How to Stay Grounded and Present in the Moment

In celebration of Thanksgiving, I have a short article for you with an uplifting straightforward, and fun challenge.


Here’s a bit of background first.

We all know that to be the best possible partner we can be with our horse, we need to be in the moment – not concerned about the past or the future.

When we’re grounded, aware of our horse, and immersed in the job at hand, we can take it step by step during our ride.

However, if our mind is somewhere else, our body tight, and we are energetically low or over-excited, suffice to say, we will not jive with our horse.

Presence at the moment always feels like calmness, peace, and liveliness, all gorgeously wrapped together. The energy we bring to the situation will not be too low or too high, and it feels like ease in the flow of the moment.

When it comes to horses, we always need to work on ourselves first.

An exercise can take us there in an instant- no matter where we’ve been mentally, physically, or emotionally.

That’s gratitude.

Gratitude is like grace, and it has a light yet real essence.

We’re not hoping for the future or lamenting the past when we’re grateful. For the seconds to minutes when we reflect on the blessings that come to mind, we feel good – and grounded at the moment.

This week, my challenge to all of us is to take time each morning and give thanks for something in your horse life for which you are deeply grateful. Then give it a theme, like ‘gratitude for how my horse opens my heart,” and carry that gratitude energy with you all day.

You will strengthen your gratitude muscles and practice presence in the moment all at the same time.

I can’t wait to hear about your experience all week!

Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know about your experience. I can’t wait to hear.

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11 Comments on How to Stay Grounded and Present in the Moment

  1. Gayle Kiser on Sun, 20th Nov 2022 2:10 pm
  2. I love this so much. It’s great advice for being with our horses, but also friends and family we cherish while we’re here on earth together. It’s easy in hubbub of holidays to get wrapped up in the to-do’s. I will use this grounding of gratitude throughout the week with grandkids, son & wife and friends as well as with our animals we cherish, too. Thanks, Barb.

  3. Karen Morton on Sun, 20th Nov 2022 2:46 pm
  4. I so agree with you, I somehow learned this years ago,just felt it somehow. I am always at peace when riding,and in life in general do not worry unnecessarily. Have told many people who fret over an obstacle or a loose dog approaching or a water crossing etc. To relax and your horse will not feel your anxiety. Once looked at this kinda large rock in our path and said to my young horse you do see that rock don’t you? By staring at that rock he of course tripped on it! From then on I glance at something and look forward to the beauty of the trail ahead.Ride relaxed and alert but not wuth trepidation. Horses make one happy even if they are young and inexperienced or having a bad day,stay in that moment and move forward they will respond in kind.

  5. Rollins Roberta on Sun, 20th Nov 2022 3:07 pm
  6. I’m most grateful for having known the Hulling family for years and have fond memories of visits to the Hulling Ranch to buy, sell, or trade a horse with Cletus Sr. The pictures of those memories are indelible in my mind and readily pulled up as I think on them. That Barb came out of this family to become the special horsewoman and superb human being that she is, is no surprise. The background for this came from Cletus Sr and Marie Hulling back on their ranch in Freeburg, IL.

  7. Caroline Mackinnon on Sun, 20th Nov 2022 6:10 pm
  8. This is beautiful, practical and “doable” advice thanks Barb. I am going to practice this all week and hopefully adopt it for a lifetime.

  9. kathy on Sun, 20th Nov 2022 6:21 pm
  10. I’m grateful for my horse . He is the reason I get up every morning to go feed him. And he generally knickers to me which I interrupt as “It’s about time,” some mornings and “hello again” others.

  11. Minelga Ulrike on Sun, 20th Nov 2022 7:44 pm
  12. Happy Thankgiving and best wishes for your new year in life!
    I loved what you said about gratitude, concerning our horse.
    I try to say “Thank you for the ride” to my horse every time I get off – good or bad ride. And then I usually feel peaceful and truly thankful for the privilege to have horses in my life.
    We had a visit from your neighbor across the street, Creig Corlis. Small world…
    He told me what a nice lady you are – I knew that already after attending your clinics at C Lazy U.

  13. Rhonda T Guilford on Sun, 20th Nov 2022 10:10 pm
  14. Gratitude is a super power, thanks for this beautiful reminder of how it can help with our time spent with horses.

  15. Carol MacGregor on Mon, 21st Nov 2022 12:05 am
  16. Hi Barb, You are sooo right about the attitude and practice of being grateful in our lives for our horses, and for so many other friends and family. I like what you said about not “not hoping for the future, or grieving the past” but are very “present” with our horses and enjoying the moment. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and we are all very thankful for YOU!!! 🙂

  17. Camille Abbott on Mon, 21st Nov 2022 12:40 pm
  18. Love this! It is something that I am working on at the moment….particularly being relaxed in the show pen. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  19. katherina moller on Mon, 21st Nov 2022 12:55 pm
  20. Thank you for this. Your advice and encouragement have helped me to have a real bond with my horse. I enjoy the emails so much. And they are encouraging in other aspects of my life. Blessings to you this Thanksgiving

  21. Barbara Morgan on Wed, 30th Nov 2022 6:35 am
  22. I’m a little late in reading this, but I have to say, it was beautiful and enlightening to read. This is so what I needed to hear today and start incorporating into my daily start of my day. Thanks so much for your words

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