Well, hot dang. I don’t know how it’s been two months since I’ve actively posted anything. Well, that’s not true, I know exactly how it’s been that long. Life, both with the horses and without, has been incredibly busy, and eventually something had to give. That something ended up being this blog. So, what to … More Suddenly Summer…Sorta
Do you ever have those moments where you’re so happy you can physically feel it expanding in your chest, and you know you’re happy, and you also know exactly how happy you are, and the moment is even sweeter for realizing the extent of that happiness? That’s how this weekend was for me. This weekend was … More Wings on Our Feet, with Hearts Full of Joy
Confession: I’ve been meaning to write this post for quite a long time. Back before Easter (wow, that feels like a long time ago, am I right?) I was asked to ride Max, who is owned by some friends at the barn. I was so pumped because in my opinion, Max is one of the … More All Go and No Whoa
A few weeks ago, I was traveling in Dominican Republic and we rode horses (or, in my case, a donkey) through the mountains and then hiked down to a waterfall. It was a loooong way back up some rough-hewn stairs. I was stubbornly determined not to stop and take a break during the difficult climb. … More I, Athlete.
Joe and I continue working together on accepting the bit and being balanced. It’s amazing to me how this horse runs through his inside shoulder. It has become clear that he is extremely unbalanced and maybe more than a little willing to let me prop him up rather than balancing himself. Naughty me. I have … More Your Horse Is Not Being Rude. Except When He Is.
I love the whole process of showing (except maybe unpacking all the stuff at the end of the day). Getting ready the evening before was a ton of fun, because everyone came out to braid together. We had six horses going and four girls showing, so there were lots of horses to braid. Husky was … More Actimare Open Schooling Show
I had a really great lesson on Husky yesterday, where we focused on changing gaits by using just our energy. Here’s what we did: The Exercise: Visualize yourself as an hourglass. When you want to go from a walk to a trot, imagine all your energy moving from your legs up into your shoulders. Feel … More Don’t Get Stuck in the “Oh, Craps”
It’s been a tough few weeks. There has been a lot going on in my life, both exciting and not-so-exciting. All fairly stressful. It has really tested me on staying centered in my life outside of the barn. If I’m being honest, I haven’t always succeeded (but that’s okay). In my lesson last night, we … More There is No Room for Frustration
What a fun day! It started so early with a 3:30 AM alarm (ugh) but it was totally worth it since there were a lot of scary things to see and work through in the warm-up. We arrived at the fairgrounds just before 6 AM and got on right away. Good thing — those cows, … More County Fair Open Show