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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Whoa Nelly

Sorry for the radio silence- life has been beyond busy with tons to do at work and at home. It seems that I'm just bailing enough water to keep my boat afloat.


It's not all bad- Guinness and I have started Obedience classes. 
Obedience? Now why would I need that? 
And the hay is starting to be baled. We got half of it this week and the rest will be next week. Fortunately Andrew and Alec came to help. 


But there are only so many hours in a day, so something has had to give. 

And that's been the riding. 

Which leads to guilt over NOT riding. 

Anyway, I have come to the realization that I need to slow the hell down. 

What has been interesting is that Carmen appears to have noticed as well. She's pausing when I'm in the barn to snuggle with me. 

So tonight I decided that we were going to go ahead with a lesson. Shanea was supposed to come earlier but I had to cancel because of the hay. Fortunately she was able to fit me in because she's leaving for vacation tomorrow.

I'll save the details of the lesson for a different post but it was just what the doctor ordered. I made sure that I didn't rush to the lesson but spent some time grooming her and being quiet. it was so nice to NOT be talking. 

When I took off her halter to put on her bridle she dropped her head and I gave it a little rub by her her forelock. She closed her eyes and leaned into it. So we spent a few minutes just quietly standing - her completely free and me just quietly rubbing her forehead. It was a true grounding moment. 

Then it was over and I put on her bridle and we went up to the ring. And I already felt lighter. 





26 comments:

  1. Ahhhh, breathe it in. You need this.

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  2. There's a lot to that little moment, actually. When they give you their head like that during the bridling, it shows a true acceptance of what's about to happen--the work that most certainly is coming. Pretty big of her.

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  3. Those moments teach us so much if we're listening. Good on you for recognising you need to slow down

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  4. Ah yes the crazy days of summer. Nice to get that relaxed feeling and for Carmen too

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    1. I try to put a lot in during the warm months and sometimes I over do. :D

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  5. Breathe. Slow down.

    I need to take this advice, too. I'm feeling exceptionally overwhelmed lately.

    Breathe. Slow down.

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  6. Those moments are precious gifts. It's so easy to get caught up in the craziness. Slowing down is so hard

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    1. It's really hard. I need to make it a priority

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  7. I love those quiet moments <3

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  8. Do you grow your own hay? I hope things calm down so you can get more riding in.

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    1. no, I use our pasture as part of the daily feeding. We have to take the truck and trailer to the field and pick it up there.

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  9. :-)
    That's exactly what horses should be imo, a peaceful escape from the stress of the rest of life

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  10. Standing with each other and just enjoying that moment is what makes my equine world go 'round.

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  11. Riding and spending time with horses always is such good therapy for me. Glad you were able to take a break from all the things you had going on for a ride :)

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  12. There's a lot to be said for taking a moment when you feel you have the least time to do so.

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  13. Take time! It is OK!! Love these moments you are having with your girl.

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  14. That is what it's all about :)

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