A New Direction

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Things are changing here on the farm. It’s time to shed the old to make room for the new.

Change invariably means discomfort ~ it’s why so many people are averse to engaging in it.  A proverbial “Do Not Disturb” sign hangs on the psyche of most because the need to hold on to the known, even if it feels debilitating, is the rut they know how to negotiate. It takes courage to forge a new path and stake claim on a new way of life. When thinking back to the city folk I used to be and the country folk I’ve become during the past three years, I know that the change, notwithstanding all the challenges and discomforts, is the best thing I could have done for myself. My health is better; my resilience strengthened.

And so, like the proverbial software upgrade, we’re updating to a newer version of our farm, complete with another learning curve.

Exciting and slightly unsettling all at once.

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In the meantime, Sophi and I deepen our bond as we continue our climb up the dressage training ladder. So much fun and so satisfying to grow in this way while the winds of change blow about us.

Change is inevitable. How we adjust to it depends entirely on our attitude and our willingness to accept an opportunity to grow. For me, this represents yet another chance to shed the negative old that no longer serves to make room for the positive new. I relish the opportunity.

Nurture what you love …

Dorothy
Horse Mom

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©Dorothy E. Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2019

 

 

Two Years

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~ Bear and Abbey ~

It’s been two years since my beautiful horse, Bear, died so unexpectedly. Where does the time go? Memories like that depicted in this photo remind me of his gentleness. He and Abbey were such good friends. She really missed him for a while, but over time has transferred her affections to my mare, Sophia. Animals are so adaptable. We could learn a thing or two from them, I think.

 

It’s also been too long since my last post. Life unfolds, and unfolds, and unfolds and sometimes the unfolding is so involved it’s difficult for the Muse to get a word in edgewise. Still, I’m hoping things will settle down soon so I can get back to putting pen to paper, as it were.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this …

“Real transformation begins when you embrace your problems as agents of growth.”

Michael A. Singer
(from his book “The Untethered Soul”)

As always, nurture what you love,

Dorothy
Horse Mom

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©Dorothy E. Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2019

Yonder

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Finally, some nice spring weather and a chance to be creative with the horses again.

I call this image Yonder. It has two points of focus … the horse’s eye in the foreground and then something less defined on the horizon.

Life is kind of like this. Of course, it’s important to be aware of what’s right in front of us, still it’s equally important to be open to the unexpected possibilities that await on that fuzzy horizon. We just never know what little slice of wonder is coming our way.

Be well … and be open ❤️

Nurture what you love …

Dorothy
Horse Mom

©Dorothy E. Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2019
Aimwell CreativeWorks

 

Celebrating Unsung Heroines of the Horse Industry for International Women’s Day

Many incredible horse women have made a difference to my life. Either through their skills, talents, or examples, they’ve shown me how to be, and not to be, around these magnificent creatures.

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The equestrian world is its own school for life, speaking to those with hearts open enough to listen and learn.

Here’s to hardworking horse women everywhere, making a positive difference to the lives of horses, and humans, alike.

Nurture what you love …

Dorothy
Horse Mom

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©Dorothy E. Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2019
Aimwell CreativeWorks

A Passion for Standardbreds … Part II

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Marni Reimers of Mono, Ontario, fosters, rehabilitates and retrains retired Standardbreds for their future forever homes.

Check out Unsung Heroine of the Horse Industry: Marni Reimers … Part II for the complete interview.

Again, my thanks to Red Scarf Equestrian for providing a broader platform for these interviews.

Nurture what you love …

Dorothy
Horse Mom

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Related: Unsung Heroines of the Horse Industry: Marni Reimers ~ Part I

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A passion for Standardbreds

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Marni with Santo Domingo, a 12-year-old retired Standardbred trotter she’s fostering and retraining as a pleasure riding horse for a future forever home.

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While I contemplate what’s involved in setting up a dedicated Unsung Heroines of the Horse Industry website this blog of horse mom musings is the temporary outlet for sharing this work. There’s still so much to learn about building an effective website. I don’t entirely understand “embedding” or the little extras like “slugs” or “excerpts.” I’m a writer and horse person, not a web expert.

Still, I better get on it.

In the meantime, please follow this link to Unsung Heroines of the Horse Industry: Marni Reimers Interview to find out about this remarkable woman’s passion for fostering, rehabilitating and retraining off-the-track Standardbreds, giving them a chance at a second career by turning them into amazing pleasure riding horses.

My thanks to Red Scarf Equestrian for providing a broader platform for this project.

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Nurture what you love …

Dorothy
Horse Mom

Further reading:

Unsung Heroines of the Horse Industry: Eira Engzell Interview

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Let’s celebrate the barn dog …

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Milo holds space

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A barn is incomplete without at least one barn dog.

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These unsung canine heroes and heroines are tasked with all kinds of important responsibilities.

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BoBo on clean up duty

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They’re wonderful companions and crew.

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Abbey and Mikaila keep company

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They’re loyal to a fault.

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Bjorn accompanies Willow and Juliette to the arena

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They complete the picture.

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Nurture what you love …

Dorothy
Horse Mom

©Dorothy E. Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2019 … Aimwell CreativeWorks

No “Snow Days”

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There are no “Snow Days” on a horse farm.

No cancellations due to icy road conditions or blowing snow
(with the exception of riding because, yes, there is wind chill in the arena not fit for human or horse)

On the coldest, snowiest, blowiest, most unpleasant days:

the stalls still need to be mucked;

the horses still need to be fed;

water buckets in the paddocks still need to be dumped and replenished;

hay still needs to be distributed several times a day;

the barn still needs to be swept and cleaned;

the horses still need to be groomed ;

an ailing horse still needs attention;

the manure still needs to be dumped …

and so it goes.

Just sayin’ …

Here’s to the unsung heroines of the horse industry enduring winter conditions at equestrian facilities everywhere!

Stay warm and nurture what you love…

Dorothy
Horse Mom

 

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©Dorothy E. Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2019 … Aimwell CreativeWorks