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Sunday, September 30, 2012

... but I rode my horse for 4 hours today and it was Fabulous!!

And anyone that says horseback riding is not exercise, has never had to catch a horse, haul a saddle, and all that good kind of stuff. And riding itself, you use muscles for balance that you didnt even know you have!! Well I am reminded of a few of them this evening. ugghh.

But it was a blast!! I wish I would have had my camera for you! I have lived here for 13 years, and in this area all my life, and have never ridden through the old rock quarry, about an hour ride from my house by horseback. It was spectacular!! We rode above it, and through it, and up through this pass just wide enough for a horse (well an ATV could make it if the rocks were cleared) Anyways, just gorgeous!

We saw deer, turkey, hawks, and of course the curious herd of cows. There was also this donkey that wanted to tag along with us :)

We were scouting out a trail for my saddle club ride next month, so lots of bending like a pretzel to trim tree limbs. I had my little folding hand saw too. I am going to be sore tomorrow, but I love being a trail blazer. On my horse, and in my life. I had just supressed that attribute under layers and layers of fat.

Anyways, I love riding my horse. It is the most therapeutic thing that I can do for myself. And I havent shared it with y'all yet, but I am going to start a non-profit riding center for kids, At-Risk youth and underprivilaged/disadvantaged youth. I have shared my horses with others on trail rides, and disconnected families with disrespectful teens would come here and ride and within an hour, the transformation is phenominal! I have been thinking about it for many years, but I am at a place now where I want to push forward. I have made new friends here that have pushed and inspired me on many levels. Losing weight has given me my confidence back, my aspirations back. It has helped me to see that I can accomplish whatever I set my mind to.

Anyways..... will save that for another day, but I am so glad that I started this journey. I had given up riding my horse. I weighed more than the "weight limits' although my horse is built like a tank, riding and socializing with my friends was the last thing I wanted to do. However back when I was taking ppl for rides daily, I lost 30 pounds effortlessly, so I know horseback riding is great exercise.

But then the fire and weight gain and all that sad story. Not my purpose of this blog this evening. This is a happy blog :)

God has blessed me with friends, and families, beautiful countryside to ride on and these horses in my care. Amazing creatures and so willing and giving. Riding takes me to another place mentally and spiritually - a place of calm and serene, and just the ability to think, to be a sponge and soak up all the goodness of the day. I always come home a rejuvenated person.

I would hope that everyone has some sort of outlet like this. It might be singing, or dancing, or walking, or running, or playing outside with your children - just whatever it is that you enjoy, do it with Passion. Do it with all the fiber of your being. And For Pete's sake take your health in your hands so that you can do these things and enjoy doing these things, and are able to do them for a long time hopefully into old age. And maybe you don't know what that passion is yet, but get your health on the right track so that you can think clearly, be in less pain, and are more receptive and open to all the possibilities. Nurture your body with good whole foods and nurture your soul with whatever it is that you discover you are Passionate about. emoticon


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Monday update:
For the inquiring minds that want to know. I am VERY sore today. haha. My quads especially. My horse is half walking horse, but the paint horse half did a fair about of bouncy trotting rather than his nice smooth gait, so I was trying to post. I havent used those muscles for awhile. And my tushy is sore ha Needless to say, I didnt get much t-tapping done today though I did a little, and I think I need to save my tabata for tomorrow.
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CADDYBROWN 11/1/2012 9:20AM

    I have horses. Well, my husband and I have horses, and I started riding when I was a small child. I met my husband while riding down at Schooner Valley Stables. I loved those days at Brown County. I rode trails and at home.
I gave up riding them several years back. I have gotten so out of shape and overweight that I was scared to be up there. I truly miss going on those rides. Sadly, my husband doesn't ride as much. He doesn't enjoy it as much without me. I need to get back out there, for the good of the family.
Not looking forward to those sore hamstrings, though. LOL!

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LUCYLIN101 10/1/2012 10:54PM

    Passion! I am passionate about it!

