Freedom

The tightness, it loosens from between my shoulder blades. The shoulders roll back, stomach in. The legs elongate, heels down, then quiver after forty-five minutes of use.  The hands firm but relaxed, simultaneously.  The forehead lines  vanish. The eyes open, focus.  The stress from the previous few weeks, so heavy on my heart-my brain-my body-slowly …

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Not the Horse’s Arse

Have you ever been whipped in the face by a horse's tail?  ouch!  As the flies landed on Sophie's flanks and legs, I watched as her tail swung around to knock them off her to even better, smash the suckers. She didn't have fingers to swat them away, arms to wipe her forelock out of …

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Totally Awesome

Have you ever seen a child who cannot walk help steer a horse through a set of cones?  Have you ever seen a high school senior with such strong disabilities he can only communicate through nods ride a horse with a smile from ear to ear? I volunteer with an wonderful equine therapy organization called Equestrian Connection in Lake …

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Frustrating, but a Lesson Learned

Last week I had a very difficult riding lesson, in which I felt I accomplished nothing.  The horse and I were not in sync; I could not get him to do the most basic of maneuvers for someone with many hours of riding experience. I wanted to end the lesson, but when Jeannine agreed I could dismount, …

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