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March 2019

Since the 1st of this month everyday I've been making a committed effort to do the things I don't want to. I don't want to eat healthy. I don't want to exercise. I don't want to organize my day. I don't want to set short term goals. I don't want to plan out my life. I don't want to wake up early. There are so many things I don't want to do.  Things that are hard.  Things that are persistent issues in my life that aren't going away anytime soon.  While writing the things I don't want to do down and confronting them I realized how much I tell

Today I'm exhausted.  You know the kind, it settles deep into your bones, and makes your eyes heavy.  On days like this I remind myself that it's perfectly ok to be tired.  That it's ok to rest, just don't stop.  And while I could feel guilty about pushing the pause button I'm not going to.  I'm of no help to my horses if I can't muster the energy to be there for them 100% of the way. Today I'm resting.  Tomorrow I'll start fresh and keep moving forward.  And that's perfectly ok. And when I feel the panic settling in, that voice whispering that

This month Basilio and I are working on getting him to move off of pressure.  We started the basics of it when he was younger but I haven't dedicated the time to defining it in a more specific manner with him.  This week I started I started asking for a small step of him yielding his hind quarters away from me and the pressure from the whip.  I repeat the process in both directions, my end goal and hope is that this will set him for a turn on the forehand and eventually yielding away from leg pressure.  So far he's getting

2017 one of my life long dreams finally came true. On July 30th Basilio was born, and after riding everything and anything under the sun I was finally able to say that I had my dream horse.  He has his dad's uphill canter and clean changes, and his mom's fire and love of being fiddled with.  I was so excited to watch him grow and develop.  Every day I spent as much time with him as I could, getting him used to being handled, or even just brushing his mom and watching him explore the world.  I'm pretty sure the first day

About 90% of the time that I'm at the barn I'm by myself, which means that I'm filling the silence music.  My playlist honestly doesn't change much it's filled with music that motivates me and sets the tone of working my horses.  Whether I'm free lunging, riding, or just getting some chores done, having a sound track is sometimes what keeps me moving through my time at the barn.  There's also nothing quite like riding your horse to your favorite song, it's a feeling I wouldn't trade for anything.  Here are the songs that are my driving force this month and some

It's two months into 2019 and while I've been fairly productive the past couple of months the feeling that I could and should do more has been nagging at me.  Finding my footing on this blog has been harder for me than I thought it would be, which is a big reason why I defer to sharing rider profiles.  It's so much easier to tell someone else's story and to show the greatness they've accomplished.  Because of this I've decided to post once a day, every day, for the month of March. I'll be honest, this is going to be a challenge for me.  I