State of Mind

  No. It's a word we're all to familiar with. It's a word we use on a daily basis. And it's a word we've also heard people say to us.

  No stops things from happening. It's like a brick wall. Sometimes you can break through it. Sometimes you have to go around it.

  But what happens when you're the one telling yourself no?

  No is a strong word. And when you become to used to it, it can prevent you from doing the things that you want to do.

  It doesn't matter who doesn't believe in you. If you have their voice in your head saying that you can't do something, it becomes difficult to ignore. Especially if that person is family, a friend or your trainer. If they aren't behind you, supporting you, it makes it more difficult to try to achieve what you want.

  Now, what if you're the one trying to convince yourself that you can't do it or that you don't deserve to get to where you want to be? It's almost impossible to do anything proactive towards your goal. You become content with where you are because you believe you can't do better. No matter how much you want to be better.

  You can get stuck in a rut.

  That's sort of where I am right now.

  Being back in the saddle is something I've been trying to do for about 6 years now. I'm searching for the right trainer that can get me to reach my goals. And with every lesson, I'm slowly getting better. So I should be happy now. Right?

  The problem is that I have goals as to how advanced I'd like to be with my riding. And though these goals are good to strive for, I find myself slowly convincing myself that I'll never make it. With every lesson, I'm noticing that I'm not trying to improve as much as I'd like to.

  It doesn't help that this most recent trainer doesn't think I'm worth her time either.

  So I'm off looking for another new barn with a better trainer. And while I'm searching, I'm slowly working towards changing my mindset.

  I don't want to limit myself before I even have a chance to progress. And I definitely don't want to live with the what ifs when I'm older because I didn't try. I want to allow myself the chance to give it a go and see how far I can take it if I truly make an effort.

  So that's where I'm at, at the moment. Trying to change my frame of mind and move forward positively.

  I want to give myself the chance to believe in myself. Because if I don't, who will?

  Until next time, happy riding!


Beginnings of Goals

  Now that December is here and this year is nearing its end, I figured now would be a good time to review my goals for 2014.

  Before I get into all of that, I would like to address the fact that I had not published anything new in about a month. With my end of semester assignments and crazy work hours, it was a bit difficult to blog. If I'm being honest though, I really just didn't make myself make the time. With each day that passed, I kept reminding myself to write a post. And with every day that I didn't, it became harder and harder to write. I feel bad that it took me this long, I do. So I am back again and I hope you're okay with that.

  So here were my goals for 2014:

  • Find a way to ride more whether it is through lessons or free riding
  • Increase my knowledge of horses and horsemanship through theory and practice
  • Continue to write and grow the Pure Horse Sense blog

  Now the first one has not been achieved yet, but we are getting there! Once my work schedule slows down a bit after the Christmas season, I have made it a goal to email a potential stable and hopefully start riding again. Let's hope that, this time, everything goes according to plan.

  The second goal is a never ending one. I did just finish a course on equine nutrition though and I have definitely learnt a lot more. I'm also working on different blog post topics to share some of those things with you in the future.

  The third goal is still moving forward. Although there were a few publishing breaks throughout the year, Pure Horse Sense continues to grow.

  With that said, here are my goals for 2015:

     1. Consistently writing and publishing posts on Pure Horse Sense

  I am not happy with allowing myself to slack off and miss weekly posts. It's also not fair to all of you, the readers, who look forward to a post every week. So, I want to make it a goal of mine to write at least once a week.

     2. Write more personal posts

  By this I mean sharing more personal experiences with all of you. Whether that is going to events like the Royal (more posts will be published soon on that experience) or sharing stories of things that I've personally experienced around horses.

     3. Get more involved

  Being a newcomer to the horse blogging community, I would like to get to know the other bloggers more as well as all of you who already read Pure Horse Sense. I'd like to be as interactive as I can with all of you. I am still new to all of this and I'm still learning the ropes. To start off on the right track, why not write in the comments who your favourite horse blogger is and why. I'd love to know!

  That is all for this blog post. I really did miss writing and I am glad I am getting back on track. I am trying to decide which day I am going to be posting on Pure Horse Sense from now on. If you have any suggestions, let me know!

  Until next time, happy riding!


  We are getting closer to the end of another month. October is fast approaching and autumn has arrived. Where has time gone? It doesn't feel like that long ago when we were just beginning the year 2014 and now it is almost over.

  I decided to review my goals for 2014 with you and see if I am on track to completing them.

  In my post Rider's Resolutions, I shared with you three goals of mine that I would like to achieve before the end of 2014:

  • Find a way to ride more whether it is through lessons or free riding
  • Increase my knowledge of horses and horsemanship through theory and practice
  • Continue to write and grow the Pure Horse Sense blog

  When it comes to the first goal, this is the one I have been struggling with the most. As you may or may not know, I am not currently riding. It had been my main focus to start riding this year mainly because I miss it and also because I would like to share more personal experiences with you. 

  I am proud of how far I've come in getting closer to obtaining this goal. I'm not quite there yet because life can throw some unexpected curveballs, but I'm getting there. Hopefully, if I can stay on track, I should be riding by the end of this year or the beginning of the next (fingers crossed!).

  When it comes to increasing my knowledge of horses and horsemanship through theory and practice, this is partially completed. I say partially because I cannot actually learn through practice when I am not near a horse (not to mention that learning is a never ending process!). But, I have been learning a lot through theory. I'm constantly researching online and learning from other bloggers. I am also in my 3rd year of online courses that focus on equine business management and equine science. I've learnt a lot and I can't wait to learn more. If you would like me to write a post about my experience with these online courses, please let me know and I might write one in the future.

  Finally, my third goal is the one that I am the most proud of. When you're not around horses, it can be very hard to always come up with new content to write about on this blog. In fact, I usually struggle with coming up with new topics most weeks. But I've pushed myself to keep going and to keep writing though I might have missed a week here and there. 

  As a result, there are more of you reading my posts. And for that, I have to say thank you. It has been truly rewarding to know that other horse people are interested in what I have to say and look forward to my weekly posts. On October 9th, Pure Horse Sense will turn two years old. I would have never imagined that so many of you would already be reading a blog that is so new to the equine blogging community. So thank you!

  So as we near the end of this year, I am getting closer to completing all three goals. Things may not always go according to plan, but I am still working towards where I want to be in the future. This post may not be like some of the others I have written, however, I thought it would be nice to sit down and share a little update with all of you.

  Again, I just want to say thank you for reading and sharing Pure Horse Sense. I look forward to sharing much more of my experiences with you as the days go by.

  Until next time, happy riding!