Why I’m grateful

This week is Thanksgiving, which has always been one of my favorite holidays.

I want you to know how grateful I am for you. I have three big reasons why.

That’s what this video is all about.


This week is Thanksgiving, which has always been one of my favorite holidays.

In our family, with 400 plus horses… and constant work to be done… it was one of two days of the year when my Dad paused and centered his day around eating turkey dinner with family and friends.

All was well in the world on Thanksgiving. We were all together, filling our bellies and bemoaning eating too much.

And while I always knew as a kid that Thanksgiving was about gratitude, I don’t recall that it meant that much to me back then. It was more about taking time out, resting, and feeling warm and fuzzy at home.

But now, it seems that every year, I’m more aware than ever that Thanksgiving is a great reminder of all of the good things, wonderful people and dear horses in our lives… and it’s the time to truly celebrate them.

I think it’s especially important this year because 2020 has been such a tough one! And that’s for many reasons. Some of those reasons impact us all, like COVID… and some are so very personal as to how they played out in our lives.

But I believe that as difficult as uncertainty is… and 2020 has been full of it… therein lies some of our greatest blessings if we choose to see it that way.

And seeing the blessings in our struggles can begin so simply by becoming aware of what we are grateful for.

So, with that in mind, I want you to know how grateful I am for you.

Here are my reasons why.

Your interest in the different topics and ideas we explore here allows me to share my passion for the human spirit… and also how our horses so help us learn… and love… and have fun.

I am one of the luckiest people ever to enjoy you and this big, wonderful family where we all share our common addiction for the horse… for growing as riders… and becoming more as people.

And here’s another awesome reason why I’m grateful for you.

It’s because of all of that I learn from you.

I receive many notes and emails about perspectives, books, or ideas that I never knew before. I think, “Wow, that’s pretty awesome!” and so I keep learning.

Also, because of your questions, sometimes I have to keep digging and researching and understanding to answer them!
The bottom line is, I keep learning!

And last but not least, I am grateful for you because with all of us together we have a wonderful community of positivity and horse people.

The energy here makes me happy and continues to nourish me. Because of that, I feel a connection with you. We all yearn to feel connected with each other and our horses. I feel that with you.

So, in this Thanksgiving time, I toast you and feel incredibly grateful for you.

Leave a comment about what you’re grateful for in your horse world… or in your life.

No matter how tough things get, gratitude will always lift us up.

Have a great week, and stay safe. Happy Thanksgiving.

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28 Comments on Why I’m grateful

  1. Vanessa Oberg on Sun, 22nd Nov 2020 2:26 pm
  2. I am grateful for you Barb!! I still remember the day my trainer, Doug Stroud gave me one of you articles about getting calm, breathing etc. and told me to read it! That opened me to the whole world of Barbara Schulte! Wow!! I had no idea how wonderful it would be!!🦄
    Then my friend Marla gifted me the Well Connected series for my birthday!!
    You have helped me in so many ways Barb and I send you love, happiness, joy and a million awesome rides! 🦄♥️👩‍❤️‍👩

  3. Anne Crawford on Sun, 22nd Nov 2020 2:51 pm
  4. Lovely words, Barb! It’s always good to be reminded of the good things in life for which we can be grateful – our loved ones, close friends, the joy animals bring to us. Your videos clips have been such a pleasure to watch and have added a wonderfully positive vibe in these uneasy times. I’m sure your nuggets of wisdom will help us all with our horses in years to come too! Many thanks for sharing them. Cheers, Anne 😊

  5. Marge Gunnar on Sun, 22nd Nov 2020 3:06 pm
  6. Dear Barb:

    Among so many other wonderful people, I am grateful for YOU. I am grateful for how much you have given to our BraveHearts organization and the people we serve, especially our military veterans. I am grateful for you as a brilliant horsewoman, an incredible instructor, an inspirational mentor, and I am especially grateful for you as the cherished friend that you are.

  7. Camille Abbott on Sun, 22nd Nov 2020 4:01 pm
  8. Hi Barb!
    While 2020 has been a challenge and an opportunity to say the least, I am blessed in so many ways. This Thanksgiving I will count you and your family in my blessings for sure.

  9. Catherine Parke on Sun, 22nd Nov 2020 4:07 pm
  10. Dear Barb, Iam so grateful for your teachings. It has added an emotional, almost spiritual aspect to my riding. No matter how rushed I am to get my ride in, I stay calm and peaceful now. My mantra is : eyes up, breathe, feel my seat bones. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Catherine

  11. Penny Sharp on Sun, 22nd Nov 2020 4:09 pm
  12. I’m grateful that through my horses, I have connected with so many amazing people that have helped shaped journey both in my horse life and my personal life. How wonderful is it that with just the click of a mouse I can access all of the things I need to shape my perspective and let me grow to be the best me I can!!

