how fast some of these people come up with a new strategy or schedule. Not everyone can do this, which is why I love the ones who can.

I could have forced myself through if I'd had to, but we had enough people willing to step in for me (four people immediately said "I can stay, no problem" which just about made me cry) so we decided I'd sit out an hour, then get back in for the day's final lesson.

In seven months this is the first time I was unable to fulfil my commitment to a lesson, which sucked but at least I was the only person upset about it. That was nice to know.

Most of the people I work with are moms or grandmothers, so you can imagine how many granola bars and aspirins and bottles of water I was offered. At this job we are all trained to step in and support the bodies, minds, emotions of other people's fragile children. I'd never been on the receiving end of it before; it was pretty amazing.

What I wanted, and what I got, was an hour alone in a cool room. Under bright lights, on a hard bench, surrounded by the noises of leafblowers, a shouty riding lesson, and the anxious whinnies of forty horses who knew their lunch was ten minutes late, I slept.

This made for a wonderfully surreal waking-up. Where in the world.___

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2015-04-24 18:11:43 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

When I put Happy back in his stall the other day he started acting totally weird. He did a little lunge at me, nothing scary, but it took me aback. Then he shoved his nose in my armpit, then he tasted my shirt, then he bonked me with his face all up and down my body. I couldn't figure out what was going on. He's a known weirdo, but this was just bizarre and I wondered if he was upset or sick.

It was about an apple core that someone had left in his stall as a treat. It was on a weird ledge where food never goes, and I guess he could smell it but couldn't quite figure out where it was, but thought it might be somewhere on me. I like that I got credit for that.

I gave it to him and he was absolutely ecstatic over this one little chomp that I bet he barely tasted. Proportionately it would be like me getting thrilled over a snack of one peanut. A funny fellow.

When I put Happy back in his stall the other day he started acting totally weird. He did a little lunge at me, nothing scary, but it took me aback. Then he shoved his nose in my armpit, then he tasted my shirt, then he bonked me with his face all up and down my body. I couldn't figure out what was going on. He's a known weirdo, but this was just bizarre and I wondered if he was upset or sick.

It was about an apple core that someone had left in his stall as a treat. It was on a weird ledge where food never goes, and I guess he could smell it but couldn't quite figure out where it was, but thought it might be somewhere on me. I like that I got credit for that.

I gave it to him and he was absolutely ecstatic over this one little chomp that I bet he barely tasted. Proportionately it would be like me getting thrilled over a snack of one peanut. A funny fellow.___

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2015-04-23 04:57:29 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Today my instructor got her various horses, riders, and helpers all arranged, then decided she wanted someone more experienced to lead Gallagher, and chose me, which was gratifying.

She needed this because we were going to have him trot, which is a rarity only because he's so unflappable and therefore used most often with our youngest and most fragile riders, who generally just walk. So although I've worked with this horse too many times to count, I'd never run with him until today.

He does a funny thing called "leaping into the trot," which, when Zorro does it, is just one little hop before finding a smooth pace. Gallagher being a big dopey weirdo, his version of this is somewhere between two and seven strides where he's just all over the place. I was prepared, our rider was secure in the saddle, and everything went fine, but that horse is a beautiful... more »

Today my instructor got her various horses, riders, and helpers all arranged, then decided she wanted someone more experienced to lead Gallagher, and chose me, which was gratifying.

She needed this because we were going to have him trot, which is a rarity only because he's so unflappable and therefore used most often with our youngest and most fragile riders, who generally just walk. So although I've worked with this horse too many times to count, I'd never run with him until today.

He does a funny thing called "leaping into the trot," which, when Zorro does it, is just one little hop before finding a smooth pace. Gallagher being a big dopey weirdo, his version of this is somewhere between two and seven strides where he's just all over the place. I was prepared, our rider was secure in the saddle, and everything went fine, but that horse is a beautiful mess.___

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2015-04-23 04:47:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Google's Auto Awesome feature always picks Mikey to enhance, who looks surreal to begin with.

Google's Auto Awesome feature always picks Mikey to enhance, who looks surreal to begin with.___

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2015-04-22 04:45:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Tonka.

A long day. I'm tired as a deckhand. But today an autistic kid who doesn't hug, hugged me.

Tonka.

A long day. I'm tired as a deckhand. But today an autistic kid who doesn't hug, hugged me.___

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2015-04-20 04:32:20 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Work at the stables is by definition communal and cooperative. Our people have a wide range of horse experience, from decades to none. This is nice for me because it gives me access to a huge amount of first-hand horse info - there are days so intensely educational that I feel like I've attended an equine seminar that should have been expensive. It's also nice because no one is ever disappointed in me for not knowing things.

Even among the people who grew up with horses, there are often gaps in experience. It was fun to learn how to wash horses alongside a woman who spent years on a ranch, but didn't know anything about horse baths. She has the true touch with horses, and I look up to her, so it was nice to be on the same footing in this area. We googled it.

Plus we have new volunteers showing up all the time and nobody can remember what their deal is for at least a month.... more »

Work at the stables is by definition communal and cooperative. Our people have a wide range of horse experience, from decades to none. This is nice for me because it gives me access to a huge amount of first-hand horse info - there are days so intensely educational that I feel like I've attended an equine seminar that should have been expensive. It's also nice because no one is ever disappointed in me for not knowing things.

