Where's Your Bliss?
I realized the other day how much I miss riding. I still hop on a horse every now and then but that’s not the type of riding I’m talking about. RecentlyI have been mostly working with horses that I’m starting under saddle or helping with trauma or behavioural issues. There’s been times when I’ve been doing a lot of riding but it’s been a long time since I have spent much time in the saddle on “going “ horses.
The truth is I love helping horse and their people connect on a deeper level, in whatever discipline they choose. My speciality is communication and relationships. I focus on opening the lines of communication, understanding and leadership. When these lines are open it’s time for these partners to move on, or back, to the trainers who excel in teaching the nuances of their chosen discipline.
But here’s another truth. My discipline of choice is the hunter/jumper industry...and I’ve explored many facets of the horse industry. When I say I miss riding this is what I miss. I’m into spending endless hours without stirrups or in my half seat. When my legs and abs burn I know I’m developing my body in a way that allows me to stay out of my horses way, and only communicate when I need to. Practicing upward and downward transitions so that I can use the subtlest of aids to transmit my intention to my horses rocks my world. Knowing my horse and I can fluidly navigate a course of jumps...well that’s frickin amazing!
So why am I sharing this with you? I’ve learned from personal experience that if I’m not following my bliss when it comes to horses, or anything in my life, it becomes hard to navigate through the ups and downs that come with any relationship. When I’m passionate about something I remember that growth can be uncomfortable, and maybe this “down” is just an opportunity to learn and grow.
That being said one of my visions for 2014 (I prefer visions to goals but more on that in a later post) is being back in the saddle with burning legs and aching abs. Which means more joy for me. More joy leads to more inspiration. So be ready for plenty of blog posts!