Trail to 2021: Take A Tour & See

Last week I asked about your accomplishments in 2020… or some of your highlights from in this year of so much pain and chaos.

I asked you to think back to where you’ve come from since this time last year… and to enjoy that perspective. And we’re doing all of this in the spirit of designing the next chapter in our story for 2021.

Now that we appreciate all of the good things from 2020, let’s take the next step and look forward to 2021. That’s what this video is all about.


The Barn

Last week I asked about your accomplishments in 2020… or some of your highlights from in this year of so much pain and chaos.

I asked you to think back to where you’ve come from since this time last year… and to enjoy that perspective. And we’re doing all of this in the spirit of designing the next chapter in our story for 2021.

But before we get to 2021, I thought I’d share my #1 thing I learned in 2020, and then we’ll walk on down the trail to 2021. Come with me.

Top of the Hill

I’m beginning from a large view here at the top of our hill because my #1 takeaway from 2020 is both wide and tiny at the same time.

This past year, I learned to listen more… and better.

I learned how much I enjoy listening to the owls talking to each other in the morning, and the foxes screeching at night, and the coyotes howling at each other across the pasture.

And I learned to listen to Nic more, too… to be observant of even his tiniest communication, and how much it means to him to be heard… just like it means a lot for all of us as people to be heard.

Because of learning to observe and listen to Nic better, it’s helped me begin to take the time to really listen to other people better, too, and with less judgment, I might add. I love that.

Okay, so now that we appreciate all of the good things from 2020, let’s take a look forward to 2021.

So, now, let’s walk down to those two tanks in the distance. And by the way, that’s what we call them in Texas… tanks!

Bodies of water are perfect places to stimulate a little dreamin’.

Big Tank

Allow yourself for a moment to take out a magic wand and really dream big.

Listen to what you really want to do in your riding, and most importantly, what brings you joy with your horse.

What would you like to accomplish? How would you measure your success?

Allow yourself to enjoy daydreaming.

OK, now let’s walk over here.

Small Tank

If you’re like me, sometimes you shrink your expectations because you’re concerned you’ll never get there; you’re too old; you just can’t seem to get it; there’s not enough time… and all the reasons why things aren’t going your way. But, more importantly, they probably won’t. That last belief can make us feel really sad.

When we think that way, it shuts us down, so let’s just leave all of those things down here.

Remember again your dreams with the magic wand.

Round Bales

FYI the coyotes live in that woods. They are scary and would love to have our rat terrier for lunch if they could. But, that being said, they stay away from us. But Nic, he knows they’re in there, and he gets so scared.

But when he does, we stand and wait. I assure him it’s ok. We just stay with our fear. No wheeling away. It gets a little better every time.

So this last stop on our little tour is just a fun reminder that we all get scared from time to time.

And as you think about your dreams for 2021, you might get a little scared but just stay with it.

Listen to yourself and lean into the fear. It will get a little better every time, but don’t let the fear make you give up your dreams.

Okay, now I have one last stop for you.

Mushroom Tree

This is one of my favorite sites on our property, the mushroom tree.

It is somewhere in the vicinity of 85 years old. It is where our 30-year-old mare, Rachel loves to stand.

It has withstood the storms over time with grace and is more beautiful than ever.

Your spirit and your journey, while of course, they are different… they also withstand the storms with grace. Trust you will continue to weather the storms as you move forward and surely they will come.

No matter your age, you are more gorgeous than ever if you choose to see it that way.

I hope you enjoyed your tour of our little piece of heaven in this 30-acre pasture.

So, what are you dreaming of for 2021?

Let us know in the comments. We would love to hear your vision of your next chapter with your horse.

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30 Comments on Trail to 2021: Take A Tour & See

  1. Cathy on Sun, 13th Dec 2020 2:27 pm
  2. Barb,
    This was a particular favorite!
    Thank you for sharing your place. I especially liked leaving my negative stuff at the au natural tank and accepting my fears in the ‘scary woods’. I am getting older and have weathered my storms but I love thinking about that tree. As high as its branches grow, so deep are its roots.

    I need to remain ‘rooted’ while I grow into 2021.

    Love being in this cohort!

    Let’s go 2021!