Even among the people who grew up with horses, there are often gaps in experience. It was fun to learn how to wash horses alongside a woman who spent years on a ranch, but didn't know anything about horse baths. She has the true touch with horses, and I look up to her, so it was nice to be on the same footing in this area. We googled it.

Plus we have new volunteers showing up all the time and nobody can remember what their deal is for at least a month. All of this leads to a culture of double-checking. All day long I hear people ask each other, "did you remember to ____?" It's never accusatory, and I've never heard anyone reply with frustration. The double-checking is for the greater good, the safety of the kids and horses, and I don't think anybody minds it. Personally I find it comforting, because it makes my mistakes less likely to cause a real problem.

When I took Pinky back to her stall after yesterday's party, five separate people asked whether I had remembered to put her cribbing collar on. "The tightest setting, right? You're sure?" Briefly, this collar is necessary for her health (it prevents her from gulping air and giving herself colic, which at her age could be deadly). 

I had indeed done it; I do it every time. At any other job, if someone were constantly asking me if I had done the thing everyone knows needs doing, I would be irked or infuriated. Here, it didn't bother me a bit five times, as every double-check was asked with a smile and we understood each other's intent: Pinky is simply irreplaceable, and beloved.___

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2015-04-20 01:05:19 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

I've been trying and failing for weeks to get a decent photo of Dot, a mini who lives at the boarder barn (not used for our program, but I visit sometimes). For scale, those wall planks are about 4 inches tall.

I'm told minis have famously bad tempers but you wouldn't know it from Dot, who's super friendly and always scoots right over to be petted.

The first time I saw her, I thought she was a dog, then a pig. It's a little disconcerting that if you scratch just the right spot on her back, she grunts.

I've been trying and failing for weeks to get a decent photo of Dot, a mini who lives at the boarder barn (not used for our program, but I visit sometimes). For scale, those wall planks are about 4 inches tall.

I'm told minis have famously bad tempers but you wouldn't know it from Dot, who's super friendly and always scoots right over to be petted.

The first time I saw her, I thought she was a dog, then a pig. It's a little disconcerting that if you scratch just the right spot on her back, she grunts.___

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2015-04-20 00:37:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Lest it seem like my life is an ecstatic slide down a neverending rainbow, I should mention that sometimes the birthday-party-throwing part of my job straight up sucks. Some parents are impossible, some children are feral, and sometimes my coworkers and I don't get thanked for absolutely killing ourselves trying to make a pony-riding party happen in the rain. It's doable because some of our arenas are covered; it's a nightmare because we have to find safe space for 15 crazed party guests in among the physical therapy sessions. I've been helping with these parties since last fall and I've never seen one turn into a disaster, but sometimes it's a massive trick to pull off. 

On days like this I try to focus on the revenue these parties bring in for the therapy program, the fact that a kid should have a fun birthday even if she's a... challenge, and nice little incidents... more »

Lest it seem like my life is an ecstatic slide down a neverending rainbow, I should mention that sometimes the birthday-party-throwing part of my job straight up sucks. Some parents are impossible, some children are feral, and sometimes my coworkers and I don't get thanked for absolutely killing ourselves trying to make a pony-riding party happen in the rain. It's doable because some of our arenas are covered; it's a nightmare because we have to find safe space for 15 crazed party guests in among the physical therapy sessions. I've been helping with these parties since last fall and I've never seen one turn into a disaster, but sometimes it's a massive trick to pull off. 

On days like this I try to focus on the revenue these parties bring in for the therapy program, the fact that a kid should have a fun birthday even if she's a... challenge, and nice little incidents like a dad offering to help me clean up, or this shirt decorated by a 7-year-old.___

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2015-04-18 23:52:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

I went to see Happy today and found he had done something we call "making cereal," i.e. putting his hay in his water buckets. I've seen horses dunk it before eating, but I'd never seen a bucket with more hay than water. Dude was putting hay in there like it was his job, perfectly busy and content.

I went to see Happy today and found he had done something we call "making cereal," i.e. putting his hay in his water buckets. I've seen horses dunk it before eating, but I'd never seen a bucket with more hay than water. Dude was putting hay in there like it was his job, perfectly busy and content.___

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2015-04-18 23:36:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Snickerdoodle.

Snickerdoodle.___

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2015-04-17 03:28:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Gammon.

Gammon.___

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2015-04-17 01:36:37 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

The other day we really needed Happy to do a good job because his rider had had previous scary experiences with horses. I'm always telling nervous kids that everything will be fine, but it's different saying that to someone who knows how it feels to fall off.

So we needed an ultra reliable, responsive horse, and Happy did not disappoint. Though he's new to our program and hasn't been tested in every way, he's stayed totally calm through enough hectic situations that it's pretty clear he's just a chill dude. I don't think I've seen another horse get this popular this quick; he has a fan club already.

At the beginning of her lesson, our rider was absolutely vibrating with nerves and didn't want to try anything new; by the end she was begging us to have Happy run. When she got on, she told him he was unique because of his spots, but when she... more »

The other day we really needed Happy to do a good job because his rider had had previous scary experiences with horses. I'm always telling nervous kids that everything will be fine, but it's different saying that to someone who knows how it feels to fall off.

