2011-05-21 / Top News

Walking Alongside, ‘Everything Is Good’



Setting a fast uphill pace along Cadotte Avenue, 10 newly arriving horses make their first appearance of the season on Mackinac Island Thursday, April 21. Lasting a mere 13 minutes, the hike brought the horses from the Arnold Transit boat dock to the Mackinac Island Carriage Tours barn. Keeping a watchful eye on the horses, Jessica Dobin takes the lead with three of the new arrivals. Ms. Dobin, of Grant Park, Illinois, is a five-year employee with the company. Joe Herscher (not visible) of Kankakee, Illinois, guides horses in the middle of the pack. The swift gait has its challenges, said experienced barn man Jim Pettit of Mackinac Island (barely visible at left between the horses). “Sometimes you’re going up the hill and you’re holding back because they want to go, and sometimes you’re dragging forward because they don’t want to go. If you’re lucky and you see that lead rope just looping and you’re walking alongside them, everything is good. Setting a fast uphill pace along Cadotte Avenue, 10 newly arriving horses make their first appearance of the season on Mackinac Island Thursday, April 21. Lasting a mere 13 minutes, the hike brought the horses from the Arnold Transit boat dock to the Mackinac Island Carriage Tours barn. Keeping a watchful eye on the horses, Jessica Dobin takes the lead with three of the new arrivals. Ms. Dobin, of Grant Park, Illinois, is a five-year employee with the company. Joe Herscher (not visible) of Kankakee, Illinois, guides horses in the middle of the pack. The swift gait has its challenges, said experienced barn man Jim Pettit of Mackinac Island (barely visible at left between the horses). “Sometimes you’re going up the hill and you’re holding back because they want to go, and sometimes you’re dragging forward because they don’t want to go. If you’re lucky and you see that lead rope just looping and you’re walking alongside them, everything is good.

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