Training the Mind of the Horse and Rider

Training the Mind of the Horse and Rider
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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Daily Inspirations

I recently found these inspirations. We can all probably relate to the first one. To me, it means going after that dream!

“Do you ever feel like there are major obstacles in your path to fulfilling your destiny? Maybe you don’t see how you could ever accomplish your dreams, or how you can get well, or how a legal situation will ever get resolved. Maybe the negative thoughts are telling you “It’s over. Just accept it. It’s never going to get any better.” But my encouragement to you is that God is a faithful God! He’s called the Author and the Finisher of our faith. God will never start something that He cannot finish. That promise He put in your heart—that you’re going to be healed, that you’re coming out of debt, that your family will be restored—God has every intention of bringing those promises to pass.

When God put the dream in your heart, He already had a completion date. He can already see it done. You may not see how it can happen. It may be taking a long time. All the odds are against you. But if you’ll just keep believing, keep praying, and keep being your best, then God promises He is going to finish what He started in you!”

God put the dream in your heart! That is so refreshing to read! There is a reason that I feel a certain way. God put my thoughts there. It always surprises me though, that people don’t appreciate how I think, what I say, what I do, etc, etc. LOL If God wants me to be this type of person, why can’t people see that, see God in me, and just accept that! I really do try to be a good person. Maybe I need to watch my thoughts and watch my words. Maybe it’s not what is said, but maybe how it is said. Or maybe it’s what is not said.

But I regress. To get back to dreams! Keep believing. Because God will finish what he started IN you! I’ve started Yoga for stretching and for inner peace. But this saying also brings me that peace!

And another inspiration:

"A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there.  With enough effort, he may achieve it.  Or he may find something that is even more rewarding.  But in the end, no matter what the outcome, He will know that he has been alive. Walt Disney"

So not only does God give us those dreams in our heart, he gives us goals to achieve. But it is up to me, to you, to all of us, to give the appropriate energy and work to achieve those dreams, to achieve those goals, to find what makes us happy.

And another inspiration:

“It’s time now to let go of the past

And embrace all that awaits you.”

Now is the time to appreciate all that we had in the past and be thankful for what the past has showed us and has taught us. We are the person we are today because of the past. Now it’s time to move on and become a better person. Let go of all those doubts and bad moments. Let go of how things used to be, of how you used to do things, and develop new ways. Show people through your actions and words that you have changed.

Look forward to the future. What is out there waiting for you? Go after those dreams. Set those goals and work with effort, towards them. But most important, do what you are meant to do. Do what you enjoy and what builds you up. Have people who appreciate you and help to build you up. Let go of all others.

I’m not sure I can let go of everything from the past, especially my pets and horses. They made me who I am today. But I will let go of the pain and put the memories in my heart, and rejoice that I have had them in my life.

As I look out at the morning sun, shining bright, warming the ground, I also feel that warmth in my heart. I need to move forward. I need to see what else is out there for me. I’m looking forward to the challenges that I will encounter to fulfill my dreams. The dreams that God put into my heart. And he put them there for a reason, so I must embrace them, and feel that peace that I am searching for.

I’ve always believed that there is a reason for everything! Just like the changing Seasons!

Ecclesiastes 3
King James 2000 Bible

A Time for Everything

1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7 A time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

9 What profit has he that works in that in which he labors?

10 I have seen the task, which God has given to the sons of men to be occupied in it.

11 He has made every thing beautiful in its time: also he has put eternity in men's hearts, so that no man can find out the work that God does from the beginning to the end.

12 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.

13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God.

14 I know that, whatsoever God does, it shall be forever: nothing can be added to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God does it, that men should fear before him.

15 That which has been is now; and that which is to be has already been; and God requires that which is past.

16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of justice, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.

17 I said in my heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time for every purpose and for every work.

18 I said in my heart concerning the condition of the sons of men, that God might reveal them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

19 For that which befalls the sons of men befalls beasts; the same thing befalls them: as the one dies, so dies the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man has no advantage over a beast: for all is vanity.