So we needed an ultra reliable, responsive horse, and Happy did not disappoint. Though he's new to our program and hasn't been tested in every way, he's stayed totally calm through enough hectic situations that it's pretty clear he's just a chill dude. I don't think I've seen another horse get this popular this quick; he has a fan club already.

At the beginning of her lesson, our rider was absolutely vibrating with nerves and didn't want to try anything new; by the end she was begging us to have Happy run. When she got on, she told him he was unique because of his spots, but when she dismounted she said "You'd be unique even without spots." A fine point for a little kid to make. And she found something no one else had seen - on his shoulder, one of this gentleman's spots is shaped like a bow tie.___

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2015-04-16 18:06:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Mikey.

Mikey.___

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2015-04-16 16:44:32 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Our fancy new stall cards taught me Tweeder's amazing professional name.

Our fancy new stall cards taught me Tweeder's amazing professional name.___

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2015-04-16 05:31:41 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Guess what, today was great.

I knew when to step in and help with a dozen small maneuvers without being asked. I caught myself carrying a heavy stack of saddle + pads + stirrups + bridle + reins on one arm, which I used to struggle to manage with two arms. Someone I wasn't sure liked me gave me a very nice compliment. I managed to make a horse obey me when he really didn't want to, and he didn't even know me so I had no clout. I met a new rider and made her laugh with a poop joke.

I got to chat with Rob, who at 11 notices small things and asks the best questions. (why did Rebel twitch his leg muscle like that? do you think he knows the person wearing the helmet is the one who's about to ride him?) Rob's enthusiasm for helping groom and tack is limited only by his concern that he will hurt the horse, a near impossibility, but so sweet.

I had a lot of... more »

Guess what, today was great.

I knew when to step in and help with a dozen small maneuvers without being asked. I caught myself carrying a heavy stack of saddle + pads + stirrups + bridle + reins on one arm, which I used to struggle to manage with two arms. Someone I wasn't sure liked me gave me a very nice compliment. I managed to make a horse obey me when he really didn't want to, and he didn't even know me so I had no clout. I met a new rider and made her laugh with a poop joke.

I got to chat with Rob, who at 11 notices small things and asks the best questions. (why did Rebel twitch his leg muscle like that? do you think he knows the person wearing the helmet is the one who's about to ride him?) Rob's enthusiasm for helping groom and tack is limited only by his concern that he will hurt the horse, a near impossibility, but so sweet.

I had a lot of downtime between lessons and nobody needed anything from me, so I built my own day by seeing what needed doing and what I felt like doing, which is the best. Mostly I just walked the barns and visited my favorite guys and cleaned up whoever was a mess. Gallagher looked clean for once but had secret patches of dust hidden under his hair which were so satisfying to remove, Jack had all kinds of crud in his eyes, and Happy didn't really need grooming but it was a good excuse to hang out in his stall.

I was in there with Happy during the quick powerful rain, which didn't trouble him a bit. We have lots of perfectly nice horses who I wouldn't want to be in such a confined space with, while scary sudden noises were happening. So this was more proof that he's a sweetheart.

I got to play zookeeper/tour guide again when a beautiful redheaded woman stopped by to see Happy. He and I were pretty much making out and she said ah, you two look like old friends. I got to tell her nope, this was only the second time I'd even been in his stall, he's just that friendly. And because he likes me that much, it was easy for me to lead him to his stall door, which I cracked open so Happy could meet the woman's ecstatic five-year-old son. He sniffed the boy's cheek and tasted his hair and bobbed his head like well now I know you, and of course I like you, I will add you to the infinite list of things I like.___

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2015-04-16 03:44:43 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

My good friend Jack goes on vacation tomorrow. Well deserved.

My good friend Jack goes on vacation tomorrow. Well deserved.___

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2015-04-15 23:27:33 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

One of my older riders might be mildly autistic - I don't know her exact situation, and it doesn't matter. What I know is that she's shy, awkward, and sometimes slow to grasp things others her age take for granted. She was also friendly to me on my first day at the stables, and she's one of my favorite kids there.

When I can get her talking, she'll sometimes go on a big ramble about everything she did that day. Conversation comes easily until we hit a point where etiquette is required. She knows she's supposed to thank her horse, instructor, and helpers at the end of a lesson, and she does it without being reminded, but there's a funny transition there, between the easy chattering and those specific pleasantries. She always pauses and you can sort of see her gears going, like she's trying to remember the procedure. She goes stiff and formal, shakes everyone's... more »

One of my older riders might be mildly autistic - I don't know her exact situation, and it doesn't matter. What I know is that she's shy, awkward, and sometimes slow to grasp things others her age take for granted. She was also friendly to me on my first day at the stables, and she's one of my favorite kids there.

When I can get her talking, she'll sometimes go on a big ramble about everything she did that day. Conversation comes easily until we hit a point where etiquette is required. She knows she's supposed to thank her horse, instructor, and helpers at the end of a lesson, and she does it without being reminded, but there's a funny transition there, between the easy chattering and those specific pleasantries. She always pauses and you can sort of see her gears going, like she's trying to remember the procedure. She goes stiff and formal, shakes everyone's hand, and says to each of us in turn, "Thank you for an informative lesson. I appreciate your help."

