Survey Results and Hinting at A Summer Sale Package
Thank you ever so much, to everyone who graciously took the time to fill out my Reader Survey last week. I greatly appreciate your participation and responses.
It was encouraging and rewarding for me to hear that you enjoy the blog and find it helpful. It saddened me to hear that some of you face many challenges, and my heart yearns to support and encourage you so that you can get the results with your horse that you desire.
My goal in blogging is to enrich your life and encourage you. I want my blog to be a place where you know that you can come to find support and answers to your questions. I want to serve you.
to ensure my blog does the best possible job of answering your needs and interests, I need to know more about you
. To do that, I’ve created my 2015 Reader Survey.
Would you please take a few minutes to fill out the survey? By doing so, you will ultimately be helping yourself. Why? Because you will be helping me create content even more interesting and relevant to you.
Life Lessons I Learned, as A Child, From The Experience of Owning A Horse.
This past weekend I attended a local horse show and had the privilege of watching a young student of mine participate in his first show of the season. He chose to compete in some classes that he had never previously entered.
As I was standing by the fence watching everything, I was overwhelmed by a sense of thankfulness and blessing to God for bringing the right people, circumstances and knowledge into my life at such a young age. From the beginning of my horsemanship journey, many frustrations were avoided because I had the tools, knowledge and support to work through the “trouble” areas.
This particular weekend, I witnessed many frustrated and some very emotional, children and youth as they struggled with their horses. I was saddened to see that although they were trying so hard, at times, it was still a battle to successfully have conversations with their horses regarding relatively basic tasks and maneuvers.
Benefits From Investing In and Advancing Your Horsemanship Skills
Jennifer braced herself, trying to match the pressure of her grip on the rope to the resistance that her horse was putting on the other end of the rope. “I have not seen this take longer than two days!” Pat Parelli’s words rang in her ears. “He obviously has not met my horse!” grumbled Jennifer under her breath, as she picked up her carrot stick to apply persuasion to help her horse yield to her request.
Playing with a horse, horse training, riding, horse development, horsemanship, all words that mean personal challenge and growth if one wants to do it well. But why should you want to “do it well”? What is in it for you?
1. PLAYING WITH AND RIDING YOUR HORSE BENEFITS YOU.
– you work your muscles, heart, lungs, as well as your mind and emotions
“Physical activity has been shown to help maintain a healthy body weight, maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints, promote psychological well-being, and reduce the risk of certain diseases, including some cancers.”
Exercise for the body has been proven to elongate one’s life span. Playing with and riding a horse gives you the reason to move. It is more fun than jogging, hiking, biking, or at least to some people. Ground play works both the upper and lower body, as does riding if it is done correctly. Riding utilizes the core muscles, strengthening the back, abdomen as well as arms and legs. Total body workout anyone??
Exciting Plans and Developments At The Facility.
As many of you may already know, along with instructing and doing horse development, I also have the honour of managing Extra Mile Equestrian Centre. This facility is located just outside the small rural town of Bobcaygeon, ON.
The equine centre is tucked away, just off a quiet country road. With a beautiful indoor arena, amply lit by natural light, an outdoor dressage ring, stadium jumping, a cross country course designed by Hugh Morsehead, as well as spacious stalls in well maintained barns, Extra Mile Equestrian Centre is truly “A nice place to be” as one visitor so eloquently put it.
Over the last seven months that I have been managing the facility some very exciting changes have taken place. I don’t have time to go into full detail but I want to give you a glimpse of recent events and future developments that have all of us here very excited! Continue reading
Understanding “Undemanding Time” and What It Means To Be, Not Do.
In our world of busy lives, it is all to evident that many things cannot get done. Our “to do” lists seem to multiply as we sleep. Demands on our time can leave us frazzled and feeling defeated….and then there is our horse.
The sad reality is that you need your horse more than he needs you. Yes, he needs his feed, supplements, shelter, etc. But as Winston Churchill said, “There’s something about the outside of a horse that’s good for the inside of a man.”
In every relationship, shared time is needed to build a quality bond and connection between two individuals. This is the same for horse and human. But, he is fine for the most part being left to his own equine herd as you fill your days with your human busyness.
But who misses out the most? You do.
Looking For The Elusive “Perfect, One Size Fits All” Strategy and Overlooking the Excellent Ones…
To carry on with the theme of horse development, this is the second post regarding lessons that I’ve been learning as I have been developing Takoda (5yr old Hanoverian Mustang). Today’s blog post is addressing a topic very near and dear to my heart, perfection and excellence.
Perfection is something that in every area of my life I expect and strive to attain. Yet my humanness and life in general, continue to teach me that I’m so much less then perfect. (Friends, family, students, and anyone else who has spent any time around me, please stop laughing 🙂 ).
Playing with and riding horses has brought me a long way in overcoming my perfectionist ways. I’ve been humbled many times and have, generally speaking, come to terms with the fact that I will never achieve the level of perfection that I would like to find. You can’t be a perfectionist and live by the principles that embody good horsemanship. I need to embrace the concept of excellence, not perfection.