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This is Episode 4 of Season 4, and in it, I talk with Pete Reinholz. Maybe this is a departure of sorts. Pete does not have a website or a book or anything to sell. He does write songs. He sings and plays guitar, and that’s the context in which I met him several years ago in Elko, Nevada.
Pete graduated from Montana State University with a degree in Natural Resources and Rangeland Ecology. Since then, he’s been mostly horseback, working in southern Montana and northern Wyoming. But last year, he made the leap to the showjumping world as a trainer.
To me, that seems like a big, interplanetary leap, so I was happy to talk with him for a bit. I think it takes a lot for a cowboy to step out of jeans and away from big country and pull on a pair of breeches and work in an arena. Pete was pretty philosophical when I asked him about it.
“Being a more refined and versatile rider never screwed anybody up,” he said.
Our title sponsor is Lucerne Farms, producers of quality forage feeds. It’s hay season, the rain has let up for a while, and the James family is busy in the fields of northern Maine. That’s where they’re cutting, tedding, and baling alfalfa and timothy. The forage, wrapped tightly in plastic, is perfect for traveling to competitions or horse camping vacations.
After I stopped recording, Pete mentioned that, oh, by the way, he played polo for three years at MSU. Turns out Sheridan, Wyoming, not far from where he lives now, has quite the polo scene. Riders have been playing there since the 1890’s, he said, making it the oldest polo venue west of the Mississippi.
Hey, in past seasons, we have talked a bit about mental health and how it may or may not interfere with our horse work. We know there is a connection with wellness and the therapy horses offer us. But I’d be the first to admit that horses aren’t there to magically solve our problems. Horse pros and working cowboys, along with horse vets, can be strained and stressed by their work. I’m guessing you know of a friend, or a friend of a friend in your horse circles who has struggled with substance abuse and/or suicide.
While Jec and I want to steer clear of discussions around aromatherapy or crystals, we would like to be open to ideas and conversations and strategies for improving the mental health situation in our horse communities. So, if you have any thoughts in that vein, hit us up with an email here.
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That’s it. Another episode in the can and out of the barn. Thanks for listening, y’all!