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Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 1:01pm Lea Brayton

Skijor’s coming to town.

Do we even need to question the appeal of a sport that combines galloping horses, packed powder, and fast skiing? Let’s face it, this is Montana—home to eight-month winters, cowboys, and powder junkies—and skijoring is simply a natural evolution. In fact, skijor hails from Scandinavian roots, originally developed as a means of travel but has now been adapted as a sport where a skier is hauled around a designed course, navigating jumps, gates, and rings as fast as possible. It may be more commonly recognized with dogs ahead, but equine skijoring is gaining new speed in Bozeman—thanks to a local nonprofit.

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Friday, February 13, 2015 - 4:57pm Lea Brayton

Winter riding tips. 

From the back of my horse, Montana's lanscape is an invitation. It beckons us to come play, to leave hoofprints, and drink in a cocktail of sunshine and wind. There's nothing I love more than the feel of a strong horse beneath me and the sight of the big sky above. I know there are other riders in this valley as woefully addicted to horsepower as I, but in a state that remains frozen six months a year, building the energy to keep a consistent schooling schedule throughout such a long winter can be difficult. Without access to an indoor arena, night falls quickly, making outdoor riding more dangerous. Storms come out of nowhere, and while most of us know to go out with a buddy or to alert someone where you're riding and when you'll be back, there are other things to consider when working your horse in winter. Here are a few things to keep in mind. 

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