Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Straight: How to use it and not abuse it by Zeliha A. Thomas, Horse Trainer, Reiki - Master

"Mac" Always be straight with your horse...
Straight
How to use it and not abuse it
by Zeliha A. Thomas, Horse Trainer, Reiki - Master

There is a lot to do about the word straight related to horses.  I want to get into the differences and their meaning, and misconduct among a lot of people and especially the ones who have to do with horses.  The word straight has a lot of different meanings.  Most people who have had lessons with a trainer have heard at least once that they had to straighten their horse, which has to do with how a horse body is positioned, and is straight in his body, both sides of its body equally developed.  That is a meaning of straightness that is well known in the horse industry.  And every well-educated trainer will tell his pupil that as soon as they have learned to sit independently on a horse.  Of course, it is very important to be able to straighten your horse for multiple reasons.
But that is not the kind of straight I mean.  Then we have the straightening out.  What as much means that the horse needs to know its place, and that it is taught by the rider the hard way. Sometimes it is necessary to straighten a horse out, as you would do with children, that have crossed the line of the acceptable behavior because if you don’t you are definitely in trouble as your authority is questioned constantly afterwards.  And horse people know that these situations can occur at a certain stage when you have been around enough horses, there will come that one, that will challenge you and question your authority.  Apparently, it is my burden to come across the difficult ones in my life, and I was known to get on any horse no matter what, in my younger years.  What most of the people forgot, is that I mostly found out after I had ridden the horse, that it was a troublemaker, and that it had been naughty with other riders.  Which was maybe better because if I had known it upfront I probably would never got on them to begin with.
Lately there is a lot to do on the internet about training methods  and that is okay, because there are still people that try to train a horse by “kicking it in to them” and that is of course not the way to train a horse.  So in that way it is okay that people are very sensitive and alert on abusive behavior of people and in particular against horses.  But what I want to explain is the meaning of straight as in being honest.  A horse has the same values of honesty as a human. And although they cannot argue about things they will not forget or forgive a dishonest human, and they will get back to you.  I will give you an example.  A horse that I bought was a nearly 3yr old mare that was trained to be able to do all the reining maneuvers in a short while and not taken in review if that was not too much for her. At that time I was not aware of that.  So because I was not very experienced at that time in the sport of reining I started riding her in the beginning under the guidance of the person that had been training her.  She was an alpha mare, sensitive and fast. But also highly temperamental.  Not the typically beginners horse, or bomb proof.   But surely her boundaries were not respected, I discovered very soon.  One morning he walked in her stable, and the way he did that was with no respect for her personal space, as a stable is for a horse, but just barging in.  That was the limit for her, and the moment that he came to her side, she banged him against the wall of the stable.  That was the first time I realized that horses can have “human sense” as I call it.  This is the opposite of humans with horse sense.  She was very sensitive for the way you approached her, especially in the small area that was hers.  She always acted a bit sour as you approached her stable, very defensive.  But if you took the time to start talking to her the moment you approached her, she started to pay attention, and became very gentle.  A horse with an attitude for sure.  She knew exactly who she came after, it was the ones that did not respect her personal space, or her boundaries, the ones that weren’t straight with her.  But this same horse could cuddle a dog or a small child with such a softness and care that was incredible.
I know that there are probably to a lot of traditional trainers I sound like a softy and a “horse chick” but do not make that mistake, because although I am highly sensitive and an empath as a Reiki-master and able to communicate on a different level with animals and humans, that does not mean that I am weak. Does that mean that you are never able to correct horse behavior more firm than only with voice commands? I don’t think so. Because like humans, horses too can have an attitude.
But how can we correct behavior then without hurting the horse’s feelings?  By being straight as in honest. For example,  Gambler was a young stallion with all that young guys tend to do.  He was just being a brat.  Sweet and naughty at the same time.  Trying to see how far he could take me before I was really stepping up against him.  I always had a simple rule, for humans and also for horses.  As long as you do not have enough money earned to replace something you are certainly not allowed to destroy it.  So I taught my youngsters not to chew on their blankets, reins etc.  Gamble was the one that was testing me to the limit. So one day he was chewing his reins again, and I warned him.  He was walking behind me and I turned around and told him off and pulled the rein out of his mouth.  We continued our path to the stables and he was doing it again, so I repeated the same thing. I told him off again and pulled the rein out of his mouth.  A little while later he started again, and I turned around.  I started to shorten my reins so he was in reach of my hand.  I made a fist of my hand and with the flat side of my fist I bumped his nose.  Not like I would hit someone with all my power behind it, but controlled and just hard enough to impress him, so he knew that I was serious.  Several people watch me while I did that, and I could see their horror and disbelief on their faces about what I had done. 
But then when Gambler had stepped back and the reins were stretched to the max, I asked him to give me a kiss and not to do that anymore.  Gambler whose trust was never broken by me, and who knew that I had been straight to him, lowered his head and stepped towards me and softly pushed his nose against my cheek, making up for his bad behavior. I caressed him and we continued our path and he was so good after that, leaving the people who watched this speechless.
That is what I mean by being straight.  He knew, he had been bad, and that he had it coming, but he also knew that I was not dishonest with him, and straight afterwards we “kissed and made up”.  I instantly restored our relationship as companions.  Because although he was a horse and I was human, we had a companionship where we had to be able to count on one another and to trust each other.  Him being a horse made that no different.  So in my opinion it is all about using your power and not abusing it.

