Tuesday, November 28, 2017

I'm Already In Heaven

I may have a post with this title already, because it's true.  I'm in heaven. 

When I woke up from the anesthesia, I heard the nurse talking about my happy place, and it was like--yep, that makes total sense.  Why?  Because I am one of the lucky people who has heaven on earth right here.

*I have horses, and when I work with my horses, endorphins are flooding my brain. Heaven.

*I'm married to my prince charming, and when I'm in his presence, endorphins are flooding my brain. Heaven.

*I have the sweetest children AND grandchildren, and when I think of them, my eyes will start to tear up and endorphins wash over my brain. Heaven.

*I'm grateful for all the above and much more, and when I think of those blessings.....refer to the above.

I want to add something to my gratitude list.

Yesterday, my daughter came over to ride with me.  We took our horses to the next door barn: Shiloh took Cowgirl, and I took Beautiful Girl.

Well, drum roll.....

Bee did so good at the ground driving--past the scary stuff--the scary sounds....I decided to try riding her....

And, we rode solo AWAY FROM HOME for the first time.....

And, it went great!

Unfortunately, there were not photos of yesterday's ride, but I included some from our last ride at home. 

The best thing about our ride at the barn was that she was so responsive to being bent around.  I credit that to the ground driving.  It has become so habitual for her now, she doesn't even think to fight it.  And, if I can keep her turned around and soft in the bit, there is MUCH LESS chance of bucking. 

I had that epiphany about ground driving a couple of months ago, and I cannot stress enough how helpful it is in training a green horse!!  Rebecca's advice to start in halter, rather than bit, was genius.  In fact, it works so well, I'm going to take Leah through the ground driving routine, too.  I think it can only help to take a couple steps back and work on our communication through reins and bit.

Bee and I are definitely on the right path.  Last week, I took her to the next door barn before my surgery, and I drove her from the ground, but when I went to ride her, she started backing up nervously.  I did some basic bends and ended on a positive note without asking her to move out.  After that day, I was really discouraged and thinking we'd never get there.  But we did.  Let that be a lesson to self.  Darkest before the dawn.

Here is my daughter riding Cowgirl.

Later yesterday, I rode Leah, and we continued to work on the dance of opening gates.  I have them all stand ground tied in front of the Cowgirl Cave as I saddle and unsaddle.  Leah acts like she would love to jump in and live in the cave.  I don't blame her--it's warm and cozy in there.


  1. i love how your posts are so positive and happy!

    1. Thanks! Attempting to concentrate on gratitude is good for my ❤️. And my heart needs it as it heals. I went to work yesterday and the first phone call I took was from a client who said she wouldn’t be paying her $600 bill and there was nothing I could do about it. My job can be very stressful. I was there when I had the tachycardia that sent me to the urgent care and paramedics. So, I have changes to make in how I deal with stress. You can see why I need my horses and a happy place to go to.

  2. Heaven on Earth :-)
    I am so glad you and your "place" are okay... Keep those good vibrations flowing!

    1. Thank you. My home and my horses are truly a refuge.

  3. Linda I am SO happy for you!! You deserve every ounce of heavenly happiness!! As you know, horses pick up on that - and humans do too. Even when they think they don't. Keep spreading the love!!

    1. Thanks! I wish I could be here at home with them every day, every second of the day.

  4. I've probably said this before, but I envy you in that your daughter is close enough to come hang out with you - AND you have GRANDdaughters who love riding too. *sigh* My daughter hasn't been home for Christmas in the last 3 years, preferring instead warm beaches in places I will never visit. This year it's Cuba... I better stop now before I get maudlin. (Yes, I am drinking Carolans in my coffee this morning.)

    1. Dear Lord, I could use some Carolans in my coffee. I'm at work, but I don't think that would be a problem! I have 1 out of 3 kids who likes to ride horses with me. So far, I have 3 grandkids. I'll take it!

  5. Horses are great heart healers :o)
    I only get to see my daughter once a year if I'm lucky- she lives all the way across the country and I'm not much of a one for travelling. She use to ride when she was little, she had a Welsh pony but she outgrew that in her teenage years. She can still ride though.
    Love the new header, and the pic of Leah peeking into the Cowgirl Cave.


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