Wasn’t My Path

Six years ago I applied for the Junior Young Rider Olympic Dream Program. This would consist of the top Junior Young Riders over the United States that would travel all over Europe and learn from the world’s top trainers for a period of time. We had to send a video of us riding certain movements and give a brief overview of our history with dressage and our goals we wanted to accomplish.

I remember pulling my car over when I got the email that would give me the news… As I was gathering the courage to open the email my goals and dreams flashed before my eyes, Olympics, Gold Medal, Europe, Traveling, Training… My heart dropped when I found I was not accepted into the program.

I hadn’t thought about this for YEARS… Until today. I was going through some pictures of an old friend that was training in Florida during the same time I was down there as a working student. The fancy horses, the beautiful stables, the double bridles and big necked horses… Then the light-bulb appeared: It wasn’t my path.

The dots are connecting.

Yesterday morning I woke up in a panic attack. The stresses of expectations and pressure of performing were creeping up on me. My past experiences with showing were focused on winning. Yes, I wanted to enjoy the process and ride dressage to benefit my horse… But when I turned down centerline my game face was on and I was there to show.

That was me with the old mentality. I didn’t play, I practiced. I was 100% dedicated to being the best that I could be, however my tunnel vision on what I saw as ‘success’ wasn’t the best for my horse.

My time in Florida with the fancy horses, fancy stables, double bridles and big necked horses opened my eyes and caused me to step back and re-evaluate my path. I didn’t know who I wanted to be after that, or why I was even on that path to begin with. I didn’t know how to move forward and I was terrified to try.

My trainer in Florida did an AMAZING job educating me about the hows and whys of dressage and I appreciate her approach in thinking about the horse bio-mechanically. Despite having that knowledge of how to get where I wanted to be physically, I couldn’t shake the guilt.

The guilt of not getting into the Olympic Dream Program. The guilt of allowing horses and competing to drive a wedge in between my family time. The guilt of riding Third and Fourth level on a hollow horse. The guilt of getting so frustrated with Fable when he wasn’t ’round’ or ‘through’ enough. The guilt that built up throughout my entire life finally broke loose. I had no idea how to cope with it.

I let all of this guilt put my riding career on hold for five years.

Thankfully, I feel like I’ve made a lot of progress in accepting where I was, and forgiving myself for the things I’ve done. But ever since I declared going for those goals again, those emotions floated right back up to the surface. It was easier to take the pressure off and say, ‘Those aren’t my goals anymore, that was a different lifetime. I am content.’ But what I was really saying to myself: “I’m not good enough for those goals and I’m not going to allow myself to feel the pain of giving up. So, I will go numb.”

Un-numbing is a process and sometimes in order to feel 100% of the good emotions you equally have to feel 100% of the undesired emotions. As I was resisting the urge to numb myself this week as the fear crept in: I felt anxious, I felt excited, I felt passionate, I felt angry, I felt my doubt, I felt my courage. I felt everything.

So here we are, the reason I started this blog entry today:

Six years after I was rejected for the Olympic Dream Program and for the first time in a long time it makes sense why that wasn’t my path. I had to learn a different version of success. A version where the horse was the judge, not the person sitting outside of the arena. I learned how to really feel. I learned how to let go. I learned how to trust. I learned how to play. I learned how to laugh in the saddle again. I learned the true friendship a horse can offer when you drop your expectations and appreciate what they offer. I learned to think outside of the box and I am continuously challenged to thinking outside of the box.

The time Fable and I spent developing a new language and mending our partnership has been an experience I wouldn’t change for the world. Because of everything we’ve learned together, Fable is now in the best shape of his life. His muscles are balanced, his coat is dappled, mane and tail are full and shiny, his lungs are in great shape, his feet are allowing him to move the best he can.

The moment that ignited the idea of showing again happened last weekend when a student of mine came out for a lesson with him… Fable knew he had a new set of eyes and his fancy ‘dressage’ tack on with his bit and everything. As she sent him out on the circle he showed her his piaffe… Through the entire lesson he continued to be a ham with his expressive and engaged trot with incredible cadence and softness. He was dancing. I couldn’t help but think he was telling me now is the time.

THESE are the reasons I have set the goals of achieving my USDF Silver and Gold Medals. My horse. He’s telling me he is ready. This time, it is for Fable. 

Fable is the horse of a lifetime and he has offered to dance, it would be a shame not to accept. He is putting his his whole heart into what he does and it’s time for me to let go of my fears and do the same.

