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Jessica Pierce has been at 2 events

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San Diego Zoo561,879@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 Cain956,537To 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 05:00:004863  

Jessica Pierce has been shared in 141 public circles

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Nameless Person22,372This is a collection of highly active, eclectic, interesting and engaging people. #namelesspersonoriginal  2015-05-05 18:36:54293485351
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.Instructions:➤1. Add me.➤2. Share this circle.no inclusion without a profile picture#namelesscircle   #namelesspersonoriginal   #sharedcircles   #circlesharing2015-04-26 21:09:51292494656
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 10:02:17386262233
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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UpdateCar270FOLLOW 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 05:54:44455111
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 Nuntiatio (TodayNews)29,767#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 15:08:18501211523
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 23:23:063511024778
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

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2015-05-20 22:51:02 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

I've never been so excited about a storage unit. 

Rather than use the "horse needs" wishlist I posted a while back, a very kind person sent cash, and told me to spend it on one of the "dull but useful things people never pick." I decided that that would be this shelving basket thing I'd found on Amazon that would be perfect for horse bath supplies. It sounds like the most boring thing ever, but there's a reason everybody prefers to give baths in the barn that already has one: that thing rules. It keeps all the stuff in one place, allows ventilation for drying, and you can work it when your hands are in big soapy mitts.

I'd made up my mind to order it, but then that same day I got a surprise Amazon delivery from another kind donor: storage unit!!!

So then I had the pleasure of spending that cash on an assortment of horse-scrubbing supplies... more »

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2015-05-20 06:09:25 (2 comments, 8 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Gal.

A long time ago I read a blog post written by a guy whose marriage had gotten a little shaky. No big drama, just people growing apart and not prioritizing each other. His technique for reconnecting with his wife was so brilliant and simple that it has stuck with me ever since: the first one home from work was required to cheer when the other one came through the door.

The deal was that she had to make a big stupid fuss about it, drop whatever she was doing, yell "IT'S STEVE YAAAAEYY!!!" and give him a huge flailing goofy hug. He said it was hard not to sound a little sarcastic or at least self-conscious in the beginning, but pretty soon it evolved into a natural habit of greeting each other with eager energy. He credited this with saving his marriage.

I don't know how or when it happened but I started greeting my riders like this. Not the hugging or... more »

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2015-05-24 01:18:25 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Apache.

The other day I got to hang out with the most beautiful old Russian man, someone I've seen around the stables a lot but had never talked to - he's the grandfather of a rider I don't often work with.

He'd brought a few flashcards for the instructor to use, basically teaching us all the Russian for stop, go, left, right. Another kid in this group lesson was all over it. He has certain cognitive disabilities but can pick up languages in a snap, and proudly put the rest of us to shame with immediately perfect pronunciation.

I chatted with the Russian for a bit as I stood with a horse in a moment of downtime. His English was very fractured and his accent was very thick, but we got by. Essentially he said English was a struggle for him but it was nice to be in a place where people at least try to talk with him and his granddaughter. He said his wife had... more »

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2015-05-28 15:42:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

The other wheelbarrow is named Paco.

The other wheelbarrow is named Paco.___

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2015-05-28 15:31:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Harriet, disappearing into light.

Harriet, disappearing into light.___

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2015-05-28 15:15:14 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Yesterday was a little sad. Jack has been on vacation, and it looks like that's permanent - he isn't coming back to the stables, he's staying where he is, which is back with his past owner, on plenty of land. He's old and arthritic and it's for the best, but I will miss that sweet, sweet guy.

I helped test Summer for use as a party horse yesterday. She's Jack's best friend, they have a close bond, and while I don't love it that the two of them are separated now, it was nice to get to hang out with a horse with such a similar demeanor. I had never worked with her before yesterday, and she was so immediately friendly that I couldn't help but think of Jack.

And like Jack, she knows about cameras and will pose for a photo.

Yesterday was a little sad. Jack has been on vacation, and it looks like that's permanent - he isn't coming back to the stables, he's staying where he is, which is back with his past owner, on plenty of land. He's old and arthritic and it's for the best, but I will miss that sweet, sweet guy.

I helped test Summer for use as a party horse yesterday. She's Jack's best friend, they have a close bond, and while I don't love it that the two of them are separated now, it was nice to get to hang out with a horse with such a similar demeanor. I had never worked with her before yesterday, and she was so immediately friendly that I couldn't help but think of Jack.

And like Jack, she knows about cameras and will pose for a photo.___

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2015-05-28 14:34:07 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Libby, busy watching kids ride.

Libby, busy watching kids ride.___

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2015-05-28 07:03:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Summer got her nails did.

Summer got her nails did.___

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2015-05-28 06:56:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

When I went to get Gallagher today he was so ready to go, he put his own head into the halter for me.

One minute later he fell asleep.

When I went to get Gallagher today he was so ready to go, he put his own head into the halter for me.

One minute later he fell asleep.___

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2015-05-27 05:02:24 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Luke's dirty face.

At the birthday parties I help throw, I almost always liaison with the birthday kid's mother. It's not really fair to sort strangers into categories, but I'm about to do it anyway because I see a lot of trends in how people behave at these things. Party Moms tend to be either overbearing, helpless, or flexible. Surprisingly, "flexible" is the most common, and is of course my favorite, because when an event hinges on the behavior of children, animals, and the weather, something WILL happen last-minute. 

Party Dads are largely absent or useless, with rare exceptions, both good and bad. Good ones participate and sometimes even help me with cleanup, which is 100% not necessary but so thoughtful.

It's weird how often a bad Party Dad does exactly the same annoying thing: realize he's been playing on his phone the whole time,... more »

Luke's dirty face.

At the birthday parties I help throw, I almost always liaison with the birthday kid's mother. It's not really fair to sort strangers into categories, but I'm about to do it anyway because I see a lot of trends in how people behave at these things. Party Moms tend to be either overbearing, helpless, or flexible. Surprisingly, "flexible" is the most common, and is of course my favorite, because when an event hinges on the behavior of children, animals, and the weather, something WILL happen last-minute. 

Party Dads are largely absent or useless, with rare exceptions, both good and bad. Good ones participate and sometimes even help me with cleanup, which is 100% not necessary but so thoughtful.