  3. Gayle on Sun, 13th Dec 2020 2:57 pm
  4. What a wonderful way to start the day. Your tour brought a sense of quiet and peace to a busy morning, something I feel horseback, the way hubbub, cares, worries and fears disappear and my soul is restored. That bonding and connection, working together in harmony, in nature is healing. I call it my “Calgon, take me away” time. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on letting go, facing fear and trusting horse and rider to get through it all and benefit in relationship in the process.

  5. Donna on Sun, 13th Dec 2020 3:55 pm
  6. Hi Barb,
    This segment resonates with me be ause I have been meditating lately in a way that I expand my sense of who I am. Rather than feeling limited I allow myself to feel a connection with something bigger and to be open to learning. Your segment similarly encouraged me to “Dream” and this reminds me of all that is possible if I want it to be.


  7. Ray Randle on Sun, 13th Dec 2020 4:46 pm
  8. Thanks Barbra for those very truthful well articulated thoughts. They’re what I’ll be aiming for too. I hope you and your family enjoy your Christmas and 2021. Ray

  9. Renee Racine on Sun, 13th Dec 2020 4:56 pm
  10. I loved the tour. My goal for 2021 with my horse is to show her in at least one cutting. She is so fast and cowy that I have been afraid to get into the herd but I have been working on my skills and confidence and I feel ready to go forward. Your videos and courses have really helped me feel more confident and I Thank You Very Much for that.

  11. Carol MacGregor on Sun, 13th Dec 2020 5:01 pm
  12. Hi Barb, I ALWAYS love seeing you riding Nic-such a nice boy!!! I certainly like the idea of “dreaming big” and if any progress is made, that’s a lot better than nothing, for sure!!! Your property is so pretty with the various locations offering different environments for enjoyment and horse training! The 85 year old mushroom tree that has “deep roots” because of time and weather, reminds me of the imagery in Psalm 1 of a tree that is deeply rooted bearing fruit in all seasons!!:) Thank you for sharing this adventure!!!

  13. LINDA VAN DEN BOSCH on Sun, 13th Dec 2020 5:01 pm
  14. Deep and meaningful, thank you Barbara Schulte.

  15. Janie olvera on Sun, 13th Dec 2020 6:32 pm
  16. Thank you so much for your honesty and for sharing your 2020 tour with us , I love hearing your soft voice and positive words . I’m so glad I found you . Even though I didn’t get to do all the exercises of the well connected , I printed all the cheat sheets and watched all the videos , but having family stuff always coming up , and putting my horse time to aside I will believe there’s always tomorrow to start, I love your horse training method and your philosophy of learning and riding . Your are a true blessing

  17. Maria Dorrell on Sun, 13th Dec 2020 7:41 pm
  18. What a calming video! I enjoy watching Nic’s ears. As a new rider I look forward to all the challenges of riding and learning horse behavior. When I am on a horse, I am in the moment, no doubt. Being around and on horses has been such a blessing this year.

    Merry Christmas Barb!
    Bring on 2021!

  19. Geralyn on Sun, 13th Dec 2020 8:25 pm
  20. This tour video is so meditative! Love it!
    This video is the kind of riding I hope to do in 2021.

  21. Renate Nelson on Sun, 13th Dec 2020 10:04 pm
  22. Thankyou for sharing your little piece of Texas. A great little your of life.
    I feel I have learnt to accept myself and be more happier to notice any change to my 7 year old horse. I have stretched my comfort area with him A little at a time. I learnt that having a go consistently- although not always successful – we are triumphing!
    And so yummy to have him listening to me and connected- I really thought earlier in the year it would never happen.
    So I want to continue being the best I can for him.
    My big dream riding without reins with a beautifully balanced horse and rider and widening that ‘feel!’

  23. Lynda Savenkoff on Mon, 14th Dec 2020 12:06 am
  24. Hi Barb!
    First of all, thanks for your coaching call advice on approaching conversations in a less threatening manner!!👍
    Secondly, my 2021 BIG HORSE DREAM(S) are to:
    -accept the journey my horse & I are on.
    -feel confident in myself & my mare.
    -enjoy competing in horse shows.

  25. Gay T Smith on Mon, 14th Dec 2020 8:41 am
  26. Barbra, Thank you for the most wonderful gift of this message.It truly touches my heart; I’m so grateful for the reminders of gratitude for what we have in nature and in our lives, taking nothing for granted, being aware and listening. Your generous sharing brings great comfort.

