I met Mona Jerome on the first day and quickly learned that she was one of the most dedicated, intuitive horsewomen I had ever seen. She had an eye and a quietness about her that was truly extraordinary. Any ground handling and training skills I have today are due to the summer I spent under her tutelage.
Midway through that summer, I was given a horse nicknamed "Big Red" as a training project. I taught him to stand to be groomed, pick up his feet, accept a saddle, and gave him half a dozen rides under saddle. When I left Maine for my job in Vermont that fall, I missed him desperately.
The rest, as they say, is history. Mona and her husband Brad hauled my new horse - renamed Tristan - to me on January 2 and my adventure began.
I tell you this because I recently came across a wonderful article about Mona and her work, and I wanted to share a little bit of my background with her.
Enjoy the article: Rescuing Wild Mustangs in Maine