Another outstanding horse day yesterday - I was a little bit sluggish about getting to the barn, but once I got there all was well. Dawn and I did more ground-driving work, and she was excellent - very calm, focussed and responsive - despite the low 30s wind chills and Sugar trotting and cantering around us in the arena. Maisie and I got in a nice, short trail ride, and she also was calm and well-behaved, including when Sugar trotted and then cantered off away from us and also as we turned back to the barn. Despite the wind, it was sunny and very beautiful.
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And now, it's award time! All Horse Stuff has bestowed on this blog the Intrepid Riders Faction Award - which is quite an honor - thanks!
"This Award is dedicated to those horse lovers and riders that inspire others to go deeper in ability, knowledge and understanding of the equine(s) they have been entrusted to.
"The good of the horse is the ultimate goal apart from pressures to achieve ribbons and fit into lesson schedules.
"These riders are fearless, when it comes to weather conditions and the forecasting of them...being with their horses, fills these folks' soul and takes the cares out of daily routines.
"They are unconditionally loving to the horse and may have rescued it from known ailment or living condition. Others have researched and purchased/ acquired their horse, to find a difficulty in temperament or a physical burden within the animal. Yet, being dedicated, they have persevered to proudly be in partnership with their horse, lovingly striving for deeper awareness between them.
"They might have been riding for years and suddenly had an accident that takes them away from the great joy and freedom they have, being aboard such a magnificent animal. They have allowed the healing horse to rise in their hearts once again, and beckon them back.
INTREPID RIDERS FACTION ~ "We strive to go where others only dare to go with our horse loves...healing, riding, playing, camping, jumping, swimming and traveling down the trails of life. . . . with the horse in heart ~ Overcoming many obstacles and sometimes weather, to ride!
"There are not many rules with this award - just:1) that you give it to only one person,
2) link back to this post, so they may have an understanding of its nature, and3) you may use any or all of the above written descriptions."
Now this is a hard one - "Intrepid" should be the middle name of All Horse Stuff and her mare Wa - I'm not sure I'm quite up to that standard. But in the spirit of the award, although there are so many people out there in our horse blogging world who I think could deservedly get this award, I'm giving it to Breathe at HorseCentric, who is really digging in and working with her horse, and herself and her relationship with her horse, after some ups and downs. That takes guts, and well, I just think she's "Intrepid"!