It's weird how often a bad Party Dad does exactly the same annoying thing: realize he's been playing on his phone the whole time, and try to get involved with his kid in the last ten minutes of the party. Every single time I've seen this happen, "involvement" takes the form of encouraging the kids to be as loud as possible. This could be singing a progressively louder song, chasing a herd of kids, or plain old competitive screaming. A certain amount of noise accompanies any children's party, at least any good one. But these dads seem to proudly specialize in getting the kids as out-of-control as possible. It gets real old real fast.

It's also dangerous. Party throwers and guests are told the rules ahead of time, in multiple emails and in person, including rules one might not think of (no umbrellas; scary to horses) and the dead simple, often-repeated, bold-texted NO SCREAMING. Horses have great hearing and are understandably upset by the high-pitched banshee hell shriek of a five-year-old girl. Horses within audio range of the party area include 20-30 in the boarder barn, those in a nearby arena being used for lessons, and those in another arena giving rides to the party guests themselves. Screaming just for fun is short-sighted and uncool, and I can't believe how many times I have had to shush an adult at these things.

Anyway, I mostly wanted to talk about the best party guests of all. The rare Party Grandpa, my absolute favorite, is delighted to have a conversation about anything, and is only even there because he's crazy about his granddaughter. I've never met a Party Grandpa who wasn't relaxed, charming, and funny. I love Party Grandpa.

A close second, and more common, is Party Grandma, who just wants the children to have a nice time. There is always one thing troubling Party Grandma, so I try to intuit what that could be (and I think I get credit for wrong guesses), tell her why not to worry - rain, for instance, doesn't ruin a pony party, just shifts the action to a covered arena - and then we're best friends.

I was going to tell about the best ever Party Grandma, but the day caught up with me and I'm tired as hell. Tomorrow. ___

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2015-05-27 02:20:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Mr. Bill, pricking his ears up just as the hail started to fall today. (He was unconcerned.)

Mr. Bill, pricking his ears up just as the hail started to fall today. (He was unconcerned.)___

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2015-05-27 01:56:54 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Running late today, I saw I'd gotten an unexpected package, so grabbed it on my way out the door, ripped it open at a red light, and found HORSE PRESENTS!! Thanks to a very kind donor, we now have some shiny new hoof picks, a face-cleaning brush that's even even softer than I'd hoped, and a big bag of treats.

The hoof picks will see a ton of daily use, the brush came in handy immediately for the always-filthy face of Gallagher, and the treats were a huge hit. I have yet to see a horse turn down a treat, but I think these are the most popular so far. They're apple flavored (and smell great; I'm tempted). They were chomped with enthusiasm.

At the end of the day I filled my pocket and was about to go on treat patrol but then got distracted and went with an instructor to check on a horse about a thing. Initially I went into the stall with her, but I was a distraction... more »

Running late today, I saw I'd gotten an unexpected package, so grabbed it on my way out the door, ripped it open at a red light, and found HORSE PRESENTS!! Thanks to a very kind donor, we now have some shiny new hoof picks, a face-cleaning brush that's even even softer than I'd hoped, and a big bag of treats.

The hoof picks will see a ton of daily use, the brush came in handy immediately for the always-filthy face of Gallagher, and the treats were a huge hit. I have yet to see a horse turn down a treat, but I think these are the most popular so far. They're apple flavored (and smell great; I'm tempted). They were chomped with enthusiasm.

At the end of the day I filled my pocket and was about to go on treat patrol but then got distracted and went with an instructor to check on a horse about a thing. Initially I went into the stall with her, but I was a distraction because my pants smelled too delicious, so I got out so the instructor could do her thing without Mr. T wheeling around and trying to figure out where that smell was. (Of course I gave him some; he was a fan.)

I forgot about the treats again because a sudden storm swept in, with thunder, hard rain, and hail. The barn's metal roof made for total cacophony; the people I was standing right next to were like "damn, let's just talk later." 

Storms don't bother most of our horses - we never use them for lessons during thunder and lightning, but at home in their stalls they don't seem too bothered. But a few were too edgy to eat, and some of the newer ones (Snickerdoodle especially) were wild-eyed and very unhappy.

I feel so bad in moments like this, because it's not safe to be in a stall with an agitated horse, not that there's even much I could do to calm a horse down about an awful noise that's everywhere. And if there were, I still couldn't communicate it to ten horses at once. 

BUT I HAD TREATS! I remembered my pocketful of Best Treat Ever, went back and filled my other pocket, went on a goodwill tour, and became, briefly, very very popular among horses. I can't undo the scariness of a hailstorm, but I was honored to be able to provide a lot of horses with at least a moment of tasty distraction. That's not nothing. So thank you, most recent donor of horse stuff. You did a good thing.___

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2015-05-27 01:10:55 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Bandit's spooky eye.

Bandit's spooky eye.___

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2015-05-26 17:55:09 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Re a recent birthday party, I would just like to say that some kids are bona fide shitheads. Sometimes a party is a breeze and a pleasure. Others I have to power through with a big fake smile, a pack of lies, and soothing mental calculations about money. I know what these parties cost (a lot) and I also know that Gallagher needs prednisone, Apache needs allergy shots, and they all have to eat. Party proceeds go toward stable costs and the therapeutic program (i.e. scholarships for the kids who can't otherwise afford this physical therapy). 

So I think of the disabled kids who'll be riding this week with enormous smiles. It helps me put on my own big fake one when surrounded by able-bodied children who have no idea how blessed their lives are, many of whom have lived such entitled, coddled lives that they throw shrieking tantrums when it's vanilla cake instead of chocolate. I get it... more »

Re a recent birthday party, I would just like to say that some kids are bona fide shitheads. Sometimes a party is a breeze and a pleasure. Others I have to power through with a big fake smile, a pack of lies, and soothing mental calculations about money. I know what these parties cost (a lot) and I also know that Gallagher needs prednisone, Apache needs allergy shots, and they all have to eat. Party proceeds go toward stable costs and the therapeutic program (i.e. scholarships for the kids who can't otherwise afford this physical therapy). 

So I think of the disabled kids who'll be riding this week with enormous smiles. It helps me put on my own big fake one when surrounded by able-bodied children who have no idea how blessed their lives are, many of whom have lived such entitled, coddled lives that they throw shrieking tantrums when it's vanilla cake instead of chocolate. I get it when it's a three-year-old. But ten?