Zeliha A. Thomas
Reiki – Master
Trainer/Instructor


 Read Zeliha’s Riding & Writing Interview here!


Monday, December 5, 2016

Monochrome Fervour by A. J King


A poetry anthology, Monochrome Fervour “explores the contours and nuances of the human experience in a way that few others can.”

Dedication
To my rose
Love to see the flower
Hate to feel the thorn

by A J King (Author), Angie Punchard (Photographer)

The human eye can see everything around us. But what about our inner self – the one saddled with fears and desires, doubts and dreams? Are these emotions destined to be locked away in our hearts and our minds? In Monochrome Fervour, A. J. King shines a light on our universal experiences – unrequited love, the ebb and flow of past memories, and the undying power of hope and triumph. 



These 38 poems illustrate the human condition in all of its unvarnished complexity. Every emotional high and low, every shattered dream and vanquished nightmare, every undelivered blessing and eradicated burden are all distilled into A. J. Kings powerful words. Through vivid imagery informed by her unique experiences, Monochrome Fervour explores the contours and nuances of the human experience in a way that few others can.


Biography
Besides writing poetry, A J King is the author of The Power Vested in Me Trilogy the story of five teenagers; their powers, their quests, and their lives…

Sunday, December 4, 2016

By Reason of Insanity by MGM Meddis


New Thriller!

“It kept me guessing right to the end…”

by MGM Meddis 

Everybody knew that Mark Sterling was too smart to be a detective. Tough enough, certainly, but politics and the fraternal sensibility that made the LAPD a hotbed of corrupt political gamesmanship had made him weary and cynical. He had seen it all, solving the unsolvable, which kept him on the payroll despite his attitude.

But he had never met a suspect quite like the beautiful Lara Devereaux, who just might be even smarter. With her husband dead in the bed of their high-rise marina condo, Mrs. Devereaux begins a deadly game of Machiavellian wits, not only eluding Sterling’s best efforts to nail her for the crime he knew she committed, but finding himself in the crosshairs of the investigation itself. The win will go to the one most wiling to bend the rules, but only if the detective can survive the black widow’s seductive plan to take him down.

MGM Meddis delivers a mystery with all the classic tropes, but with the fresh voice of a detective cut from thicker cloth, and a villainess who would have Hollywood's most seductive beauties lining up to audition for the part.


Biography
By Reason of Insanity is MGM Meddis’s first novel. This work is the culmination of a decade of preparation, research and a rich learning curve studying and emulating the mastery and thriller genre.

MGM Meddis is diligently working on the next mystery/thriller.

Read all the great reviews here!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Motherhood: Lost and Found by Ann Campanella




Motherhood: Lost and Found takes the reader on a journey where Alzheimer's disease and infertility intersect. At age 33, award-winning author and poet Ann Campanella returns to her home state of North Carolina ready to build a horse farm and start a family. Ann's foundation is shaken when she experiences multiple miscarriages at the same time her mother spirals into Alzheimer's. The author's devotion to her family and her horse Crimson sustain her as her mother's illness progresses and her own window of potential motherhood begins to close.


