Recently I was given these words from the mother of a special young lady and although the mastery she talks of must come from mastering yourself and only then will the horse understand you, she speaks of the connection of riding and our lives that is well worth reading……
Article by Catherine Louise Birmingham
Picture yourself standing in front of a solid brick wall, now push against it as hard as you can. Now imagine every morning when you wake up start pushing against this wall, keep pushing until the end of the day and return to bed. The next morning wake up again and start pushing against this wall all day then sleep again at night. Everyday wake up and spend the day pushing this wall. How long do you think you could do this for?
Do you think you would get tired? Maybe your body might get fatigued or stressed? Would you be happy? Would you become angry or frustrated? Would you feel helpless and sad?
Everyone on this planet has freewill. It is our freedom to choose how we respond and experience something, but until we are aware of how we are responding to something we cannot be in the driver’s seat to go where we want to go. Continue reading “Understanding Fear Part Two – Awareness Creates Change”
You cannot think your way out of riding you can only feel your way into it.
In Ride for Life, The Three Golden Principles for Riders, I mentioned a wonderful analogy from Norman Vincent Peale, here he say’s that ‘A cyclone derives its power from a calm centre’.
The clarity and power of focus that a developed rider has is the same clarity and power of focus that a Zen Buddhist monk has. Both are created from within and both require training and mastered awareness, this is attainable through disciplined riding.
Unfortunately anyone who has done anything truly great knows that there are no shortcuts to greatness. Continue reading “The Power of Your Body”
Although we understand the seasons changing we find it almost impossible to understand change happening within our own lives. Do you know why your horse is changing? Do you know what it is you are changing him into?
Many of us are afraid of change because we are comfortable with where we are and change requires stepping into the unknown and letting go of control.
Both are fear based and we only fear what we do not understand.
If you want to find out who you currently are and what you have it in you to be, observe your character while you are riding.
Your horse will reveal you to yourself. It is easy to hold our thoughts, concerns, anger self doubt and frustrations hidden away inside, but when we are faced with our ride, the communication and connection will always bring out all that is within us and reveal us to our true self. Your horses’ actions are a reflection of Who You Are. You cannot hide from it and it will always speak the truth. It brings out the best and the worst in us and allows for us to choose who we want to be. Continue reading “Discovering Yourself”
Competition used to be understood as ‘everyone working together towards a common goal.’ This also included the best possible training to ensure longevity of horses in some of the most physically demanding forms of sport with horses. In most countries now, it is the mother of all judgment and seen by many as the sole purpose to riding, not for the respect and honor towards correct training for horses, but for the pleasure and approval of the crowds watching them.
Depending on a persons current state of awareness, competition will have its main purpose to bring judgment, analyzing and opinion together to form a goal of defining right and wrong, good and bad and creating an overall picture of the best subject at the expense of all the others. The lover of the addiction to winning is no better off than the addiction to a drug. Like a parasite it drains you by always desiring more to fill the emotional high of being successful, of being great and of being superior to others in order to define a sense of who they are. Continue reading “Competition”
The Power of Peace
How bad is the problem with your horse at the moment?
Do you feel so overwhelmed with a situation that you have no idea how to even begin to fix it?
Have you decided that it is easier to put your horse out because the thought of having to ride it just makes you sick in the stomach? What are you avoiding?
Or are you facing another injury or illness?Continue reading “Accepting What Is”