  13. Debbie Calder on Sun, 22nd Nov 2020 4:11 pm
  14. I am grateful for so many things! I am grateful for your lessons and videos. I am grateful for Marc, my partner of 24 years, my dog, chickens, quail, rabbits, pigeons, and most of all for my large pony, who after 11 years of super reactive has finally started to settle down this year, and learning to think first, before spinning and bolting! I am grateful for family, though I won’t get to see them this year. We are all healthy and safe.

  15. Tina Wilson on Sun, 22nd Nov 2020 4:22 pm
  16. I am grateful for your positive messages in this crazy year. I am grateful for my family and friends and their continued good health. I am grateful for my life with cattle and horses and a job I enjoy. I am grateful that change is a part of life and looking forward to a change for better world health and a return to more normal freedoms without restrictions on events and travel.

  17. Lynn Sava on Sun, 22nd Nov 2020 5:49 pm
  18. Thanks Barb. I’m so grateful for you and all the things I have learned over the last few months. I wish you and your family a beautiful Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

  19. Gayle Kiser on Sun, 22nd Nov 2020 6:05 pm
  20. Like others here, im grateful for and to you, for your kindness, gentleness and positivity. These attributes have been missing, physically and emotionally as both covid and politics have divided and separated us across our country. I am grateful for the family that remains with us, and for those that have passed, because we’re still making memories and carrying past memories and tradition forward. We’re able to give more in support of others who have less, in time and resources. Our little ranch and critters keep us grounded to nature and soulful work that keeps us moving. It’s a lot to be thankful for and reflect on, but love has always been our foundation, across all times, those dimmer ones to good, to better, to our time left. Wishing you continued love and kindness in return. Happy Trails and remember … eat pie!

  21. Geralyn on Sun, 22nd Nov 2020 6:05 pm
  22. Hello all,
    I am grateful for Barb helping me as an individual and for bringing so many of you good people together. In these turbulent times I find solace and inspiration from so many kindred spirits. Barb, you’re a true leader and angel 😇. Happy Thanksgiving 🍁 everyone!

  23. Patti on Sun, 22nd Nov 2020 7:02 pm
  24. Grateful for you being “my people”. Learning how to take those deep Barb breaths before looking a cow in the eye. Our love of Audrey, Laura, Shannon and all the great women in our lives. And always always looking for the next great idea together. Love you and Flipper!

  25. Robin Graves on Sun, 22nd Nov 2020 7:14 pm
  26. Years ago (around 15) a wise friend gave me your book and I enjoyed reading it as far as I could..but I’m kind of a slow learner so I wasn’t getting the full benefit of your unique approach until recently. COVID actually forced me to re-visit the gems sitting neglected on my own bookshelves. Also, I’d never heard of Warwick Schiller until your interview and I was impressed by your respect and delight in the interaction. That discussion made a huge impact on me as that very day I had had a particularly unnerving interaction with my beautiful horse just by having been habitually unaware of all those little things he was talking about. I’d never heard of Brene Brown either, and talk about another eye-opener! I feel things opening up all around me exactly when it looked like they were closing down…So yes THANKS I am very very grateful for all your work!

  27. Joanne Milton on Sun, 22nd Nov 2020 7:38 pm
  28. Thanks to you, Barb, I have been keeping a gratitude journal since February 2017! There is SO much to be thankful for, not just the big things like being able to live on this wonderful farm with my horses, but also I am more aware of the little things like the beauty of t he first dandelion to bloom in the spring! You have made me more aware of LIFE and I am SO grateful for that!

  29. Nancy on Sun, 22nd Nov 2020 7:50 pm
  30. I’m grateful for all my family and friends. I’m so grateful for you and your way of looking at our horses. As you know from any energy work that when you are open and allowing good things will come your way and at just the right time. I had to put down my sweet boy in April and you showed up shortly thereafter as I had begun the difficult process of looking for another horse. I found her and brought her home in July. It hasn’t been an easy transition with fires, and quarantine. Your help with planning and being grounded, positive and realizing that I have plenty of time has really helped. Loved listening to Warwick today as he really struck a cord about really seeing my very sensitive girl! I thank you for coming into my life at just the right time. As we know there are no coincidences!