I did enjoy this shirt, decorated by a nice kid at that party, showing Snap and Gallagher, the first horses she'd ever ridden. I happened to look out the window at just the right moment to see her dismount and kiss Snap on the nose.___

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2015-05-26 17:44:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Beautiful Tonka's beautiful mane.

Beautiful Tonka's beautiful mane.___

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2015-05-26 17:33:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

This glove looks boring but is my new favorite thing.

I told a recent (very kind) donor I'd let her know how her money was spent, and I'm pretty pleased with how far I made $40 go.


foam covers for bike handles, fabric cover for chain - $4

1 pool noodle - $5

1 sheet of foam padding - $5

2 packs of curved and heavy-duty needles - $5

velcro, heavy thread, superglue - $8

10 scrub gloves - $7

4 face brushes - $4

4 washcloths - $2


The foam things, noodle, and sewing supplies are for a project which will hopefully increase the comfort of our more fragile riders. I'll post details as things take shape.

The last few items are for bathing. It's a giant pain to get a horse's face clean. It's a delicate area with tricky angles, and it's not nice to get soap in... more »

This glove looks boring but is my new favorite thing.

I told a recent (very kind) donor I'd let her know how her money was spent, and I'm pretty pleased with how far I made $40 go.


foam covers for bike handles, fabric cover for chain - $4

1 pool noodle - $5

1 sheet of foam padding - $5

2 packs of curved and heavy-duty needles - $5

velcro, heavy thread, superglue - $8

10 scrub gloves - $7

4 face brushes - $4

4 washcloths - $2


The foam things, noodle, and sewing supplies are for a project which will hopefully increase the comfort of our more fragile riders. I'll post details as things take shape.

The last few items are for bathing. It's a giant pain to get a horse's face clean. It's a delicate area with tricky angles, and it's not nice to get soap in their eyes.

Our wash supplies tend to be large, and some of the sponge-mitt things are actually meant for cars, which makes sense for washing something big. Those mitts are great for horse bodies but useless on the face. One day I was trying to get some of the mud off Gallagher's always-dirty face with my hands and water poured awkwardly from a paper cup, when I made up my mind to figure out some better tools.

It also occurred to me that washcloths are a thing, duh. I hit the dollar store for those, where I also found little brushes meant for face, fingernails, and mushrooms. Now they are also for equine foreheads.

The scrub gloves are THE BEST THING. They're made of a scratchy acrylic, and sort of knitted. They're meant for (people) exfoliation, and when I tried one on a horse on a whim, I immediately knew I needed a bunch more. Advantages include not having the damn thing slip out of your soapy hand a dozen times, scratchy texture working wonders on filth and fungus, and skin-tightness making it really easy to clean odd angles and corners, like ankles and ears (which is where fungus often tends to be anyway). They hold a ton of soap, and dry fast.

I'm delighted that this ultra-cheap little glove turned out to be a great bathing tool, and will help us maintain the health of our horses. I'm told that fungus is not a big deal in horses as long as you keep fighting it. If left alone it can become a worse, painful skin issue, and once the skin is broken, infection and all other kinds of nastiness can set in. Summer is when fungus is worst. So I'm very enthusiastic about any advantage I can get, and these gloves feel like a good one.

(Also FYI if you enjoy super-scratchy products in the bath, do an ebay worldwide search for "exfoliating gloves." They're a dollar apiece and well worth the wait from overseas. I've never been cleaner.)___

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2015-05-24 02:01:05 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Beautiful, dopey old Luke.

Beautiful, dopey old Luke.___

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2015-05-24 01:47:15 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Party animal Gallagher.

Today's party involved kids from age two to nine, which could have been disastrous but went smoothly thanks to the parents being friendly, laid-back, and flexible. Anybody who helps me pick up markers from the floor is the best, but these people were the super best. They not only invited the party staff to share their food, they insisted. "Get you some baked beans!" I did.

My only "unique challenge" came in the form of one overbearing mother who criticized everything I did. She complained about of the style of chairs used in the party barn. Which, wtf / no other option / not remotely close to being my call.

Ten minutes before the party was to end, after I had done all the scheduled crafts and activities, kids were running around outside. Critical Mom did not approve, and asked (told) me to start a new arts and crafts project... more »

Party animal Gallagher.

Today's party involved kids from age two to nine, which could have been disastrous but went smoothly thanks to the parents being friendly, laid-back, and flexible. Anybody who helps me pick up markers from the floor is the best, but these people were the super best. They not only invited the party staff to share their food, they insisted. "Get you some baked beans!" I did.

My only "unique challenge" came in the form of one overbearing mother who criticized everything I did. She complained about of the style of chairs used in the party barn. Which, wtf / no other option / not remotely close to being my call.

Ten minutes before the party was to end, after I had done all the scheduled crafts and activities, kids were running around outside. Critical Mom did not approve, and asked (told) me to start a new arts and crafts project "to keep them safe" (from running on grass). I said the schedule would not permit it. I didn't point out that I was currently sweeping up a huge mess made by her kid.

She said "well surely you could organize a game of Simon Says." I pretended to have misheard, and exclaimed - so loudly that other parents could hear me - "What a wonderful idea, that would help me so much, thank you for volunteering!" And then I RAN AWAY. She totally did it.___

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2015-05-24 01:18:25 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Apache.

The other day I got to hang out with the most beautiful old Russian man, someone I've seen around the stables a lot but had never talked to - he's the grandfather of a rider I don't often work with.

He'd brought a few flashcards for the instructor to use, basically teaching us all the Russian for stop, go, left, right. Another kid in this group lesson was all over it. He has certain cognitive disabilities but can pick up languages in a snap, and proudly put the rest of us to shame with immediately perfect pronunciation.

I chatted with the Russian for a bit as I stood with a horse in a moment of downtime. His English was very fractured and his accent was very thick, but we got by. Essentially he said English was a struggle for him but it was nice to be in a place where people at least try to talk with him and his granddaughter. He said his wife had... more »

Apache.

The other day I got to hang out with the most beautiful old Russian man, someone I've seen around the stables a lot but had never talked to - he's the grandfather of a rider I don't often work with.

