Hello. Iâ€™m Wendy Reuer, a reporter at the Forum and yep, you might have guessed it: Iâ€™ve grown up with horses, more specifically in the horse racing world. I could ride a horse before I could walk, but once I could drive; my familyâ€™s horse ranch was the last place I wanted to be. So, after spending a couple years in California and returning closer to home but still far enough away to appreciate it, I got back into the family business as much as I could. Although home is in North Dakota, we run our horses primarily at Canterbury Park (near the Twin Cities) and Prairie Meadows (near Des Moines, Iowa) where Iâ€™ve worked both on the front sides and on the backside, helping my mom, a trainer. Every year she loads up our horses, other ownersâ€™ horses and lives at the track for about five months of the year. Iâ€™ve made it my mission to get others who know nothing about horses or horse racing to learn there is much more to this second world of mine. More importantly, I try to break the clichÃ© that horse racing includes spurs and wranglers or any nugget of horse sense to find it interesting. (For the record, youâ€™ll see more Gucci and Chanel at a large track than youâ€™ll ever see Wranglers and 10-gallon hats.) Itâ€™s about hard work, lots of heart and sometimes heartbreak. All in all, itâ€™s a whole different world on the inside of the track. Iâ€™m not an expert, but I do have some insight into the industry. Iâ€™m hoping I can offer some ideas, some explanation and a few good laughs as I help my parents with winter training. That is, provided readers can be more forgiving than the ground when youâ€™re falling on it from an 1,100 pound animal at 40 mph.