Biography
Formerly a magazine and newspaper journalist, Ann Campanella has been writing nonfiction, memoir and poetry for over 30 years. Before her mother became ill with Alzheimer’s, Ann and her husband lived in Houston, Texas, where she rode horses and worked first as the executive editor of a community newspaper, and later as the managing editor of a daily paper. While Ann enjoyed many aspects of newspaper work, the daily grind of hard news wore her down, and she felt compelled to nourish her soul through creative writing projects and spending time with horses.

When she and her husband moved back to North Carolina to be closer to family, they built a barn for Ann’s horse Crimson. She also discovered that Tony Abbott, her old mentor from Davidson College, was teaching poetry classes. Ann’s writing spirit caught fire under his tutelage. She was honored to win the Poet Laureate Award twice from the North Carolina Poetry Society. But Ann spent most of her time on her pet project – MOTHERHOOD: LOST AND FOUND – a memoir about her mother’s descent into Alzheimer’s at the same time Ann was trying to become a mother.

After many miscarriages and much heartache, Ann and her husband were blessed with a baby. Through the years, Ann has enjoyed sharing her passion for writing and horses with her daughter, who is now a teenager. She and her family and animals live on a small horse farm in North Carolina.

For more information about Ann and her books, please see: www.anncampanella.com.

My review…
True to the title Motherhood: Lost and Found is a bittersweet journey through complicated life scenarios that end in simple miracles. After years of collective challenges, while embracing joy in hopeful moments, Author Campanella writes, “I feel like the walking dead.”  Campanella’s memoir reveals the compassion and wisdom needed to care for aging parents, while she struggles to find her own happiness. Campanella doesn’t hold back; she describes every smile, unending love, certain heartbreak, through every breath. One passage at the end of the book, to me, reflected how she felt when she began her journey, “I am both in the sanctuary and above it.” Motherhood: Lost and Found resonates and intrigues; making me think of my own parents/ family, and what lies ahead. Recommended reading for everyone.




Friday, December 2, 2016

Writing Horses: An interview with Tobi Lopez Taylor

Tobi Lopez Taylor with LA Orzel (Brusally Orzetyn x *Drawa, by Burkan),
champion reining horse and 2nd level dressage horse. Photo by Ron Peer.
Writing Horses: An interview with Tobi Lopez Taylor
An archived interview from the October 2016 Issue of Arabian Finish Line
No duplication without permission.

Living outside Tucson, Arizona, USA, with her husband, Arabian and half-Arabian horses, writing about horses is second nature to Tobi Lopez Taylor. As a contributing writer for Arabian Finish Line, and the author of two books on Polish Arabian horses, she stays busy at her keyboard. Her writing has appeared in Arabian Sport Horse, Arabian Visions, Horse Illustrated, Blood-Horse, Dressage Today, Archaeology Magazine, American Indian Art Magazine, and other publications, including the anthologies An Apple A Day and In My Life. In addition to being an award-winning writer and editor, she has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Anthropology from Arizona State University. 

Welcome, Tobi!

GM: When was your first encounter with a horse?
TLT: I have an old photograph of my mother placing me, then two years old, on the back of a friend’s chestnut gelding. I don’t remember that exact incident, but it was apparently my first encounter with a horse. Maybe that is how I developed my lifelong admiration for big red stallions, like *Orzel, Secretariat, Man O’ War, and Walter Farley’s Flame.

GM: You have a beautiful ranch near Tucson, breeding gorgeous Arabian sport horses. Why Arabians?
TLT: I was nine years old when I first saw Arabians at Arizona’s famous Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. They were very different from the Quarter Horses and Appaloosas I was riding at the time; I was drawn to them instantly. Now that I’ve owned Arabians and part-Arabians for almost thirty years, I’ve grown to appreciate their sensitivity, their eagerness to learn, and the enjoyment they derive from being around people. As Arabian importer and breeder Lady Anne Blunt noted about one of her mares, she was “delightful as companion and to ride”; I feel that way every day about one of my mares.

GM: As a writer, you have contributed to top equine magazines and the author two books. Tell us about your new book…
TLT: My new book, Orzel: Scottsdale’s Legendary Arabian Stallion, recounts the life of the “Arabian Secretariat.”  *Orzel, whose name means “eagle” in Polish, was a tall, fast, charismatic chestnut colt from Poland who was imported in 1967 by well-known Arabian breeder Ed Tweed, one of the founders of the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. In 1967 and ’68, *Orzel defeated the best American racehorses of his generation, including the legendary Kontiki, and was named the first U.S. National Champion Racehorse. Tweed then had *Orzel retrained as a show horse. Along with Tweed’s other horses, *Orzel crisscrossed the country, winning championship after championship in halter, culminating in his being named U.S. and Canadian Top Ten Stallion.