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Here We Go Again… Epiphany Time!

Multiple epiphanies to discuss. They come in story format, so bare with me. First off, I made two changes to my health habits: more sleep, and eating a bit healthier. For a couple of days I cut out any ‘added’ sugar (basically no processed food), and for breakfast I had yogurt with fruit, a smidge of apple cider vinegar (yuck) and a teaspoon of coconut oil. After that, I wasn’t hungry for hours! I felt full, and energetic. It’s a fantastic breakfast for me. The combination of eating healthy and getting enough sleep work GREAT for me! I felt so much more attentive throughout the day. I even noticed my vision was sharper and I was able to visually focus a lot easier.  This weekend was the horse show… And I gave in to the rice crispy treat temptation so I cheated a bit. Oddly enough, I did feel the affect of the sugar and I didn’t enjoy the feeling throughout my body. I could even feel the pulse throughout my limbs differently. Too bizarre for me, back to eating healthy! Although, the affects weren’t nearly as bad as when I would deprive myself of sleep and then eat that way. The sleep helped offset the sugar/energy level so I didn’t feel nearly as drained after eating that way.

I felt good yesterday after the horse show, I decided I should sit down to read my Conditioning Sport Horses book by Hilary Clayton.  I opened the book up but I just wasn’t feeling in the mood to read. This thought kind of caught me off guard… This is stuff that fascinates me, and I really want to learn more but something was missing. So I decided to dive into this thought. What would I rather do RIGHT NOW? I asked myself… Well, I had wanted to watch the movie called The Shift (by Dr. Dyer) a second time… So, I looked it up and watched it. And I’m sure glad I did! If you haven’t seen it… Stop everything you’re doing and watch it right now. http://www.dyermovie.com/ And watch it. You can choose to watch it ‘online’. It’s $5 and worth every penny, and then some! He’s got such an open mindset and is all about connecting with your authentic self.

Through the entire trip I’ve been a bit quiet down here, acting more as an observer. I had been trying to understand why people do the things they do… On the way to the horse show, my trainer was talking a bit about her up bringing and the way she acted as a child. After telling a story that I could TOTALLY see a mini version of her doing, she mentioned something along the lines of… “It’s funny how our character develops as children.” … Well, that statement popped right back into my mind after watching this movie. I’ve always been in tune with people’s emotions toward things. If I sensed someone was down or upset, I would try to cheer them up. I’ve always tried to make people laugh. I remember watching a family video and boy, was I goofy! I would frequently go out of the way to make people laugh or smile and I found great joy if I was successful in that.

At the horse show, I was watching people pick up their ribbons from the office and I could tell some of the riders weren’t very pleased with their scores or placings. I remember having a negative attitude toward the judges decision from my early, early showing days. My brother was the one who called me out on it. I remember the night we all sat in the kitchen after one of my horse shows… I didn’t get first place, so “the judge didn’t know what he/she was talking about. So, here was little Heather portraying that with an angry arrogant attitude, thinking I was the best and I shouldn’t have lost… My brother, the one who always makes me think, called me out. He’s always been the one who encouraged me to be open-minded. At the time, I didn’t want to even consider the fact that I didn’t win for a reason… Fortunately, over time I developed a better attitude about showing. My goal went from winning, to doing your best and having fun in the process! You win some, and you lose some… You can either accept what happened and look at it in a positive light, or resent and feel negativity inside. I choose positivity!

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I don’t think I wrote about my other epiphany from a few weeks ago, but in order to help accept different training styles I thought about people’s roles in the world. Some people are drill sergeants, and some people are therapists. It’s their personalities, the way they were raised, or any other factor that contributed to the way they view the world and treat other people. Horse trainers are the same way. Some care more about the mental state, some care more about the physical state. Each one is right in it’s own way. Some people thrive from a having drill sergeant, and some thrive from having a therapist. Same with horses.

