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Trail Legend: Kat Man Shine

Horses tend to bring people together, and Kat Man Shine was no exception.

In 2007, Teresa Kohman of Syracuse, Kansas, bought “Shine” from Joanne Garnett of Lincoln, Nebraska, and the transaction was the start of a years-long friendship.

Although talented, the 1992 sorrel gelding by Kat Man Zip out of Zippos Brickette by Zippos Sunny, bred by Tom and Deb Crabtree of Franktown, Colorado, was known to spook and run off with people, Teresa says.

Fortunately, Joanne, who spent countless hours building Shine’s confidence in scary situations — sometimes bribing him with peppermints — was willing to help.

“[Teresa] called me at 1 a.m. when she was at Tulsa,” Joanne says. “She was trying to practice trail and she couldn’t get [Shine] through it. She asked me if I would get up to come help her.”

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