Thursday, December 31, 2009
Whew! It's been a huge week of teaching - and as the days have heated up, so have the challenges mounted! With all the festivities and stressors of Christmas behind us, many students are finding that they are now 'free' to focus on their relationship with their horse ... and are keen to develop their natural skills! The best piece of advice I can give them, aside from 'Take the Time it Takes' is to 'Lighten Up'! Smile more, laugh at your efforts that don't quite work, and always take time to breathe and relax when things do go right! Great for your horse and great for your health too. And when it's hot and tiring, keep your sessions short, before your patience runs out and your temper gets short! Above: on a hot day, Spirit's favorite activity is the 'hosing game'!
Monday, December 21, 2009
With all the edible goodies around at this time of year - not all of them so good for us! - it can be tempting to feed leftovers to our animals as a 'treat'! I was talking to someone just the other day who said that she gave her horse a whole Christmas pudding as her gift! Fortunately the horse was OK, however it's not a good idea to do things like this - a few sliced up apple pieces will do - or my horses' favorites: dried dates! (pitted of course) Must be the arab in them!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
With temperatures soaring again, make sure you are fire-ready, with an escape route, a safe place, travel plans, and above all, preparation! There was a grass fire on a neighbours' property today - and the small community here rallied, as we thought about our precious horses. While it was small and the team of fire trucks quickly got it under control, it's a reminder to us all. And if your horse doesn't load into a trailer, and you live in a fire-prone area, then it's time to get serious about training!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The herd are happy tonight, making mud and whoopee (and just groomed them yesterday!) and chasing the duck family (who still number an amazing 16), while I listen to the water gushing into the pipes and the dam. The tank is full! Guess it'll be green here for a while longer.