Editor's Postcard

Getting Back in the Rhythm

Getting Back in the Rhythm
Catherine Madera

How Horse Ownership Promotes Wellness

by Catherine Madera


October 2014

Photo courtesy Catherine Madera

As I write this it’s nearly September, one of my favorite times of the year. I love September’s warm days, cool misty mornings and the smell of sun dried grasses as I ride down a favorite trail. I love blackberries picked warm off the vine and made into cobbler (the only time I actually enjoy that particular plant).

This year, however, September snuck up on me after a couple of weeks of rushing through summer, trying like mad to enjoy its last days. Some of the horse chores and riding had been temporarily put aside and I only saw my “guys” at feeding time. Instead of enjoying the fun of the season the rushing around induced stress, not bliss. I felt a sort of mental and emotional backlog, an inability to feel in rhythm with life.

Gazing out my kitchen window one morning, I noticed heavy blackberry vines drooping over the electric fence and knew with certainty it was shorting out. This chore regularly needs doing but, just as regularly, is abandoned for something more pressing in the moment. Grabbing my gloves and a pair of garden shears I walked through one of the pastures and got to work. While snipping back the long thorny arms of the bush I caught sight of a bunch of ripe berries, just waiting to be picked. Time seemed to slow as I listened to insects buzzing in the air and I breathed in the smell of crispy golden grasses. Behind me the thud of approaching horse hooves announced a curious friend. I picked some berries to share and my heart whispered: Welcome, September.

Grounding busy humans in the moment and returning us to the rhythms of life are a gift of living with horses. In my opinion, it is the best sort of wellness program.

I hope you enjoy the magazine this month. Learn how StallGem can improve barn, horse and human health along with our regular columns designed to enrich your life with horses. As always, email me at editor@nwhorsesource.com

Ride—and be—well!


Originally Published October 2014 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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