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APR 2019

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mainstreetassociation.com 112 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 4.19 SAVE THE DATE SAVE THE DATE mainstreetassociation.com MAY 10, 2019 6-8:30 P.M. AT OLD 502 WINERY FROM the top of the mountain Continued from page 105 gentle either. "I'm just so amazed at how quickly" they've come along, Low says. She was able to ride one of the horses just two and a half months after she began training. e biggest challenge so far has been dealing with a filly's biting. "I was taught as a kid: ey bite you, you pop 'em. at's what most people learn," she says. Now, she tries to ignore the horse's mouthiness, hoping that only rewarding her for good behavior will extinguish the misbehavior. On Jan. 11, 2018, everything is frozen. When she got in, Mary Rose discovered an electrical outlet in the barn had failed, so the bubbler failed, and now three water troughs are frozen solid. "I had like a foot of ice I had to get through," she says. "It was just miserable. Absolutely miserable." Everything takes longer in this weather. "By the time we're doing feeding in the morning, you have your lunch break, and you have to start feeding in the afternoon," she says. Up and down the barn, restless horses stir as Spanky, a square- built yellow dog, makes his way down the barn, looking in at each, his afternoon check-in. As a puppy, Spanky would grab ropes and lead young colts around. When Mary Rose fosters puppies, which she does frequently, Spanky plays wrangler, tumbling the babies in the hay and lolling with a big open mouth as pup after pup crawls over his face and around his belly. But today there's only one puppy, Whispers, a sleek black female more intent on human attention than dog wrestling. Mary Rose touches Rocky's shoulder with her fingertips. He startles at first, then settles down. Mary Rose expects Rocky will continue to startle for a while. "You're trying to subdue the instincts that have kept him alive his entire life. … I don't expect that to happen in days, weeks or months. It could be years. e reason he's stayed alive and survived out there is because he has these heightened instincts." But overall, the session is quiet. He seldom snorts. His eyes stay mostly brown. Two days later, she and the stallion are working in the round pen again. Fat, lazy snowflakes fall as Mary Rose walks up to the horse. He could easily run off, but as she approaches with the flag extended, he leans out to nose it. On her next approach, she touches the flag to both his shoulders. Although he watches her intently, he makes no attempt to run. Mary Rose walks away, grinning. "at was great!" she says. "at was completely his choice right there. … I know 100 percent he chose to stand there, 100 percent. ere was no forcing. ere's no kind of coercion. at was him completely choosing to stand there." In fact, through the entire session, he moves closer to Mary Rose than he ever has before, although he occasionally takes a step or two back. Mary Rose thinks she's seeing his natural curiosity win over his fear. When she walks back and touches his shoulder with her hand instead of the flag, he leans away from her, all his legs canted backwards like a wobbly toy. But he doesn't run. Noting his tilt, she walks away. "at was about all he can handle of that," she says. Next time, she'll touch his face first, which

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