  31. Lynda Savenkoff on Mon, 23rd Nov 2020 12:17 am
  32. Hi Barb!
    What am I grateful for?🤔🤔 Well, at the top of my list would be my family, friends, health & horse. In addition I am so thankful for your support,, insights & kinship! 💞
    Happy Thanksgiving to you & Tom!

  33. Carol MacGregor on Mon, 23rd Nov 2020 12:39 am
  34. Hi Barb, Thank you for your “Thanksgiving Message of Gratitude”, and even encouraging us to find the positive things from this difficult year of 2020–often there is growth during difficult times. I am thankful for your input into our horse lives in your many ways–the Sunday video which I look forward to, and your seminars that can be life changing, not just with horses but everyday life. Like many others, I do feel very blessed to have my 4 horses in my life, and of course my supportive husband, and my three sons, two of which have children, thus we have three grandchildren :). I’m deeply thankful that I have an ever growing relationship with God, and His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit who teaches me from God’s word. I”m blessed every day and it’s good to be writing this down. Happy Thanksgiving to you too!!!! 🙂

  35. Pat Roberts on Mon, 23rd Nov 2020 1:39 am
  36. Love your message. Happy Thanksgiving.

  37. Gail Cantrell on Mon, 23rd Nov 2020 1:56 am
  38. Because of Covid, I had a mandatory pause from work and my usual cow working venue, so I started taking cutting lessons (something I always dreamed of doing). Roy Rich had me purchase your book, and that plus watching your videos helped greatly in handling my stress during herd work competition and keeping the focus on my horse. Thankful for that and your continual outlook on our horses being a blessing. I’m also grateful to the person who allowed me to purchase her well-trained cutting horse at an affordable price. That’s the only reason I had the opportunity.

  39. Sue on Mon, 23rd Nov 2020 9:19 am
  40. Thank you Barb for the message of gratitude. Your positivity and equine advise is very helpful.Happy Thanksgiving!
    I am grateful for my health, and of course family and friends.
    I am so grateful to be living my dream of horse ownership, and being able to walk out my door every day to be with them. I do not think I can go a day without horses in my life. Stay well!

  41. Suzanne Lamon on Mon, 23rd Nov 2020 10:35 am
  42. I’m alive! 😘

  43. karen on Mon, 23rd Nov 2020 12:40 pm
  44. Thank you for being there as a friend,Love your advise so much!

  45. Beth Sullivan on Mon, 23rd Nov 2020 12:52 pm
  46. I am grateful for my health, living in a rural area where I can still ride, but keep socially distanced from people, but not cows. I am grateful for this amazing course which has helped me get on another level with my horse. Listening to Warwick Schiller was eye opening in noticing the little things. Thank you Barb.

  47. Magdalena on Mon, 23rd Nov 2020 2:16 pm
  48. Thank you.
    Yes I too feel the connection.
    And I am grateful for it.
    Your work has helped me sooo much and is continuing to do so.
    And for the Horses in our lives I am most thankful.it is a true Blessing.

  49. Jackie Snyder on Mon, 23rd Nov 2020 4:59 pm
  50. Barb, I am grateful for your wisdom, friendship, support, and humor! I am grateful for my really cool horse that is so much fun – and has so much “cow”. I am also grateful for my trainer who is so supportive, knowledgeable, and is appreciative and cognizant of the challenges I have in changing disciplines from eventing and jumping for many years to cow work, as well as limitations of the “bionic arm”. The camaraderie of like-minded and positive cowgirls and other horsewomen is a gift. It is such fun to be on this journey with all of you.

  51. Deborah Cornland on Wed, 25th Nov 2020 8:55 am
  52. Thank you Barbra for sharing your thoughts on Thanksgiving with our community and for reminding us to focus in on what we are greatful for. I am greatful to you for creating this community and for sharing your thoughts and ideas about how we can become better horse people, together. I am also thankful for my horse. He lifts me up regardless of how I am feeling and also connects me to a local of community of people who share my “addiction” for horsemanship and riding. Most of all, I am thankful for my health and my ability to get out and be active with my horse and with friends. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  53. Diana Morris on Thu, 26th Nov 2020 9:59 am
  54. Thank you so much for this course! The interview with Warwick Schiller was incredible and I’ve been loving his podcasts.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  55. Pam Cox on Mon, 30th Nov 2020 9:43 am
  56. I’m grateful for your insights!!! Your book on grief helped me through a rough time when both my horses passed over on the same day. I am so grateful I’ve been able to continue my horsemanship journey at age 71.

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