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KELTIC-CARA 10/1/2012 2:44PM

    Passion, what a great thing; it gets you up in the morning and you get so involved in it that you don't realise the day has gone and you missed lunch, but it doesn't matter because you are doing something you love. Mine would be books, which means the only thing I exercise is my eyes in reading and my hands in turning the pages. I need to find a passion that gets me moving. I'm glad you have found your passion in life and it sounds so rewarding.

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EGALITAIRE 10/1/2012 1:39PM

    Sounds like an awesome day - here's to trail-blazing, in all areas of your life.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 10/1/2012 11:17AM

    so awesome!!! Does your tushy hurt like you've been on a bike? cuz mine sure would...LOL

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MYLADY4 10/1/2012 10:31AM

    Sounded fabulous.

Can't wait to hear if the legs and abs are screaming at you today.

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HOUNDLOVER1 10/1/2012 9:45AM

    What a great blog, so glad I took time to read blogs today.
I'm planning on going on a trail ride later today. After reading your blog I'm thinking that maybe I do want to take my camera.
You have wonderful plans to share your horses with people who need them. I've volunteered for a therapeutic riding program in the past and we often stop on our rides through town because people are drawn to our horse and want to touch her and spend time with her. Blue has a very sweet, calm temperament, would be perfect for therapeutic riding, so we always let her hang out.
Riding was also my main motivation to get in better shape. I still jog with my horse in addition to riding her, sometimes just get off during a ride and jog with her for a while. She only does that nice western jog when I'm on her, LOL.
I know that sharing these wonderful animals is one of the most rewarding thing you can do with them, more than any competitions could ever be. I'm looking forward to following your journey in this adventure.
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-LINDA_S 10/1/2012 7:33AM

    Sounds great! My daughter helped clear a trail back behind and to the side of the property, but all I get to do is walk on it. Maybe someday she'll let me ride her horse when she's not competing him as much. Have a great week!

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CHRISTINASP 10/1/2012 3:33AM

    A beautiful blog, and touching. Have the very best of luck and success with your plans!

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GLC2009 10/1/2012 2:40AM

    love your blog. i haven't ridden my horse since february due to injuries and just got the go ahead to start riding him again in a week or so, if he looks good while lunging (which he does so far)
i am so jealous and so inspired, all in one!!!
cheers,
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WOUBBIE 9/30/2012 11:34PM

    It sounds wonderful!

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 9/30/2012 10:03PM

    Loved hearing about your ride. I had horses for over 20 years. So I do know what you're talking about & how it makes you feel. So happy you can drink it all in and appreciate it so much. Best of luck to you in getting your non-profit riding academy going. It's a wonderful idea. emoticon

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HAPPYERIN 9/30/2012 9:12PM

    Ooh, I envy you! I used to be horse-crazed and loved horseback riding. It has been -- gosh -- 15 years since I last rode! I keep talking to my husband about trying to find a place to go for a trail ride, and maybe now I will use that as a reward for all my hard work! (And I remember those muscles you are talking about, you use them even though you don't always realize it!)

Your endeavor to help others through horses is so commendable. I agree with you -- the bond formed with a horse is unique to other types of animals. Can't wait to hear how it develops!

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OKBACK2ME 9/30/2012 8:57PM

    Oh love the blog and I am so jealous, I have not been on a horse for years. Loving animals that are greatly therapeutic. Helping or youth is helping our future. I am grateful for people who care about the children and youths. emoticon

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WENDYJM4 9/30/2012 8:41PM

    great blog, really enjoyed reading this. What a lovely ride and yes you will feel muscles where you never thought you had them. Good luck with the non-profit enterprise, this is a wonderful idea. Pity more people don't do things like this.
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ROBYNLN 9/30/2012 8:39PM

    Thanks for sharing. Your ride sounds fabulous and your plans for therapeutic horsemanship. I used to ride regularly and agree that it is good for the inside and outside of a person.

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