This is how I realized that if something sounds like ESL coming out of an autistic child's mouth, it might as well be, and deserves the same respect for the effort. I think Katie has had to work hard to remember when a thank-you is called for, and seeing that struggle makes me appreciate it so much more.

She and I have had some good conversations, but she is still shy and private. She often accidentally brings up something she then realizes she'd rather not talk about, and she'll blush and awkwardly change the subject. She is reluctant to display emotions; part of this, of course, is just being 13. She can and does laugh and smile, but quickly hides behind her hair.

This is why it was extra wonderful one day when she finished riding, dismounted, and immediately threw her arms around her horse's neck. I was right there, she saw me, and I was so touched that she didn't seem to mind me hearing her say, "Gallagher, you're the best, why aren't you a human boy, I would marry you."___

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2015-04-15 23:03:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

It only rained for about a minute today, but it was huge, painful drops that made a racket on the metal roof. A few stalls down, poor Snickerdoodle was whinnying and pacing in agitated circles. Happy just hung his head out in it.

It only rained for about a minute today, but it was huge, painful drops that made a racket on the metal roof. A few stalls down, poor Snickerdoodle was whinnying and pacing in agitated circles. Happy just hung his head out in it.___

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2015-04-15 17:17:27 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Luke.

Luke.___

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2015-04-15 06:36:00 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Today was my first full lesson using Happy and he was a dream. Like with Jack, the lead rope is almost a formality - let him know where to go, and he easily ambles along. He is perfectly named, although I'd call him Andy Griffith because he's such a gracious gentleman. Obedient and amiable, his response to any request might as well be yes ma'am.

At one point in the lesson we stopped to do some exercises. Happy stayed beautifully still, which was nice for our nervous new rider. Not one shift in weight, steady and dependable for as long as we needed. He wanted to stand with his nose pressed against my neck and it was hot but how could I say no? While we stood like that, the instructor checked his girth, at which point I should have stepped away, as this is the moment even the sweetest horse might get nippy. 

It's cute to say "I just trusted him," but in... more »

Today was my first full lesson using Happy and he was a dream. Like with Jack, the lead rope is almost a formality - let him know where to go, and he easily ambles along. He is perfectly named, although I'd call him Andy Griffith because he's such a gracious gentleman. Obedient and amiable, his response to any request might as well be yes ma'am.

At one point in the lesson we stopped to do some exercises. Happy stayed beautifully still, which was nice for our nervous new rider. Not one shift in weight, steady and dependable for as long as we needed. He wanted to stand with his nose pressed against my neck and it was hot but how could I say no? While we stood like that, the instructor checked his girth, at which point I should have stepped away, as this is the moment even the sweetest horse might get nippy. 

It's cute to say "I just trusted him," but in retrospect this was reckless and dumb. I don't have much experience with this guy and should have been more cautious. But still, it was a nice moment, with Happy not minding about his belly being pinched, wanting to lean against me and whuff wetly into my ear.

Taking any other horse back home after a lesson goes like this: lead horse into stall, unbuckle halter while he rediscovers his hay or grain, struggle to get halter off while he's deep in a bucket munching like crazy, go out and shut the door behind me. With Happy it went like: take him into stall, unbuckle halter, slip it off, turn to go, discover that Happy is hot on my heels and thinks he's coming back out with me again, to the point of getting halfway out the door and having to be shoved back in.

I thought this might be about wanting to go for another lesson. We'd used him a couple times in a row and he'd seemed to be having a good time. But he wanted me, or at least my attention. I tested it by walking around in front of his stall, then inside it with him. No matter where I went, he wheeled to be as close to me as he could, doing that same nose-against-the-neck move. I was so flattered. 

This was the end of my day and I had time, so I stayed with him for a good long while. I scratched that guy's itchy forehead and petted his lovely neck and gave him a back massage with the good brush. There was a lot of nuzzling. It was weird, like, horse you don't even KNOW me, why are you being so sweet? But he'd made up his mind that he liked me and I couldn't walk away from that much open affection.

People saw this. My instructor said "I'll just leave you two alone then." Someone else said "Get a stall!" and a third threatened to tell Jack. Jack will always be my special fellow but Happy rocketed way up my list of favorites today. 

Someone mentioned that the same way we can tell that Zorro has had bad experiences with men, we can also tell that Happy has mostly known kind people. The loves comes off this animal in the same way it comes off the best dogs I've known. And again I'm reminded that what I've always thought of as doggyness is not the exclusive territory of dogs - that this other massive beast can be just as sweet, can also close his eyes in trusting pleasure when I get that itch behind his ears.

The maneuver shown in this photo is not about getting a treat. That's what it often is, but this time, Happy was just this insistent on getting his nose petted one last time before I went home.___

2015-04-14 23:34:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Today some really lovely stuff happened, but none of it was emotionally overwhelming, and as I drove home I thought how funny it is that it's gotten rare to have a day without a quick little cry in the car. 

