High in the mountains of Vermont, horses have helped generations of the O’Rourke family power Pond Hill Ranch, the largest working horse ranch in New England.
Three riders disappear behind the slate outcroppings where Vermont’s northern edge of the Green Mountains and southern ridge of the Taconic Mountains meet. The region’s steep talus slopes are carpeted with lush grass, and dense stands of evergreen and deciduous trees provide natural shelter from the elements. Beyond the ridgeline, Birdseye Mountain—the former site of a ski resort—reaches 2,200 feet into the sky.
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