For Dawn

I had a big surprise when I was walking out of the house to do this week’s video for you. It took me right to what’s important to keep in the forefront of our minds… not in the back. That’s what this week’s video is all about.


VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

Hey, it’s Barb.

I have something again that’s a little different for you today.

I was in the house this morning. I was getting ready to come outside to do this week’s video and ride Nic. I was planning a message for you about focus… but something happened while I was still inside.

I looked at my messages and saw one from a friend letting me know that Dr. Dawn Alves Rice, a veterinarian from California (who I had worked with on a number of occasions and had a wonderful relationship with and had so much fun working with)… she was killed working on a mule doctoring a hind leg.

It was a freak accident. She got kicked in the head.

For me, it was so shocking (the way that kind of news affects us all). Somehow it just took me completely out of my desire to talk to you about focus… at least today. But I will another day.

But it did cause me to want to talk to you about something that is very important to me. It is something I try to live. It’s something I know brings so much meaning and richness to our lives with these guys (our horses).

And that is to a focus on the joy of being with a horse… and the why we do this. And to take the time to know what we value in our lives with horses. And then live those values. And celebrate those joys and values every day.

So, whatever you want to do with your horse, go for it with all of your heart! Get grounded. Use our tools. Get focused. Give it your best shot. Connect with your horse. And then at the end of the day, no matter the result, just give thanks for that ride and those moments.

Just like this moment right now with Nick is so special to me. He seems to be so connected to how I’m feeling.

Please know I’m not intending this to be a sad message. I want to celebrate the life of Dawn, a beautiful woman who was spunky and who loved to cut.

I raise a glass to Dawn. I take this opportunity to remind you that may today, and every day you have with your horse, be an awesome day. Celebrate your life with your horses and the people in it.

Go get ‘em in and whatever you’re doing.

Let me know what you think.

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21 Comments on For Dawn

  1. Eileen Cashman on Sun, 21st Jun 2020 1:40 pm
  2. Hi Barb….your words shook my reality today, thank you, because I’m still here. I’m so so sorry about the loss of your friend 💔. Our condolences to you and the family. 😢

  3. Rosalie Webster on Sun, 21st Jun 2020 2:02 pm
  4. I am sorry for the loss of your friend. Thank you for your timely, beautiful and precious reminder to just . . . be thankful, be present, be joy-filled in the presence of my horses. Your call to know what I value with my horses and to celebrate that . . . whatever it looks like . . . was indeed a great blessing and encouragement to my heart today. Grateful for your “presence”, input and kind heart. Dawn’s tragic, unexpected death is a reminder that we never know what tomorrow holds. Best to celebrate today . . . and every day.

  5. Patti on Sun, 21st Jun 2020 2:42 pm
  6. So very sorry about the loss of your friend but just like Audrey she passed doing exactly what she loved to do. I sucked at the show yesterday but brought my horse Willie home and spent an hour or more just watching him in the pasture. I love that goof ball and I’m thankful for you reminding me that love is the most important component of our partnership.

  7. Lu Lee on Sun, 21st Jun 2020 3:26 pm
  8. Hi Barb
    So touching and important for me personally at this time.

    I have backed off on trying to compete during the COVID-19 crosses. I’m riding my horse early in the day before the barn gets crowded. Just going out to the barn and having amazing quiet rides. I’m so grateful to have this animal in my life. I have felt so centered and confutable with her.. I have come to realize how each day and each breath is a blessing from god. How wonderful that I came to the horse and have had this time to focus on the important things.
    Bless you at this time of loss
    Thank you for your work
    Lu Lee

  9. Laurie Swafford on Sun, 21st Jun 2020 5:02 pm
  10. Hugs for you. Sad news about your friend. Love your words.

  11. Cindy Newell on Sun, 21st Jun 2020 5:13 pm
  12. I’m so sorry about what happened to your friend, Dawn. I know how much it is on your mind when you know someone this happens to. I’m really glad you told us about her. I pray for peace for you and all who knew her and will miss her.

  13. Pam on Sun, 21st Jun 2020 5:48 pm
  14. I am so sorry about your friend and her family.
    Time is so precious and like you said we must make the most of it. Through the grace of God let us hope to have the strength to endure whatever comes our way with family ,friends, and horses.
    Thank you so much for your helpful words no matter what the subject might be.

    Take care and I will say a prayer for both you and your friend .

  15. Nancy Burroughs on Sun, 21st Jun 2020 6:19 pm
  16. Life is so precious. Hold your loved ones close each day and our awesome horses. Praying for the family and friends. My heart goes out to all🙏

  17. Lynda Savenkoff on Sun, 21st Jun 2020 9:54 pm
  18. Hello Barb. I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. 😢 Thank you for demonstrating how one can channel thoughts/emotions towards the positives of a situation! 💓

  19. Carol MacGregor on Sun, 21st Jun 2020 10:31 pm
  20. Hi Barb, OMG—I am sooo sorry to hear about the sudden death of your good friend Dawn! How shocking to receive this message!! And your advice to cherish each day we have here on earth and each day we have with our horses IS very special. Thank you for reminding us about this. And it did look like Nic was sharing in your sadness. He’s an awesome guy!!!!