That lasted until I got home and looked at my amazon wishlist, which you guys went crazy on. I don't even know what to say. But I will work on it. I hope you know you absolutely made my day.

Today some really lovely stuff happened, but none of it was emotionally overwhelming, and as I drove home I thought how funny it is that it's gotten rare to have a day without a quick little cry in the car. 

That lasted until I got home and looked at my amazon wishlist, which you guys went crazy on. I don't even know what to say. But I will work on it. I hope you know you absolutely made my day.___

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2015-04-14 15:35:04 (9 comments, 7 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

Tonka, who came to us skinny, and quickly became one of our most reliable, beloved therapy horses.

(Skip to the end to help me help my sweet horse friends.)


Spending time at the stables has brought a lot of joy into my life. Every time I'm there I witness acts of generosity:

I've seen unpaid volunteers anonymously pay for therapy sessions for kids whose parents can't afford it.

Last winter I saw kids show up with their piggy banks to help us through an awful, expensive, program-wide horse quarantine that could have shut us down.

A brand new volunteer with no deep allegiance to our program walked in and started brainstorming: "what could we use in the volunteer lounge - kleenex, snacks?" as if it were a given that of course she would provide supplies to improve the days of people she barely even knew.

I suspect that... more »

Tonka, who came to us skinny, and quickly became one of our most reliable, beloved therapy horses.

(Skip to the end to help me help my sweet horse friends.)


Spending time at the stables has brought a lot of joy into my life. Every time I'm there I witness acts of generosity:

I've seen unpaid volunteers anonymously pay for therapy sessions for kids whose parents can't afford it.

Last winter I saw kids show up with their piggy banks to help us through an awful, expensive, program-wide horse quarantine that could have shut us down.

A brand new volunteer with no deep allegiance to our program walked in and started brainstorming: "what could we use in the volunteer lounge - kleenex, snacks?" as if it were a given that of course she would provide supplies to improve the days of people she barely even knew.

I suspect that many lessons are priced on an extremely sliding scale. Every insurance situation is different and sometimes it doesn't cover these kids' time with us at all. One rider's family can only afford one half-hour session per week, which isn't really enough, so week after week we "run late." The kid gets a full hour, the instructor and assistants donate their time, and nobody even acknowledges that anything unusual is happening.

And of course I'm constantly humbled by the willingness of longtime horse professionals to teach me anything I ask, which is a lot. I came in with zero horse experience but have been treated like I belonged from day one.


I talk about it too much; I get a bit evangelical. It's hard not to, with a place that both requires and generates so much compassion. We give therapy to children whose bodies are damaged or failing, or who have experienced great trauma. I get to see these fragile kids getting stronger week by week as they whoop and wave from the top of a horse. No matter how imperfect the body, the rider is the tallest person there.

These things are possible because we also give older, retired, or rescued horses a home and a job. They are sweet, affectionate creatures with lots of life left in them, they've just gotten a bit too old or slow to do what their first career demanded: police horse, competitive jumper. And sometimes they come to us hungry, sick, hairless, with burrs and filth. We fix them up and give them a comfy stall, more hay than they know what to do with, and head scratches every day of their lives. It is a perfect system.


Occasionally someone online asks what they can do to help. We are a nonprofit and horse upkeep is spectacularly expensive, so we rely on donors, large and small. I'm working on coordinating a proper Amazon wishlist with someone who knows more about saddles and gear, but in the meantime I've set up a list of smaller stuff that we always need, ranging from $4 to $30.

If anything I post here resonates with you, and you'd like to help, I can promise that the smallest donation is hugely appreciated, will help us keep running, and frankly will make the work a bit easier for my coworkers and me. I am damn serious about the $4 hoof picks and may just buy a dozen myself, because those things vanish. If you ever wanted an excuse to buy a currycomb, this is your moment!  And if you pick the treats I promise to post SO MANY photos of horses eating them.

Thank you for reading. I promise to keep posts like this to a minimum, but I would be a fool if I didn't do my best to help keep this incredible program going. I don't think I've ever been a part of something that adds this much kindness to the world. I would love for this wishlist to be a way for you to be a part of it too.


http://amzn.com/w/F4UQRDA3K6VT___

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2015-04-13 20:01:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

I've heard semi-conflicting stories about Libby's life before she came to us: that she moved from facility to facility where people were unable to deal with her issues, and/or that her previous owner donated to us, helpless with guilt at not being able to fix Libby herself.

What I know for sure is that Libby has a terrible allergy to a particular type of gnat. When we got her - which was before my time, so I never had to see this - she was covered in bites which had become inflamed and infected. She had lost most of her hair, including her mane and tail. I don't know if this was from her skin's reaction to the bites themselves, or from the friction of scratching. I can barely even handle this information.

With us she got round-the-clock care: salves, medical baths, and gentle attention. By a lucky twist, our land simply doesn't get the specific bug she's... more »

I've heard semi-conflicting stories about Libby's life before she came to us: that she moved from facility to facility where people were unable to deal with her issues, and/or that her previous owner donated to us, helpless with guilt at not being able to fix Libby herself.

What I know for sure is that Libby has a terrible allergy to a particular type of gnat. When we got her - which was before my time, so I never had to see this - she was covered in bites which had become inflamed and infected. She had lost most of her hair, including her mane and tail. I don't know if this was from her skin's reaction to the bites themselves, or from the friction of scratching. I can barely even handle this information.