He'd brought a few flashcards for the instructor to use, basically teaching us all the Russian for stop, go, left, right. Another kid in this group lesson was all over it. He has certain cognitive disabilities but can pick up languages in a snap, and proudly put the rest of us to shame with immediately perfect pronunciation.

I chatted with the Russian for a bit as I stood with a horse in a moment of downtime. His English was very fractured and his accent was very thick, but we got by. Essentially he said English was a struggle for him but it was nice to be in a place where people at least try to talk with him and his granddaughter. He said his wife had been a genius with languages, because - I loved this - "she hef, musician ears."

I said I was no good with languages and am sort of ashamed that I don't speak anything else. He smiled and put one hand softly on the horse's neck and the other softly on my shoulder. He said, "But no. Horse, speak horse."___

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2015-05-24 00:07:31 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

I had a great lesson with Casey (who's five) this week. He worked harder than I've ever seen, which amazed his mom (and she got it on video) - he did every exercise we asked, even near the end when he was super tired. Grimacing to stay standing up in the stirrups on shaky little legs.

A couple of moments reminded me why I sign up to help with this lesson every week. He was wearing an ocean-patterned shirt and a lei of bright blue plastic flowers. I asked why, and instead of telling me in words, he did a hula. He got really into it, did the wavey hands, closed his eyes, and hummed a little tune, eventually adding lyrics: "Hawai'i... PARTAY! at schoooool, so, much, FUNNNNN hula hula hula hooooola we had punch."

During the lesson his job was to find certain tiny toys the instructor had left on top of fence posts, the idea being that Casey would help steer Gallagher... more »

I had a great lesson with Casey (who's five) this week. He worked harder than I've ever seen, which amazed his mom (and she got it on video) - he did every exercise we asked, even near the end when he was super tired. Grimacing to stay standing up in the stirrups on shaky little legs.

A couple of moments reminded me why I sign up to help with this lesson every week. He was wearing an ocean-patterned shirt and a lei of bright blue plastic flowers. I asked why, and instead of telling me in words, he did a hula. He got really into it, did the wavey hands, closed his eyes, and hummed a little tune, eventually adding lyrics: "Hawai'i... PARTAY! at schoooool, so, much, FUNNNNN hula hula hula hooooola we had punch."

During the lesson his job was to find certain tiny toys the instructor had left on top of fence posts, the idea being that Casey would help steer Gallagher and work on stop/go commands. I would say "let's look for the purple hippo" and every time, that kid performed a particular gesture that just slayed me with its sincerity: he used both hands to decollapse an invisible telescope, which he peered through to search the landscape. 

Who but a five-year-old would do this? I sometimes gripe about having to do so many birthday parties for kids this age - and it is a "unique" "challenge" to be in charge of 15 of them at once, sugared up - but there are some interactions that you just can't get from anybody else. Five is sometimes my favorite.___

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2015-05-21 03:32:22 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

When I bathed Gal the other day, I pretty much half-assed it because she'd had a proper bath the day before, and I just wanted to scrub her legs; I'd seen some fungus. I didn't realize how bad it was until I really got into it. And ugh. I will skip the details except for this: though I tried to be careful, my scrubbing made her bleed more than once, and she didn't jump, didn't fuss, stood perfectly still like a good, good girl. 

This isn't the first time I've had this happen (though her skin issues were the worst I've seen, by far) and I wonder if they just have reduced nerve sensitivity down near the hoof, or if I'm scratching a powerful itch they can't get to, or if it does hurt, but they file it under "necessary grooming thing I have to put up with?" Over and over, these horses are so patient when I have to be hurting them at least a little. I... more »

When I bathed Gal the other day, I pretty much half-assed it because she'd had a proper bath the day before, and I just wanted to scrub her legs; I'd seen some fungus. I didn't realize how bad it was until I really got into it. And ugh. I will skip the details except for this: though I tried to be careful, my scrubbing made her bleed more than once, and she didn't jump, didn't fuss, stood perfectly still like a good, good girl. 

This isn't the first time I've had this happen (though her skin issues were the worst I've seen, by far) and I wonder if they just have reduced nerve sensitivity down near the hoof, or if I'm scratching a powerful itch they can't get to, or if it does hurt, but they file it under "necessary grooming thing I have to put up with?" Over and over, these horses are so patient when I have to be hurting them at least a little. I see a lot of tender skin on those poor ankles.

And Gal doesn't even know me, not much. I've only worked with her a few times and she was just so sweet about this. Standard procedure is to walk a horse after bathing, to get dry in the sun. This day was absolutely still, with no breeze and an icky, humid cloud cover. There was no point in walking her around. Except to let her have all the grass she wanted, for being such a champ. That's what we did.___

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2015-05-21 02:13:50 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Luke.

Luke.___

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2015-05-20 23:19:38 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Gallagher had a bad week. It wasn't just me - he was definitely sick of me but then he seemed sick of everybody else too. No terrible behavior, but not the sweet funny guy I'm used to. 

He nipped a horse leader! That was at the end of a tiring birthday party, when he'd given lots of rides in the heat, and then a storm swept in and surprised him with awful thunder. It was too much, and he gave her a nip. Understandable and not a big deal, but still, not something I've ever known him to do. So I've been a little more cautious around him, and have tried to be friendly without making a fuss, since he doesn't want to be touched. It's hard to find the right balance.

Today we got ready for a lesson and then all stood still for a minute as we waited for the instructor to join us - horse, leader, me on the side, kid in the saddle. The rider was a five-year-old with... more »

Gallagher had a bad week. It wasn't just me - he was definitely sick of me but then he seemed sick of everybody else too. No terrible behavior, but not the sweet funny guy I'm used to. 

He nipped a horse leader! That was at the end of a tiring birthday party, when he'd given lots of rides in the heat, and then a storm swept in and surprised him with awful thunder. It was too much, and he gave her a nip. Understandable and not a big deal, but still, not something I've ever known him to do. So I've been a little more cautious around him, and have tried to be friendly without making a fuss, since he doesn't want to be touched. It's hard to find the right balance.

