Taking the Lead – a Horse Whisperer’s Journey
A Horse Whisperer‘s Journey: Ambling down a bumpy, dusty stretch of road on the way to Prescott, it’s a blistering 98 degrees. Koelle Simpson, 30, Scottsdale-based horse “whisperer” bounces along slowly in her giant silver quarter-ton diesel truck, avoiding potholes and making her way towards the Circle “L” Ranch, a privately-owned horse rescue farm located just off Highway 17. Just past Wigwam Road, desolate, dusty pastures appear as far as the eye can see – a hodgepodge of barbed-wire fences, rust-colored metal horse pens, some ramshackle houses, a church and a smattering of horses in every size, shape, color and age you could possibly imagine. There, one rescue horse is awaiting Simpson’s training.
Simpson has worked with horses her entire adult life. Having struggled with unhealthy relationships as a child, horses provided an escape from abuse in her daily life and enabled her to minimize her interaction with people. A turning point in Simpson’s career occurred when she went to work for Monty Roberts, a famed “Horse Whisperer,” whose autobiographical book became a bestseller on the heels of the popular film starring Robert Redford. Simpson was cast into an accelerated learning curve … (read more)