Some people prefer to just ride their horses for fun, some people like to compete. I am a competitor at heart; I love the adrenaline rush, the thrill, and the excitement of my blood pulsing before I have to run, I live for it. The bond between horse and rider is indescribable no matter what discipline you’re in. Every time I make a run on my horse Six I tear up as soon as I am back at my trailer. I do not do this because of how my run went, but because of how lucky I am to be riding such an animal and how blessed I am to be doing what I love. Read More
Ten years ago my husband, who is an old farm boy and who was getting ready for retirement, came into the kitchen and said “I really miss having horses. Do you mind if I get some?” I said, “Well, I know nothing about horses, but OK”. He said, “Good. They’re in the front yard.” I was terrified of them and left him to it for about a year. Then he begged me to go on a trail ride with him. I was instantly hooked. I was also still afraid. I signed up for riding lessons, asking each instructor, “Can you teach me how horses think?” The third instructor got a gleam in her eye, and ran into the barn to get Parelli Level One. I was hooked again.
There is a certain magic that happens between horse and rider when it comes time to move up to preparing for and executing their first 100 mile ride.
The training hours consume the rider and all thoughts throughout the day drift to their mount. Some days it’s a euphoric dreamlike state, recalling the most recent accomplishment that makes the rider feel that the goal is within reach. Other days it’s more of a neurotic, paranoia where the rider frets over the littlest of things trying to find a reason for some negative turn of events with their horse.
It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day. My husband and I decided to take our safe, trustworthy horses out for a ride. As we were leaving the trailer he said, “Do you want your helmet?”
In the book Alchemy of Lightness, Dr. Maria Katsamanis together with Dominique Barbier, discusses the science of horses. She says, “A magnetometer can measure the heart’s energy field radiating up to 8 to 10 feet around the human body. While this is certainly significant, it is perhaps more impressive that the electromagnetic field projected by the horse’s heart is five times larger than the human one (imagine a sphere shaped field that completely surrounds you).
Lexi is my teacher. It’s taken me time to really learn this important lesson. She is my first horse, so I don’t have years of understanding the intricacies of equine behavior and psychology under my belt. I wish I can say that I’ve learned this lesson through stillness with Lexi, studying her movements and listening to what she had to say. But, I didn’t…
As a trainer and an active competitor, my love for horses goes beyond words. I have always had horses in my life and cannot imagine there will ever be time when they are not. While I can attest to the bond and partnership one has with their horse, at the age of 26 I have also come to realize there is a bond and partnership that comes from being the leader of a team. And what better a team than one that shares the love for a horse!