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I always find myself back here

18 Jul

So many things going on lately, I’ve been too busy to ride for a few weeks.  Being busy has been a wonderful thing except for the fact that I couldn’t squeeze in some barn time.  I can’t go too long without getting out to the barn and no matter what, I always find myself back here.

Somewhere only we know

12 Jan

Lately I’ve been busier than I could even explain.  It’s a great thing but I always need to make the time for getting out to the barn because it’s a place that I feel like only me and Spot can appreciate in the moment.  I absolutely adore him.  I find that on weekends when the sun is out, I love taking him on adventures out of the regular indoor arena that we ride in on dark week nights because it’s lit.  He loves every bit of the attention and he works so hard in every training session we have.  I know it may sound cheesy but it’s really true what people say, there is nothing like the bond between a girl and her horse 🙂  Being at the barn brings my sanity and calm attitude back.  Right before I was about the leave the sun started setting and I snapped some more photos of my haven.  What’s yours??

 

This is my kind of love

17 Dec

Spotty and I have been spending more time together and it’s amazing how caring animals can be.  I am really starting to love this guy 🙂

It had been too long

4 Nov

It’d been about three weeks since I’d been able to get out to the barn to ride and I’d really been missing it.  Even with the storm coming in, somehow I still think it’s one of the most beautiful places.

The clouds were moving somewhat fast in this :30s exposure.

Happy Friday!  Enjoy a great weekend 🙂

My Saturday ride

18 Sep

I hadn’t been to the barn in about two weeks with all the wedding festivities so yesterday was my first day back and wow did it feel good to get back in the saddle.  I’m feeling the soreness today though.  You forget how many muscles you use riding (even though many who do NOT ride, beg to differ).  Today my back, shoulders, thighs and more are feeling the burn.  Above is a mare from my barn who I rode yesterday.  I took her out on the trail first to just get out of the arena.  If you ride dressage you know how much time you spend in a dressage court and how nice it can be to get out sometimes.  I’m spending today lounging and recovering but I’ll be back in the saddle on Tuesday 🙂  I’ll try to take some more photos then of the horses.  They are the most beautiful animal, I just can’t get enough.

Another Friday night at the barn

22 Aug

This past Friday evening was spent out with the horses again.  It’s so peaceful out there all animals are out enjoying the beautiful evening weather.  Here’s a few photos.

Deer as usual, un-phased, by the passers by.

  The gate to my sanctuary : )

Riding off into the sunset?

15 Aug

People use the expression “riding off into the sunset” like it’s not a possibility but my Friday night at the barn was no ordinary ride.  Since I work all day, during the winter I never get to ride outside because the sun is already down by the time I get out to the barn.  Friday night however, the sun was still out when I got to the barn so I tacked up and headed down to our outdoor arena.  The sun started to set and I had to snap a photo because the sunset was so beautiful.  Here’s the photo that I got.

It was one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen.  All animals were out enjoying the nice night.

My Medicine

27 Jul

I snapped this photo last night leaving the barn.

I’ve been taking care of horses for people for years but riding since I was a baby which is pretty funny considering no one else in my family shares the same passion for horses.  I’ve been working A LOT lately when I compile my full-time career, my production company job (putting together environmental film festivals for the US and sporadically other countries), and my horse “job”….  I can’t consider horses a job though because I thoroughly enjoy being around them.  People always ask me, “How do you do it??  Aren’t you tired??”  The answer to the second question is easy and of course, yes I’m tired.  The answer to the first question is a little more complicated though.

How do I do it…

Well after having a 10+ hr day (including commute) for just one of my jobs it’s very hard to muster up a thriving motivational energy BUT I can’t imagine any other place to be besides out with the horses.  They are so loyal and trusting considering the size and strength they have.  It’s the only sport where a human works with an animal in unison.  They can read and feed off of whatever emotion you are going through and somehow they can understand.  It’s really, truly amazing and beautiful.

Last night while I was at my barn, I was working with a horse who is in recovery from an injury.  I haven’t worked with him much before so at first he was very shy towards me.  The more time I spent brushing him and tacking him up to go to work, he slowly but surely became more relaxed.  Once I got on him, I felt like I was at home and he released the tension from his back (which is where a lot of nervous horses hold it).  I’m so used to being in strict training mode that I have to remember every horse is on a different level and path.  This one is simply on the recovery to a healthy body after pulling ligaments in his hind leg.  For such large animals, you’d be absolutely shocked how fragile they are.  We went through our work out and he was so eager to please, trying every exercise at his best.  The sun started setting so I brought him back to his stall, groomed him and gave him his vitamins for the day.  Then I was onto the next one.

The next horse is a completely different horse.  He’s a retired racehorse that was saved by a very loving owner.  She’s made an excellent jumper out of him from the bond they have built.  Usually when horses come from the track they are skittish and don’t trust anybody.  This horse has spun a 180 from his track days.  I was able to ride him outside as the sun was setting and as a reward, for him and me,  took him to the rolling hills and just let him run free.  It’s so liberating to just trust a horse enough to let them take the reins and trust that you both only want the same thing, to feel free.

So to ask me how do I do it after such a long day?  I can’t imagine NOT doing it.  If you ever have something in your life that can fill an extremely long and tiring day with a young heart again, don’t ever let it go.

Every horse has a different story and although riding horses is physically demanding on a rider it is on a horse as well.  This short blog posting was only about two of the many that I work with.  The picture posted at the top is not one of the two I wrote about today but he has the kindest eyes, I love to visit with him at the barn : )

 

My nights

21 Jul

A lot of nights I spend with one of my favorite things in the whole world… horses out at the barn.

Usually I’m there right before sunset because I don’t get there until after work.  It’s such a nice way to end my day.

I spend LOTS of time in this arena.

The barn 🙂