With us she got round-the-clock care: salves, medical baths, and gentle attention. By a lucky twist, our land simply doesn't get the specific bug she's allergic to. Everything she'd lost grew back. You would never know anything had ever happened to this horse.___

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2015-04-13 19:53:25 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Tonka took a little nap while waiting for his rider.

Tonka took a little nap while waiting for his rider.___

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2015-04-13 18:09:43 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

New horse! Gammon's beautiful red neck.

New horse! Gammon's beautiful red neck.___

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2015-04-13 04:24:18 (15 comments, 12 reshares, 116 +1s)Open 

I met a new rider today, a profoundly autistic boy. Distracted, agitated, uncommunicative, just all over the place and hard to reach. He couldn't stop twisting his hands together and ran away more than once.

The instructor, one of the most patient people I know, told and showed him over and over how to undo a saddle buckle. The boy had arrived late, there was no time left to ride, but she wanted him to at least get something out of it, and spend a moment with the horse. So we focused on buckle, buckle, buckle, whispering the whole time, having discovered that quiet voices help keep him focused. When he finally undid that buckle we all murmured the world's quietest great job buddy!

We walked Snap back to her stall and got her undressed. It was time to go, so the instructor said the usual lesson-ending thing: Say thank you to your horse, and we'll see you next week!
... more »

I met a new rider today, a profoundly autistic boy. Distracted, agitated, uncommunicative, just all over the place and hard to reach. He couldn't stop twisting his hands together and ran away more than once.

The instructor, one of the most patient people I know, told and showed him over and over how to undo a saddle buckle. The boy had arrived late, there was no time left to ride, but she wanted him to at least get something out of it, and spend a moment with the horse. So we focused on buckle, buckle, buckle, whispering the whole time, having discovered that quiet voices help keep him focused. When he finally undid that buckle we all murmured the world's quietest great job buddy!

We walked Snap back to her stall and got her undressed. It was time to go, so the instructor said the usual lesson-ending thing: Say thank you to your horse, and we'll see you next week!

The boy threw his arms around Snap's neck, stood there with her so still, and said, clear as a bell, Ride, ride, ride.

The boy's mother was there. She looked at me with incredible eyes. She said, He wants to. Something I see so often is the particular joy of the parent of an autistic kid when that kid simply expresses a preference. And tears - this is what just ruins parents, especially the dads. This boy, I think, does not frequently express much, often can't clearly say what he wants, and certainly doesn't initiate hugs. But there he stood with his face in Snap's mane. Ride, ride.

Everything was running so late already but none of us were about to say no to that kid. The instructor asked me in desperate shorthand whether I could stay to help. How could I not. So we got the horse ready to go and got the kid mounted and went for a quick ride, just a few times around the arena, and I hope you can imagine a fraction of what it meant to me that the whole time we walked, that child was singing.___

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2015-04-13 01:17:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

The funny colors of Snickerdoodle

The funny colors of Snickerdoodle___

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2015-04-13 00:45:29 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I got to work with Happy a little bit today. A very good boy.

I got to work with Happy a little bit today. A very good boy.___

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2015-04-12 07:09:07 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

One kid at today's birthday party was supremely out of place. I think he was a guest's sibling, four years older than any other kid there, none of whom he knew. He was sweet but had some sort of learning or communication difference. I wasn't able to spend too much time with him, but he mostly seemed to want to be left alone anyway. I tried to get him involved in party activities but he wasn't having it. Didn't want to do crafts, didn't want to even talk about riding a horse. He hung out alone by the snack table looking miserable, looking at his feet.

I feel bad for the kids who don't fit, but sometimes there's not a lot I can do. This party was for 15 five-year-olds so I was moving nonstop. My last attempt was a trick called "deliver funny speech about how interesting and sweet these horses are, to kids who are already open to the idea of horse riding, within... more »

One kid at today's birthday party was supremely out of place. I think he was a guest's sibling, four years older than any other kid there, none of whom he knew. He was sweet but had some sort of learning or communication difference. I wasn't able to spend too much time with him, but he mostly seemed to want to be left alone anyway. I tried to get him involved in party activities but he wasn't having it. Didn't want to do crafts, didn't want to even talk about riding a horse. He hung out alone by the snack table looking miserable, looking at his feet.

I feel bad for the kids who don't fit, but sometimes there's not a lot I can do. This party was for 15 five-year-olds so I was moving nonstop. My last attempt was a trick called "deliver funny speech about how interesting and sweet these horses are, to kids who are already open to the idea of horse riding, within earshot of the kids who aren't." This way I avoid coming off as a lecturer. It sometimes works.

I didn't realize it had worked until this kid got back from his ride, which I didn't know he had even taken us up on. He yanked my sleeve and I turned to see a kid I barely recognized because of the smile. He had a lot to tell me, and between the whispering and the stammering, I lost a lot of it, but the gist was that he had had the best time and he thought Jack was terrific (his word). He's terrific I like him! 

