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by Monica Bretherton
“We’re like an old married couple,” Cathy said as she cruised down the trail on Galen.
Maybe its not quite like a typical human marriage – they’ve been together since his birth, and Cathy orchestrated the cross that produced him, but there are some similarities.
Back in 2000 when Galen was a beautiful, gleaming foal who everyone wanted because of his color, he also demonstrated his strong will. Cathy often found herself talking people out of buying him instead of trying to sell him. He was not going to be an easy horse for an inexperienced handler.
As he matured, Galen kept his strong will, but with a careful, consistent foundation, somehow Galen’s “one true way” was also Cathy’s way most of the time.
That found its best expression on the trail. Galen is happy when things are technical – you can see how his mind clicks on when the footing is tricky or the way is twisty. Fast is okay too, and in front is definitely best. Cathy has a competitive streak too – back in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, there are some boys who remember playing hockey against her. Endurance turned out to be a good fit for both of them, and it is not surprising to see Galen listed as a breed champion...
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