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To barrel racers young and old, there’s no one more deserving of the title of “living legend” than Martha Josey of Karnack, Texas. Her storied history as a cowgirl stretches all the way back to the 1960s, when she and her first horse, Cebe Reed, launched their careers by winning seven horse trailers and 52 barrel races in a row. That early winning streak was a shining prelude to a lifetime of greatness gilded with world championships, gleaming buckles, bright trophies, multiple Hall of Fame inductions and a trip to the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, Canada, where Martha participated in the United States’ barrel racing squad and proudly wore the stars and stripes on both arms. But even though she has also encountered more than her share of riding accidents, tragedies and losses, Martha has never once doubted that she’s doing what she was meant to do.
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Whether you own a feisty dachshund with more bark than leg, a gentle-eyed Labrador or a mutt with a heart of gold, we’re willing to bet that your dog is your best friend. After all, who else in the world greets you with gentle eyes, a fiercely wagging tail and a happy, tongue-lolling grin at literally any time of day? But while all dogs are good for our hearts, an experienced dog owner knows that not all good dogs make good barn dogs – and that’s important. 
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Although she’s only 23, Ema Klugman of Clarksburg, Maryland, has already made a name for herself in the world of three-day eventing. As a child, she learned to ride in Nairobi, Kenya, honing her confidence in the saddle by learning to ride a variety of horses. Over the course of her childhood and young adulthood, her family moved all over the globe, including Kenya, Italy, Australia and the United States, and Ema carried her passion for horses wherever they went. Today, Ema manages her own training and sales operation out of her family’s farm in Clarksburg. When she’s not competing on her own horses or training sales prospects, Ema travels around the country teaching eventing clinics.
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If you’ve been reading our blogs, then you already know that engaging in adequate warm-up exercises with your horse before every ride is an important part of a routine designed to make the most of your horse’s athletic abilities. And just like warm-ups, cool-down exercises after a ride are a critical part of caring for your equine athlete. But what do the words “cool down” actually refer to?
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