He handed me the horseshoe he had chosen to decorate after all (one of the many time-killing craft projects I organize at these parties). He said he'd tried to make it look like a flower wreath, with a big star in the middle, to be like something a horse could be given after winning a race. 

It took several attempts before I understood, because we were in a noisy room, other kids kept needing me, and between this kid's speech issues and his excitement, it was a tangle of words. Plus, he wanted to do something no other kid has done, in all the dozens of these parties I've worked. He wanted to give his decorated horseshoe to Jack the horse. "Because I think he should win an award. Because he is the best and friendly. We weren't racing so it's not a race award but he should win something." This last part he said perfectly clearly.

I know I'm biased toward Jack. I tell him all the time that he's the universe's only perfect creation. I like to be agreed with on that point. And I have a soft spot for kids who trust me with their secret thoughts, especially when they have to struggle with the words. When they work hard to make me see their beautiful thing. Every time I think I'm done with the habit of having a little cry on the way home from the stables, something like this happens. My heart, you guys.

I told a good lie. I said I would put the horseshoe in Jack's stall where he could see it every day. I can't actually do this (safety concerns). So I took it home, and I'm going to look at it every day.___

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2015-04-12 00:45:17 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

New horse! +Pete Machnik, meet Snickerdoodle.

New horse! +Pete Machnik, meet Snickerdoodle.___

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2015-04-12 00:07:22 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

When I went to give Jack his pre-party pep talk I found him plagued by flies, and when I doused him with fly spray I found patches of fungus on his poor legs, now that I know what to look for. So after the party I gave him a fungal treatment, which was the first time I've bathed Jack and certainly the first time washing a horse on my own. 

I'm always grateful when people see me doing horse stuff and give me tips or corrections. But it's also secretly amazing when they stop by to chat and don't have one thing to add about my technique, because I'm already doing all the right things. That happened today.

It helped that Jack didn't mind the process. I think, as always, he loved the attention. He looks so proud in this photo. Still, the hose's nozzle was weird and I sprayed him too hard a couple of times. I really dug deep into his hair and skin in the areas I... more »

When I went to give Jack his pre-party pep talk I found him plagued by flies, and when I doused him with fly spray I found patches of fungus on his poor legs, now that I know what to look for. So after the party I gave him a fungal treatment, which was the first time I've bathed Jack and certainly the first time washing a horse on my own. 

I'm always grateful when people see me doing horse stuff and give me tips or corrections. But it's also secretly amazing when they stop by to chat and don't have one thing to add about my technique, because I'm already doing all the right things. That happened today.

It helped that Jack didn't mind the process. I think, as always, he loved the attention. He looks so proud in this photo. Still, the hose's nozzle was weird and I sprayed him too hard a couple of times. I really dug deep into his hair and skin in the areas I was trying to clean out, which might not have felt super. And all around him, every other horse was noisily eating dinner, while he had to wait. I would not have blamed him for being antsy or crabby, but guess what, he was perfect.

Considering how expensive most horse gear is, it's funny that I was able to get Jack clean, do a good thing for his health, and make him feel better, with probably 3 cents' worth of Palmolive. I'm told it works just as well as the expensive medicated stuff as long as you're willing to really get in there with your fingernails. I am.

I took him for a little graze to dry off. This was the end of the day, with the sun going down, a nice breeze, and nobody else around. Nothing but bird noises and Jack chomping. We stood there for a long, long time. I couldn't worry about a thing if I tried.___

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2015-04-11 01:05:14 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Google automatically generated this gem when it backed up my photos the other day. I think it thought I was trying to take a panorama? Who better to mutate than silly old Gallagher.

Google automatically generated this gem when it backed up my photos the other day. I think it thought I was trying to take a panorama? Who better to mutate than silly old Gallagher.___

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2015-04-10 00:25:52 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

The immediate disappearance of Jack's illicit birthday carrots.

The immediate disappearance of Jack's illicit birthday carrots.___

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2015-04-09 23:01:20 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

It's a beautiful thing that I have to make a conscious effort not to start every post with "Today was great." I just have a sick number of wonderful days.

Today I was only going to help with one lesson, which was canceled at the last minute, which sucked because I wanted an excuse to go in and see Jack on his birthday. Then I was asked if I would come help bathe horses instead, which I've been wanting to learn. So I helped some people I like so much scrub a couple of horses who seemed happy to be there.

It had been a while since I tested bathwater for someone else - not too hot / too cold. I don't have kids or a dog so I guess that would be babysitting days. The horses didn't mind the water and attention, the antifungal treatment didn't stink, and the part where I had to scrape fungus off wasn't my favorite, but it needed to be done, and both horses... more »

It's a beautiful thing that I have to make a conscious effort not to start every post with "Today was great." I just have a sick number of wonderful days.

Today I was only going to help with one lesson, which was canceled at the last minute, which sucked because I wanted an excuse to go in and see Jack on his birthday. Then I was asked if I would come help bathe horses instead, which I've been wanting to learn. So I helped some people I like so much scrub a couple of horses who seemed happy to be there.

It had been a while since I tested bathwater for someone else - not too hot / too cold. I don't have kids or a dog so I guess that would be babysitting days. The horses didn't mind the water and attention, the antifungal treatment didn't stink, and the part where I had to scrape fungus off wasn't my favorite, but it needed to be done, and both horses were so good about it that I think it may have scratched a terrible itch they can't get to themselves. So it's a kindness I didn't mind doing even though I had to get rudely all up in there, and made poor Apache's leg bleed. Bathing also involves a squeegee!