Then Tweed’s young granddaughter, Shelley Groom Trevor, took over the reins and rode *Orzel to even greater glory, when he was named U.S. Top Ten English Pleasure and the first U.S. National Champion Ladies’ Sidesaddle horse. It says so much about *Orzel’s temperament that he could be both an incredible racehorse and an elegant lady’s mount. He also passed on that temperament; for example, his son Brusally Orzetyn, a stallion who was a National Champion in dressage, was also a quiet, gentlemanly, generous lesson horse for kids, seniors, and everybody in between.

After *Orzel’s retirement to Ed Tweed’s Brusally Ranch, thousands of people went to see him—including me. It was a life-changing event; he’s still the Arabian I compare all others to. Even though there are many wonderful photos of *Orzel in the book, none of them come close to capturing his charisma or the intelligence in his large, wise eyes. In addition, when author Walter Farley first saw *Orzel, he remarked that if this big chestnut were painted black, he’d be Farley’s vision of the Black Stallion. Today, at my home in Tucson, Arizona, I own, breed, and ride descendants of the amazing *Orzel.

GM: An engaging and captivating story; I truly enjoyed reading Orzel and recommend to everyone. Can you share an excerpt?
TLT: Of course! Here is a snippet from the Introduction:
In 1976, *Orzel won his last major championship, and Trevor’s ride on the big red stallion—whom she still calls her “horse of a lifetime”—was at an end. *Orzel went on to be the sire of ninety-eight foals, many of them champions, and the grandsire of one thousand more. Today, thirty-odd years after his death, *Orzel’s bloodlines are found worldwide, in horses participating at the highest levels of Arabian racing, endurance riding, dressage, reining, and other disciplines. They are in demand for their extraordinary athletic ability and appreciated for their trainability, intelligence, and demeanor. Although *Orzel’s achievements have, through the decades, become legendary, in truth, his record needs no burnishing; the facts speak for themselves. In the pages that follow, those who are familiar with *Orzel’s story will have the opportunity to relive it, while readers who are encountering him for the first time will, I hope, gain an understanding of, and appreciation for, this great Arabian stallion, which one observer called—rightly—“a horse ahead of his time.”

GM: How does your background in anthropology and horses affect your writing?
TLT: Anthropologists are often termed “trained observers,” and among the skills we are taught are how to conduct oral history interviews, how to do research on groups of people, and how to write up our research and get it published. It’s been a pleasure to be able to employ all of these skills in my work with the horse community. I’ve been able to talk to people like Thoroughbred trainer Bob Baffert, 1948 and 1956 Olympian General Jonathan Burton, and Arabian breeder Bazy Tankersley, among others.  I feel that it’s my life’s work to collect information on earlier generations of horses, their owners, and their riders and make it available for posterity in books and articles.

GM: You are a poet as well. I would love for you to share one of your favorite poems...
TLT: Actually, rather than one poem, I’d like to suggest an entire anthology of poems about horses: Say This About Horses, edited by C.E. Greer and Jenny Kander. There are many wonderful pieces, by numerous poets, in this book.

GM: I imagine if you are not at the stables, you are busy writing. How do you maintain thoughts and ideas for future articles/books?
TLT: I carry a notebook with me to write down ideas that pop into my head, or things I’ve heard about or need to do. If I know I’m going to be working on a particular project in the future, I’ll make a file for it in my filing cabinet and periodically drop in notes I’ve jotted down, or pages torn from magazines, or photographs. By the time I finally get to that project, I may have several years’ worth of material just sitting there, ready to be acted upon.

GM: What are you currently writing?
TLT: In the short term, I’m working on an article for Arabian Finish Line Magazine, for which I’m a contributing writer. My second, ongoing project is about the early Arabian horse breeders of Arizona, which I’ll be presenting as a paper next spring at a history conference. And the third, most long-term project is a book about a well-known Arabian stallion, who endured a perilous sea journey to join his new owner in the United States. This true story will have a much larger scope of history than my previous titles— sort of like Seabiscuit, but with an Arabian horse at the center of it.