20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

21 Who knows the spirit of man that goes upward, and the spirit of the beast that goes downward to the earth?

22 Therefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his lot: for who can bring him to see what shall be after him

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Arbor Day Farm

Taking the time to enjoy a pleasant fall day with the family and 2 of the grandkids.

Pop and Grandma with Caden and Tyler

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Past 2 Years

May 26, 2001 - Oct 10, 2009

You're always in my heart, you're always in my thoughts.
I've missed you for 2 years now.
Thank you God, for giving me the time I needed to heal my broken heart.

I've come to understand the whys.
I've come to replace the grieve with acceptance.
I've replaced sadness with memories.

I will always miss you.
It's hard to believe that you had to be taken from me to teach me how much I loved you.
There was never any doubt.

When you understand that life is a test, you realize that nothing is insignificant in your life. Even the smallest incident has significance for your character development. Every day is an important day, and every second is a growth opportunity to deepen your character, to demonstrate love, or to depend on God. The good news is that God wants you to pass the tests of life, so he never allows them to be greater than the grace he gives you to handle them (1 Corinthians 10:13).” – Rick Warren

God Knows Best

Can I remember my thoughts of last night,
As I laid my head on the pillow
And thought about you.

Can I remember my thoughts of today,
When I rode the fields on a different horse,
Without you.

I miss you,
I always will,
But God knows best.

You’re in my thoughts always,
I wished I knew now,
What I should have known then.

As I ride another horse,
I remember what you have taught me,
And I always remember how you moved.

I raised you, yet you were taken from me,
I gave you the time you needed to mature,
Yet our time together was short.

I always remember your youth,
I always remember your lightness,
I always remember your time with me.

You're always in my heart,
You're always on my mind,
I’ll always remember you.

Keith Urban's Song:

"Only You Can Love Me This Way"
Well I know there's a reason
And I know there's a rhyme
We were meant to be together
That's why----
We can roll with the punches
We can stroll hand in hand
And when I say it's forever
You understand---

That you're always in my heart,
You're always on my mind
But when it all becomes too much,
You're never far behind
And there's no one that comes close to you
Could ever take your place
Cause only you can love me this way

I could have turned a different corner
I could have gone another place
Then I'd of never had this feeling
That I feel today, yeah..

And you're always in my heart,
Always on my mind
When it all becomes too much,
You're never far behind
And there's no one that comes close to you
Could ever take your place
Cause only you can love me this way.

And you're always in my heart,
You're always on my mind
And when it all becomes too much,
you're never far behind
And there's no one that comes close to you
Could ever take your place
Cause only you can love me this way

Only you can love me this way.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Trail Area

 Dove, now 4 1/2 months old

I love the fall. Usually crisp, cool days. Our fall has been beautiful, and at times, even a little warm. I’ll take these days, of sun and warmth, yet cool enough at the end of the day to enjoy that cup of coffee by the back door. Lounging on the lawn chairs, watching the horses in their pen, birds lightly chirping, maybe a soft breeze. Very relaxing!

Fawn, now 4 months old

I’ve moved the horses around to different lots. The 2 mares and 2 foals are in the lot beside the pigs. They sure loved that! The foals are so inquisitive. The other horses went to the large lot, 6 of mine and 4 boarders. Duke is by himself.

This week, I put one of the boarder horses into the lot with the mares and foals.

I knew he would leave the babies alone, and I was hoping the mares would leave him alone. This is an older gelding, a little bit of a hard keeper, and he needs the extra grain. The large lot of horses always push him away from his grain, since he eats slower than molasses in January (and I tried pouring molasses in January, outside, and it is very slow!)

Now, I can feed the mares and foals and the older gelding twice a day, giving the gelding twice what he normally would eat, and giving the mares and foals their normal amount. I can already see the difference in the gelding in just 1 week. At weaning time, he will stay with the foals, along with one other older mare, and they will get the extra nutrition during the winter months that they need to either grow, as in the case of the foals, or to gain weight and maintain, the 2 older horses.

I’ve gotten off track. Well, kind of. Since the mares and babies are in this lot, they have access to my small trail area. A brushy area earlier this spring, but we took the time to cut out all the down brush. Then the larger lot were in this area, off an on for about a months. They cleaned up the area, downing some brush, and eating whatever grass was in there.

