Lessons: check in!

July 5, 2019 I recently hosted a 4-day private clinic with wonderful horsewoman Emily Kemp [Emily Kemp Horsemanship] for a handful of my riding friends. I can’t adequately describe in words the elegance and joy in Emily’s riding (and her genuine humility that accompanies it) but what I love even more is that we share […]

Healing and the Hope Cycle

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 I recently heard Holly Furtick talk about the Hope Cycle. She was inspired by an ancient letter written to people in Rome by a guy named Paul who suggested that we should be glad when we get to suffer… because suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character and character produces hope… […]

Eighth

May 1, 2019 I have struggled to write since my last post; it’s been the longest hiatus since I began the blog. It’s not due to lack of activity or material as much as there have been many seeds coming up all over the place with no finished concepts maturing into a blog that would […]

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 […]

Ready or not?

Saturday, October 13, 2018 The Fort Valley 50 is next week which is generally the end of my ride season. I’m not unhappy with how the season has gone though it wasn’t exactly what I expected. I learned some lessons about staying flexible and doing the best I can with what comes my way. Not […]