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As 2016 peeks its head around the corner, I, like the rest of the world, find myself reflecting on the past year. What went well? What needs to be worked on? I don’t know about my other anxious comrades, but making lists soothes my soul. So here’s what I aim to do in the New Year—in handy-dandy list-form.
Tim and his horse Austin 2015. Courtesy of Tim Hayes Collection.
By Tim Hayes
When I set out to write Riding Home ~ The Power of Horses to Heal I wanted to share the profound emotional healing one can experience from today’s equine therapy. I also wanted people to discover the joy, empowerment, and self-awareness they could receive by simply having a relationship with horse. In both cases these personal transformations occur not by sitting on a horse’s back but by being with them on ground and from their heart.
Having had a wondrous relationship for almost 20 years with my horse Austin, I thought it might be meaningful at this time of year to share both my gratitude, as well as what I’ve learned, from the amazing gifts I have received not only from Austin but from every horse I’ve met.
By Ange Dickson Finn
We’re on the fast track to Christmas and the gift giving time of year. How’re you coming on your gift shopping?
Not so good? Me either. I fall into the Procrastinating Opportunist category: that is, I put things off until I have no choice but to seize on any random opportunity to buy any old thing and call it a gift.
Now, I know some of you are more organized than that. And I admire you—I really do. But if my eavesdropping while I’m in line for coffee is any indication, there are many more of us who identify with the PO lifestyle.
By Bridget Braden
All humans and horses are asymmetrical; these imbalances limit a horse from doing everything perfectly symmetrical, such as bending equally left and right and yielding off both left and right legs the same. Similarly when riders are asymmetrical it limits their core stability, and their legs and seat can inflict negative pressure onto the back of the horse leading to the disruption of the movement the pair is doing. If a rider allows this kind of weakness to continue, their body will never let go of bad habits. Stability and symmetry are fundamental requirement for all riders because of how much our imbalances are magnified and affect the horse. Luckily, we can workout and strengthen our position off the horse to be more stable in the tack.