A Lesson from Maya, while Maya Lessons

“I want the biggest horse,” nine-year old Maya declared as she walked up the mounting ramp. “This is Shiloh, one of the biggest we are using today,” Susan, the group coordinator replied, as I walked Shiloh by the mounting block/ramp to let Maya climb on. Maya smiled, shyly pet the Shiloh’s withers, then froze. “She …

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A Horse is a Horse is a Teacher of Course

A thought-provoking question was posted on the social networking site LinkedIn, for one of my member groups that reaches horse lovers in the business world.  A member asked what skill or trait has been improved on through interaction with horses. That gave me pause. Leading, touching, tacking, riding, watching, loving, jumping, healing, cleaning, listening to …

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The Stretch

Doing unsupported headstands in my 40's?  Backbends? Trying again and again  unsuccessfully to do a handstand with no wall support (another day). Riding horses, what to work on today stuck in an indoor arena all winter? Practice something different each ride--curves and straight movements, lateral maneuvers, tempo of the ride. Trying to challenge the limitations …

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No Carrots for Sophie

Transitioning from outdoor to indoor riding is never easy (or the other way around).  We have been completely spoiled, riding outside until mid-November this year.  Sophie has been a gem outside, despite rumbling garbage trucks and migrating geese and chasing dogs and playing foals. Today the weather is distinctively cooler, murkier, so we flatted inside. …

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A Lexington Visit

The World Equestrian Games (WEG) wrapped up today in Lexington, KY.  This is the first time this event (held every four years) has been in the US, it showed an incredible breadth of equestrian sports. Colette and I drove to the event with tickets in hand for two show jumping events, but we saw a …

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Busy, Busy, Busy

Being buried alive, that's my week.  Covered not by physical Earth but by the dirt spewed by others, volunteer work unfinished by others that I must handle, my completion of yet another volunteer job and the wrap up needed, unexpected work projects, organizing weekend plans for a myriad of  people, laundry, cooking, driving, technical computer …

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