Thursday, May 13, 2010

What do you call it?

In the last post, I talked about the winds of change. Things come and go in our lives. Things happen or don't, we adjust and move on or we wallow in our own self induced pity and wish for greater things.

But what do we call it? Did you shift your focus or change your course? Did your goals change or did you rethink a few of your ideas and make better decisions? Are you letting go of some things or did you delegate some of your chores? Everyone has their own ideas and depending on the situation a different name for what is happening.

I for one can admit I like to do things myself. I always find it easier to grab things, jump in and get after it. I know it is being done, how it is being done and that it is done when I'm done with it. It may be right, it may be mostly right, but it is done. Problem is- who learns from that? I might, but if I am trying to teach someone something, they may not pick up on much.

Not many of us learn by 'not doing' something. A lot of us learn more in a hands on situation than by watching once and being set loose. Even still, once you are set loose- you are now doing things hands on and may or may not, still make mistakes.

Priorities are another big issue. Problem is, these change too. Which horse is a priority? Which one takes more work? Do I start with the easy ones or the horse that will be more time consuming? The easy horse will make more progress in a shorter amount of time and I can go do stuff with them, while the slower learner is going to take longer to bring along, but once they figure things out- it's set for life.

Sometimes we get overloaded and find ourselves asking, "Where do I even start?" Some of us just give up, say forget it and turn to something else. Or a bigger priority comes along and we toss things to the back burner and let it go for now. "It can wait." Which is what has happened with Kat for so long.

I still enjoy riding but I also enjoy driving. So with the big mare out to get in shape, I can refocus on him again and get him going. The one cart needs a few small adjustments and he will be put to, before we know it. When she comes home, he should be far enough along that he will just need miles. It's nice reaching that point with a horse. That's when you get to settle into the saddle (or seat) and just ride (drive) just to ride. I'm looking forward to that. That's when it is fun again and not so much considered work.


  1. Crap, service error? No wonder I'm first.

    Uh, I said something, I thought it was funny, and POOF. gone. Like my brain.

    I thought you were going to post a "What the heck is this??" picture.
    I don't know what you call it.
    I think it's just
    Profound pronouncement - fail!

  2. CNJ

    Good Post!

    I am a reader and rarely post. But on this occasion I feel the need to comment.

    For us, our horses have been
    put on the back burner for a little while, but we will get back to them. At this point in time we just have so many other priorities like one kid graduating high school and our daughter is getting married this summer. We want to start showing our horses again but it will just have to wait.

    You are fortunate to be married to JR, I can only imagine how much you learn from him. I would love to be able to just spend a day and get as much information as I could.

  3. Rabid Goose- Come on over. Learn what you can and apply it where it fits. He posts a lot on his own blog and emails are always welcome too. It's only one of the ways of opening the lines of communication and friendship.

    GL is first??? I had posted about something on BEC's blog and forgot what it is called. I will get some pictures of that process and hopefully post about that.

  4. cnj, you are reading my mind these days . the thing you posted about on Bec's blog is Kinesiology

  5. Thanks Fern, I knew there is a name for that, just can't for whatever reason remember what is was. I am off to look into it a bit more.

    I remember when the woman showed it to me, thinking WHACKO! But being the one with my arm in the air and not being able to hold it up or her push it down was and still is, sort of a trip. Then when the guy at the horse show did it with the orthotics, Again I was thinking this is a trip. Just weird. But it works! I don't know why or how, but it does.

    Thing I love the most about it- It doesn't cost you anything to do, no time at all to learn how and you buy only the stuff your horse really needs. Win, win, win, all the way around.

  6. I'm not sure what I call it. I guess it depends on my mood at the time. What I do know for sure is I need some of it, whatever it might be.