Afterward, I was told one of my favorite things: "take him for a little walk." It's the best because it's aimless, we just mosey about and look at stuff. I usually do this to exercise an antsy horse when a rider is late, in which case I can't let him have grass - it's too hard to make him stop grazing, and when the rider might show up any moment, we're on the clock.

But today we were in no hurry and the goal was just to dry the horses, so grazing was fine. My coworker showed me where the good grass is, and I took Mr. Bill while she stood a ways off with Apache. We called over to each other when we had things to say but mostly we just watched our horses chomp happily in the sun. I have no idea how long we stood there but I know that once again I slid into thinking about absolutely nothing in the best possible way.

All of this would have made a perfect afternoon even without getting to spend as much time as I wanted making a fuss over sweet Jack, which was of course the best part.___

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2015-04-09 22:04:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

The birthday boy.

The birthday boy.___

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2015-04-09 21:46:29 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I scraped fungus out of Apache's buttcrack today with my bare hands. :D

I scraped fungus out of Apache's buttcrack today with my bare hands. :D___

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2015-04-09 16:42:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Yesterday I helped with a rider's second lesson. Rob looked impressively natural in the saddle and did everything he was asked, but as a beginner couldn't be expected to know the fine points of how to steer a horse.

So when we turned him loose, it wasn't a surprise when Gallagher went wandering around the arena on his own - he wasn't getting clear directions from his rider. No problem, this is what the lesson was meant to improve.

While Rob worked on rein control and foot position, we wanted Gallagher to keep moving in big loops around the arena. A horse on a rope has to go where I lead, but that takes some of the control away from the rider, and makes it harder to learn cause and effect. So our compromise was to play follow-the-leader, with me unconnected to the horse, just walking ahead and inviting him to follow. Being a good boy, he did.

I'd never... more »

Yesterday I helped with a rider's second lesson. Rob looked impressively natural in the saddle and did everything he was asked, but as a beginner couldn't be expected to know the fine points of how to steer a horse.

So when we turned him loose, it wasn't a surprise when Gallagher went wandering around the arena on his own - he wasn't getting clear directions from his rider. No problem, this is what the lesson was meant to improve.

While Rob worked on rein control and foot position, we wanted Gallagher to keep moving in big loops around the arena. A horse on a rope has to go where I lead, but that takes some of the control away from the rider, and makes it harder to learn cause and effect. So our compromise was to play follow-the-leader, with me unconnected to the horse, just walking ahead and inviting him to follow. Being a good boy, he did.

I'd never done this before, and I hadn't thought about how different it might feel from what I normally do. A horse on a lead rope walks more or less beside me. An energetic horse might be a step ahead; a pokey one might lag. But either way I have a peripheral view of his head and front legs.

This, though, felt crazy, like walking alone with an invisible horse at my back. I hadn't thought about having to trust Gallagher to stay far enough behind me so as not to step on my heels. I've been stepped on once and it was not good. When I can see the horse, I can make adjustments to keep us properly positioned, but this time I was walking blind. I could feel his breath puffing on my elbows, but he knew not to get close enough to accidentally hurt me. Like so many other things we do, this fell into the categories of "sounds nutty but we wouldn't do it if it were TOO unsafe," and "leap of faith only possible because we trust this horse."

After some practice rounds, I moved aside and Rob kept going on his own. Everything went great until they rounded the corner, headed back, and Gallagher saw me. He knows me, and in retrospect we had just taught him "that's the lady you follow," so it wasn't that surprising when he veered off course and ambled over to me. The instructor said "look unfriendly!" so I made big shooing motions, turned my back, and told him to Go Away. Rob did his best, and from what I could tell was managing some good firm attempts at steering, but Gallagher had made up his mind. On every circuit, once they got past me, everything worked fine, but when they headed back and I came into view, that dopey horse made a beeline for me and would not stop until his head was at my shoulder. I eventually had to observe from outside the arena and hide behind a pole every time they came back around. I hope I amused a passerby.

It was not Gallagher's best work. He knows better. Even with a new rider, those are the commands he should have been obeying, especially as Rob's rein control and response time improved. But it's awfully hard to hold it against that big dumb sweet ox when he made me feel so adored.___

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2015-04-09 16:02:44 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

One of the sweetest-tempered animals I've ever had the pleasure to get to know, my soft handsome friend Jack turns 19 today.

One of the sweetest-tempered animals I've ever had the pleasure to get to know, my soft handsome friend Jack turns 19 today.___

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2015-04-09 04:07:52 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Tuffy sleeping.

Today was great. If there is a job that's just giving a cool twelve-year-old a barn tour, somebody should tell me because I would love to do that every day. Thanks +Jim Randolph for letting me hang out with you and your awesome kid.

Tuffy sleeping.

Today was great. If there is a job that's just giving a cool twelve-year-old a barn tour, somebody should tell me because I would love to do that every day. Thanks +Jim Randolph for letting me hang out with you and your awesome kid.___

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