GM: Writers are usually avid readers. What are you currently reading?
TLT: At any given time, I’m reading three, at least two of which are geared toward my current research. Right now, these are: H is for Hawk, by Helen MacDonald; Explorers of Arabia, by Zahra Freeth and Victor Winstone; and Lady Anne Blunt, Journals and Correspondence, 1878–1917, edited by Rosemary Archer and James Fleming. You can probably guess which two are for horse research!

GM: I am sure that novice writers would love to know your thoughts on how to be successful at freelance writing, etc. Do you have advice for novice writers?
TLT: Find either a mentor or someone who gives you honest feedback on your work. Many years ago, I worked as a researcher/typist for a professional novelist, Elleston Trevor, author of The Flight of the Phoenix and (as Adam Hall) The Quiller Memorandum. Even though he didn’t mentor me, per se, I found that simply observing him do his work was very educational, almost like an apprenticeship. Today, I’m part of a longstanding writers’ group whose critiques I find quite helpful, especially early on in a project when I don’t know quite where it is heading.

GM: And as a rider and experienced horsewoman, what is your best advice for novice riders and those looking to purchase their first horse?
TLT: It’s good to know what kind of a learner you are—do you learn best by doing, watching, or listening? Getting good instruction is paramount, but at the beginning it’s hard to know what good riding instruction is. If you find a trainer you’d like to learn from, arrange to watch him/her give another student a lesson. The emphasis should be on safety, learning the basics, and having fun. If not, continue to watch other trainers until you find one you click with. As for buying your first horse, try to ride as many horses as you can, of either sex, and various breeds and sizes. When you think you’ve found a horse you’re interested in, take a trainer or knowledgeable friend along to get an honest perspective. If you decide to take the plunge and buy your first horse, be sure to have a veterinarian (and not one recommended by the seller!) evaluate the horse beforehand.

GM: What does horsemanship mean to you?
TLT: For me, horsemanship is a mindful way of life. *Orzel’s rider, my friend and mentor Shelley Groom Trevor, maintains that “the rider you are is the person you are.” You can see this every day in how we relate with horses; they are definitely our mirrors, if we allow ourselves to look.  In Tibetan Buddhism, there is a concept called lungta, which translates as “windhorse” — representing the strength, energy, endurance, and dignity of the horse. We humans can cultivate these qualities; as Buddhists put it, we can “raise windhorse.” The first time I took part in a Tibetan windhorse-raising practice, it was immediately familiar to me — it’s the profound, uplifted quality you feel when you’re near horses. Every day, whether I am cleaning stalls, or stacking hay, or doing a flying change, I can’t help but reflect on how fortunate we are to live closely with these amazing creatures, these windhorses.

Horsemanship is also about taking good care of our horses throughout the course of their lives. In that vein, among the many wonderful horse nonprofits out there, I’d like to mention the great work by Brooke USA, which focuses on helping working equines in impoverished communities throughout the world, where “horsepower” is still the primary means of transportation. I also run a Facebook page focused on the legacy of Ed Tweed’s breeding program. One of the most fulfilling parts of administering the page is getting the word out about older horses in need — many of them descendants of *Orzel — to facilitate their rescue or rehoming. Horses have given me so much over the years; it’s a privilege to be able to help them where I can.

Note: *Orzel - * identifies Orzel as an import. 

Connect with Tobi…www.tobitaylor.com

Gina McKnight is a freelance writer and author from Ohio USA. gmcknight.com

 Tobi Lopez Taylor with Gladys Brown Edwards's iconic painting of *Orzel++.
Photo by Maria L. Martin.
Tobi Lopez Taylor with Brusally Orzetyn (*Orzel++ x *Gontyna, by Doktryner),
U.S. National Champion 3rd Level dressage horse and sire of race winners.
A recent descendant of Brusally Orzetyn, Manark, won the 2015 Dubai Kahayla Classic. Photo by Sue Daigle-Leach.
Cover of Orzel: Scottsdale's Legendary Arabian Stallion, by Tobi Lopez Taylor, with a foreword by Stephanie J. Corum.
Published by The History Press, 2016.