Today we got ready for a lesson and then all stood still for a minute as we waited for the instructor to join us - horse, leader, me on the side, kid in the saddle. The rider was a five-year-old with great balance once he gets going, but sometimes starts off a little wobbly and needs a helper. Out of nowhere a dog ran up, barking, jumping, running back and forth UNDER THE HORSE and generally giving me a heart attack. I couldn't take my hands off the rider; nobody else was there to support him, and the leader's responsibility was the horse. Moving the horse seemed like a bad idea (potentially squashed puppy), and I didn't know what to do other than hold tight to that kid and be ready to snatch him up, depending on how Gallagher reacted.

I had this thought: if anybody can handle this, it's Gallagher. Because bad attitude or not, I trust him. And he was a perfect gentleman; he didn't care about that dog and didn't move an inch. After the lesson I gave him so many treats, and he allowed me to rub his nose for the first time in a week.___

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2015-05-20 22:51:02 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

I've never been so excited about a storage unit. 

Rather than use the "horse needs" wishlist I posted a while back, a very kind person sent cash, and told me to spend it on one of the "dull but useful things people never pick." I decided that that would be this shelving basket thing I'd found on Amazon that would be perfect for horse bath supplies. It sounds like the most boring thing ever, but there's a reason everybody prefers to give baths in the barn that already has one: that thing rules. It keeps all the stuff in one place, allows ventilation for drying, and you can work it when your hands are in big soapy mitts.

I'd made up my mind to order it, but then that same day I got a surprise Amazon delivery from another kind donor: storage unit!!!

So then I had the pleasure of spending that cash on an assortment of horse-scrubbing supplies... more »

I've never been so excited about a storage unit. 

Rather than use the "horse needs" wishlist I posted a while back, a very kind person sent cash, and told me to spend it on one of the "dull but useful things people never pick." I decided that that would be this shelving basket thing I'd found on Amazon that would be perfect for horse bath supplies. It sounds like the most boring thing ever, but there's a reason everybody prefers to give baths in the barn that already has one: that thing rules. It keeps all the stuff in one place, allows ventilation for drying, and you can work it when your hands are in big soapy mitts.

I'd made up my mind to order it, but then that same day I got a surprise Amazon delivery from another kind donor: storage unit!!!

So then I had the pleasure of spending that cash on an assortment of horse-scrubbing supplies as well as some weird stuff (bike accessories and pool noodles) I'm hacking together into specialized saddle padding for the comfort of riders with special needs. I'm stoked about this project and will post more about it soon.

In the meantime, here's this thing that's going to make me happy just to look at it. It will never be clean or empty again.___

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2015-05-20 06:09:25 (2 comments, 8 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Gal.

A long time ago I read a blog post written by a guy whose marriage had gotten a little shaky. No big drama, just people growing apart and not prioritizing each other. His technique for reconnecting with his wife was so brilliant and simple that it has stuck with me ever since: the first one home from work was required to cheer when the other one came through the door.

The deal was that she had to make a big stupid fuss about it, drop whatever she was doing, yell "IT'S STEVE YAAAAEYY!!!" and give him a huge flailing goofy hug. He said it was hard not to sound a little sarcastic or at least self-conscious in the beginning, but pretty soon it evolved into a natural habit of greeting each other with eager energy. He credited this with saving his marriage.

I don't know how or when it happened but I started greeting my riders like this. Not the hugging or... more »

Gal.

A long time ago I read a blog post written by a guy whose marriage had gotten a little shaky. No big drama, just people growing apart and not prioritizing each other. His technique for reconnecting with his wife was so brilliant and simple that it has stuck with me ever since: the first one home from work was required to cheer when the other one came through the door.

The deal was that she had to make a big stupid fuss about it, drop whatever she was doing, yell "IT'S STEVE YAAAAEYY!!!" and give him a huge flailing goofy hug. He said it was hard not to sound a little sarcastic or at least self-conscious in the beginning, but pretty soon it evolved into a natural habit of greeting each other with eager energy. He credited this with saving his marriage.

I don't know how or when it happened but I started greeting my riders like this. Not the hugging or over-the-top craziness, but I do always say "Hey, it's CASEY!!" like it's the best surprise in my day, which is not far from the truth.

There are a lot of benefits to this. I think the kids mostly like me. My instructors describe me as "enthusiastic," which I guarantee has never been true in any other job I've ever had.

Mostly it just feels like I'm doing something right. These kids have a variety of ailments and disabilities, and although I rarely hear about this part of their lives, of course some people can be incredibly cruel, and being different can make one a target. Some of these kids are such sweet, funny, fantastic people, and the idea that anyone might be mean to them because of the differences they handle so gracefully puts me right into a rage. If somebody out there is being a douchebag to David because his motor skills aren't great and he walks funny, then that funny walk is why I'm going to make a big happy deal over him, every single time. I saw you and I started smiling. It's a powerful thing.

All of this is just to tell you one little thing. I work with a kid with various issues, one of which is poor social skills and another of which is being a teenager. She is not demonstrative. She's aloof until she knows a person, and even then can be distant, negative, or obstinate on a bad day. We're friendly now, and she sometimes volunteers personal information, but it's hard to tell where I stand with kids who communicate and form relationships so differently than what I'm used to.

Today the instructor told this kid that I would be working alongside her in the lesson, and that kid threw her head back and she yelled "YAAAAEYY!!!"___

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2015-05-20 02:31:46 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

I was all out of treats* by the time I got to Snickerdoodle, and I just wanted to take her picture, but she was wise to the fact that my phone hand had recently been a treat hand. She was THIS excited and I couldn't say no to that face. So I went all the way back to treat central just so I could make her day.

*donated! thank you!

I was all out of treats* by the time I got to Snickerdoodle, and I just wanted to take her picture, but she was wise to the fact that my phone hand had recently been a treat hand. She was THIS excited and I couldn't say no to that face. So I went all the way back to treat central just so I could make her day.

*donated! thank you!___

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2015-05-20 01:30:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Princess Lily.

Depending on the rider's abilities, she may need no assistance at all once on the horse, and my job is to be a spotter or encourager. With less able or experienced kids, I might be leading the horse or walking alongside. Some have balance disorders or not enough strength to keep themselves reliably in the saddle, in which case we use a horse leader and two people walking alongside, holding that rider in place. The shadows we make are pretty funny.

