20 Ways Horse Riding Becomes Life Itself

I wanted to reblog this to highlight to non horsey folk just how much we humans gain from having equine friends ūüôā

Horse Listening

* This article is a featured interview on The Dressage Radio Show! Click here if you want to listen to my commentary about many of the points made in the article below.*

At first, horse riding is just like any other skill you want to learn. You put some effort in and eventually become more effective as time goes on.

At some point, things begin to change. Somehow, without you necessarily knowing about it, the lessons the horses have taught you start materializing in your daily activities, even when the circumstances have nothing at all to do with horses.

So you could say that horses are our teachers. Not only do we grow in terms of physical ability, but perhaps even more so, we grow in character.

While we develop as riders, we also grow as human beings. Situations that used to affect us one way no longer bother us…

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The Little Things…….

My¬†LITTLE¬†boy is poorly. High temperature, not eating and generally feeling very sorry for himself. He’s tucked up in bed with Blankie, Dino, Puppy and Pikachu (oh to be 5 again)¬†Tomorrow is his first induction day for Primary School which he will miss, the second is on Thursday so Im keeping my fingers crossed he will be well enough to attend.

A friend is in the country visiting family, Ive known this friend for many many years. Ive been a sounding board dumping ground for this friend for said many many years. Ive gladly been there for this friend in the last few years ( and will do so in the future)¬†as they have faced, sometimes, traumatic experiences in a foreign country. So that said, a¬†LITTLE ¬†communication would be nice now that we’re in the same time zone

As youngest boy was sick today I asked the yard owner to turnout Finlay horse. Explaining why I need this done by a certain time in the morning is complicated but I will try. My yard is great, I like the people, I like the quiet roads to ride out, I like the large arena to school in, its close to home and is reasonably priced. But there is one problem and to some this might seem like a very small trivial problem, my horse hates his stable.

The reason he hates it is because its too closed in. That’s the only reason, he cant see enough of whats going on. Its a little problem in the big scheme of things but to him its huge! For Finlay it means box walking, weaving and wrecking his bed which costs me more money to replace ruined bedding. To anyone non horsey this might sound ridiculous, how can an animal have living space preferences? But they do.¬†LITTLE things can make a huge difference to our equine friends.

My good deed for the day was mucking out my neighbours stable. She works full time and makes the trip up every evening to do her horse. Its been a hot sticky day and I thought the last things she’d want to do was muck out a dusty stable after a long day in the city. She was surprised and delighted when she txt to say thank you. It took me all of 10 minutes, but made her day.

Its the little things……¬†¬†

 

Thank You All

Ive struggled to find words recently hence no blogs but I want to thank the lovely people who have sent Awards to me.

I still haven’t worked out how to reciprocate, but thank you! Talking to others about my condition and how it effects my life or writing about my beloved horse really has helped me realise Im not on my own.

Thank you x