Transitions and Change


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As the new digital editor/producer for, I’ve recently spent a bit of time thinking about transition. The past few months have brought a lot of change for me. I have a new job, new coworkers, new projects, and a completely new routine. But, like many things in my life, my thoughts on transition didn’t become totally clear until I swung my leg over the back of my horse.

For a horse unencumbered by a rider, upward transitionsÑhalt-walk, walk-trot, trot-canterÑare relatively simple. In these instances, the horse changes gait for one of two basic reasons: He’s either trying to get to or away from something. And, at other times, a transition transpires for no reason other than the horse’s joy of moving forward

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Michelle Anderson is the former digital managing editor at The Horse. A lifelong horse owner, Anderson competes in dressage and enjoys trail riding. She’s a Washington State University graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in business administration and extensive coursework in animal sciences. She has worked in equine publishing since 1998. She currently lives with her husband on a small horse property in Central Oregon.

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