Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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caroline thomasEach summer, before Saratoga gets rolling in August, the advance teams arrive and get to work. Here’s what it was like for Joe Clancy. Lucky there was a horse around to help.

OK, breathe.

As usual, I spent the first two days of the meet hassling through any number of issues including—but by no means limited to—computer networks, the Internet, advertisements, articles, photography, housing, office space, bicycles, paper racks, paper boxes, a new printer.

Then came distributiongate and what now seem like days (but merely hours I guess) of telephone calls and discussions and wonder and angst. In the end, it all worked out. The computers communicated with everything. The ads showed up. We finished the first paper, we weathered a storm.

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# K R 2014-08-07 12:51
Love Joe Clancy's writing!
+1 # Denya Massey 2014-08-12 09:28
Why does our panic and stress subside when a special horse leans on us and waits for our heartbeats to slow down. Do they absorb our anxieties? Do they remind us there can be calm in the world? Whatever it is - I get it. My OTTB, who is by nature confident and calm (and I'm not!), will nestle his head in my arm wrapped around his face, and stay very still for as long as I want. The world reduces to that very intimate moment, and I breathe more deeply and love him for that.
Thank you Joe for reminding us to find those moments and cherish them.

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