It's amazing that this works - a whole crew of people crowded around a moving horse. It doesn't sound safe, but if you consider that our horses are docile and pretty much just want to keep going forward, it's perfectly safe to walk snuggled right up, as long as you keep your feet out of the horse's path. Crazy that we can run like that though.

This is, however, where one gets bruised. I have had a... more »

Princess Lily.

Depending on the rider's abilities, she may need no assistance at all once on the horse, and my job is to be a spotter or encourager. With less able or experienced kids, I might be leading the horse or walking alongside. Some have balance disorders or not enough strength to keep themselves reliably in the saddle, in which case we use a horse leader and two people walking alongside, holding that rider in place. The shadows we make are pretty funny.

It's amazing that this works - a whole crew of people crowded around a moving horse. It doesn't sound safe, but if you consider that our horses are docile and pretty much just want to keep going forward, it's perfectly safe to walk snuggled right up, as long as you keep your feet out of the horse's path. Crazy that we can run like that though.

This is, however, where one gets bruised. I have had a bruise or ten somewhere on my body every day since I started this. It's rarely the horse's fault; I'm more likely to crash into him than the other way around. Being a leader is fairly crash-free but when I'm a sidewalker, I often have to walk twisted sideways with my arms contorted up in some awkward position to support the rider, who might be doing crazy exercises up there, depending on the lesson. It makes for some inelegant steps and I'm constantly whacking an arm against the worst, buckle-iest part of the saddle.

The horse is led from the left. The left sidewalker therefore follows behind the person leading, and there's not a ton of space between a horse's head and his back, so this is when heels get stepped on. After a point we stop apologizing and just say, "next time it'll be your turn to step on me."

The right sidewalker is who takes the worst of it though. The leader is obviously in charge of where the horse goes, which means she's in charge of how much space to leave between the horse and anything else. Like when parking a car, it's pretty easy to judge the driver's side, less easy to know how much room you've got on the other side. I try to be mindful of that person, but we go around a lot of tight corners and it's impossible to always get it perfect.

Walking on that side, I have clipped every door, gate, wall, fence, tree, pole, and mailbox on the property. I have been squashed, knocked loose, and ended up in a thorn bush (my nemesis. why do we have a thorn bush?!?!!) more times than I can count. This is why our in-house name for right-side walkers is "redshirts."___

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2015-05-14 18:33:26 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Before her lesson, Gammon's teenage rider gave him a massage. She said he carries his tension in his neck.

Before her lesson, Gammon's teenage rider gave him a massage. She said he carries his tension in his neck.___

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2015-05-13 03:29:53 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Poop is generally not my job to take care of (we have a dedicated poop crew) but sometimes it happens in a spot that's going to create problems if it isn't handled right away, so I deal with it. Today was probably my poop-scoopingest day yet. Thanks, Happy.

Poop is generally not my job to take care of (we have a dedicated poop crew) but sometimes it happens in a spot that's going to create problems if it isn't handled right away, so I deal with it. Today was probably my poop-scoopingest day yet. Thanks, Happy.___

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2015-05-13 02:07:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Gammon was donated by the same people as Happy, so I think of them as brothers, and I'm predisposed to like him.

Gammon was donated by the same people as Happy, so I think of them as brothers, and I'm predisposed to like him.___

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2015-05-13 01:06:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

A long day, a mix of great and frustrating stuff. My first rider was a kid with so many barriers to communication (cognitive, linguistic, auditory) that some days it's hard to tell if we're accomplishing anything at all. He gave us a thumbs-up, which is more than we usually get, so that's a win, but sometimes it feels like so much work for so little reward. But it's not about anybody but the kid, and I think he had a good time.

Gallagher might not be speaking to me. He had HAD IT with me today, he didn't want me touching his face, but I had to - he had goop in his eyes and dried mud on his forehead that was going to crumble and distract him during the lesson. He hated every second of it (look at his mad ears here). I got him cleaned up fast and then left him alone. 

He's usually such a friendly puppy but the last few times I've worked with him, he's had... more »

A long day, a mix of great and frustrating stuff. My first rider was a kid with so many barriers to communication (cognitive, linguistic, auditory) that some days it's hard to tell if we're accomplishing anything at all. He gave us a thumbs-up, which is more than we usually get, so that's a win, but sometimes it feels like so much work for so little reward. But it's not about anybody but the kid, and I think he had a good time.

Gallagher might not be speaking to me. He had HAD IT with me today, he didn't want me touching his face, but I had to - he had goop in his eyes and dried mud on his forehead that was going to crumble and distract him during the lesson. He hated every second of it (look at his mad ears here). I got him cleaned up fast and then left him alone. 

He's usually such a friendly puppy but the last few times I've worked with him, he's had an awful attitude. Not dangerous or bitey, just bratty. Nobody I mentioned this to knew what I was talking about, and several suggested it might be me, which is a thing - horses will go sour and change their minds back and forth about people. This sucks. I like that guy.

Then I helped with a group lesson, with two girls I adore but who were at serious odds today. They're such funny, sweet kids but among their other issues is a lack of social skills. A small inconvenience was perceived as an intentional insult, and man, even the most distractable, ADD-suffering kid can focus like a laser on something being So Not Fair. 

The day's last lesson was my reward: Happy and a semi-independent rider, one of my favorite kids. Happy was a perfect gentleman, and the rider told me everything she knew about Greek mythology as we walked.

Then instead of sitting in traffic I stayed late and gave always-filthy Gallagher a bath. He was less fussy than earlier, but still seemed to be grudgingly tolerating me at best. I let him eat a lot of grass afterwards, which was ostensibly to let him dry off in the sun but really I thought it might put me back in his good graces. We'll see.___

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2015-05-12 23:56:59 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Pinky's undignified butt.

I do, but I pretend I don't know what a cutie mark is.

Pinky's undignified butt.

I do, but I pretend I don't know what a cutie mark is.___

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2015-05-12 23:41:10 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Gal (and Tori, Libby, Gammon, and Will).

Gal (and Tori, Libby, Gammon, and Will).___

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2015-05-11 20:29:10 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Gallagher.

Gallagher.___

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2015-05-11 00:41:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Pinky.

Pinky.___

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2015-05-10 23:32:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Gallagher, ready for a party.

