Carol Coppinger, P.o Box 788, Mount Juliet, Tn 37121
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** Thoughts 03/08/17 ** Trails all done for this winter's project as the ticks are starting to get hungry after being dormant all winter and the temps touching the 70's! I am on a quest to regain my fitness so between working around the farm and working out at the Gym I am starting to see some rearranging. I often joked how to get rid of your muffin top was just to raise your arms up straight above you and magically that roll of extra stuff just goes away. Well I am really working on making mine go away with my arms down! It's working and I am starting to enjoy once again having correct proportions around my middle. On a horsey note: It is still and most likly will always be interesting to me to see horses solve puzzles. Sadly not all horses will even try as they have been so shut down in their training or handling in some way that they just act more like a robot doing what is told (or not) and not even trying to be a thinker. I do realize it is tricky to have a "thinker" as that then requires one to be prepared for the consequences which could be good, bad or even ugly! But non the less I enjoy the interaction and especially the 2 way communication. Just the other night I was enjoying my horses at liberty and I had 3 full size barrels standing up and Sol was breezing over them happily without me even asking as he circled. Legend on the other hand likes to do standing jumps....well Sol was cantering around and just going over the barrels in a flow and Legend would get to the barrels stop...prepare for his lift off and out of nowhere there is Sol flying past him and over the jump! Legend would loose his setup and go bucking off. Yes it was fun and funny to watch them but I knew I needed to get Sol under some sort of system so I ask him to stand by me and Legend made his way back to those barrels without any suggestion from me and then proceeded to do the most awesome jump clearing them and the form was perfect. He was so proud of himself as he just had a way that showed he was pleased with his performance. He came over to me as if to say see...I can do it and I am glad to do it if Sol is "out of my way!". Sometimes I wonder if they say that about us.....we are so busy trying to get a horse to do something maybe they would if we would just not push so hard and maybe just slow down and allow. hum......
** Thoughts 02/28/17 ** Having some great time on my new trails. I have been zone 5 driving and wow what a work out! Often times I will drive one and have one following behind me which gives everyone great exercise. They are wide enough for my golf cart to move along on so I can do trail maintenance all summer! Hurray! I had the best liberty session today with Legend in my outdoor arena and his attitude was right on. I have really made a plan to really resist "driving" so much and offer more allow and Legend has delightfully responded with a very positive compliance. Whether it was a weave, figure 8 or just stick to me all light and lively. On a side note for fetching: Each morning I have Sol and Legend bring their feed dish out in the hallway for their breakfast and if they get in a hurry and arrive without their dish I just wait and they go back and get it without me saying a word! I will see if I can get a video out as it is pretty darn cute.
** Thoughts 02/12/2017 ** My trails are almost ready for horse use! What does that mean....You should be able to ride on them without dodging tree limbs and brush! The golf cart can travel them all and the tractor with the bush hog can travel on the main one! yeah! That means they will be usable even in the summer when the ticks are the worst. I was thinking the other day just how much we often take so many things for granted. Whether it is time with humans or time with those critters you have agreed to take care of that time is very important for all. Just today I sat down out in front of my barn to take a rest when PC2 jumped in my lap and PC3 came and laid beside my foot! That was unheard of before this treasured time I am taking. Take time to smell the roses....holds true for many things.
** Thoughts 02/05/2017** I am so enjoying reconnecting with my home and family. What is funny but sad in some ways is I just did not realize how far I had strayed from having a calm, connected lifestyle rather than a rush, rush, rush, get er done and rush some more trying to keep commitments across the country and globe. With my brain being allowed to relax a bit I have observed a change in my horses that is positive and indeed what everyone strives to achieve and that is happy, willing and ineractive attitudes. I had observed some behavior from Sol this last year that made me reflect on his quality of life and to strive to find a happy medium for us both. I am here to report it is so working! I taught the "games" to thousands but the bigger challange was not turning those games into drilling. It is important that once those games were known and understood that the customs of the equine herds in addition to using the language correctly becomes paramount. The "games" are great to teach people how to begin to communicate with horses but that is just .00000001% of the process. The hardest thing to conquer for humans is "Slowing Down" and waiting on the horse to process the request. What are you waiting for or what do you want to see? Licking and Chewing.....then.....the question....The question will appear in sometimes very subtle ways and othertimes the horse will almost knock you over wanting to know what else you would like.
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Music by: Mary Ann Kennedy - "The Rhythm of the Ride"