  21. Tere Goldstein on Mon, 22nd Jun 2020 12:14 am
  22. Barb. . What a shock to hear about your friend. Dawn. It never occurs to us that our vets and. Farriers can really get hurt. it is so hard sometime to be safe and focused when there are so many distractions while working with our horses. All of that unpredictability.
    I know she will be missed as a professional and a friend .
    Non of us can let our guard down. and we do when we get to comfortable with our horses or even driving we can get hurt .
    Sorry for your loss..
    May her memory Be a blessing to all who knew her.
    Tere. Goldstein

  23. Sally Altman Kernutt on Mon, 22nd Jun 2020 11:19 am
  24. Barb, What a beautiful message and reminder. I’m so sorry for the sudden loss of your friend. She sounds special.
    With all life’s unpredictability, what a gift to have a horse in our lives that is always there for us. Sally

  25. Sally Altman Kernutt on Mon, 22nd Jun 2020 11:19 am
  26. Barb, What a beautiful message and reminder. I’m so sorry for the sudden loss of your friend. She sounds special.
    With all life’s unpredictability, what a gift to have a horse in our lives that is always there for us. Sally

  27. Adriana Mazzagardi on Mon, 22nd Jun 2020 12:12 pm
  28. Hi Barb,

    I used to have horses in my life. For the past 4 years I haven’t had a chance to be with and around them.. they make a huge difference in ours lives.

    Being grateful is the secret of happiness in this life.

    I love to watch your videos.

    Adriana
    From Brazil

  29. Adriana Mazzagardi on Mon, 22nd Jun 2020 12:13 pm
  30. Hi Barb,

    I used to have horses in my life. For the past 4 years I haven’t had a chance to be with and around them.. they make a huge difference in ours lives.

    Being grateful is the secret of happiness in this life.

    I love to watch your videos.

    Adriana
    From Brazil

  31. Kelly Scilingo on Mon, 22nd Jun 2020 3:07 pm
  32. Dear Barbra
    I am so sorry for your loss of your friend.
    I ride cutting horses to honor my daughter that we lost 10 years ago. Brady’s passion was Cutting and the love of her animals. Brady was 14 years old when we lost her and our only child.
    I was told by a teacher that it was wrong to honor a loss of a child or a loved one by following their passion. I find this give me peace to follow her dream and give her wings to fly even higher on this earth. We honor the people we love by doing the things that bring us joy.
    Bless you for sharing your beautiful,loving knowledge.
    You are a gift
    Always Kelly

  33. kathy tipton on Tue, 23rd Jun 2020 6:30 am
  34. Thanks for that thoughtful message…Always live for today, you never know what tomorrow may bring or what it may take away. I lost a dear friend this past Thursday. He was my ‘hay man’. He raised the best brome hay in the country ~ just delivered a full barn load last week. I had a nice visit with him while he helped unload! He’ll not be forgotten!

  35. Lois Gould on Tue, 23rd Jun 2020 11:57 am
  36. Dear Barbara. You have a unique ability to instantly connect to such deep feelings so quickly. Thank you for sharing your loss with us. And remind us to always go to your passion and connection to your horse. Celebrate the life of your friend. Bless her and bless you

  37. Susan Hampton Grose on Tue, 23rd Jun 2020 4:51 pm
  38. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. Even though we celebrate their life it is hard to believe they are gone. I agree we need to live life to its fullest every day tomorrow is never promised. Thank you for your inspirational thoughts every day .

  39. tracy adams on Tue, 30th Jun 2020 4:21 pm
  40. I am so sorry to hear about your friend Barb. My daughter is a vet so the story hit a little close to home. I love this reminder to live each day to the fullest and to have a heart filled with gratitude for the life with horses that we are lucky to have. its so easy to focus on results when we are competing but when all is said and done, it’s the quiet times I spend with my horse Scooby that I love the most. Thanks for all that you do-this course has been an anchor for me during covid and I appreciate the loving care that you take with each lesson, video and conference calls! Thank you!
    Tracy Adams

  41. Juliette Matis on Wed, 8th Jul 2020 12:54 pm
  42. Dear Barb, Your tribute to your friend, Dr. Dawn Alves Rice was so touching. So sorry for the loss of your friend. My thoughts are with you and the family of Dr. Alves Rice.

    You are so inspirational, and I appreciate your kind words and your benevolent way of approaching life and the important aspects.

    All the best,

    Juliette Matis (Jules)

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