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Practicing Mindfulness with My Horse

The thing I’m into lately is how to change my thought patterns when interacting with horses. I’ve been listening to Warwick Shiller’s podcast where he interviews guests who have what I call “next level” horsemanship. These people have had a ton of success in the equestrian world, but they’ve done it by being kind to… Continue reading Practicing Mindfulness with My Horse

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If you want to learn patience, get a donkey…

Horses will teach you to be confident and assertive, to take charge of a situation, to control your energy and become a trusted leader your horse will want to follow. I’ve written about that here. A donkey will teach you to wait. And wait. And wait some more. Horses and donkeys are similar in many… Continue reading If you want to learn patience, get a donkey…

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Improving my horsemanship by getting rid of one thing…

I’ve been thinking about mindfulness lately. Some people call it zen or a flow state. It’s that mental place where you are 100% consumed with whatever is right in front of you. In a podcast I was listening to the other day, the host was talking about getting rid of judgement as a precursor to… Continue reading Improving my horsemanship by getting rid of one thing…

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Bridleless riding on my old racehorse…

Baron turned 18 this month. I wish he were a little calmer at this stage in his life, but alas, he is and will always be a thoroughbred, which means that he will always be just a bit more excitable than his colder-blooded cousins. Since I’ve moved, I’ve had to ride alone because the other… Continue reading Bridleless riding on my old racehorse…

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If you want to practice mindfulness, get a horse…

Ever hear anyone say “Be Here Now?” Ever hear anyone talk about meditation or mindfulness? Have you ever tried to meditate? I have, and I failed miserably. Do you know how hard it is to clear your mind and be still, especially when all of our brains are so hyped up on digital stimulation? Mindfulness… Continue reading If you want to practice mindfulness, get a horse…