I moved from Massachusetts to Greensboro, North Carolina, in 2008, to escape New England winters and start a new chapter in my life. After 30 years as a writer and editor, I switched fields and earned my master’s in counseling from UNCG in 2012. In my non-equine life, I’m a program director at the Mental Health Association in Greensboro and part-time counselor at Tree of Life Counseling. I study natural horsemanship with James and Kate Cooler, who brought a beautiful white horse named Mystic into my life. He was a rescue horse who’d been pushed into rigorous dressage and jumping. He began bucking and rearing and ended up in a pasture for three years, deemed unridable. James and Kate saw a match in Mystic and me; they taught me how to help him overcome his fears. I fell in love with him in the process and am now Mystic’s proud owner-caretaker.