I would like to share a new thing I've started doing. I love spending time with my horses, Little Star and Touching Fire, as most of my friends know.
I wanted something to help motivate me in stepping things up a bit regarding our riding skills and more interaction in time spent with them.
I used to ride around this area on trails and dirt back roads that lead to nowhere in particular, dangerous I know. Besides being too risky out and about by myself with Fire, Little Star could not be a part of it. So, I decided to change my routine with them.
Something I've started doing is keeping a riding and interaction log or journal and documenting the dates of the days I've ridden. I write all that we have done in the journal . I draw out the course we rode in that day and I also mark the days down on my chalkboard that I keep on my desk.
In years to come, I will enjoy reading over these pages when Star and Fire are no longer with me.
I also started making an obstacle course out of little things I have on hand; pool noodles, plastic crates, tarps, bales of straw and such. I want to keep it interesting with working simulators.
While I am riding, Star stays close by and interacts with us. Then she gets her turn with me. One day maybe I will be riding my Little Star around the obstacle course instead of only ground work with her.
This little practice of writing down our time spent in the saddle and on the ground helps to push me when I am feeling challenged by my health.
My husband seems to enjoy this time also. I would love for him to be able to ride. For now he is content just to spoil them.
Our horses stay on a farm that belongs to our friends. All of my props are easy to pick up out of the pasture and pack away under my saddle rack, or close by out of everyone else's way.
So, whether you're a part of a riding club or do most of your riding alone you might want to give this a try. I am enjoying it at this season of my life. I also drink a cup of chamomile tea before I head to the barn. It helps me be more patient with Fire's stubbornness. When I consider my horses' ways, they are reflecting me back to myself. I have much to learn about me.
It is nice looking at my chalk board and seeing all of the days I chose to ride. We may not be competing in a local rodeo or endurance race but I am okay with that, for now anyway.
I hope you have enjoyed this little tidbit outlining my new activities and procedures involving time with my horses. Maybe it could even inspire you to do something a little different with your routine.
As for the videos I mentioned in an earlier edition, I am still trying to work out the kinks. I'm not happy with the ones I have done so far. Hopefully next month I'll produce one I like and interesting enough to share with you.
One more new things I'm doing is making our own laundry detergent. A couple of the ingredients are Ivory soap, borax and super washing soda. So far it seems to work great and it smells wonderful too!
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