Adult Responsibilities v. Horses ?>

Adult Responsibilities v. Horses

I saw this comic the other day, and it really struck me.  It highlighted the internal struggle between our hearts and our brains, between responsibilities and horses. It struck me because I’ve had a horse my entire adult life.  I was able to keep my show horse from my childhood, because of my adult responsibilities. I realize that I could not have kept William in the life he was accustomed throughout college without my parents.  But, as soon as I…

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Riding…. Just for Fun?? ?>

Riding…. Just for Fun??

I can’t remember the last time riding was “just for fun” for me.  It was my SPORT.  It was my PASSION.  It was my JOB.  After some health issues set me back, I had to reevaluate my relationship with riding.  I can’t take the risks or push my body the way I used to.  But, I have lived and breathed horses for 25+ years… what would I possibly do without horses? I took a short rest (i.e. 3 months of…

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Putting Myself First ?>

Putting Myself First

Recently, I was faced with a choice: do what is right for me or what is right for my career.  For the most part, what is right for your career and what is right for you tends to line up.  However, there are times that you need to put YOU over work. Work is work.  There will always be more work.  Something will always need to be done.  Some how, this industry, this farm and these horses survived without me…

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Turning Over A New Leaf ?>

Turning Over A New Leaf

In the midst of fall, you can’t help but to think about change.  About changing, and closing one chapter to start another.  About letting go so you can move on.  Trees lose their leaves to help them survive a harsh winter filled with heavy snow and ice.  What can I let go of to help me prepare for my winter?  What is going to weigh me down when the elements try to take me down? I have decided.  I am…

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Tackling that Tough Thing ?>

Tackling that Tough Thing

We all have that one thing that we are working up to… and that one thing that terrifies us for no real reason.  We know we can do it… but…. One of the wonderful groups I follow on Facebook has inspired me to give some tips for mentally preparing to face your fear.  Many of the riders in the group were expressing their fears of cantering or cantering a new horse.  This is a VERY common issue for students.  There…

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The Cross Ties – A Place to Prepare and Reflect ?>

The Cross Ties – A Place to Prepare and Reflect

Welcome to the The Cross Ties!      Originally, I had anticipated running a site for the resale of used tack and other equestrian items, however, with the rise of the popularity of free groups, I was forced to reflect upon the nature of this website.  The idea of reflection and regrouping is not a bad one, in fact, it is extremely liberating.  Through the years, everyone, including me, is faced with changing circumstances.  These changes help us grow and…

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