OKAY, this is where everything comes together…Maybe… This morning I woke up bright eyed, bushy tailed and ready to do the barn chores. I felt sharp and quick. I was very efficient working that way.  Cleaning stalls after I feed and turn out horses is a wonderful opportunity to listen to music, and think. Combining the thought of: character forming from childhood, understanding why people act the way they do from their history, assessing emotions, striving for positivity, finding gratitude out of helping others view things more positively, trying to weave wellness, exercise, and horses together, and the thought “some people are drill sergeants, and some are therapists”… BINGO! I like to help people, and I like to help horses. I always put mental aspect above physical. If you don’t have POSITIVE access to the brain, you’re not going to have access to a soft, supple, relaxed and willing body. But at the same time, improving the physiological aspect of the body improves overall wellness, too. So, where do I go from here? I can’t help but day dream, I understand planning too far ahead is silly when it gets to the point of worry and uncertainty, but it doesn’t hurt to dream. I was thinking of having a program for conditioning the horse and rider physically to create a better team. But most of the things I like to think about begin with the psychology. How can I make the horse understand? How can I make the rider understand? What if the horse had a bad history? How can I regain his or her trust? What if the rider had a bad history? How can I restore their confidence? Will stronger core increase the rider’s stability and therefore increase their confidence?

IT’S ALL RELATED!

Nutrition, exercise/fitness, amount of sleep, level of stress, general outlook on life that can have impact on level of stress… It’s all a part of the system and when it comes down to the nitty-gritty, it determines your quality of life! SO… My goal is to learn about improving all of the above. I would absolutely LOVE to open a wellness clinic someday to help improve people’s quality of life. Horses can definitely be used as a resource for that. A little animal therapy always helps! So, there’s my epiphany… No stress, no worries, just leaning and sharing and being in the present!

OH! That leads me to my other epiphany! Being in the now… I called my brother this morning to share my first epiphany, and he helped me find another! We were talking about being in the present, and all of a sudden I had this STRONG urge to get the heck out of there… I wanted to go HOME! I thought, this is not where I want to be right NOW! Get me out of here and take me home! Then my brother said, “Well, assess why you feel this way, then you can do something to change it, leave, or accept where you’re at.” So after I calmed down and actually thought about it… I realized I was being repulsed by a memory from an earlier event that made me want to go home. I wasn’t living in the ‘now’, I was stuck in fantasyland! Anything other than present is fantasy. It’s okay to take a trip down memory lane, or dream about the future, but just be aware that’s where your mind is at.

One thing that helped me get a better grasp on that: live your life like you’re watching a movie of yourself. You are the star of your movie right now. I’m aware of how I appear, how my surrounds appear, how I’m breathing, how I’m moving… And I’m accepting all of it. The same way you watch a movie and accept what’s on the screen, I’m taking it all in. I’m witnessing my own movie as it’s happening. I don’t know how that makes you feel, but it liberates me! Still talking to my brother on the phone during this train of thought, and I said “DANG Nick! This is the best movie ever! It’s so fun! I choose how this character acts, I’m not the boring lazy character, I am the one that is ambitious and hard working!” After that, I blasted through cleaning the stalls with a smile on my face the entire time. When I felt tired, I just thought what I would like to see in my movie…Does Heather give up from a slight lack of energy? Or does she keep going… DUH! She keeps going! This was a fun idea to play around with.

I am absolutely in love with life. Through the good times and the bad, I know everything happens for a reason and I’m going to make the best out of all of it!

Rewind!

Time flies when you’re having fun! A lot has happened since I last wrote, so I will list the events somewhat in order, recent events nearing the bottom.

Epiphany- 2/16/13

I had always struggled with accepting any sort of religion… Today I was able to open my mind and truly accept all perspectives.

Fable got kicked! 2/17/13

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He got a good wallop on the tendons behind his cannon bone, and one on higher up on his leg toward the inside of his butt muscles. Great spots to be kicked by well equipped friends (rear shoes!)… He was incredibly lame the first couple of days because that muscle higher up on his rump got stiff and sore from the stall rest. He had pitting edema all around his cannon bone from the bottom of his hock all the way down to the cornet band, too.  Once we got him walking around, his muscles loosened up and the pitting edema slowly but surely went away and he was much more sound. Thank God he is sound and okay now! He’s still got a bit of swelling in the tendons but it has gone down dramatically. We’re continuing work as long as it’s not bothering him. So far, he is doing great with the work outs and is continuing to progress!

One of the first evenings after the kicking war happened I was walking Fable around the outdoor. This was after we realized he had been kicked higher up on his leg which was making him sore and stiff. At this time I was confused whether I wanted to finish my degree with Animal Science or Exercise Science… Meanwhile I am walking around, it starts to rain. The sun is out, but there is rain… Very peculiar. The more I think, the darker it gets from clouds rolling in. I wasn’t thinking anything of this weird weather until I came across the thought “exercise is medicine”. Right at that moment, a giant blinding ray of sun split through the clouds and shined about a 20 meter circle around Fable and I. Like the light was illuminating my mind. Everyone has different ways of connecting with God, and I believe sunshine is one of mine. I got overwhelmed with joy and knew that was my answer. Exercise is medicine… And God is crazy amazing.

