Editor's Postcard

Avoiding the Rush

Avoiding the Rush
Catherine Madera

Horse Sense for the Holidays

by Catherine Madera

 

‘Tis the season to hurry, hurry, hurry. As I write this, Thanksgiving is around the corner and I feel my thoughts amping up. By mid-December I’m usually tired of Christmas, and all its busy “cheer.” Before I allow myself to get caught up in the annual frenzy again, it’s good to pause and remember a little horse sense.

Eli pausing on the tire pedestal at Fire Mountain Obstacle Course. Photo credit Catherine Madera

My horse, Eli, rarely lacks for forward movement. This can feel lovely under saddle—energy, impulsion and lightness—or it can drive me mad. When his mind gets busy, his feet will soon follow. He can get so ramped up his hind feet literally run over his front, his back and neck get tight and he becomes so distracted he doesn’t notice important things. Like me on his back. Or, the obstacles on the trail. Rushing becomes the beginning of a wreck if I don’t help him manage his thoughts and energy. A great way to combat a rushy horse, I’ve found, is work on the obstacle course. For me, this is done at Fire Mountain Obstacle Course in Sedro Woolley, WA.  Here Eli is learning to pause, listen and think as he carefully places his feet. The work there has a nice overflow effect into other riding as it helps train the horse’s mind.

This Christmas, I want to carefully consider what is in my path as I navigate a busy season. Rushing around like a crazy woman is sure to bring about a wreck, even if it’s *only* mental. Enjoy the magazine this month. We spotlight a great Northwest company—Nutritional Services Inc.—and have wonderful senior horses featured from the essay contest. How about sitting down with a cup of something warm and pausing to read about them? Thanks to all the wonderful folks who took the time to honor their senior horses; I wish we could have published them all. Email me at editor@nwhorsesource.com.

Merry Christmas and blessings in the New Year!

 

Published December 2013 Issue

 

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Editor's Postcard
Catherine Madera

Catherine Madera attended Walla Walla University in Eastern Washington where she majored in communications/journalism. After winning a national competition for Guideposts Magazine in 2004, Catherine concentrated on non-fiction inspirational stories. Since then, she has published numerous personal and ghosted stories for Guideposts and their affiliate publications. Catherine has published in many regional and national magazines/newspapers and her work is included in several anthologies. She specializes in equine-related topics and profiles and serves as editor of The Northwest Horse Source. In 2010 Catherine’s non-fiction story, A Hero’s Work, received the Merial Human-Animal Bond award given by American Horse Publications. She has also authored three works of fiction and provides editing/writing assistance through Word Horse Writing Services.

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