Dilemmas, dilemmas – where do I start?
My blog… my thoughts… my galloping heart!
I jump in the car, ‘to the horses’ I think:
The journey’s a blur, and gone in a wink.
I pull on my boots, and slam the door,
And follow the path, through the woods once more.
To the paddocks below, when a sudden breeze,
Grabs a leaf of my note book, I STOP, I freeze…
The moment brings clarity, a sense of relief.
Taking a deep breath, I remember to breathe….
The birds sing brightly, the warm wind lifts my hair.
I step into the paddock, underarm is my chair.
The ground at my feet, stress eases away.
My mind is no longer, running astray.
The beauty of the moment begins to flow,
as I turn my attention to the horses below.
Two horses nibbling, relaxed and calm.
A woodpecker’s drum creates no alarm,
Incessantly searching, for the best morsel of grass.
The spring may be here but the grass is still sparse.
Clouds float by as they gently tease,
the whole of the herd is at rest, at ease.
A distant dog barks, a kite soars in the sky,
steady hooves step forward, as I hear a sigh.
A feeling of peace spreads over me too,
as I settle down in my chair, under the big blue…
She steps up as I sit, and start to write.
Nostrils flaring, legs spread, ready for flight.
This is the first time I’ve sat in a chair in her space,
and clearly she’s wary, though as gentle as lace.
Our bond is just beginning, for I will not lie.
She steps back, to resume eating, whilst keeping an eye…
It’s been a long time since I’ve had a horse of my own.
The longing for that special connection has not flown.
Without judgement, or agenda, my heart lifts as I glance over,
An opportunity to explore, I am thankful to her owner.
To consolidate my learning, over the past few years,
different methods and approaches, still ring in my ears…
What does it take to loose the label ‘grumpy mare’?
To clarify and communicate, my unique lesson to share?
Inspired by ‘The Chair Challenge’ with Carolyn Resnick
’A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’ Lao Tzu
Stepping out of our comfort zone is never easy. Despite being a successful horse trainer who has rehabilitated and trained countless horses, run numerous workshops, stood up to give umpteen public talks and demo’s, the written word has always caused me to shy away. The finality of it, the ease of misinterpretation, or being misunderstood has caused me to avoid it as much as possible.
As I start on my first official blog, I embrace my fears, doubts and dyslexic tendencies, (please excuse the dodgy spelling & grammar!) and with excitement and trepidation I begin to write about my journey with ‘Boots’ – the horse with two faces. I hope I can reach out and inspire others to embrace their fears, to open their hearts and minds, and to create the life and relationships they dream of.
Like all of us, I am faced with the reality vs. the dream, the practicality vs. my ideals. We also have many faces: For me they include a wife, mum, horse trainer, coach, a public persona and a private one… For Boots, perhaps, it is more simple, relaxed vs. agitated, curious vs. fearful, playful vs. angry?
All of this and more I hope to explore and I’d like to get to know you too. So please comment below and share your thoughts, dreams, challenges and fears. What problems are you experiencing with your horse and what first step are you going to take to make a change?
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Next time I will be sharing Part 2 of my story. As I aim to help people to experience the joy found in a mutually beneficial partnership and empower people to become the person our horse really wants to follow.
Before then, thank you so much for taking the time to read this.
Till next time, enjoy the moment, with a little TLC
With best wishes