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The girls got to meet the horses on the ground before mounting up for a short ride.

A visit from across the globe: Japanese students visit Hastings area ranch

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Wishbone Ranch is usually a quiet place. Most days, the only sounds to be heard are the shuffling of horses in their stalls, trees whispering in the breeze and the occasional conversation between volunteers going about their work.


On Monday afternoon, the stables were ringing with laughter and Japanese chatter, as a team of teenage girls from Tokiwagi Gakuen High School in Sendai, Japan, took a break from soccer to ride a few of the horses at Wishbone Ranch.

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Katrina Styx
Katrina Styx has been a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette since 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.
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