Around It or Through It?

Over the past several weeks I’ve watched it happen time and time again, and have even done it myself.  Once I became aware of it I realized all of us were doing it – human, horse, and dog. Some may call it the path of least resistance.  And if what I witnessed had been hard […] Read more »

Too Focused On The Result

As I put the halter on Butler and headed towards the fence there were a few butterflies in my stomach.  It had been a while since Butler and I had worked on learning anything new.  I was excited about just being out and spending time with him, and was hoping he would be as excited […] Read more »

Bring Out Your Sparkle with Confidence

The bright, sparkly necklace had been tucked away safely in my jewelry box since the day I brought it home, nearly four years ago. It was a raffle item I bought a ticket for on a whim. Afterwards I chided myself for being impulsive, as I don’t often go places I'd wear a necklace like […] Read more »

Wish Upon A Star

Several years ago, before I had horses of my own, I was sitting under a star-filled sky on a warm August night.  Lost amongst the stars I was reflecting on how long I’d been inspired by horses and how I was bitten by the horse bug at a very young age.  As a child they […] Read more »

Riding Into Perspective

Birds were chirping and a light breeze was playing with Butler’s mane as we rode up Central Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona.  Miles away there were different types of commutes occurring on this same street as people rode in cars, trains, and buses to their city destinations in high rise buildings.  I thought about the irony […] Read more »

Are Your Gates Open?

On a hot Saturday afternoon I went out to move the horses into the shade and feed lunch.  In the process of putting out lunch and moving everyone Princess, our escape artist, opened the gate to the arena and let everyone out.  Usually not a problem as the horse area of the yard is completely […] Read more »

Scars That Blossom

Several years ago an unusual storm swept through the Phoenix Valley, pelting anything outdoors with golf ball size hail.  This small cactus happened to be caught in the volley of hail flung from the sky that day. Over the years it has struggled to survive.  I’ve often wondered if it would make it, and some […] Read more »

That’s My Pile of Hay

Butler intently surveys the piles of hay laid out for breakfast.  Then he makes his move.  Walking forward he pins his ears at whoever happens to be eating off the pile he’s chosen.  If that goes ignored he steps his game up a notch or two by baring his teeth, taking a quick nip at […] Read more »

Courage and Strength – The Stuff Your Legend is Made Of

You hear stories of great racehorses digging deep within; harnessing the courage and strength to break away from the pack and win a race.  History celebrates these moments of grand triumph as these stories are retold time and again, some even becoming legends. I want to share a story about a racehorse with just as […] Read more »

Tapestry of Life

Yesterday I said goodbye to a very dear friend Bingo.  She and I have been sharing regular Reiki sessions over the past year, and it’s an appointment I always looked forward to.  During our sessions she often shared an image of a tapestry – one that was continually being changed and added to.  I came […] Read more »