Vienna Piano Trio! 2/19/13

I went to a concert at the Flagler Museum. I am required to attend two concerts outside of the popular music genres. So, a group consisting of a piano, violin, and cello, was perfect!  I had no idea what to expect when I got there. But, it was a great experience! When I first sat down I met a very nice couple who had come to a few concerts at the Flagler before and said they were wonderful. It was a relatively small concert but it felt more personal that way. When they started playing I couldn’t help but notice the expressions on their faces. They had so much passion. If the music was sad, it almost looked like they were about to cry. There were times you could tell the music was playful, passionate, angry, or any other emotion from merely looking at their body language. Half way through I decided to close my eyes. I listened to the music and the sound started painting pictures in my mind. I couldn’t help but thinking of horse’s dancing to the music. It was absolutely beautiful. I felt so calm, so refreshed afterwards. Like I had just meditated.

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Afterwards they opened the back area for the audience to accompany the artist and enjoy a bit of dessert. They had cheese, crackers, grapes, dates, and other dishes being passed around such as crab cakes, and little chocolate desserts. I have no idea what kind of cheese that was, but I can definitely tell you it was quite a few steps up from cheddar and mozzarella! It was AMAZING! Past the food, I noticed people stepping out a door in the back of the room. It was dark outside, so I couldn’t see out the windows but I wanted to see what so many people were drawn to out there. I had an out of body experience once I stepped out those doors. The silhouettes of palm trees intersecting the city light’s reflection off of the ocean canal… It was amazing. Water tends to put me in a very reflective state. I couldn’t help but sit and stare for the remainder of the dessert time. I got to talk with a couple very nice people during that time, but I was mostly awestruck by the night’s beauty.

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Sunshine State Races West Palm Beach- 5K run! 2/23/13

This was my very first 5K. I didn’t get much sleep the night before, since we were at a horse show all day and then had a birthday party fire-pit Friday… but when I woke up at 4:30 to get ready to leave, I felt INCREDIBLE. I was so happy, so ready. I checked my email before I left and I saw a message my friend left for me praying that I woke up well rested and ready to conquer the 5K. That lifted my spirits even more!  It was dark when I got there. The race started at 6:35am, so I picked up my packet and walked around to warm up my muscles. Once again, I was entranced by entranced by the ocean. Image

It was amazing to watch the sun rise over the ocean. Thankfully I was able to have a clear view through the entire run. My goal was to keep a pace that would not hurt my hip. I had been having problems with it from running… If I don’t keep my core engaged something gets tweaked in my right hip. I’m sure there is a lot more to it than just that, either way that was not an issue for this run. There was so much beauty around that I had no urge to run fast.

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Toward the end, I felt like God was smiling at me. I looked over at the clouds and saw a big ball of light that gave me an electric feeling all over my body. I felt so alive, I couldn’t stop smiling. At that point the finish line was in sight, so I picked up the pace and ran as fast as I could! It was so satisfying! I am officially addicted to these types of events, and I can’t wait for the next one! A goal I see in the future… Triathlon! My time for this race was 31:43:4. I will remember that number forever!

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After the race everyone was huddled around the finish line cheering on the rest of the runners. Such a positive environment! They had bagels, Gatorade, bananas, and some other food. I found a bench facing the ocean and took a minute to soak up the view. After a few minutes of sitting there, a young man walked up to the ledge right next to the water and started doing Yoga. Mind you, one slip and he would have fallen down into the water… Brave, brave soul! I envied his courage and trust.

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Trip to Ocala! 3/2/13

I got to spend a weekend with a good friend of mine who was down for a Parelli Instructor course. I loved hearing about her experiences and I am very excited to see where this leads her! We were the only crazy people in the pool that weekend… It was about 45 degrees or so, people were walking around in their winter jackets as we’re partying in the pool and the hot tub. Very entertaining to see people’s expressions. The water was warm though! Between the pool, watching the Grand Prix jumping, a fun Olive Garden experience, and raiding Publix for snacks……. I had a blast! I’m so excited to come back home so I can visit with everyone! So many exciting things to look forward to… All about the journey!

Edit… GREAT NEWS!!!

Congrats to Allison for passing her Parelli Course! You have such an incredible story and you are such an inspiration. I’m so happy for you and I’m looking forward to seeing what other great things come your way! The sky’s the limit!

