Building Core Strengths

Tipping over in tree pose this week, I was again reminded how important core strength is.  Standing, for this yoga move I can place one leg up onto my other inner thigh, but lifting my arms or holding them out to the sides challenges me each time I try it.  I wobble, I rock, I …

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The Horse and the Floor

Riding horses--16 years.  Yoga--3 months. I started doing yoga several months ago to vary my workout routine. While I am now practiced in some of the poses--now knowing the differences between the downward facing dog, monkey, happy baby, child's, forward and reverse warrior poses and others I can but some I would never attempt to pronounce, …

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Not Quittin’ Time Yet

"That's it.  I am through," I stated angrily, loosening Gatsby's girth and riding the stirrups up, a sure sign I was done riding for the day.  "I am tired of not being able to do anything." "That's fine.  Just let me tell you why he was acting up," my trainer Jeannine replied,  then explained what …

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Unforgiving Surfaces

My horse was careening out of control, galloping down the long side of the arena, and I could NOT figure out how to take my hands off his neck to stop him.  Normally responsive and docile, this was a surprise takeoff, probably brought on by MY reaction to the pony galloping in the pasture and …

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Looking Ahead

"Look up!" my riding teacher said. "Look around the corner, not at the ground.  You already know there isn't anything under Owen's feet." How eye opening: to realize that when I ride I look a few feet in front of me, but at the dirt-- not straight ahead.  It is certainly a different view and a …

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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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