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The mental habits we create in ourselves and our horses.

First we make our habits then our habits make usThe filly entered the arena on edge, expecting to blow off energy. It didn’t matter to her that she was saddled and bridled, blowing off energy during the first 10-15 minutes of a ride was normal. It was what she had done from the first ride. At this point it was part of the routine. It could be the first ride in a month or the 10th day of riding in a row and the filly still expected, or felt required to, blow off steam at the beginning of the ride.

Many times we accidentally create habits in our horses. We do it to ourselves too. This weekend ask yourself as you go through your day, “Is this what I am choosing to do, or is this a habit?”


Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Inspiring, quote


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“Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere and sometimes in the middle of nowhere you find yourself.”

Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere and sometimes in the middle of nowhere you find yourself.


Posted by on February 16, 2015 in Life, quote


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Swimming my horse…and the Art of Living.

“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both. ” -James A. Michener

Some people call me crazy but I would argue that I am pursuing the art of living. Take this weeks blend of work and play. The Western Shooting Horse magazine wanted to do a photo shoot with me in the beginning of November so they asked me where I would be. I told them Maine…but warned them that the weather could be unpredictable.

The photo shoot was scheduled for November 5th…and on November 2nd the first snow storm of the year hit Maine shutting down roads and leaving well over 100,000 without power. Being the crazy horse people that we all are (we admit that all horse people are a little crazy, right) we never even considered moving the photo shoot.

Don’t get me wrong, photo shoots are fun…but they are also lots of work. Hours are spent preparing the horses, the humans, and picking locations. Did I mention it was cold? If a photo shoot is done well then the viewer can’t see that it was really hot, super cold or that the biting flies were trying to carry you away.

The weather did try to make a nice turn around for the shoot. Most of the snow was melted although we did take photos with snow in them. The best part about this shoot was that the photographer, Scoop, let me pick a lot of the locations. We aimed for the most predictable locations first…and then they let me have fun!

Growing up I would swim my horses at this boat landing frequently and I thought the backdrop was beautiful. I did have one request; after the photos that were needed were done, I wanted to swim my horse.

So what that we had almost half a foot of snow a few days ago…or that my horse had never been ridden bareback…or that my horse had never been swimming for that matter…lol.

If I read the above quote by Michener then I will leave you to decide if I was working or playing…but I will tell you it was chilly!

P.S.- Before you panic about the water being too cold for Newt, I can assure you that we didn’t stay in very long and he had nice warm coolers waiting for him when we got out. When my kids ran cross country they would ‘ice’ their bodies to promote healing. I have heard that Native Americans would stand their horses in cold water to ice their legs. The swim was actually refreshing…in one of those ‘polar bear club’ kind of ways!

To listen to a radio interview where I also talk about swimming, click here.


Posted by on November 11, 2014 in Life, quote, Video


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“If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.” Benjamin Franklin

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins. Benjamin Franklin

Passion; “strong and barely controllable emotion.”
Reason; “the power of the mind to think, understand, and form judgments by a process of logic.”
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Posted by on November 9, 2014 in quote


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“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”

"I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions."


Posted by on October 18, 2014 in Life, quote


Successs is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill

Successs is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill

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Posted by on October 4, 2014 in quote


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With all my faults and failures…how have I been so blessed?

Turning forty is notorious for causing folks to reflect about their lives. I suppose everyone deals with it in their own way, but I went for a trail ride. People told me Happy Birthday but the horses treated me the same as usual…so I know everything is going to be just fine.

I thought that today’s blog would simply say: I have been blessed, but as I typed the words it just didn’t seem to be enough.

I am not denying that I feel blessed, I feel it so strongly at times that my over whelming desire is to cry and point out that I am not worthy. I am especially prone to this when I hear of someone else struggling; a baby dies, someone has cancer, a car crash takes a life. It makes me weak to think about these things. But it also liberates me.

Why not live now? Why not try now? What if this is the only time I do have?

Some people may be inspired by that thought, but if viewed from another angle, I could argue that it is just a realistic statement.

I have frequently said that, when someone tells me they have been inspired by me, I consider it the highest complement they could give me…but it also humbles me. Sometimes it downright scares me. Because I am just me. And I am far from perfect. But I have been blessed.


With all my faults and failures…how have I been so blessed? quote Stacy Westfall



Posted by on September 26, 2014 in Inspiring, Life, quote, Thought provoking


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