Saturday, February 16, 2013

Why I Ride...

When you ride a horse
You can be anything you want.
The unconfident become confident.
Fearful become fearless.
Strong. Powerful.
Just. Bold.
You are amazing, beautiful,
striking, daring.
You become a leader,
a friend, trusted, respected.
It's freedom.
It's peace.
Suddenly you become alive.
Suddenly you believe.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Get The Most Out Of Training

After 30, 60, 90, or more days of intense training, your horse comes home and you have high hopes and expectations.  It can all be a very wonderful and rewarding experience.  The bad news is that your horse is not a new, programmed machine.  Your horse is still a horse.  Even if your horse did become a machine, there may be a "lope button" but you have to know where the "lope button" is for example.  Taking lessons on your newly trained horse is highly recommended, or better yet- attend a clinic so you can spend several hours over several days learning about your horse.  Learn what your horse has learned so you can communicate easily. 

When your horse gets home from training you may be tempted to let him rest after such a hard month of training.  Think again!  I completely and absolutely LOVE my job, however after an extended weekend it can be hard to get back into the routine.  Why would we think it would be any different for our horses?  To get the most out of training, maintain that training.  When I took a Spanish class in high school I thought I was getting pretty good at it.  I took three years of Spanish language.  I could recognize words very well, but when it came to a sentence in Spanish, I had to ask the person speaking to say it very slowly to process it.  I could understand when spoken slowly.  A year after I graduated I forgot half the vocabulary I had learned.  If I would have made a trip to Spain, I would may have been multilingual-I would have maintained that language!!!

Long story short....  please remember that you horse is a living being who is trying to learn something very different than what nature says.  Invest the time into your horse after training and you will be amazed at what you can do!!!!  Keep up the good work.  Believe me, it is all worth it!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Thursday, July 19, 2012

3 Horse Crazy Girls

Today was such a fun day at the barn.  Between my apprentice, our barn helper, and me we accomplished so much today.  I am very proud of my "barn girls".  Even with the heat the girls were on top of things.  As I stepped out of my truck, my barn helper, who is 12 wanted me to confirm her chores for the day.  She spouted off a list of horses that needed to be moved and stalls to be cleaned and she took off leaving a trail of dust behind her!  I walked into the barn to find that my apprentice had my first horse saddled, longed and ready for me to ride.

We had a mutual understanding the rest of the day of which horses where in line for their exercise routine and every horse was happily waiting saddled in the shade.  Hunter, Whiskey, Moonshine, Sage, Cleo, Peaches, Blue, and Persephone were all excited that they had sufficient time to be thoroughly groomed, warmed up, ridden, and cooled off with a wonderful bath.  Although it was hot, the horses didn't mind (of course it helps that we ride indoors and out of the direct sun) and we riders drank lots of powerade.  We were all sweaty, but very fulfilled with our day and chatted about how great of a day it was and how well every horse did.  It was unknown to us (until we got in the truck and saw the thermometer) that it reached 102 degrees.  Not sure how accurate that thermometer is, but I'm so proud of my horse crazy girls.  They stayed motivated and never once complained of the heat.  They double and triple checked all of the horses waters and properly cooled every horse.  I think that there are very few people in this world who would do what we did for 8 hours in the heat today and say it was fun.  Thank you girls for your hard work, dedication, and always putting the horses first!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Funny Thought

When I get home from work, you can tell I work in a barn. My clothes are smelly and full of dirt. I have smudges of dirt and grease on my face. And oh boy, is my hair WILD! After wearing my helmet and wind blowing me all over I don't come home much like when I left. Today I looked in the mirror and not only was my hair super wild, but I can see where some of it is starting to break off from wearing it in a ponytail so much. What is really funny about this is that I braid Achilles tail a different way every week to avoid break off....It's getting kind of scary when your horse has better hair than you do! My best friend (who is the owner of a hair salon) would shoot me!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The only one standing in your way is you

I have found one obstacle that stands in the way for so many riders... yourself. You are the only one standing in the way of your dreams. Your own mind can create fear, anxiety, and challenges when there doesn't need to be any. It's strange how our minds work. You've been bucked off once; you're sure it's going to happen again. One horse took off with you and you're sure every time you get on, you will be bolting across the arena. Trust yourself. Give yourself the time and energy needed to assure yourself that this will not be your reality.

Allow yourself time to teach your body what to do, extra time with your instructor may be needed to learn the mechanics. Stay in the moment-enjoy what is happening now, not fearing what could happen or what happened last time. Move toward your goals one step at a time. Don't rush, yet develop healthy challenges that are appropriate for your riding level. Give sufficient effort toward becoming a better rider. For example, if you read one word in a book every month, it will take you a very long time to finish the book. The comprehension will be very low and the book may not be very exciting. If you read a chapter or more, you will finish it in no time, comprehension will be high, and you may find that you can't put the book down!!!

Most importantly, be patient and find your perfect partner. The horse you choose needs to be right for you and only you. If you are an inexperienced horse person, a professional will be able to help you select a horse for your riding level, however when it comes to personality only you will be able to know if it is a fit. Essentially it is you and the horse that will excel together. It is this partnership that you have confidence in. You have selected this horse because of the qualities you see, the confidence he instills in you, and the trust you feel when you work together. The perfect horse will allow you to become the rider you've always wanted to be and will show you that there is nothing to fear.

Go get busy and accomplish those goals!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Students Getting Into It

I am truely a lucky person. I am very fortunate to have such wonderful clients and students. Each and every one of them is so much fun. I am glad that they are having fun with horses and being silly while still being safe and learning so much! Since I began with this group about 6 months ago, I have seen so much improvement in each rider. It's amazing!

I love how we can have fun yet be serious about learning. Half the fun of horseback riding is the challenges and the discovery. Seeing how much we can accomplish and finally getting it. I love watching each student push themselves to new levels and exploring "outside the box".

Today was particularly a blast as we played a sort of musical horses! The mother/daughter who had lessons today have impressed me greatly. They have set amazing goals and are well on their way to accomplishing them. They put in the needed time on horseback and really enjoy it. They have even pushed me to new heights...literally! With their encouragement Sunny and I jumped the tallest jump we've ever attempted with grace and ease. Thanks for the confidence!