Thursday, December 1, 2016

Riding Sicily: An interview with Monica Bonaccorso


Riding Sicily
An interview with Monica Bonaccorso
As seen in the November 2016 issue of Florida Equine Athlete

There are people who travel the world seeking the best horseback riding vacations. With so many riding vacation spots to choose from, deciding which trail to take requires thorough research, a keen eye, and a little tourist knowhow. You don’t have to be an expert rider; all you need is the desire to experience the beauty of the world on horseback.

One of the most popular horseback riding vacations is Sicily Horse Riding (SHR) in the Catania Area, Sicily, Italy. Monica Bonaccorso, an experienced equestrian and the marketing director for SHR, talks about scheduling a tour, Italy’s indigenous horses, and the volcanic terrain. Monica explains, “The mission of SHR is to promote sustainable and responsible equestrian tourism in the beautiful National Parks of Sicily (Italy). Our intent is to revalue the soundless paths, the ancient woodlands and the timeless scenery to create a touch of the past, that doesn't belong to us anymore. The riders enjoy on horseback the magical atmosphere of the unspoiled countryside of Sicily.”

Welcome, Monica!

GM: What is the best way to schedule a SHR tour on horseback?
MB: The best way to schedule a tour on horseback is first to consider your riding ability and then decide which kind of experience do you want to make, like volcano site, National Parks adventure, or simply a short trail to have a first impression of the island.

GM: Volcano site! A rugged terrain requiring athletic horses. What horses do you stable?
MB: Our horses are Sicilian - indigenous horses and mixed breed. We stable horses both for trails and for show jumping.

GM: Your horses are beautiful. Will you choose a horse for me, or will I be able to choose a horse on my own?
MB: Before every riding excursion and trail we ask for your riding ability, so we can choose a suitable horse for you. But if you have preferences we will consider them. 

GM: With so many riding trails to choose, I could spend days at SHR! Describe one of your favorite riding spots and why it is your favorite...
MB: Well, it’s difficult to choose a favorite riding spot, because Sicily is a varied landscape that has a breathtaking beauty of nature. The country is well endowed by nature and the country has huge variety of historical and anthropological treasures. I want to mention two favorites spots, one is the Cefal├╣ – Etna and the other one Majestic Etna. Let me explain the particularities…

Cefal├╣ – Etna, this beautiful trail is a paradise for riders and nature lovers to discover on the back of beloved horses the variety of four Sicilian parks: starting from the Madonie Mountain, also called the “Dolomite of Sicily” formed by carbonate limestones up to the Nebrodi Park with dense woodland passing through the Alcantara Valley with its spectacular basaltic stones to reach the highest active volcano in Europe, the Mount Etna.

Majestic Etna, this is a wonderful trail for riders who wish to admire the rough nature and the stunning landscapes in the Etna area. You will ride from north to south (approximately 2000 a.s.l.) through woodland and lava deserts, extinct crater and lava caves and you will enjoy the beautiful view over the landscapes on the highest and active volcano in Europe.

GM: Wow! Riding through ancient relics and volcanic territory sounds intriguing. When is the best time to schedule a Sicily riding vacation?
MB: We suggest always to make a riding vacation in Sicily from April to July and September until November.

GM: Traveling from the USA to Italy, I am sure the climate is variable. Packing light, I would want to make sure I have the correct riding gear. What should I bring?
MB: We suggest for long trails to bring 2-3 horse trousers and shirts for every day, perhaps a rain jacket, meanwhile for excursion comfortable shoes and long trousers are appropriate.  If you prefer also your own chaps and helmet. At least good mood and spirit of adventure!

GM: With a lot of tourists frequenting your riding camp, you see many different types of riders – from novice to expert. Do you have advice for novice riders and those who have never been on a horseback riding vacation before?
MB: Of course, everybody can book an excursion. For novice and beginners, we have excursion of one hour in the woodland on the slope of the volcano Etna. But if you decide to book an excursion of three hours or more, we suggest to take a few hours of lesson to get in confidence with the horses. Our equestrian guides have over 30 years experience and so they can suggest the right solution for your adventure.

GM: Riding Sicily sounds wonderful, Monica. I hope to book a trip to ride your amazing landscape someday soon. Thanks for telling us about your beautiful horseback riding adventures around the volcanic slopes. As a seasoned equestrian, what does horsemanship mean to you?
MB: The communication, confidence, balance, and harmony between horse and rider. 

Connect with Monica Bonaccorso sicilyhorseriding.com/

Gina McKnight is an author and freelance writer from Ohio USA gmcknight.com