A life with horses is a never-ending journey of education. No matter how many hours logged in the saddle or how many ribbons won, horses have a way of bringing us back down to earth, humbling us, teaching us, forcing us to improve so that they may also be better. For Tik Maynard, growing up and building a life around horses has also been a path to self-discovery.

Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Tik set out to be a working student in his mid-20s. Intent on working with the best of the best, he did not limit himself to a specific discipline or region of the world. During this time, he wrote articles about his experience. Ten years after he began his chronicles, he collected his stories into one — his first published book released last summer, “In the Middle are the Horsemen.”

“I’d never been a working student before,” Tik says. “I had the idea right from the beginning that it might be possible to make it into a book. It was in the back of my mind. Both those projects — writing a book and being a working student — I think I was naive about how hard it was to even do one, much less both.”

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