Now, the mares and foals get the use of the area. The area will teach the babies about learning to walk and trot over logs and move through brush.

At times, they can see each other through the wider areas and at other times, they are hidden from view. They are learning to not go crazy because they can’t see each other, but they can hear each other.

They sure are getting used to moving around trees and through brush.

And they are learning how to get over logs and brush, while maintaining cadence and gracefulness. And they are learning to not be scared of the different noises.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Foals at the end of Summer

It has been awhile since I posted pics of the foals. Here they are at the end of summer. Tomorrow, I'll post pics of them from this past weekend.

Dove, at 3 months,

Dove and Momma, Starlet,

Fawn, at 2 1/2 months, 

I love the markings on their faces, and their calm expressions,

Both mommas and babies. I'll show more of Goldie, Fawn's Dam, tomorrow.
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Sunday, October 2, 2011

The Bathroom is Done!

The main bathroom renovation started in Dec 2010. We took the 80's style wallpaper down, to find 70's style wallpaper. We disposed of the yellow bathtub and sink, as well as the dark walnut stained particle board.  We, meaning hubby, plumbed in plumbing for a shower.

We put in the smallest jet tub that is made, but it fit the spot, barely. We had to cut some drywall away and take the toilet back out to slide the tub in.

 Then we had to figure out plumbing from the old tub to the new tub. What a nightmare!  Then we had to do the same from the old sink to the new sink. Obviously, they never match.

Drywall and patches went up. The patching, sanding, patching, sanding, and on and on.

And we (hubby) had to install plumbing for a new shower.

Installing cement backerboard is next. I think Hubby went through 3 or 4 drill bits, and the last 2 were bits made for cement board. It took forever!

Backer board is done! Ready for tiling!

Painting is done. Clean white in the closet. Bluish gray on the walls. I hope it doesn't look too blue. But it was leftover paint, and I only had to paint 2 small walls.

 The tile is done on the walls and the floor.

 The smaller tile is in the shower.

 I am so glad that it is done, grouted, and sealed!

The towel bar went in, but off center, so someone could shower and not hit their arms on the towel bar.

The jet tub is ready! Shampoo and conditioner is waiting.

I love the curved shower towel bar that Hubby got. The inner curtain is water proof, and the outer lining has a horse banner.

I just love this look!

The sink and counter is in. The cherry cabinet matches the kitchen cabinets now, and not the old, walnut stained particle board that we had for over 15 years!

This is not a picture. This is the new beveled mirror. We had a medicine cabinet up, but it seemed too old fashioned now. The little bit of meds and anticeptics and band-aids that we had went into the first drawer of the cabinet.

I love the towel and toilet paper hooks.

This is just outrageous. The hook for the towel or the bathrobe!

The tiled wall, showing how narrow the main bathroom is. This is not a large room.

The marbled, flowing design of the tile. Love it!  And it matches the shower curtain and towels perfectly. I had them picked out first, and the tile and paint had to match the towels. LOL

The smaller tiles of the shower matches the larger tile of the wall and floor tiles.

  Floor tile and design.

The cherry doors that match the bedroom doors now. They aren't trimmed out yet, but the trim is ready, stained and varnished. So the bathroom is 99% done.

 Finishing touches are in. Fluffy carpet at the toilet and sink. But small enough to show the tile.

And the horsey towel are finally up, just today!

ALL of the bathroom towels, etc were in the kid's bedroom. The room is finally ready for the grandkids! Makenzie and Caden have a room ready for them! Stuffed horses are ready! Caden wants the bed on the right, so Makenzie's bed is on the left.  Don't worry, M, you will have one of those horsey's on your bed, too! The 3rd horsey is for baby Tyler when he is bigger!

I love the horse bedding and material on the chair. The bedding matches the shower curtain!

The little bed that Tom made for our toddlers is ready for the next set of toddlers.  Tyler is next in line. All of the stuffed animals are under the bed and are ready to be bed companions and playmates.


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