Whenever I run into a training problem with my equines, it always bums me out. It’s like when your kid does something really stupid and you wonder what you could have done better as a parent to prevent it. But always on the other side of any training issue I realize that I learned something… Continue reading Trailer Loading the Slow, Gentle Way
I think equines are constantly communicating with us, whether we’re clever enough to listen or not. I’ve only been riding Ellie since this summer, just a few months, but as soon as I started I noticed some troubling signs. As soon as I would pull the saddle out of the trailer where I tack her… Continue reading Lessons from a Mule #8- Does the mule want to be ridden?
I love reading horse ads. What people say and don’t say is very telling. Some people are honest to a fault; some people tell lie after lie. I love horses and would have one in every size and color if I could afford it, so even though I’m not in the market, I still like… Continue reading There’s no such thing as a bombproof horse.
I don’t consider myself a super spiritual, New Age-ey kind of chick. I don’t consult a psychic or insist on Feng Shui-ing my whole house. But I do believe in energy, and there’s science to back me up. (If you want to totally blow your mind, Google “string theory” or the “Theory of Everything.” Seriously,… Continue reading The Power of Energy when Working with Horses
I think my biggest mistake in working with my horses is that I take things too personally. I make lots of mistakes, and I’m forever learning better ways to work with my equines, but the biggie for me is that I get my feelings hurt when they don’t behave. I take it as a personal… Continue reading Lessons from a Mule #7- The Mule is Not a Dog.
I recently read a blog post that blew my mind. I came across it while lying in bed playing with my phone at 2 a.m. because I couldn’t sleep after having a really rotten day. Let me tell you about my day. . . I had planned to ride Miss Mule in a Christmas parade,… Continue reading Lessons from a Mule #6- If you give a mule a choice…
This is a hard post to write because it’s hard to admit that I’m afraid. They say admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery, right? So here goes. Hi, I’m Julia and I’m afraid of getting hurt while riding. I used to read posts on Facebook and other equestrian forums about… Continue reading Dealing with Fear as an Equestrian
I’m the type of person that loves a challenge. If you want me to do something, just tell me I can’t, or better yet, that I shouldn’t. I’m happiest when I have a project to work on- a horse that needs training, a horse trailer to fix up, or a trip to plan. The joy… Continue reading Horses and Brain Chemistry- why I used to love the crazy ones…
I have had blogs in the past that were specifically about horses. I’d like to continue writing about my equines on this blog, but relate what I learn from them to larger life lessons that even non- horse people can relate to. So even if you’ve never seen a mule, you’ll see why mine plays… Continue reading Lessons from a Mule#1 – Take Chances