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Recapping 2019

I had many great horsey experiences in 2019!  I am really pleased with how the year went overall; nothing is ever perfect, but both horses are sound, happy, and healthy, which is really what matters to me.

Some of my 2019 goals were met easily or with lots of hard work, and a few of them were utter fails haha.  C'est la vie! Let's recap!

Happy, health, sound
Both mares are doing well in this regard!  Dreamy will be 29 this year, and while she definitely shows signs of her age at times, she overall looks and acts much younger than she really is!  Ellie has really matured this year, filling out as well as mentally becoming more comfortable in her own skin.  As she will be eight this year, I feel like we have moved through the baby phase.

Continue lessons with Beth and Babette
This goal was met and then some!  I took almost weekly dressage lessons with Beth and monthly jump lessons with Babette. Thanks to the Morgan Dressage Association scholarship, I was also able to attend two clini…

Day Twenty Two: 30 Day Challenge

Day Twenty Two: Describe the importance of riding in your life


I ride and own horses because they define who I am.  I simply cannot imagine my life without my horses.  I don’t ever remember not having horses in my life.  I think for me loving horses is an inborn trait!  I enjoy the responsibility that comes with owning horses and keeping them in my backyard.  I like working hard, getting blisters, and feeling tired after a good ride or from putting up hundreds of hay bales.  Riding and showing allows me to set goals and create hopes/dreams for the future.  My horses’ good health and my riding accomplishments make me very proud.  My horses give me comfort, teach me patience, and accept me for who I am.  I know I will never be without a horse in my life.

Horses represent power, beauty, and strength, which are all traits I think woman want to possess.  Since “power” and “strength” are often masculine qualities, horses offer me a chance to be those things in a more feminine way.  There is nothing quite like riding a good gallop across a field, mastering a dressage concept, or soaring over fences to make me feel strong and powerful.  But often this power is coupled with gentleness as well.  Horses appeal to both of my feminine and masculine sides. 

I appreciate the communication between a horse and rider.  It is subtle and complex, and unlike any communication between humans.  It is more sensitive and pure.  My relationship with my horses is something that I treasure and I know it can never be recreated with a human being.


Also, I think women are nurturers, and therefore we often revel in taking care of our horses: I know I get a lot of enjoyment out of brushing, feeding, mucking, and worrying about my horses!  I think women like myself are attracted to horses because they not only represent something to care for (and care for very deeply), but also because it allows us something to give ourselves.  When I am riding or showing, it is MY time.  It is a break from my work/family/home responsibilities.  

I remember writing my college essay back in 1997 about the importance of horses in my life and what they taught me.  I was accepted into all four colleges I applied to, so it must have been decent.  ;-)  Of course, having looked for it now to post here, I cannot find it. 

My mare Sparky (left) and FW Volo, 1997



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  1. Sparky's got the sweetest looking face. I know that's rather unrelated to the post... but still!

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