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Favorites: Sarah Fowler, Horsewoman, Teacher, My Little Pony Collector

Just off of Jolly Road, just barely in Mason, is a magical spot. The first time I visited, I could barely believe it was so near a highway, a university, and the big, stressful world.

Firefly Farm, presided over by the magnificent Sarah Fowler.

A woman of unexpected talents and mighty depths, she's a slight blonde with excellent biceps, several horses, a little (24-year-old) pony named Cupcake, a couple of smart dogs, chickens, ducks, cats, bunnies, and I think I spotted a couple turkeys. Each is named, each is loved.

Baby Bubbles

There's a near-constant stream of "minions" who work for her, doing chores around the farm in exchange for lessons and riding privileges. But these aren't ordinary horseback riding lessons. They are centered around getting people to pay attention to the way a horse thinks and feels and acts. To respect the ... humanity? ... of the horse.