by Karen Pickering
As I’m looking out my office window the snow is falling quietly on rain soaked ground. I’m cozy and warm, snuggled up with a hot cup of ginger tea. I love snow, maybe because we get so little of it. It’s usually here for a day or so than silently melts away, transitioning into rain.
It’s challenging for riders in the Pacific Northwest, without covered arenas, to consistently work our horses. Sometimes I think we’re half crazy to put up with this wet weather. Still, there’s something about this beautiful region; we will have stunning trail systems and green meadows when spring transitions into summer. It really is a special place.
Transitions are good as they help us navigate a coming season. Growth—which goes hand-in-hand with change—is necessary if we want to mature in life. Even if you’ve ridden horses forever, there is always something more to learn from these beautiful creatures. In important ways, horses can assist us in the changing seasons of life.
After watching Odysseo (by Cavalia) perform this past week, I’ve come to wonder how horses can have such faith and trust in us. When they don’t it’s only our uncertainty to blame. Spending time watching and studying horses is important to understand how their minds work as is actual time working with them. You cannot expect results with little time in the saddle; there are no shortcuts to success with horses, just lots of transitions into greater ability and knowledge.
Please enjoy our cover story this month on page 6. Barb Apple has created a program that helps riders overcome fear and get the most out of the equine experience. Her story is one of rescued dreams—both hers and those of her students—and the joy she’s found in the journey.
Enjoy the newness of the spring season; it’s a beautiful time of flowers and new foals. Make time to enjoy your horse—perhaps we’ll see you at an upcoming event!
Quote: “Life is just a chance to grow a soul.”
Published April 2014 Issue