The Truth Will Set You Free

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I could scarcely believe the scene that unfolded recently, after a horse that had performed perfectly in the warm-up pen, acted out horribly in the show ring a few seconds later… His rider was a western performance trainer who proceeded to write the horse off as a “liar” immediately thereafter. As I look back on […]

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The Back Story — Part II

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Through networking efforts in our local community I had the fortune of meeting a group of former military men and women through Lake Travis Christmas Hope. This organization is dedicated to helping the wounded warriors and their families that are rehabilitating at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio. I was fortunate enough to tour the […]

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The Back Story — Part 1

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Grassroots initiatives are led by people who simply see something that needs to be done and start doing it. These are the origins of The Joyful Horse Project. In our case, it was the impact of an epic drought, a sluggish economy and a natural disaster in the form of the Bastrop fires that brought […]

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The New Work of Horses

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Sahara Olena Loma became a part of The Joyful Horse Project in January 2012 — the same month we officially became a non-profit equine welfare organization. Some friends found Sahara and three other viable horses on a feedlot in Abilene. They were part of a large herd that was shipping to Mexico for slaughter the […]

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Veterans Healing Horses — Tribute

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It’s an incredible gift when a community of people come together to surround a few second chance horses with love and healing. But when that community is comprised of former combat veterans, retired officers, family members, supporters and a few passionate horsemen and women — well, the results are nothing short of remarkable. Watch this […]

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What makes us Dull? What makes us Sparkle?

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As I prepare to go visit the horses this morning, I’m making my mental list of things I need to bring — supplements, a lunch bag, water, hat, jacket, etc. I’m looking forward to my time at the ranch – an opportunity to be surrounded by this glorious spring, catch up with friends and spend time with […]

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Picture the West

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Our good friend and talented photographer Lori Ann Byington Johnson (lascottphotography.com) was selected by the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry for this week’s Picture the West feature of their online newsletter. Lori has been documenting our pilot veterans program and we are ever grateful for her time and talent — capturing many poignant moments […]

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Special Thanks

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  As our Healing with Horses pilot program wrapped up on Saturday, March 23 we were filled with gratitude to the veterans who participated — helping our horses learn to be better citizens and helping us realize the importance of this work. See the Gallery for a collection of photos capturing special moments from the […]

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“I’ll be with the horses rain or shine”

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  “If they can’t count on me, who can they count on?” — Jon Nelson This simple message sent on a cold and blustery Saturday with thunderstorms threatening in the distance — it’s yet another brilliant example of the character and commitment our veterans bring to the program.   Watching how quickly Jon Nelson, a […]

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Inspiration…

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“This project has been amazing so far… And continues to be so amazing! Coming here and getting the opportunity to work with these horses and veterans… I was really not prepared for what I would receive back. Being in the presence of these men and women who have given so much has been nothing short […]

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