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Discovery Part 2

The next piece in the continuing saga of figuring out How To Live My Life came in the reading of Mark Rashid’s latest book, A Journey To Softness.  I had pre-ordered it long before, and it arrived shortly after my … Continue reading

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Discovery Part 1

I haven’t posted anything since January, so I’m way overdue.  But I’ve been doing a lot of reading, thinking, and applying things I’ve learned, so I haven’t been idle.  Here I’ll try to get my thoughts in order. Before my … Continue reading

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The Handshake Between Horse and Rider

“Forgive them, give them a pat, tell them thank you, show them you care. Find a place in your heart for them and they will find a place in theirs. Watch them, study them, understand them and they will do … Continue reading

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Like Batter off Mixer Blades

On Sunday Angel spooked at something – I have no idea what – spun 180 degrees as only a Quarter horse can and I went flying off like batter off of mixer blades. Landed on my lower back/upper pelvis. Fortunately … Continue reading

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Autumn

Believe it or not, fall is here.  Days are still (mostly) warm, and nights are getting cooler.  We had a rain storm – unusual for September – last Saturday and quite a wind storm last night.  I like it! Autumn … Continue reading

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The Option to Move

I’m pasting a chunk from a post today from one of my favorite bloggers, Mugwump: Let’s take the instinctive flight/fight response horses come with. They all have it. How we shape it determines the horse we end up with. Ideally, … Continue reading

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My Birthday Present to Myself

For my birthday I took a vacation day Friday and Monday (today), giving myself a 4-day weekend.  I was able to ride all 4 days.  My goal was to get out on the trail, and we did! It’s been hard.  I … Continue reading

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What is Equestrian Theology?

It occurred to me today that Angel doesn’t care what religion I hold to, or if I hold to any.  He only cares that I am kind, that I treat him well, and that I take good care of him. … Continue reading

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What I’ve Learned

Below are some valuable things I’ve learned about equestrianship – and myself.  Attribution given where I remember who said it! “Horses don’t care about which trainer we follow, or which clinic we went to, or what kind of tack we … Continue reading

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Earning Your Spurs

One of the trainers I respect the most, Mark Rashid, recently posted on his Facebook page: Twenty-one years ago this coming Wednesday, I took the spurs off my boots and hung them on the wall in our living room. I … Continue reading

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