What Horses Teach Us

I guess you could say Horses and Humans have had this curiosity for each other for centuries…it is a magical experience when you really think about it; the bond that can be created between horse and rider. Horses are animals that have this spirit inside of them, they challenge you and make you build a mutually beneficial relationship based on respect. When you work with Horses you have to become intuitive, thoughtful, and steady to earn their responsiveness to your cues. You have to be aware and in the moment to stay safe, you have to read the emotional state of your horse, and you have to build your leadership skills to succeed. Riding Horses is the ultimate character building activity, the traits developed while being an active Equestrian spill over to every aspect of life!

Doublestuff
Lauren and Doublestuff at a Fun Show around 2009.

In my life, horses have taught me many things. The biggest lesson that I have been lucky enough to learn is that with hard work and dedication ANYTHING is possible. This is the main thing I try to stress to my students; it may not be easy, pretty, or simple but dedication will pay off!

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Love the View from my American Paint Horse!

I was scrolling around my Facebook photos looking for some inspiration for my first blog entry, and noticed that I have quite a collection of photos from the back of my Paint mare “Abby!”

Envy and Abby enjoying a workout in the Fall of 2013 at WHS.
Envy and Abby enjoying a workout in the Fall of 2013 at WHS.

“Abby” was a new addition to the barn in the Fall of 2011 – a mare out of the great HBF Iron Man and a Halter Mare with a show record, she was purchased with hopes of being transitioned into a lesson horse.

Watching the show at the Marysville Fairgrounds during a Summer Sizzlin' Circuit - one of Abby's First Shows with WHS.
Watching the show at the Marysville Fairgrounds during a Summer Sizzlin’ Circuit – one of Abby’s First Shows with WHS.

I had always been in love with HBF Iron Man since I was younger and showing on the Ohio Paint Circuit where he was also showing. I remember warming up at the Ashland County Fairgrounds just admiring him trot around the track…it was just my Horse and I, and him, he was beautiful. I remember thinking, it would be so cool to have that special show horse that just captivates people, when you are in the presence of a truly special horse it somehow just stops time.

Abby watching the pole bending class at the Friday Night Fun Show at the Morrow County Fairgrounds.
Abby watching the pole bending class at the Friday Night Fun Show at the Morrow County Fairgrounds.

I was super excited to get a chance to work with this Mare, to make her into the horse I knew she could be for my program. Abby is a character for sure, we have had plenty of time to get to know each other, and every ride she improves. She is currently able to work with beginners in the walk-trot lessons, and is now doing lessons with an Adult walk-trot-canter.

Watching the Arena empty out before the Delaware County Open Horse Show in September 2014.
Watching the Arena empty out before the Delaware County Open Horse Show in September 2014.

Abby is a sweet and loving individual that likes to lick…your hand, your shirt, sometimes your face…a true personality. We have super high hopes for Miss Abigail in the show ring in 2015, we will stay positive and work toward improving her show career!

The beautiful Paint Mare "Abby" aka Keep Em Talkin.
The beautiful Paint Mare “Abby” aka Keep Em Talkin.

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