Lea Brayton, February 2015

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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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Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 11:53am Lea Brayton

Bozeman's Winter Farmers' Market strengthens community ties.

Walking into the Emerson Ballroom on a Saturday morning, you are immediately greeted by color. Deep earthen shades cascade from tables backed by friendly smiles and calloused hands. The royal purples and burnt oranges of organic carrots; the perky pink of fresh-pulled beets with dark soil stuck to their long, paled roots; the deep greens of fat spinach leaves; and the lovely cream of turnip heads still clinging to their lengthy stalks. These are just some of sights—and the items for saleat the Winter Farmers' Market.

Winter Farmers' Market, Bozeman, local food
Colorful veggies begging to be consumed. Photo courtesy BWFM.

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