The Heart of Confidence with Your Horse and Within Yourself

July 6, 2024 by · 3 Comments
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No matter what we’re aspiring to learn in our riding lives, whether it’s more about the nature of horses, perfecting a maneuver, or staying grounded and focused in the moment, there are always more layers to explore and exciting new insights to gain.

Sometimes, we’re up for the learning adventure with all of its ups and downs. We believe in ourselves and know we’re enough.

Of course, sometimes, we waver. That’s natural.

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Your Most Powerful Personal Advisor

June 29, 2024 by · 2 Comments
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Dr. Jim Loehr has been, and still is, an incredible mentor to me.

Last year, I videoed an interview with him. We covered a LOT of ground.

Today, I’m sharing the video with you, including your inner voice, the expectations of others, etc.

You’ll discover who your most powerful personal advisor is – and it may not be who comes to your mind first!

Enjoy.

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You’re Already a Hero

June 23, 2024 by · 1 Comment
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I have a mini-podcast for you this week.

It’s one of my favorite topics because it goes right to the heart – the idea of being enough.

Toward the end of the podcast, I share a tip that I heard this week that, to me, was simple and profound.

Listener warning: I recorded this in the pasture so the audio is a little noisy in places, but I hope you love the message anyway!

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Resiliency is Life Support

June 8, 2024 by · 8 Comments
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Think of someone you admire.

Next, a question – why is that person so extraordinary to you?

As you read on, please keep them in mind.

What is it about them that you admire?

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Saying Yes and Showing Up

June 1, 2024 by · 16 Comments
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One morning, during our Cowgirl Spring Adventure Retreat in Moab, Utah, this past week, I had a few quiet moments. I was reflecting on how much magic life has to offer when we take the risk of showing up and saying yes to experiences we are attracted to—or sometimes just invited to. We never know what special things can happen unless we just say yes, go for it, and see what happens.


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They Feel It

May 24, 2024 by · 19 Comments
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I just returned home after a lovely trip to Sicily, Italy, with my husband, Tom, and another couple who are great friends.

We had lots of adventures and, of course, the kind of fun you have on vacation when you’re in the moment and doing nothing but looking for fun and the next adventure.

But during our trip, two sad events happened, both about the loss of a child.

The shock we all feel when that happens is always jarring, but this time, in addition to that initial sad disbelief, I felt a couple of other emotions I want to share with you.

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Chilling Them Out

May 11, 2024 by · 9 Comments
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Hey, it’s Barb. I want to talk to you about something that’s been bugging me a bit.

I’m not one to get on a lot of soap boxes, and I’m not getting on one about this. I’m just hopefully raising awareness for a simple idea that we all know: cooling down our horses after a workout.


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There’s No Place Like Home

May 4, 2024 by · 5 Comments
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I’ve been on a lengthy stint of travel these past few weeks.

First, I was in Montana at the gorgeous Paws Up Resort and attending the Cowgirl Spring Roundup, a Cowgirl Hall of Fame Retreat. Wonderful! I was honored to be a part of this event.
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Oh, those dreaded mistakes!

April 12, 2024 by · 5 Comments
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I just finished a book club meeting with our Circle of Trust group this past week. We discussed Daniel Coyle’s two books, mainly The Little Book of Talent.

We talked about what was meaningful to us – what made an impact. That’s what this video is all about.

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People Like These

April 6, 2024 by · Leave a Comment
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In my 35 years of working with people and horses, no one topic has been brought up more as a source of woe – and wonderfulness! – than relationships—the good, the bad, and the not-very-pretty.

That’s because humans innately crave connection, being close to other people, and building relationships. These are vital to our well-being, both mentally and emotionally.

Horses have the same experience, although, additionally, they depended on it for survival in the wild.

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“The Best Gift Anyone Can Give
To One Who Grieves”

December 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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I remember feeling so fearful that people would soon forget our son, Zane after he passed on to his heavenly life. The thought of that was gut stabbing.

Recently I saw this quote, and wanted to share it with you.

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“How to Coordinate Your Hand and Feet
on the Cut”

November 10, 2017 by · 3 Comments
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There are three main things going on as you’re walking through the herd to make a cut. The first is effective communication with your horse. The second is reading an ever changing situation. The third is making good decisions moment to moment.

That’s a lot to manage all at one time!

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