Our awesome working student, Morgan Fullam, is wrapping up her work days and getting ready to head back to school. We want to say THANK YOU so much for your hard work and dedication! It was an absolute blast working with you this summer and we will miss having your bubbly fun self in the barn with us all day! We couldn’t of done it without you! Thank you @morganfullam !! 🐴💕
Hufeisen Report🍀 - Milli hat tatsächlich vor ein paar Tagen vorne Eisen drauf bekommen. Und mein Fazit bisher -> ich bin MEGA zufrieden! Er hat absolut keine Probleme mit dem Beschlag und läuft 1A! Scheint ihm richtig gut zu tun. Es war auf jeden Fall die richtige Entscheidung 🎉🤗 Beim Beschlagen selbst, hat er sich übrigens wie ein Profi angestellt! Nicht gezappelt, nicht gezuckt. Der Schmied hat seine Hufe sehr gelobt und meinte auch, dass er eine sehr unkomplizierte Hufform hätte. Deswegen konnte er ihn kalt beschlagen :) .. was für Milow natürlich viel entspannter war! // ich wünsche euch allen einen guten Start in die Woche ❤️
Add some shoulder tapping to your warm up! It’s a quick and easy way to reduce tension and experience more openness in your shoulders.
Tap all around one shoulder for 30 seconds. Focus on your shoulder as you’re tapping it and breathe fully. After you finish, pause for a moment to notice how your shoulder feels after being tapped. Then repeat on the other side.
.................................................................................... Your shoulders will be more relaxed, open and ready for movement! 😃
New week has started!
We are taking part in an online dressage competition this month, we are doing an Elementary with @dressageridersonline
Very excited - specially seeing how Danza would like to change the movements and order of what we do 😂
At least she is cute ❤
Never be too busy to meet someone new and take a leap of faith. 🌾
I had the pleasure of meeting Katie and Luna of @willowspromise last week and I picked up so many cool tricks! I would definitely love to do liberty work in the future. I'm so bummed you're moving up to Washington, but now I have another great excuse to come up there and visit! I'm thinking maybe October or November 🤔
All the way up through high school I've always been a terrible introvert. I can count the number of friends I had in high school on one hand. I was the person that people were always inviting to things and who always found an excuse why I couldn't go. I did have a lot of activities that I did on my own and loved a great deal. I also missed out on a lot because of my inability to step out of my comfort zone. And there was a time when friends stopped asking me. I went through some very lonely years.
It wasn't until going into UCLA that it started to click for me and I realized how much I was missing out. That's when I started to organize photo shoots with my classmates and found so many always had excuses. I'll be the first one to be understanding that life is busy but I've also been in the shoes of the person who always has an excuse. I have become a bit of a bulldog in recent years with regards to people keeping engagements and not canceling. More often than not when people find a way to make it happen and come out it's always been worth it.
I'm certainly still the person that will be the fly on the wall, hence the camera, but I also have learned how to get out of that mindset. Just takes time and a lot of practice. 📷 @ladyphotographic
Shot from riding Elena on Saturday 👑 •
• Real Talk Below 👇
We recorded another attempt of the last test of second level on Elena. What’s funny and kind of typical is that before we started filming we pretty much nailed the test running through it, and then the camera went on and the second attempt wasn’t as good, but although there’s a lot of room for improvement and consistency, we got it done. I’m guessing I must’ve just choked, because sometimes I try too hard when there’s more pressure to perform. I don’t have performance anxiety and I don’t get super nervous at shows or anything, but I definitely try way too hard at times when I know I’m being filmed or observed with scrutiny. I hate to admit it but I am very perfectionist when it comes to myself and get frustrated when I don’t think I’m doing something exactly right. When you get too uptight while riding in a mental or physical way, it reflects in the horse. We didn’t nail the test like I hoped on film, but it was way better than what I thought I was feeling while riding. When I watched it, I realized it was a decent effort and (more importantly) better than the test we filmed two weeks ago. That’s what we’re shooting for right?!? Improvement and small successes. Dressage does not happen overnight! This sport is probably the slowest on the planet when it comes to advancement and skill mastery. It’s hard y’all! And that’s not just for the rider, but for the horse as well, and not just dressage, it’s all equestrian disciplines. So this weekend, I was reminded that I need to not be so hard on myself and to stop with the negativity and use some perspective to see the improvements and the positive things that are happening. If you’re riding lately and feeling like you are not getting it or having some bad rides that are making you feel down, I invite you to change your perspective and look at the journey and where you are compared to where you were before. Make sure you’re not being too judge-y with other riders, please! We’re already so hard on ourselves that we don’t need another negative Nancy in the room. I’m very thankful for having a lot of supportive and positive people around me. 🙌🏼
Landed safely at Wheatland Equestrian! Archie has become instant bffs with his new paddock mate, which relieves so much stress off me. Ava.. is well Ava and being a moody mare but I think she'll settle in fast. Overall, super happy with how the morning turned out 😁
Happy Monday lovelies! I have some exciting events and a bunch of photos to edit (blog coming soon, as requested by you!) ✨ What do you have planned for this week? —
@thinlinecanada : TLCKait15
@knixwear : kaitlinwilson10
@surpiqure : HelloKait
"Your mind can be your best ally or your worst enemy, it depends on how you handle it", said mental coach Eva Rosenthal.
I am a practitioner of mindfulness but it is when I ride that I really (re)connect with myself. Horses help me to calm down, feel the body, stay focused and be present to the hear and now. I think that #mindfulnesstraining , and meditation in general, is very close to riding. Indeed, to be present to another being you first have to be present to yourself. Is it the same also for you Horse Lovers?
📷 thanks to @paolochiodiniph 💚