Happy New Year from Nic and Me

Okay, so first, today, because it is the beginning of a new year, I’d like to say a word about resolutions.

I’m not really big on them, and I’m not saying they’re bad or any final judgment like that, but I prefer a different approach.

I love to take a moment to celebrate everything that went well the previous year.


Okay, so first, today, because it is the beginning of a new year, I’d like to say a word about resolutions.

I’m not really big on them, and I’m not saying they’re bad or any final judgment like that, but I prefer a different approach.

I love to take a moment to celebrate everything that went well the previous year.

For me, it was in three areas.

I gained a lot of wisdom about horses from new perspectives (which I loved); I deepened my knowledge in the whole area of building confidence and performance (which is a passion I can’t get enough of), and I discovered the magic of working with people even more than I ever have, as both a teacher and as a student.

Of course, I had some things that were less than ideal, but I like to think of them as the perfect next steps for me to keep improving.

And now, as I look forward to 2023, some cool personal things are on the horizon, like making major improvements to our home after a hot water heater incident.

But what excites me the most is doing as much as possible to support you on your horse journey. I’ve been designing some new online and live experiences, and I am working on a new book – to name a few.

So at the beginning of this new year, consider taking a moment and reflecting on what you celebrate about your life in 2022 and what you want to create and experience in 2023.

And, if you’re game, share one or both of those with us in the comments – but no matter what – please hold onto them until next week because I’m going to share a perspective about them that I think you’ll enjoy.

So as we go forward into 2023, I hope to have the honor of supporting you and your horse and encouraging you to be brave and kind to yourself and others as you go for what you love – and whatever you do, don’t hold back.

Again, if you’re game, jot down your reflections about what you celebrate from last year and what you look forward to going for this year.

Happy New Year from Nic and me!

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12 Comments on Happy New Year from Nic and Me

  1. Janice Rathbun on Sun, 1st Jan 2023 3:22 pm
  2. I want to celebrate the fact that my relationship with my quarter horse has improved to a more mutual trusting relationship, and I look forward to our spending more time together.

  3. mark c mahnken on Sun, 1st Jan 2023 3:52 pm
  4. Cheers to all and a Happy New Year. I so enjoy your emails and comments. Been studying, watching, learning part time for 47 years watching trainers that I once thought were invincible and the more I learn and develop my hands and feel the more I realize that I’m not that far off from being able to compete in the same arena. So in 2023 or 2024 depending on my horses development It will be time to prove to myself that I belong in the same cow horse arena. I’ve got a good one this time and another in the oven. My personal challenge. Long time coming. Still got it at 65.

  5. Carol on Sun, 1st Jan 2023 3:59 pm
  6. We are cantering with confidence! A goal that took 4 years, thanks to all my supportive help from others on my journey. Slow down,focus,one step at a time.

  7. Lu Lee on Sun, 1st Jan 2023 5:09 pm
  8. I tool care of some health issues. I have a brand new hip, Ya-Im able to ride with out pain now, and I’m looking forward to new adventures with my little red horse.

    Thank you all you do

    Lu Lee

  9. Joanne Milton on Sun, 1st Jan 2023 5:15 pm
  10. I’m hoping most of my recent health issues are now behind me & I can concentrate on getting back in the saddle is 2023…also getting back to writing my book!

  11. Julianne Ryan on Sun, 1st Jan 2023 5:32 pm
  12. I realised in December that I need to look after me, it’s only taken 7years to realise. I also got my horse back which I regrettably sold 7 years ago. He has changed alot but I’m so pleased he will be with me forever. Our journey awaits. Let’s see where our confidence goes

  13. Diane on Sun, 1st Jan 2023 9:22 pm
  14. I’ve moved on from a long time trainer to a new one that has given me a wonderful new perspective. He sees that I have confidence issues and that we will work on those intensely. I look forward to being a better me!

  15. Laura Yarbrough on Mon, 2nd Jan 2023 6:48 am
  16. So many great comments! Personally, I went deeper into sober curious behavior from alcohol, immediate gratification and attention. Which opened the door to the best gift… Pause. Pause, before getting on my horse, look into their eyes and connect. Pause in the saddle, am I clear with my intention, task at hand. Pause and laser focus in the show pen for task at hand. Practicing progress not perfection! Health and Happiness with a sprinkle of WooWoo for 2023.

  17. Sarah Giudice on Mon, 2nd Jan 2023 8:39 am
  18. Reflecting on the positive is a great way to start the new year. Barb, I started following you in 2020 when I took the Core Confidence course. Since then I moved barns, realized the horse I had was not right for me, found him a great new home, have a new horse that needed some TLC for most of 2022. Now I’ve reconnected with my old trainer and am ready to restart my riding-one baby step at a time.
    ‘Just for Today’ is something I love and helps me stay positive in all things horse, and life in general.
    Thanks and Happy New Year.

  19. Barbara Williams on Mon, 2nd Jan 2023 5:08 pm
  20. I’ve always thought of each year as a steppingstone to the next…and for me, that’s a lot of stones! 2022 found me loping across Mexican plains on my 80th birthday and practicing “stop, draw, pivot” in Moab with the famous Schulte lungs getting their exercise. I got the pivot and 2023 should bring the “stop, draw”! But I need to get a couple of new horses for my herd, so the two who have shepherded me the past 20 years can enjoy their Golden Years, also. I really believed that the young horses I bought at 60 would be my last! Never say never!

  21. DeAnna Ball on Tue, 3rd Jan 2023 10:22 am
  22. I’m celebrating that I am loving having “alone” time with my horse. Newly retired, I can ride in the morning when my friends are at work. A whole arena to myself is a luxury I hadn’t known before. But it takes courage to ride without a buddy.

  23. Judy Robinson on Tue, 3rd Jan 2023 3:22 pm
  24. I had a wonderful year and I am grateful for your advice last year to develop a theme instead of precise goals. I am celebrating the results of suppleness, relationship and joy with my horse. Strangely these seemed to filter in to other parts of my life as well. It has been so transformative that I want to go forward with the same idea this year. I would love some ideas or suggestions as to how to change or enrich these themes in 2023.

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