There has been a lot of heartache and tragedies on the news lately and to be honest, it all can very disheartening and depressing. I just want to say, that my heart goes out to everyone who has been affected by some of these events. During this time, I like to focus on the things that I am grateful for. Even the simple things. I live in Canada and today it is Thanksgiving Day, so I thought why not share with you some of the things that I am thankful for in my horsey life. I hope that you enjoy today’s post and for all of my Canadian friends… Happy Thanksgiving!
Ever since becoming a horse lover, I have find myself doing certain things that I presume other horse lovers can totally relate to. When you’re a horse lover, you develop certain habits and obsessions that quickly become a regular part of life. I always remember the days when I come home from the barn and my family knows I smell like horse, but I can’t smell anything! I definitely have become used to the smell at the barn. I thought it would be fun to share some quirky characteristics I feel every horse lover can relate to. If you can’t relate, I hope this might give you a good laugh. 🙂
Hey everyone! Happy Monday! Recently, I attended the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride. I have one word to describe it… incredible. The precision and organization of their skills and tricks was amazing. The performance was flawless. The RCMP Musical Ride is performed by a full troop of 32 riders and their horses. The performance includes multiple drills and exercises choreographed to music, entertains many people all over Canada, and also raises money for local charities and organizations. Overall, the RCMP musical ride aims to uphold Canadian traditions and heritage. Below, check out three of the drills the RCMP perform as well as some of the pictures that I took while I was attending the musical ride. Enjoy!
My experience working with rescue horses has been truly amazing! Horses in general make you focus on your inner feelings and thoughts, but rescue horses take this to a WHOLE other level. When I found out that my family and I were going to be moving to Alberta in 2014, I started to do my research on horse stables and some organizations I could volunteer or get involved with. As a horse crazy 12 year old, I had a TON of horse magazines (I am not even kidding you, there were too many to count)! So one night as I was looking through my stash of horse magazines, I came across an incredible story about an organization called Rescue 100 Horses Foundation. I was reading through the article and came across where the foundation was located. To my amazement, it was close to where my family and I were moving to, which I was VERY excited about. I remember the exact moment… I ran downstairs and announced excitedly telling my parents about the foundation and that they were accepting volunteers. I immediately emailed the volunteer coordinator asking if there was availability and if they were accepting volunteers at that moment. She emailed me back and told me they were accepting volunteers and that they would love to have me join them.
Hey everyone! Welcome back to another blog post! So today I am SUPER excited to announce that I am officially releasing Horse Chats FIRST vlog ever!! As I was editing this video, I literally could not handle my excitement of being able to show you all. This video is all about my regular barn routine which will show clips of me getting Kahari ready to ride and riding her as well. I hope that you all enjoy this vlog!
Hey everyone! YAY! Throwback Thursday is back and BETTER! I have been so excited for this post because this throwback really holds a special place in my heart. Now, sit back, relax and let me tell you about the time when I cantered for the first time. As a young girl I felt like I had accomplished the world, but I won’t spoil the story, so let’s get into it!
About 5 years ago, I cantered for the first time and let me tell you it was pretty AMAZING! I had just settled into a new barn that I was taking lessons at and I was working on completing the canter. Previously, I hadn’t cantered because I was too young and hadn’t learned enough yet to be prepared to efficiently (and smoothly haha) make my way into the canter. I had loved taking lessons as a young girl and I was so excited to be learning how to canter because I felt like I had come a long way in my riding. It is so inspiring and motivating to see your improvements and progress at work! At the stable I was riding at, I had ridden the same horse every lesson. He was a middle-aged quarter horse, Palomino.
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Everyone has stories of their horse journey and how they came to be a horse lover. So, that is why I am launching THROWBACK THURSDAYS!! Throwback Thursday is when I am going to tell stories once a month about my horse journey…and of course you probably guessed it… it will happen on a Thursday. I am going to give you a sneak peak into my beginnings with horses. Today, I am telling you the story of when I got my first horse. Yes, that was the BEST day of my life! Cozy up, maybe grab a cup of something warm, and let’s start the story…
Last Tuesday, I had a riding lesson with my trainer and I learned two key concepts that I think every rider should know. As I was riding, I realized that there are so many different concepts that we can learn in riding, but to really excel at one concept we, first, have to have proper teaching and second we can’t give up. Sometimes, it takes a while for us to grasp it and actually understand it, but once we do, there is no one stopping us. I also realized riders sometimes can feel tense or tight in the saddle if we are nervous or anxious. When we do that, our horses get all tense and then the concepts we are trying to learn seem even more difficult. So, today I am giving you a little sneak peak into my riding lesson to show the two concepts I learned and I am hopeful that this will help you to better understand them as well. Enjoy!
Well, it is officially 2017! I am so excited for what this year is going to offer!
I recently had some inspiration for a blog post when I was figuring out what my New Year resolutions were going to be for 2017. Everyone has goals and dreams in life, so I thought why not write a post on my personal New Year’s resolutions for 2017. Setting our goals before the year starts helps us create a new perspective and a fresh, open mind for the New Year. Today, I am giving you 5 of my New Year’s resolutions as a horseback rider. The awesome thing about New Year’s resolutions is that at the end of the year you can look back and reflect on your goals; what you achieved and what you didn’t. It also helps in setting your goals for the years to come as well.