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You’ve Already Won

Whatever our goals are with our horses, the journey is always full of potholes – some big and some not-so-big. There’s just no way around it. It’s hard sometimes.

I want to share a mindset that I hope will help you get through the setbacks you experience.

And that’s because stuff always happens. Always, and the nature of all of life is up and down and all around.

We can’t get rid of the yuck, but we can have the fortitude and the perseverance that nothing can stop us. Nothing. And with that mindset, you’ve already won.

That’s what this mini-podcast is all about.

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Do Something…Different!

Not long ago, I interviewed Dr. Steve Peters, who spoke about the brain of the horse and best practices to help us bridge the gap between our horses and us for the benefit of both.

Dr. Peters said many things, but one thing that stuck with me was about dendrites. That’s what this video is all about.

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The secret weapon at your fingertips

Years ago, a friend loved to take videos with a camera with cube-like cartridges. She would film everything from generally messing around to practice rides to show runs.

The problem for this non-techie, non-mechanical girl was I had to learn to run the machine to play them back, and then I had to hook up the TV to the device, and then I had to hook up the camera to wherever it hooked into.

That was a lot for me! But I did love studying my videos when she filmed them.

But now, as you know, filming is so easy.

For riding, of course, we don’t need anything but the convenience of our phone, ideally held in a horizontal position – and then we need to study it.

The study part is what this video is all about.

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Powerful and Easy when snowed in

Every year about this time of year, winter seems to linger forever in some parts of the world.

When the snow flies during the holidays and again in January and early February, we accept it as par for the course for winter. Still, by late February, we think, “Enough already!”

If you feel like there’s ‘nothing’ you can do about riding because winter (or any inclement weather) keeps dragging on, I have a suggestion for you.

That’s what this video is all about.

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Vulnerability and Fear in High Gear

This past week, I had several unusual situations that left me feeling very uneasy. They were not directly related to horses, but I felt vulnerable on that emotion’s high-octane side.

I did my best to practice the steps we take with our horses when they feel uneasy and insecure. It was an excellent reminder of ways to face fear because I was forced to do so.

That’s what this podcast is all about.

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This happens to everyone

I have two friends navigating the same challenge but in totally different disciplines.

One rides reining horses, and the other shows pleasure horses.

They both love to show and have been progressing well, and their results in the arena are beginning to show it, too.

But the wheels fell off in the show pen in the past three weeks.

One was angry that she had worked so hard only to get that kind of result, and the other felt humiliated and discouraged.

Raise your hand if you can relate.

Okay, you can put your hand down now!

This video discusses my thoughts on their situations and what to do next.

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Why Choosing Optimism is Worth It

This week it’s been cold, windy, and rainy, so I stayed inside and made a video for you to explain two benefits of choosing optimism over the doldrums!

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The happy secret to better work

We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.

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Everything Begins HERE With Our Horses

The Tale of Two Stories

We are always talking to ourselves. Sometimes it can be predictable and scripted, like during a specific ride with our horse, but most of the time, it’s just whatever we think as we go through our day.

Sometimes that ‘throughout the day’ voice is untamed and unkind and gives us messages that don’t help us. In fact, they discourage us.

Taming the wild all-day voice is what this video is all about.

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