There are days that I couldn't be prouder of my horse and today was one of them. I've been riding Achates pretty consistently over the past week and it feels great to be getting back to where we were. Since September I've been trying to change how I ride, focusing on getting away from using my hands and concentrating on more of what my body does. It has been both fun and frustrating playing around with exactly how each shift in my own body effects the way Achates moves. Thankfully during those frustrating times I was able to turn to a wonderful friend of
Today was not the greatest day for me. I fell off of Achates when I went out to ride him and wasn't able to get back on, not exactly the happy reunion I was hoping for. My fall resulted in a plethora of bruises, some more severe than others. I went to the doctor's after to get checked out since I had also hit my head when I landed. Thankfully I got the all clear and was told to take it easy this weekend and then reassess, going from there. Falling off horses and accidents in the equine world happen everyday, all the time.
Since Thursday I haven't been out to work with Achates. I had a minor lung infection that was aggravated by my asthma but everything seems to be back on track now. I'm more than excited to get back out there, make my return to training and continue the progress Achates and I have been making. When I'm not riding I miss it. Not just the riding part but everything about it, solving problems, working hard, and more than anything hanging out with my horse. Riding keeps me functional and sane, more than that though it just makes me feel better about what I'm
I want to use the post to explain exactly what the name Chetak means to me. Chetak is the name of a warhorse from India, more specifically the region that my family is from. The original Chetak gave his life for his rider, carrying him safely through the battle and then to safety after before succumbing to his own fatal battle wound. My dad told me this story several years before I got a horse and I classified it away with all the other miscellaneous information in my head. I didn't give it anymore weight at the time and definitely never considered the role
Horses are the warriors of my heart. They keep me true and honest with myself. Forcing me to confront my strengths and weaknesses, and pushing me to find the next level of success that I'm looking for. That's why I'm starting this blog. To keep track of each one of my warriors. The progress they make, their victories, setbacks and breakthroughs. More than anything this blog is going to be a daily reminder of where I have been and where I want to go. Setting me and my warrior in the right direction no matter what the future may hold.