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Horses helping humans


Three people, arm-in-arm, looked at the horse a little unsure of what to do next.

In front of them lay a stiff-bristled brush, saddle blanket and English saddle. The person in the middle was tasked with operating as the brain while the individual on either side represented an arm. The “arms” weren’t allowed to think. The “brain” wasn’t allowed to move. But between them, they were tasked with smoothly brushing and saddling the horse. The brain gave the directions.

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Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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