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New man in my life? How to make positive changes

7 Dec

OK, so the title of this post is a little mis-leading but there is truth to it.  I’ve been in love with horses since I was a little girl and have done everything in my power to be involved with them.  I’ve worked with a lot with people’s horses who have behavioral issues or just need a tune-up every now and then.  I do horse photo shoots for people. I’ve horse sat, I’ve shaved horses for people in the summer when they haven’t shed their winter coats yet.  Working with other people’s horses has fulfilled my horse love to an extent but there has always been a piece missing since I had to put my horse down 4 years ago.  I’ve realized recently I need the companionship and bond back with just one horse.  That trust building and working together to achieve something.  That bond after a long training session of just enjoying the open rolling hills together.  That enjoyment of each others company even though you may not be able to have verbal conversations the way you would with another human.

So… enter Spot!

This is the new “man” in my life 🙂

I’m going to be working with him 3-4 times a week out of my choice and not for money.  For pure happiness and enjoyment.  The opportunity had never really presented itself but if it had, Spot would have been my first choice to work with.  He’s sweet and extremely talented.  We will learn a lot together and he will now probably be making regular appearances on my blog.

Do you have a hobby that makes you happy?  I’d love to hear!  Also, make sure you always keep it in your life.  It’s so important to not lose the things that make you happiest.  Just look for the balance and don’t always sell your soul for money 🙂  Someday, I’d eventually like to have a horse therapy center where people going through a hard time can come and heal while learning how to care for horses.  It’s amazing what these animals can give you once you learn to trust them.

Also, I’ll be very busy these next four or so days.  I’m shooting one of our big concerts on Friday with Mumford and Sons, Jane’s Addiction, Young the Giant, Bush, AND FLORENCE!!!!  Can we say my dreams have come true?!?!  I might not post much until next week but do come back next week as I will have MANY great photo posts to come.  It also reminds me to look at your blogs because I really do LOVE reading your posts!


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Lunch lounging

23 Aug

I don’t know what it is about fresh air that seems to be such a necessity in my 8+hour work day but I can’t go without getting outside for a little enjoyment of the sunshine and ocean breeze.  There are many different spots I like to explore and go “lunch lounging” as I like to call it.  One of my favorites is Justin Herman Plaza.  It’s packed with people around lunch but yet there is room for everyone to have their own space.  Lately I’ve been laying right by the fountain (in the picture below) which is pretty close to being under the zip line set-up they have going in the plaza.  It’s fun to watch people leap off the platform and screech with enjoyment for about 15 seconds.  I can also see the beautiful Ferry Building, the bay bridge, the water,  and the enormous concrete monsters called the Embarcadero centers.  It’s a great space to enjoy a lunch lounge if you will.

A little fresh air is also majorly conducive to a better day.  Try it and you will see 🙂

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 : )