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I Ride!

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

Photo credit:  Andrea Lawrence Photography

by Author Unknown

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.

"Real HOT, Real Life"

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 1, 2012 21:44

 

Welcome to “Real HOT, Real Life”!   The Time is Now!


Hi, my name is Bonnie Newton!  I am the driving force behind HorseOwnerToday.com (HOT).  I am also Mom to a very active 6 year old boy and partner to an amazing man.  We live on a small farm, a full time job, run a herd of horses, a small business, and HOT.


My big why for embarking on the “Real HOT, Real Life” journey is simple….fitness, wellness, balance and abundance!  I have never lived a balanced life.  My priority is me, sounds selfish but it is not.   I must be fit to live a balanced life, to be the best I can be as a partner, a mother and a business owner. I must be well, my life must be balanced to live in abundance and this is the story of my journey.

Blaine Mackie of Mackie Physiotherapy said “Your physical self should lift up and enhance your mental self”.   My schedule has been bizarre for the past 3 years, working at a desk for hours daily, my physical self is dragging (some parts more than others). 


My first fitness goal is not to be a size 0, nor to achieve a perfect weight. I do not own a scale, never have.   My goal is to only carry useful muscle.  Fat is not useful, it is humiliating and unhealthy, a constant reminder of my “unbalanced life”.  I am trying to work up the courage to video myself and measure all the critical parts so I have a comparison.

My second fitness goal is to maintain a constant weight and body fat level.

How am I going to achieve my fitness goals?  Consistent nutrition plan, consistent exercise, and consistent hydration.

Which of these is toughest?  No contest there consistent exercise is the toughest goal.  I am busy and when trying to balance my schedule will remove exercise first.  No more!  Exercise is critical for me to be more productive, to maintain good health and maintain a high level of energy.  I enjoy exercise, just seem to be willing to sacrifice it and myself.

The hydration is second place.  I find it very difficult to drink adequate water so it has become a conscious exercise throughout the day.

The nutrition plan is what I find the easiest.  I like the food the Team Savino included in my nutrition plan, I like eating...ok honesty wins I love eating! (I can eat anytime, anywhere)

 

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