We make the party guests wear nametags, which is a blessing for me because I don't know any of these kids, although I could probably get pretty good results by guessing Annie or Emma. (last week, we had a "Temma.")

Some of the kids hate wearing the tags. My argument is "without a nametag, how will I know what to say? I would have to call you __."

I've been trying out different things there, and in case you need to know, the funniest name that five-year-old girls universally do not want to be called is Steve. Runner-up: Batman.

Gallagher, ready for a party.

We make the party guests wear nametags, which is a blessing for me because I don't know any of these kids, although I could probably get pretty good results by guessing Annie or Emma. (last week, we had a "Temma.")

Some of the kids hate wearing the tags. My argument is "without a nametag, how will I know what to say? I would have to call you __."

I've been trying out different things there, and in case you need to know, the funniest name that five-year-old girls universally do not want to be called is Steve. Runner-up: Batman.___

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2015-05-10 06:16:17 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

A hard day, an embarrassing day. 

Working with horses has taught me nearly every day just how much I can do, and how my upper limit keeps shifting. I can run more than I thought I could, and walk twisted sideways for a long, long time with my arms up in some crazy position supporting a rider. I can convince horses to do a lot of stuff with gestures and techniques which sometimes require a strength and confidence that I wouldn't always have seen in my future.

But sometimes I come up hard against the wall of my limitations. I learned that I cannot lead a horse in deep, slippery sand, for two hours, without breaks, in the full, brutal sun. Just can't. My pride kept me going for a long time; my coworkers, 10 and 20 years my senior, were totally fine in the heat, and I hated knowing that I was the weak link. 

It got to the point where I was having the irrational&... more »

A hard day, an embarrassing day. 

Working with horses has taught me nearly every day just how much I can do, and how my upper limit keeps shifting. I can run more than I thought I could, and walk twisted sideways for a long, long time with my arms up in some crazy position supporting a rider. I can convince horses to do a lot of stuff with gestures and techniques which sometimes require a strength and confidence that I wouldn't always have seen in my future.

But sometimes I come up hard against the wall of my limitations. I learned that I cannot lead a horse in deep, slippery sand, for two hours, without breaks, in the full, brutal sun. Just can't. My pride kept me going for a long time; my coworkers, 10 and 20 years my senior, were totally fine in the heat, and I hated knowing that I was the weak link. 

It got to the point where I was having the irrational "this is how I die" thoughts and I realized I had to admit how bad I felt, just for the sake of safety. I don't want to know what happens if a horse leader passes out. To me, to the horse, and especially to the kid who's riding. Nothing good. 

It didn't come to that - I was able to get some water and a few breaks by straight up LYING to my riders: "We're going to stop here in the shade so your horse can have a little rest, because she's covered with fur and gets so hot in the sun." Shameful.

I don't think Snap minded the heat much, but she had had it with that party. I think some of the riders were not super kind to her. Near the end, she nipped me a few times and I didn't even have the strength to hold her off. She either wanted to be biting me or tossing her head around, and the latter was harder to deal with (and bumpy for the rider), so although I don't like to allow bad behavior, I just let her gnaw on my elbow as we trudged around the millionth circle of hell. She didn't bite hard, she was just crabby.

After the party I somehow got Snap back up the hill to the barn, somehow got her untacked, and once she was safely on crossties in the wash stall, I sank to the floor. I got to sit for one whole minute before she pooped, which in the wash stall is sort of a disaster if it's not cleaned up immediately. So I did that. And then she was agitated so I couldn't leave her. Feeling half dead I went ahead and started the world's most half-assed horse bath. 

She loved it; she closed her eyes and let me spray everywhere without fussing (some do). She had a saddle-shaped patch of sweat and filth on her back, and I loosened all that up and sent it sheeting to the floor. I let her drink from the hose, a messy event.

The water was cool and I couldn't help myself. I got in there with her. Best part of my day.___

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2015-05-08 17:02:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Tonka.

Tonka.___

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2015-05-08 00:33:05 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Not the greatest photo, but something I've been trying to get a shot of for weeks. The dotted line shaped like a J near the top of Snap's forehead is a scar. I'm told that this is pretty clear evidence of her past owner amateurishly sewing up a cut himself rather than having a vet do it.

On the one hand, horses are horribly expensive so I get the impulse to not call the vet for every little thing... but if they're already expensive, could one suturing job really break the bank? It makes me sad to think about this. But it does say something about her sweet character, or her bond with her past owner, that she would tolerate being stitched up like that. 

This is where I like to pet her, where it doesn't hurt anymore.

Not the greatest photo, but something I've been trying to get a shot of for weeks. The dotted line shaped like a J near the top of Snap's forehead is a scar. I'm told that this is pretty clear evidence of her past owner amateurishly sewing up a cut himself rather than having a vet do it.

On the one hand, horses are horribly expensive so I get the impulse to not call the vet for every little thing... but if they're already expensive, could one suturing job really break the bank? It makes me sad to think about this. But it does say something about her sweet character, or her bond with her past owner, that she would tolerate being stitched up like that. 

This is where I like to pet her, where it doesn't hurt anymore.___

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2015-05-08 00:10:02 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

We did an extra orientation session this month, last-minute, so only a few people showed up, but every one of them seemed enthusiastic about coming back to the stables. I think I'm getting good at my "between the horses and the kids you will walk out of here with a light soul every day" spiel. 

I got to use Happy for demonstrations and he was such a gentleman, which was perfect for those of the new people with no horse experience. It was lovely to see them go from nervous to agreeing with me that he's so much like a big sweet doggie. He wants to please people, and move around and do fun things, and get an ear scratch and a biscuit. A good life.

We did an extra orientation session this month, last-minute, so only a few people showed up, but every one of them seemed enthusiastic about coming back to the stables. I think I'm getting good at my "between the horses and the kids you will walk out of here with a light soul every day" spiel. 

I got to use Happy for demonstrations and he was such a gentleman, which was perfect for those of the new people with no horse experience. It was lovely to see them go from nervous to agreeing with me that he's so much like a big sweet doggie. He wants to please people, and move around and do fun things, and get an ear scratch and a biscuit. A good life.___

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2015-05-07 06:22:51 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Pinky.

