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Summer Riding and the Heat Index

Every summer beginning in June, the horses at Ballentine’s stables are kept in the barn during the heat of the day with turn out at night. Fans are set up to circulate air when temperatures get exceedingly high. Riding routines … Continue reading

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Salty Gray Lady – Memories of a Fine Horse

Salty Gray Lady was born May 28, 1980, a registered Quarter Horse, in Davidson, Oklahoma to an owner named Randal Speck. When she was two years old on June 19, 1982 Mr. Sears from Texas bought her, trained her and … Continue reading

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Bathing Horses

One delightful summer activity we enjoy is giving the horses a cool down bath at the end of a ride. When the temperature tips into the eighty’s even the late afternoon can be hot and muggy. The horses sweat and … Continue reading

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Horses Do Lie Down

In the middle of June the weather started to heat up, so riding became either an early morning or late afternoon activity. One morning, around 8:00, Emma and I were at Horse Heaven. The horses were still in the barn … Continue reading

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Hunter’s First Ride

My grandnephew, Hunter, had never ridden a horse. After talking with my niece, Jessica, and nephew, Matt, to see if it was ok with them; Jessica and I started a look on-line to see where he could get a riding … Continue reading

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Pam Watros and Meadowgate Equine Rescue

In the fall of 2008, I was volunteering at the Susquehanna River Archeological Center in Waverly, NY when a fellow volunteer told me about her experience helping rescued horses in Newfield, NY. “I drive up once a week and brush … Continue reading

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The History of Horse Heaven

Johnn and Connie lived in town in a house on a tree lined street with cement sidewalks, and neighbors within shouting distance. Town was fine but they were dreaming of a place in the country. In 1984, the old Collins … Continue reading

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Riding with Marilyn and Sam

Marilyn bought Sam from a cowboy who for relaxation rode up into the hills with a six-pack of beer. But what he really enjoyed was team penning. Team penning is a western riding event that gives a team of three … Continue reading

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Johnn and the Horses

Johnn and Connie own Ballentine’s Horse Heaven on Murry Street in Athens Township in Pennsylvania. The stable is nestled in the Endless Mountains not far from Roundtop Park. It is rare that I don’t see Johnn when I go up … Continue reading

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