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Growth

I feel like I’ve been making progress lately.  My body feels stronger, my mind more organized, and that’s all I can ask for.  I’ve made a few significant changes within the last couple of days.  First, I made a food schedule.  I went through a lot of groceries last week and I think it’s because I eat when I have nothing else to do.  I know that’s a hard habit to break so I’m going to nip it in the bud that way I can stay healthy, fit, and not worry about eating through all of my money.  It’s bad enough my horse eats through my wallet!

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I’ve only been with this food schedule since last night but I’m liking it already.  Now, I’m not diving into the fridge when I feel the slightest bit of hunger.  I drink water instead.  I prepared some rice, black beans, and Italian diced tomatoes that I will eat throughout the week.  I can put it on a tortilla shell for breakfast, eat it plain for lunch or dinner with a fruit or veggie side.  I allow myself snacks between my three main meals so my metabolism stays active.  I’ve always tried to eat relatively healthy, but I’ve never kept track of it before.  I’m excited to see if I have any changes in energy levels or even just my physical appearance with the combination of strength training and running that I have been doing.

Though it may not look like much, it is delicious!
Though it may not look like much, it is delicious!

Another thing I have been paying attention to is my posture.  I have a very long torso so it is easy for me to slouch.  An excuse?  Maybe.  But, I don’t really have sympathy toward myself so it doesn’t matter.  I’ve been working on keeping my abdominal muscles engaged, thinking of stretching down through my back, lifting my chest, and keeping my shoulders down.  Especially my right shoulder, that one likes to creep up toward my ear.  Instead of hunching over and flinging my arm and shoulder out to grab something, I am focusing on keeping my core engaged, back down, shoulders down, and stretching my arm out.  As my upper body strength improves, it is easier for me to operate with my arms farther away from my body.  I have very little flexibility in my upper body, so I am working on that as well.

Last but not least… MY HAIR!  I chopped it all off before I went to Florida… There was a lot falling out and it just felt incredibly dry and it knotted very easily.  My hair had never been like that before!  Normally, I had a lot of success with Pantine products, so I got one of their moisturizing shampoo and conditioners but it didn’t help.  Which, is why I decided to cut it off and start over so to say.  I wanted to get all of the damaged ends off.  When I got here, I had been using the little hotel samples for shampoo and conditioner.  My hair felt great from those!  Last week when I made my first grocery store excursion, I picked up some Pantine shampoo/conditioner…  After two days of using this shampoo my hair started doing the same thing. I couldn’t even brush through it with my fingers in the shower when it was soaking wet!  I threw that stuff in the garbage and got some Garnier Fructis.  My hair feels like butter now!  If only I had tried this before I cut off all of my hair… Oh well.  Good thing my hair will grow, too!

My hair before I chopped it off!
My hair before I chopped it off!

Lazy day!

Another wonderful day in Florida, I just didn’t have any energy!  I was so relaxed and so content, my muscles didn’t want to work!  My run yesterday didn’t help matters either, my legs were so sore!  I woke up and stretched my hip and my legs a bunch, they felt a lot better after that. 

I just rode Fable today, he was good! We worked on turning and not bulging through my legs.  We worked on a little more angle coming through with his right hind leg… Also worked on a little counter bent turn on the haunches to isolate the flexion in his neck at the two vertebra that he’s having trouble with.  They’re basically fused together with muscle tension and that’s why he has such a hard time rounding up at the base of his neck.  They might not loosen up until he gets a bit more supple in his hips and lower back.  I’m so excited to see how he blossoms with a change of diet, change of exercise, and that one acupuncture treatment.  I feel like I am in good hands to help my horse. 

After working, I took a wonderful nap!  Two hours of solid sleep.  I went to the barn and massaged Fable after I grabbed a bite to eat, and I got to talking with one of the boarders here.  I love this place!

To keep my promise of learning how to study, I finished my Music 101 assignment today! Three days early! Yay Heather!  I’m not sure if I wrote about this, but I have two personal goals for this Florida trip.  One, is to be on time.  And two, is to learn how to study.  I’ve been pretty good on my timing this trip.  It helps a lot when I don’t have 900000 things going on at once!  My studying has been good too.  I have been reading my book on equine bio mechanics, and I started with “The World of Music”… I’m so excited to make these healthy habits for me that will help in the long run!

