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I Ride!

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 19, 2013 15:07
 

Photo credit:  Andrea Lawrence Photography

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I ride.  That seems like such a simple statement.  However, as many women who ride know, it is really a complicated matter.  It has to do with power and empowerment.  Being able to do things you might have once considered out of reach or ability.

 

I have considered this as I shovel manure, fill water barrels in the cold rain, wait for the vet/farrier/electrician/hay delivery, change a tire on a horse trailer by the side of the freeway, or cool a gelding out before getting down to the business of drinking a cold beer after a long ride.

 

The time, the money, the effort it takes to ride calls for dedication.  At least I call it dedication.  Both my ex-husbands call it "The Sickness".  It's not a sport.  It's  not a hobby.  It is what we do and, in some ways, who we are as women and human beings.

 

I ride.  I hook up my trailer and load my gelding.  I haul to some trailhead somewhere, unload, saddle, whistle up my dog, and I ride.  I breathe in the air, watch the sunlight filter through the trees and savor the movement of my horse.  My shoulders relax.  A smile rides my sunscreen smeared face.  I pull my ball cap down and let the real world fade into the tracks my horse leaves in the dust.

 

Time slows.  Flying insects buzz loudly, looking like fairies.  My gelding flicks his ears and moves down the trail.  I can smell his sweat and it is perfume to my senses.  Time slows.  The rhythm of the walk and the movement of the leaves become my focus.  My saddle creaks and the leather rein in my hand softens with the warmth. 

I consider the simple statement;  I ride.  I think of all I do because I ride.  Climb granite slabs, wade into a freezing lake, race a friend through the Manzanita all the while laughing and feeling my heart in my chest.  Other days just the act of mounting and dismounting can be a real accomplishment.  Still I ride.  No matter how tired or how much my seat bones or any of the numerous horse related injuries hurt.  I ride.  And I feel better for doing so.

 

The beauty I've seen because I ride amazes me.  I've ridden out to find lakes that remain for the most part, unseen.  Caves, dark and cold beside rivers full and rolling are the scenes I see in my dreams.  The Granite Stairway at Echo Summit, bald eagles on the wing and bobcats on the prowl add to the empowerment and joy in my heart.

 

I think of the people, mostly women, I've met.  I consider how competent they all are.  Not a weenie amongst the bunch.  We haul 40 foot rigs.  We back into tight spaces without clipping a tree.  We set up camp.  Tend the horses.  We cook and keep safe.  We understand and love out companions, the horse.  We respect each other and those we encounter on the trail.  We know that if you are out there riding, you also shovel, fill, wait, and doctor.  Your hands are a little rough and you travel without makeup or hair gel.  You do without to afford the "Sickness" and probably when you were a small girl, you bounced a model horse while you dreamed of riding a real one.  Now you are there.  I ride.

Simple, Quick Breakfast

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 18, 2013 07:15

Morning meals are the most difficult to plan in our household.  Cardboard cereal isn't a part of the menu! 

This is a simple, easy to prepare breakfast that is sure to perk everyone's tastebuds up, giving your entire family a great start.

There is a formal recipe (which I don't have yet) from Ancient Path Produce and Grain (watch for their new Fb page and website coming soon) using Red Fyfe fresh ground flour.

Here is my version of Breakfast Streudel...

Baking pan with butter melted to cover bottom

Thin sliced apples to cover bottom of pan

Make one cup of pancake batter

Pour on top of the sliced apple

Top with brown sugar and cinnamon to taste

Bake at 400 F for 25 minutes

Enjoy

HOT timesaving tips, prep your dry ingredients the night before.

Photo credit:  Bonnie Newton

In Search Of Success

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 17, 2013 15:05

 

photo credit:  Bonnie Newton

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate,

our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves,

Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you

not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small doesn't serve the world.

There's nothing enlightened about shrinking

so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest

the glory of God that is within us.

It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,

we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we're liberated from our own fear,

our presence automatically liberates others.

~Marianne Williamson,

 

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What Is Your Deserve Level?

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 11, 2013 19:20

Our income level is directly linked to our deserve level....

B. Summach Mary Kay National Director

A Busy Lifestyle

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 11, 2013 17:40

Back to school, back from holidays combined with fall on the farm are all a part of a busy lifestyle.  Does a busy lifestyle mean lack of balance?  Unfortunately many times it does result in a poorly balanced life.


My return to a healthy balanced fit life includes eating well, hydrating properly and exercising daily.


My morning routine involves coffee, not a bucket of coffee but a mug!  A simple breakfast with my son and then we walk a half mile to the bus.  Meal time is a fantastic time to talk to your family, it is a time of sharing food, love and lives.


Supper today was a great combination of fresh tomatoes, organic broccoli slaw with Asian sesame dressing and pulled pork.  I normally make pulled pork but this time tried a premade product, we are very pleased.  The organic broccoli slaw is a pre-washed product by Safeway.  Very fast and nutritious.

Photo credit:  Bonnie Newton

 

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Serious Food

Serious HOT Food!

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   September 10, 2013 15:25

Here we are September  10, 2013 and I have been procrastinating about getting fit, eating better, being more productive.


One must start somewhere so today is day 1.   I don’t care about what the scale says (don’t own one anyway, never have) just want to be fit, lean and strong.


I always meal plan using a weekly menu, it saves time and money.  Well today my weekly menu was disrupted, what is any plan if it can’t stand up to a reasonable disruption?

I altered this kick ass recipe into a crockpot meal, substituting fresh garden produce and eliminated the oil, reducing the fat content.

 “Chipotle-Quinoa Chili” 

I love this so much, here it is so you and your family can enjoy serious food!


“Chipotle-Quinoa Chili Crockpot HOT Style”


1 Tbsp. oil (didn’t use oil)
1 yellow onion, chopped (fresh out of the garden)
4 cloves garlic, minced (fresh out of the garden)
2 Tbsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. chipotle chili pepper powder
2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained (796 ml/28 fl oz) (home grown,home canned)
1 can black beans, rinsed, no salt (540 ml/19 fl oz)
I can kidney beans,rinsed, no salt (540 ml/19 fl oz)
2 red peppers, coarsely chopped (canned, water packed)
1 cup corn (fresh out of the garden)
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
4 green onions (fresh out of the garden)
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro (substituted parsley, fresh out of the garden)
1 cup shredded cheese Kraft Habanero (my pantry had marble cheese)
1 generous dollop of full fat sour cream for my 7 year old son, adds fat and takes the edge off the chili
Remove from heat, stir in green onions, parsley, top with cheese. 

*original recipe can be found at firsttastecanada.com

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