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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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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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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Barn Thoughts

"You smell like barn," my family wrinkles their nose, mumbling their mantra, if I don't shower after I return from riding. Me, I love the barn, the smell, the horses, the quiet, the sometimes chaos, the time away from the day-to-day.  It is my space, my place to unwind, to mingle, to learn, to love, …

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