Managing expectations. Why is this important? As always in these blogs, life is blended with horses because to me, they are the same thing but also; good Horsemanship is basically good life skills. Balancing expectations with reality can be make a world of difference. So many of the lessons horses are trying to teach … Continue reading Singing Pigs & Person X
I have written about Progress before. To see what I previously penned about the subject of growth click here: https://expatequestrian.com/2019/01/02/progress/ I feel like it is time for me to revisit the subject, injecting with it new heart from new experiences. Change is important to me. It is the process of eliminating from your life those … Continue reading The Rollercoaster, The Wave, The Storm and the Silence
It is something I find myself saying a lot lately. 'LOOK! But do not stare!" The difference is huge. The difference rests somewhere the the realms of fixation, stress pathologies and pain addiction. Horses strongly oppose pain. Pain comes in many forms, from the obvious kinds like physical injuries and the invisible kinds such as … Continue reading “Look, but Don’t Stare!” Lessons from the Past Self.
We have ALL been there. Myself included. In fact I fight with it daily! Doubt. Self doubt. A noxious gas that creeps into your lungs, your mind and your heart. One day you are a confident, easy going person, sure of your choices, confident in your actions and going about your business with clarity and … Continue reading The Filly, The Mare and the Good Story of Stress
Such a simple and childish phrase. READY SET GO! Many of us learned it from our earliest days in kindergarten when racing our friends, a healthy level of competition mixed together with fun. The whole aim of this philosophy READY SET GO is to check with your friends, competitors or comrades, before you all begin … Continue reading Ready, set, go!
I just got back from mucking out my stable and paddocks, a time many horse people know is the perfect time for reflection and thought! Some of my best ideas came to me when engaged in simple repetitive activity, like long distance driving, poo picking, or trail riding. DISCLAIMER: LONG POST AHEAD! I have broken … Continue reading The General, Gardener and the Guide
Oops. I said it. A bad word! Did I say it to get your attention? Perhaps? Did it work? If you're reading this, then yes. If I turned a potential reader away, it is probably for the best. Because if you are uncomfortable with The Uncomfortable, then it is best that you do not read … Continue reading Shit!