I’m going to get to bed early today, hopefully I won’t feel so lazy tomorrow!  I would like to work out with some weights in addition to activating my core and back muscles.  Until next time!

Never Stop Learning

Today was wonderful! I woke up and went running with my trainer… She’s in ridiculously good shape and I’m still fluffy from the holidays so it was quite comical.  I kept a good pace for the first 5-10 minutes or so, then my lungs were screaming at me and my legs were about to crumble.  So, not only is my horse going to be in wonderful shape by the end of these five months, but I will be too!  Unfortunately my hip has been bugging me since the run, I can barely walk without feeling a pull.  Hopefully it feels better tomorrow morning!  After talking about these bio mechanical issues in the horses and how one slight weakness can lead to a whole plethora of problems throughout the body, I noticed I lean off to the right side of my saddle when I ride, and I do the same thing when I run!  My right hip is taking most of the impact when I run, which could also explain why I was having problems with my right knee! Now I have to figure out WHY I am leaning to the right…. Mystery solving, here we go!

After the run I ate some lunch and then got some cob-webbing done… This is probably already the cleanest barn I have ever been at so the cobwebs are incredibly minimal.  This farm is like a very well oiled machine… Tack is cleaned after every ride, saddle pads go in the wash, stalls are picked out several times a day… It’s so nice!

Today my trainer worked her four year old, giant warmblood mare.  She is so sweet and beautiful!  She has an innocence in her eye that I adore!  I got to hop on her for a little bit, it was a struggle.  This is the first time in probably 4 years that I have had a trainer actively correct me with each step.  I like to clench my inside rein, so I kind of got yelled at for doing that… But it’s a good thing!  Everyone has their own teaching styles, but at this point in my training I need someone who is going to push me, and that’s exactly what I’m getting.  She had me bridge my reins so I wouldn’t let my inside had wander.  I had such a hard time turning when I did this.  I finally got it once she told me to think about balancing the horse between both legs to hold the line on the circle, from outside leg to inside rein, and from inside leg to outside rein, depending on how the horse feels.  I have some old habits to correct too… Instead of pulling my inside shoulder back to turn, she wants me to press my inside shoulder downward and think about advancing my outside shoulder just a hair and sweep the horse around from my outside seat bone.  I am going to see if we can work on turns tomorrow, for some reason I’ve just been told too many ways to turn and I need to get my theories straightened out!

My trainer worked two more horses after that… Then I had to take my madre to the air port.  Sorry mom, I gave her my horrible cold AND I sent her back to the arctic weather! What a horrible daughter!  It was so nice to have her here though.  I’m so thankful to have been blessed with a mom as wonderful as her.  My entire family is wonderful, actually.  They encourage and support me and tell me to follow my heart.  I’m so lucky, and so thankful.  I don’t know what I did to deserve this, but I am going to try to do something meaningful and productive with this life.

After I dropped my mom off, I felt my first breath of freedom.  I left the parking lot with the windows down and the music loud.   The sun was out, the air was warm and I could not stop smiling.  When I got back to the farm I read one of my books about the anatomy of the horse and which muscles activate which movements.  This stuff is awesome.  I couldn’t stand it after an hour or two I had to go massage Fable and take a look at all of his muscles.  It was dark by then so my trainer came down to check why the light was on.  I ended up getting a lesson about anatomy and what we can do for Fable, why he had these problems, and what other horses suffer from as well.  So much information! I am loving this! Off to bed so I can start early tomorrow morning.  Night y’all!

Happy Halloween!

Woops, I’ve been slacking on the blog for a couple of days.  I came down with a cold so I kind of took a mental break from… everything.  Anywho, it’s Halloween! Yippee! I ate Halloween candy… left over from what we were going to pass out to trick-or-treaters.  We only had three people come up!  Must have been the rain.

I got to visit with my Grandpa for a little bit today.  He’s such an interesting person.  So honest and genuine.  He’s just a good soul.  A good one to look up to.

He could pass as a comedian, too.

I don’t think I wrote about my experience at the “Starving Hunger” walk/run…. It was such a good experience.  I loved the atmosphere there.  So many nice people.  They were playing really good music, too.  I ran into a few people I already knew, and I got to meet some new very nice people too.  I explored downtown Rochester after the race and met up with a friend of mine for some lunch.  A very good day indeed.

Proof I was there with my awesome yellow volunteer t-shirt… FREEZING MY BUNS OFF!

I have a test tomorrow, so I need to wrap this up.  But I will start updating about my crazy life plans again tomorrow.