“What happened to your minis? I know you took them from Ohio to Texas,
but you haven’t mentioned them since.”-Robin B
Thanks for reminding me! I have been working on a video that tells the story of the minis…but I kept forgetting to finish it. The minis learned a lot while they were with us including how to drive single and as a team…and we loved every minute of it.
Training horses is my passion and what I love even more is finding them great homes and purpose in life and the minis found theirs.
Check out the video:
Dancing just happens to be one of those things in life that people just don’t do without joy…at least not well or for long. And dancing puts a romantic image in our mind of someone who is so lost in what they are doing that they can even dance through the storm.
But I’m not a dancer.
So I suggest replacing the word ‘dance’ with ‘ride’.
Really, this makes the whole quote just work better for me.
Yep, a new twist on an old saying.
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What word would you put in there?
It is always strange to read an article that was written about me without my prior knowledge. It is another way to see how other people perceive you as well as what common desires people share.
Leslie, the writer, happens to daydream about full time living on the road with her horse. Not everyone would agree, in fact there are days that I even question it. But even if you don’t share that same dream there are still lessons that can be learned from the idea.
When I have my doubts, which I am planning on sharing more of with you in the future, I have a way that I deal with it. I ask myself a question: How hard would it be to go back? or another way to look at it would be: How hard would this be to undo?
If I decided tomorrow that I didn’t want to live full time on the road, I am confident that I could buy another house in Mount Gilead, Ohio. The transition to go back would be easier than the transition to leave…which is probably why fewer people do it.
But if you can turn it around, view it another way, it is liberating.
What dream are you not pursuing because the transition into the dream would be hard…even though the transition back would actually, now that you think about it, be easy?
Turning forty is notorious for causing folks to reflect about their lives. I suppose everyone deals with it in their own way, but I went for a trail ride. People told me Happy Birthday but the horses treated me the same as usual…so I know everything is going to be just fine.
I thought that today’s blog would simply say: I have been blessed, but as I typed the words it just didn’t seem to be enough.
I am not denying that I feel blessed, I feel it so strongly at times that my over whelming desire is to cry and point out that I am not worthy. I am especially prone to this when I hear of someone else struggling; a baby dies, someone has cancer, a car crash takes a life. It makes me weak to think about these things. But it also liberates me.
Why not live now? Why not try now? What if this is the only time I do have?
Some people may be inspired by that thought, but if viewed from another angle, I could argue that it is just a realistic statement.
I have frequently said that, when someone tells me they have been inspired by me, I consider it the highest complement they could give me…but it also humbles me. Sometimes it downright scares me. Because I am just me. And I am far from perfect. But I have been blessed.
A beautiful photo on Facebook was my introduction to New Vocations and the racehorses they serve. I also experienced another moment, after visiting their website, where I turned to my husband and said, “It’s a good thing we sold the house or I would be asking for a barn full of them!” Instead, I have become an avid follower of the New Vocations website at HorseAdoption.com: Warning-this can become addictive! They update the photos and videos regularly as well as posting new horses frequently. I also decided to follow them on Facebook, which brings all those awesome updates directly to my phone.
This week I was able to meet the horses and humans that make up this wonderful organization and to learn more about the program. New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program a 501 (c) 3 charity was founded in 1992 to offer retiring racehorses, both Thoroughbred and Standardbred, a safe-haven, rehabilitation, and continued education through placement in experienced, caring homes. The Mission of New Vocations is to stand in the gap for retired racehorses providing a safety-net through rehabilitation, education, & placement in qualified, caring homes.
New Vocations has worked hard to educate both those inside the racing industry as well as the general public. It was interesting to learn about how the horses arrive at New Vocations as well as the process used to rehab, retrain and rehome them. This short interview with Anna Ford does a great job summarizing what I learned about New Vocations on my first visit and holds a little surprise at the end…