YOUR HORSE LIFE
Don’t let life’s details make you
lose sight of why you love horses.
BY SARAH E. COLEMAN
For most horse people, the only place your brain turns off is at the barn. You become so absorbed in every little detail as you connect with your horse (How is he walking? Do I feel heat? How is his attitude? Is that a cut?) that there is little other room for worry, anger, sadness or stress to zap
most of your attention, as so often happens when you
go through daily life.
Being with horses is a lot of things. It’s humbling. It’s
gratifying. It’s all-encompassing. It’s sometimes bitter, but
always sweet. One of the deepest blessings horses offer us is the ability to be truly
present—to be mindful of the place we are in.
Our role, when we are with them, is to become so finely attuned to what is
going on in the here and now that everything else pauses. The stress of your job,
parents, children or significant other, of your bills … they all just stop. What a gift
the ability to turn off a mile-a-minute brain is.
/ Focusing In /
With horses, it’s a huge disservice to them and to yourself to be on your phone,
answering calls, texts or emails. You
don’t pay money to board or lesson to
only get 50 percent out of it.
Simply put: Don’t. Turn off (or at
least turn down) your ringer. Realize
that the world won’t end if you take
90 minutes for yourself—if anything, you’ll be better able to help
those around you if you’ve had the
ability to care for yourself.