Sometimes, we need a little inspiration to help guide our path when life gets cloudy. In a previous post entitled "Mental Fitness in Riding", I mentioned Barbara Shulte. https://thebackyardhorseblog.wordpress.com/2020/03/18/mental-fitness-in-riding/. Barbara is a Professional Cutting Horse Trainer, Personal Performance Coach, Author, Clinician, and Equine Consultant. She was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in… Continue reading Daily Encouraging Message- Free Email Offer For Equestrians
Many of us are trying to adjust to travel restrictions, job lay offs and having access to only essential services. Sometimes taking your eyes off your own problems for a minute is balm for the soul. I thought I would pass on a few ideas I have come across for spreading goodwill in a time… Continue reading Feeling like a Horse on Stall Rest? Activity Ideas That Also Give
PREFACE: The issue of timing comes up a lot in the equestrian world. Generally, it is mentioned in the context of the application of aids. Matching which aid to apply with which footfall of the horse. Coordination of aids during a certain moment of a movement. The more precise you want your riding to be,… Continue reading Essay: The Right Horse At The Right Time
I haven't seen any statistics, but I would bet that most backyard horse-keepers also care for other animals. If you have dogs or cats, you may already be familiar with the online pet- product company Chewy. Did you know that Chewy also sells products for horses? While their horse offerings do not rival a typical… Continue reading Chewy Sells Horse Stuff!
I appreciate many aspects of keeping my horses at home. One thing that has caught my attention as of late is how their presence encourages me to keep a routine. I don't usually need much prompting in this department as I seem naturally drawn to structure and organization. But during times in my life when… Continue reading The Comfort and Beauty In Routine
Here are five internet articles that I have used to get ideas for my own backyard horse-keeping. For those of you who are cost-conscious like I am, you may especially appreciate that many of the ideas are free or low-cost to implement. https://ecoequine.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/around-the-farm-uses-of-hay-strings/ https://horseandrider.com/how-to/upcycle-your-feed-sacks https://www.proequinegrooms.com/index.php/tips/grooming/barn-hacks-part-seven-dollar-store-edition https://www.horsetricks101.com/2015/09/31-things-to-do-with-your-horse-other-than-riding/ https://www.insightfulequine.com/create-a-post-ride-routine-for-maximum-progress/ What is YOUR favorite barn-hack link? Post them… Continue reading Five Barn-Hack Links: Ideas You Can Use Today to Save $$$
PREFACE TO ORIGINAL POST: Originally, I was going to tie this post about mental fitness into a report covering my first horse show of the year. I was scheduled to participate at an indoor horse show at a really cool venue courtesy of the barn where I take riding lessons during the Winter. Unfortunately, the… Continue reading Mental Fitness in Riding
As a new blogger, I follow many other horse blogs so I can keep up with current topics in the horse world. Today I am reblogging this current (3/17/20) post from The $900 Facebook pony. She commiserates with many of us who have had events cancelled but also stresses the importance of eliminating these gatherings. She also details suggestions for how we can be supportive of each other and the horse industry in general during this Corona Virus season.
Like many others, I have had a long anticipated horse show cancelled this month. Last week after I learned of the closure of that event, my husband’s job was eliminated.
I know many of us are stressed. At the same time, please remember to be kind with your words and actions towards others. Help where you can.
Smiles are free.
Well guys, this corona thing really spiraled quickly didn’t it? Things look a lot different today than they did a week ago, or even just 4 days ago. USEF, USEA, and FEI have cancelled shows for now, and everything is coming to a screeching halt. Whether or not any of us contracts the virus, this is definitely going to affect all of us in some way.
Over the weekend I have to admit that I was very disappointed to see the people on social media who wanted to keep horse showing in the coming weeks despite all this, and the organizers who wanted to keep offering schooling shows because riders asked for them. I’m not sure why some of us seem to feel exempt from what all the experts are recommending, and what our societal obligation demands. The time to buckle down is now, and there is nothing special about…
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Today, March 16th, 2020 is my 15 year anniversary with Bear who is today's model for our Inspiration Ideation quote. I suspect that if Bear could read, he would heartily agree with the John Lyon's quote written above. Thank you, my dear Bear, for all the important lessons you continue to teach me and for… Continue reading Inspiration Ideation
While many folks are stocking up on toilet paper, food and cleaning supplies in case of quarantine due to contraction of the Corona Virus, we backyard horse-owners have additional issues to consider. Namely, if we ourselves were required to stay home, do we have all the horse supplies that we would need? https://thehorse.com/185822/are-your-horses-ready-for-you-to-be-quarantined/ Two extra… Continue reading The Backyard Horse-Owner: Ideas on Preparing For Quarantine
Can I review a book before I have even read it? On 3/10, Horse Nation published my essay "Why This Rural Middle-Aged White Woman is Looking Forward to Reading "Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America's Urban Heartland". The book's release date is in April so I have not read the book yet.… Continue reading Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America’s Urban Heartland
When most equestrians think of senses, I imagine that the sense of sight first comes to mind. What is more gorgeous to look at than a horse, right? But a person who is sighted often forgets that people can and do absorb information in other ways. Years ago, I volunteered at a therapeutic riding center.… Continue reading Is Horse Care a Multi-Sensory Experience?
As a backyard horse-keeper, I am responsible for all my horses' care. I make the decisions about housing, feeding, exercising, health care, etc . . . I am the only person out there with my horses day in and day out. In many ways, I welcome the autonomy that backyard horse-keeping entails, but an enormous… Continue reading Continuing Education For The Backyard Horse-Keeper
Some of you lucky readers get to ride year around. Maybe you live someplace where it is seventy degrees 12 months of the year. Maybe you have your very own indoor arena that protects you from inclement weather. Maybe you are just super-duper immune to heat, rain, wind and cold. As for me, well, I… Continue reading Spring Riding Contemplation
I know that some of you are still dealing with snow and cold temperatures, but I promise, Spring is coming. In yesterday's post, my horse Shiloh showed us that Spring is indeed on the way. In many parts of the country, Spring means that horses will soon have access to a fresh growth of grass.… Continue reading Spring Is Coming . . . Got Grazing Muzzle?
Thanks to my horse, Shiloh, for providing evidence that Spring actually is around the corner!
Photo by Lisa Fotios on Pexels.com What IS a busy equestrian to do? Not everyone has the time to contribute to the horse industry by doing activities like serving on a horse club committee, volunteering at a therapeutic riding center or fostering a horse for a rescue. A busy equestrian CAN though be positive with… Continue reading For The Busy Equestrian- An easy way to give back to the horse community