  27. Dorothy on Mon, 14th Dec 2020 10:39 am
  28. Great tour Barb, thank you for sharing. This gives me things to consider , I especially like lean into fear.

  29. Ulrike Minelga on Mon, 14th Dec 2020 10:41 am
  30. Dear Barb,

    this was a wonderful video. I appreciated your message. You are always so upbeat and encouraging. Thank you!

    Have a wonderful Christmas together with the people and animals you love!

    Ulli Minelga

  31. Ashley on Mon, 14th Dec 2020 10:54 am
  32. As always you do not disappoint! Enjoyed the views and the ride. Have a great day and a merry Christmas

  33. Jill C on Mon, 14th Dec 2020 11:36 am
  34. Barbra,
    I so needed this video today! I just returned home from a show & am struggling with all the same fears & doubts. Thank you for your perfect sense of timing & wisdom.

  35. Tania on Mon, 14th Dec 2020 12:01 pm
  36. Love this !
    Will watch often
    Thank-you so much

  37. Barbra Schulte on Mon, 14th Dec 2020 2:11 pm
  38. Fantastic, Cathy!

  39. Barbra Schulte on Mon, 14th Dec 2020 2:14 pm
  40. Good for you, Donna!

  41. Laura Yarbrough on Mon, 14th Dec 2020 3:02 pm
  42. What a wonderful tour. In addition to competing in Stock Horse… I love trail riding on our property to. It gives me a sense of accomplishment when I see the home and improvements we have made. Plus, I so enjoy looking at the old barn that is close to 100 yrs old. All the things it has seen. I often picture the couple that built the barn and love finding little treasures they have left behind. Namaste on my Horse! Getting my goals together for 2021!

  43. phyllis jess on Mon, 14th Dec 2020 5:12 pm
  44. THANK YOU BARB for your inspiration….for 2021……………and of course the video is awesome………… bringing us close to Texas as we’ll ever get and wishing you and Tom a peaceful Christmas season……..Love ya, Tom and Phyllis (Washington State)

  45. Nancy Mills on Tue, 15th Dec 2020 9:53 am
  46. Thank you for the tour and all the wonderful words!

  47. Donna Fowler on Tue, 15th Dec 2020 11:21 pm
  48. Thank you for your peaceful supportive tour, what a beautiful place you have, Texas looks lovely. I wasn’t able to ride in 2020 as I had a hip replacement. I can get back in the saddle in the spring. I am both excited and overwhelmed, but will start slow and grounded thanks to your great Core Confidence course. I have learned some really important things about myself this past year and with your coaching, that I will review this winter, I look forward to 2021. You are a blessing to all of us!

  49. Christine on Thu, 17th Dec 2020 7:49 am
  50. Those ears ❤️🐴 – He’s such a great boy & thank you for sharing your kind words & lovely views

  51. Jackie Snyder on Thu, 17th Dec 2020 8:01 am
  52. Thank you for such a beautiful and inspirational tour. What a peaceful way to end the current year and look forward with excitement to our plans for the coming year. I loved Nic’s vigilant ears – I love trail riding my cow horse – these guys don’t miss much! (And in the rough country in which I live I am grateful for his vigilance.). I am looking forward to having fun with this cool horse as we train and at spring and fall Stock Horse of Texas shows, including ranch cutting, enjoying spending more time with my stock horse friends, and teaching him, an older cutter, a smooth flying change so we can do some Reined Cow Horse shows.

  53. robyn martin on Mon, 21st Dec 2020 2:18 am
  54. you are gorgeous Barb, thank you.

  55. Anne C on Thu, 7th Jan 2021 3:04 pm
  56. Great thoughts, thanks, Barb!

  57. katherina on Thu, 7th Jan 2021 7:00 pm
  58. Thank you for this inspiration. Now I have some things to work on in my horse journal. Love your tree!

  59. Karola on Sun, 10th Jan 2021 12:28 pm
  60. Hello Barb, thanks a lot. It is so pleasing to hear someone saying and showing that their effort is to listen more. Noone listens to anything these days…. Thanks for making my nice day even nicer.
    To share the goal? My goal is to face also my nonhorse fiers – I have very real ones this year. And to overcome the fiers I have for my goals with my horse, a plan which is quite primitive, to travel few days just us to and hopefully meeting noone, which is quite hard in Europe.
    Take care and THANK YOU!

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