Friday, January 29, 2010

Using your Imagination

When it comes to horses, it can be challenging for some people to come up with imaginative ways to keep themselves and their horses interested ... sometimes it can be a good idea to sit down and brainstorm a little, write down some ideas for creative play! Doing the same old thing the same old way can get boring for everyone! Being an instructor keeps my imagination sharp ... I exercise it a lot as I plan clinics, lessons and ways to keep myself and my horses keen! This week was filled with creativity ... going outside the box to help scared horses, to develop the human's confidence and ask horses to do something special! When asking Arriba to learn new 'tricks' for demonstrations, I always consider his point of view and aim to make the learning experience as fun for him as I can. If he's feeling good about things, he'll try harder! Remembering the 'What's In It For Me?' phrase helps you to think laterally ... and there's nothing wrong with a bit of fun (I prefer a lot of fun!) Exercising your imagination is like exercising your body .... the more you do it, the easier it becomes!

Monday, January 18, 2010

It's not what happens, it's how you take it!

Yesterday's wild and definitely unseasonal weather brought an icy blast to the two charity events the Horsemanship with Heart team attended outside Melbourne. Heavy rain, strong wind and chilly temperatures saw us donning our coats and Steph and I even rugged Arriba, who stood shivering, looking hopefully at his cosy float which stood next to our booth! He always does a great job 'meeting and greeting' and was a real trooper, travelling for a total of 6 hours to attend the event. The day brought to mind that we sometimes need to be ready to change our strategy or our plan to fit the circumstances - and to be professional and cheerful no matter what! We had loads of fun and Disney even entered the friendliest pet competition (beaten by a cat!) It's not what happens, it's how you take it! And to be able to laugh at things you cannot change ... such as the weather! A good day had by all, and the hot shower at the end of it absolutely divine!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Almost as hot as Arizona!

Walking out the door of the house today is like walking into an oven! Searing, almost burning, heat, the sort of intensity I remember from living in Scottsdale, Arizona (the desert). On days like this, the only horsing around anyone wants to do involves water! Most of the herd got their hose-down this morning, and are now snoozing under the pine trees up the hill, where they can catch a slight breeze (and keep an eye on the mares next door!) Want to do some horsing around on a hot, hot day? My advice is not to heat-stress your horse - play in water if you have it, hang together in the shade and sit in their horse-trough! And what a great time to watch some of my training DVDs with your favorite icy drink! (Try pineapple, canteloupe and fig juice for delicious health.)

Monday, January 4, 2010

Go For It!

At the beginning of a new year, many of us write lists, make plans, resolutions etc ... (I'm an expert at writing lists: at the beginning of the day, the end of the day, start of a new week, start of the new year etc!) however it's true that all the lists in the world will not make something happen ... it's only Action that makes something happen! So this year is the Year of Going For It, just like Disney (pictured here) who never made a list in his life, yet always dives right into whatever it is he wants!