Heart of flesh

sôft officially… according to Webster: easy to mold; not hard or firm to the touch having a pleasing quality involving a subtlety unofficially… the urban dictionary: A person who is loving, kind and pure. a state of internal sensitivity example: If someone is soft, they make you safe. You light up when you see them. They […]

REGROWTH

Happy New Year! A friend recently told me her family always has a single word to define the year ahead. As I pondered this concept I was working through the meaning of a recent dream. I journaled through the dream and the word came to me clear as the dawn of a new day of […]

Ever After…

Sunday, December 23, 2018 Somewhere deep inside us, we humans have basic ideals that can’t be explained by genetics or evolution or experience of the world around us. Yet somehow we share the understanding though what we do with the ideas is varied. Perfect. We all inherently know that we aren’t perfect and it’s something […]

Respect or Robot?

I was sent an interesting blog recently regarding learned helplessness in horses. I recommend it as food for thought and if you read it (including the two embedded links) you may find this post easier to track. Learned Helplesness Blog I was pondering in recent weeks how occasionally I’ve heard horse people talk about a […]

Go ahead… explain…

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 I believe there are reasons for the struggles and shaping I go through. They are good for me in the long run, but that doesn’t mean I don’t occasionally throw a tantrum. Sometimes I have the energy to take the annoyance or difficulty in stride and sometimes I wish God would […]

Better than I deserve

Monday, October 22, 2018 Home from the last ride of 2018 I’m pleased and a little surprised to say we had a fantastic day. Better than expected and truly better than I deserved. The abrupt drop in temps made for a great morning for Khaleesi who has a full on winter fuzz coat that I […]

Fly into the turbulence

Saturday, September 22, 2018 I often wake up in the dark on race day and get a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach and wonder what I’m doing here. Why do I do this? Fear. Yes. I do feel fear. Thursday morning my biggest fear was that my Scootboots would fail me. What […]

Sometimes you’re the windshield

… sometimes you’re the bug…. Friday, September 7, 2018 This song has been wafting through from my teenage years from Mary Chapin Carpenter of late. I am preparing for the Biltmore 50 on September 20. It’s the AERC national championship ride and I was just informed Khaleesi and I qualify for it! I’ve been amping […]

I’m with you.

Sunday, August 19, 2018 I spent a couple days riding and camping with a close friend in West Virginia this week. The riding was stunning and the friendships rich. One of my favorite things about the trip was meeting new friends. An endurance friend connected me with a guide to help us through a new […]

Peace

August 13, 2018 Things in the barn have been quiet lately. No that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped going! Very funny. After years… at least four or five or even six… of seeking a different way of relating to horses… of struggling to connect and communicate with them more effectively. Something has clicked over. Friday I […]