Have you ever had an AMAZING teacher? A teacher that encouraged you, helped you, and challenged you to become your best? Whether it was a school teacher or an instructor in sports, a teacher can often be extremely influential in helping you reach your goals and truly become a better person. I am so grateful to have had a few of those incredible teachers in my life. One of those continues to be an integral part of my life. Who you might ask? Well… one of the best teachers I have ever had is my horse. That might sound silly, but it is 100% true. Horses can be incredible teachers…if you are willing to learn from them. The horses I have ridden have taught me so much and definitely have helped me to develop into the rider and person I am today. Today I want to share with you 3 ways that horses can help in shaping you as well as a rider and person.
HAPPY 1st YEAR ANNIVERSARY HORSE CHATS!!!
Today marks one year since I started my equestrian blog, Horse Chats with Keeley. I feel so blessed to have had and continue to be on this exciting journey. One year ago, in October 2016, I decided to try something new and start a blog. Starting something new can be nerve wracking, but can also be super rewarding.
So, I decided to go full throttle ahead designing my blog, even though I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I finally launched my blog and was so excited and nervous to share my experiences and stories with the world. I quickly began to meet new people including blogger friends and was thrust into the online world (let me tell ya, it’s huge). My ultimate goal in creating Horse Chats was to share my love for horse riding and to “inspire others to ride”. That is the Horse Chats story in a nutshell…
I took a breath, said a simple prayer, and lifted the saddle onto Aurora’s back…
Aurora was a friend’s horse that I was in the process of training. She was 7 years old and let’s just say a little herd bound with no experience with a rider on her back, let alone a saddle. I would say, it definitely was a little too much for me to handle at 14 years old. But, I wasn’t going to give up just because of my age (trust me, I don’t give up easily). So, two days a week with a halter and a load of treats in hand, I walked the long pathway to Aurora’s paddock.
Do you have friends that would love to come see your horses, but aren’t exactly “horse riders” on a regular basis? Do you have friends that are nervous around horses, but you still really want them to come out? Well, if you do, I totally understand. It can be hard at times to incorporate your friends in your barn routine especially if they aren’t into horses as much as you are. So, today I am going to share with you my top 5 tips to involve your friends in your barn life, whether they are horse riders or have never even seen a horse before. Enjoy the tips!
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!
Hey! Welcome back to another blog post! I recently began a new hobby which is photography. About a month ago, I got a brand new camera and was super eager to try it out and take photos of my horses. Today, I am sharing with you my equine fall photography shoot that I recently did with my horses as well as some others. Fall is such a beautiful time of year, so I thought, why not make the most out of it and take some photos. I am super excited to show these to you and I hope that you like them as much as I do! I added all of the horse’s names to each picture as well 🙂 Let’s not wait any longer! Enjoy the look book. P.S – Click on the first pic to make the image larger
Since becoming a horse rider, I have always tried to stay fit and healthy to help me to become the best rider I can be. Unlike football players, soccer players, dancers, and gymnasts, horse riders use and activate different muscles. We have to learn how to properly stretch those muscles not only to benefit us, but our horses as well.
My goal has always been to become more flexible. I strive to at least stretch once a day and honestly, it has really helped my overall health as well as my muscles. I have definitely noticed a difference in my riding as I am more loose, flexible, and relaxed. There are many benefits to stretching and making it part of your daily routine.
Horses are very unpredictable at times. At one moment they are afraid of a large puddle and another moment they are jumping out of their skin from the sight of their own shadow. It’s really tough sometimes to know how to deal with and help a horse who spooks easily. Sometimes, people who don’t deal with the issue at hand, immediately run into more problems in the future. As horse riders, we need to learn how to help our horses who spook and prevent further issues from developing. Today, I am sharing with you 3 tips that I feel can help a horse that spooks. I hope that you enjoy the tips and most of all find them super helpful!
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. 🙂