I've been helping with horse therapy long enough that I get to see the riders' progress. Sometimes it's quick, like the moment when a kid decides he isn't terrified after all, and I see him do his very last sob, wipe a fist across his face, and dare a little smile as he realizes he's actually having a good time.

I get to see nervousness eaten up by a growing confidence. I get to see kids go from scared to passive to eager: Can we trot, can we go fast today?

And I get to see the physical differences, like a girl who used to wobble on horseback but now sits tall and strong. And the one who asks to do the hardest exercise first, because she can do it with less struggle than ever now, and that's a nice way to start her lesson.

Today something very small happened. My rider is four and I don't know her exact diagnosis, but I think of... more »

Pinky.

I've been helping with horse therapy long enough that I get to see the riders' progress. Sometimes it's quick, like the moment when a kid decides he isn't terrified after all, and I see him do his very last sob, wipe a fist across his face, and dare a little smile as he realizes he's actually having a good time.

I get to see nervousness eaten up by a growing confidence. I get to see kids go from scared to passive to eager: Can we trot, can we go fast today?

And I get to see the physical differences, like a girl who used to wobble on horseback but now sits tall and strong. And the one who asks to do the hardest exercise first, because she can do it with less struggle than ever now, and that's a nice way to start her lesson.

Today something very small happened. My rider is four and I don't know her exact diagnosis, but I think of her as "profoundly distant." Even on good days she seems very far away, so deep within herself and unable to focus. She's far from nonverbal, but she's noncommunicative - some days she's a chatterbox, but although it might make sense to her, it's baby talk to me, and it's a rare, rare thing to feel any connection with this kid.

Today she looked right at me and smiled. We were close and there was no mistaking it. I waved and she raised her hand too. A chill went through me and I had to work hard to keep my act together. It got even better. The instructor asked her to shift her weight (we were framing her on both sides, she was safe, but kid was super duper sliding off the horse as we walked) and she did it. 

I could write off the smile as happenstance, the wave as mimicry, but the weight-shifting maneuver was deliberate, fairly complex with regard to limb repositioning, and done in response to a request. She has enough muscle tone and body control to be able to situate herself, but the communication obstacles mean the instructors and helpers are always the ones keeping an eye on her balance. For her to take care of this herself, when asked to, felt like a huge win, a moment of crystalline connection proving what I was sure of: she's in there, she is home.___

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2015-05-07 05:34:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Apache.

Apache.___

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2015-05-06 22:19:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Gal, who was asleep until she heard I might have an apple.

Gal, who was asleep until she heard I might have an apple.___

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2015-05-06 04:54:06 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Today the person bathing Libby asked if I would mind helping calm her down, as she was anxious and not happy about the bath. So I stood with my hand on her neck, telling her what a brave sweet girl she is. I was asked if I would mind doing this gentle, pleasant task that trumps many of my best dreams. Maybe someday I will get over the surreal aspects of this stuff, and maybe someday it won't feel so immersive and rewarding to just stand with a horse and see how my words and movements could make her visibly feel better. But that's how it felt today.

It didn't occur to me until just now that Libby might associate baths with pain, since she's the one who came to us with a horrendous, skin-traumatizing gnat allergy and had to be nursed back to health through many medical baths. I should have thought about that.

I like knowing that for this particular bath, nearly all the... more »

Today the person bathing Libby asked if I would mind helping calm her down, as she was anxious and not happy about the bath. So I stood with my hand on her neck, telling her what a brave sweet girl she is. I was asked if I would mind doing this gentle, pleasant task that trumps many of my best dreams. Maybe someday I will get over the surreal aspects of this stuff, and maybe someday it won't feel so immersive and rewarding to just stand with a horse and see how my words and movements could make her visibly feel better. But that's how it felt today.

It didn't occur to me until just now that Libby might associate baths with pain, since she's the one who came to us with a horrendous, skin-traumatizing gnat allergy and had to be nursed back to health through many medical baths. I should have thought about that.

I like knowing that for this particular bath, nearly all the supplies we used - soap, scrubby mitts, and squeegees - came from you kind internet donors (4 different people, I think). What else came in super handy were the (also donated) treats. To try and associate bathtime with nice things, I gave Libby a special carrot cookie thing before, during, and after her bath. I regret that I have no photos of those moments (phone was elsewhere due to water), but those cookies were a huge hit with this nervous girl.___

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2015-05-06 02:10:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

This is old man Cotton, who I sometimes call a crab, but he has also given many years of labor to our program, given countless kids countless rides, and who could blame him for being a little bit over it, some days? 

When a co-worker heard today that I had a bag of treats (donated by one of you nice people) she said "oh give Cotton one, he could use the calories." (he's a bit on the skinny side.) I can't imagine a little carroty horse biscuit contains significant nutrition, but it sure did perk up his mood. I gave him three.

This is old man Cotton, who I sometimes call a crab, but he has also given many years of labor to our program, given countless kids countless rides, and who could blame him for being a little bit over it, some days? 

When a co-worker heard today that I had a bag of treats (donated by one of you nice people) she said "oh give Cotton one, he could use the calories." (he's a bit on the skinny side.) I can't imagine a little carroty horse biscuit contains significant nutrition, but it sure did perk up his mood. I gave him three.___

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2015-05-05 01:32:47 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

This is Jag, one of the boarder horses (i.e. privately owned, expensive, and not used by our program). All I know about this guy is that his less spooky eye is brown, and once I saw him jump, fart, startle himself and somehow jump again while midair. After his owner stopped choking with laughter she congratulated him on having achieved flight.

This is Jag, one of the boarder horses (i.e. privately owned, expensive, and not used by our program). All I know about this guy is that his less spooky eye is brown, and once I saw him jump, fart, startle himself and somehow jump again while midair. After his owner stopped choking with laughter she congratulated him on having achieved flight.___

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2015-05-05 01:15:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I'd love to say this was a kiss from Gallagher, but it was about an apple.

I'd love to say this was a kiss from Gallagher, but it was about an apple.___

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2015-05-04 00:56:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

I took Happy a piece of apple, and I sort of made him work for it, and when he won he was delighted.

I took Happy a piece of apple, and I sort of made him work for it, and when he won he was delighted.___

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2015-05-04 00:45:50 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Princess Lily.

Princess Lily.___

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2015-05-02 15:20:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +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, 26 +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, 25 +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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