Love and tumbles with horses. Learning to gather together.

4/29/20 Today out with Hope and Cherish. The grass was green. The sky was beautiful. Clouds rolled in more as we went along. The day was fairly quiet. There was a glad roaring wind–like a toddler flapping branches, saying, “See mommy! Look how much noise! Flying! We’re flying!” While he runs across the tree topsContinue reading “Love and tumbles with horses. Learning to gather together.”

Unwinding Tension and Fear Together, for you and your horse.

4/26/20 Hope was a bit nervous today. It was chilly, windy, grey, and sprinkling off and on. I thought the weather was beautiful. She thought it was a bit cold. I talked to her softly while we went to put her blanket on. Once clothed, she was able to breathe much more deeply. There wereContinue reading “Unwinding Tension and Fear Together, for you and your horse.”

Feeling Good Feels Good, Little bit by Little Bit.

Hello, friends. I wanted to start sharing some of the experiences I’m having with horses, mindfulness, and movement. This has been a time of learning and opening creatively for me. Perhaps if I share what I’m experiencing and learning it will help some of you a little along your way, too. I thought if IContinue reading “Feeling Good Feels Good, Little bit by Little Bit.”

Changing Wellness Based Horsemanship to Kara Cumberton, LMT

I’ve been working under my name for a while now… the only thing that still hasn’t changed is my Facebook page, mostly due to some Facebook admin requirements. Nevertheless, I thought it wasn’t a bad idea to update you and set everybody straight. Now, rather than going under the guise of Wellness Based Horsemanship (whichContinue reading “Changing Wellness Based Horsemanship to Kara Cumberton, LMT”

Offering Yourself Space & Time

For those who know me, most of them already know that I need alone time, or at least quiet time. What I’m realizing recently is I didn’t realize just how much of it I sometimes need to truly thrive. Needing time to unwind is not about not liking people or being introverted. It’s not thatContinue reading “Offering Yourself Space & Time”

Using Groundwork like Bodywork

My mom and I were out with the horses together. I was giving her instructions and demonstrations for the Peggy Cummings’ exercises and then playing with them with Hope. I found that watching my mom use my incomplete directions was extremely helpful. Giving fuller directions, showing her the feel, and showing her how I wouldContinue reading “Using Groundwork like Bodywork”

Finale: Cheek Press, Caterpillar, and the Dressage Arena

It surprised me a bit when Finale waltzed up first to join me. She often lingers back, but I’ve been giving her more love and heartspace recently and I believe she’s feeling it. As I put the bridle on, I let her know how proud of her I was, how special and beautiful she was,Continue reading “Finale: Cheek Press, Caterpillar, and the Dressage Arena”

The Dressage Grid & Creative Structure

Tuesday night I watched a video from Karen Rohlf in her Upward Spiral of Successful Gymnastics Course. The video was on easily setting up a Dressage arena, and practicing thinking about the “Dressage grid”. If you’ve been reading my posts you know that I struggle with the balance between structure/consistency/discipline and creativity/spontaneity/intuitive feel (with my tendency beingContinue reading “The Dressage Grid & Creative Structure”