Goodbye Dear Twist


Dear Friends,

Many of us have had the honor of working with, getting to know and love the mighty, gentle being that is Twist. He is and will remain a talisman for all of us who love Blue Rider. And now, I am sad to report, Twist has taken his final journey.

Will you join us in funding a Memorial Arch over the animal graveyard in Blue Rider? Here is a link to our GoFundMe page:

Our board member and long time friend of Twist, Grace Jeffers, wrote this moving tribute.

Twist: In Thanks  by Grace Jeffers

He stood head and shoulders above the rest, literally. He was twice the size of the other horses and he had a heart to match: Gentle giant. Fun. Hard Working. A patient deep listener. Forgiving and loving. …and these are only some of his qualities.   The very first moment I walked into the Blue Rider barn eleven years ago Twist walked over and stood shoulder to shoulder with me. After a while I felt that a part of me that had been long holding an unfulfilled wish had suddenly been satisfied. I had a horse friend. It was instant and it is immortal, because love outlasts all things.   As Christine said “It’s as if there was a place for you and we didn’t even know it was empty until you showed up and filled it and now here you are!” And that’s how it is at Blue Rider Stables, you come as you are and there is a place for you.   As a girl it was my only wish to be a rider. When I was eight years old and someone came to interview my third grade class and ask us what we wanted to be when we grew up, the other children answered lawyer, stockbroker, fireman and I bluntly said I wanted to be a horse. I had to repeat myself because the adults just didn’t get it. I rode on and off until I was 13 and my sister got very sick and things changed.   27 years later as I cared for my dying father I made a promise to myself was that I would learn to ride, I would return to horses after he passed. Twist was the foundation of the fulfillment of the dream of this little girl, now in a big girl’s body. Twist was the anchor of my relationship to the horse world. No matter where I roamed I always returned to him. I told him all my secrets and dreams. He was my mountain, the epicenter to which I returned to find my center.   I showed people all over the world pictures of him. I told them the story of how Anna Seagull rescued him when she was the same age I had to give up horses. His commanding presence and power was matched by his gentle loving nature.   Whenever I needed to be strong I thought of being with Twist and how his four pie-pan sized hooves were rooted to the ground. Last winter I was diagnosed with stage four cancer, a scary fast growing kind of cancer. I had to go through many procedures. I told my Doctors each time they gave me anesthesia, “Do you know how to gallop a horse? You grab the mane and go. ” I grabbed Twists mane in my mind and he carried me through and I know that Twist gave me his strength and pulled me through to health.   Knowing this creature profoundly impacted my life. He has long been a rock steady mountain in my inner world. I am a better, stronger and more balanced person and I shall carry all I learned out into the greater world. Twist you will always be in my heart. Thank you.

Thank you and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

GivingTuesday campaign!

Blue Rider is participating in it’s first #GivingTuesday campaign!

Join us on Tuesday, December 2nd for a virtual open house. Visit (and like!) our Facebook Page where you can share your stories about Blue Rider Stables, do a virtual meet and greet with Blue Rider’s animals and make a donation to help support the amazing work we do.

Berkshire COOP 2 ColorYou can also donate at our display at the Berkshire Coop.


Don’t know about #GivingTuesday?  #GivingTuesday is a opportunity to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. We have Thanksgiving for giving thanks. We have Black Friday and Cyber Monday for getting deals.  On Tuesday, December 2nd we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.

Nov 23 Worskhop on Horse – Human relationships

Due to popular demand, we’re back for another workshop!

Join us Sunday November 23 for a workshop:

Exploring Body – Mind Integration for a better understanding
of Horse- Human relationships.

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 5.03.45 PMhorses-workshopDo you ever wonder how you can have your horse enjoy and want to be with you as much as you want to be with him?
Horses mirror our emotions and can teach us about our inner nature through non-verbal communication. Learning how to interact with them can help us generate a greater understanding for our true selves. This workshop is focused on gaining insight into our authentic selves and learning to listen to our natural inner voice.
With our horses you will:

  • Strengthen your communication at an intuitive level
  • Explore the mind- body relationship distinctive to being with horses
  • Connect with your unique creative sprit
  • Learn to use our bodies as a tool of communication
  • Learn how what we hold in our bodies and minds affect the communications we have with our horses, both on the ground and while riding.

Come explore avenues on how to become more mindful partners with our equine friends.

For information and to sign up, please call (413) 528-5299 or email

The workshop will start promptly at 10:00 and run until 4:00.
Lunch will be provided.
Cost is $200 per person.
Only 6 spaces left!