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Putting the Soul Back into Soul

Hi All,

I haven't posted for a while. I have been following Rene Wright's journey with Cookie, which is at times exactly the same as mine with my mare. I think sometimes our horses are soul joined, which brings me to my latest light bulb moment.

Em and I are learning to do dressage, a very challenging sport most of the time, and for a long time I haven't felt like we were ever going to get there.

I am so very happy to say that with a lot of patience and good advice from my instructor, we can now do so many of those wonderful movements, and Em still has a soft mouth.

The biggest lesson came when I was out practicing one day, in what I call the scary arena. Our arenas are set up on vacant council land, and are surrounded by bush, so you can only imagine the amount of scary things a horse can find.

I have been working hard on moving past my fear from the worst fall I have ever had. The hospital thought I had fractured my lower vertebrae, thankfully I only ended up with very upset muscles and a fantastic bruise. 

I realized after the pain faded that I had been pushing both Em and myself harder and faster than either of us was ready for. I had forgotten that horses and riding need soul, and you don't have soul when you're pushing.

I went back to talking, listening, touching and connecting with Em on an emotional level. I got the soul back in our relationship, and I've got to say with it came the passion again.

Em greets me every time I arrive with a whinny; she evens try to groom me. Every time I walk through the stable gates, I leave the rest of the world behind. I allow the time to be about us and our soul connection. We are both so much happier now. 

That ride in the scary arena was the one where I realized that, yes, I was scared still, but Em was calm, she was encouraging me to move forward, she showed me her soul and I gave mine back. It is a bond that I hope is never broken.

No matter the discipline you follow, remember to connect, that it takes two, and that is you and your horse.

Happy riding, one and all.


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  1. Rene Wright
    Rene Wright
    Voted. Very good blog and thanks for the follow and mention! :) I appreciate it. Congratulations also for moving forward with your horse. You'll find there isn't a challenge you both won't be able to overcome... even if it takes more time than you think it should. I never have liked the word "patience"... mostly because I don't have much lol but soul... that is an interesting way to put it. There aren't many things you need to take with you when you work with your horse... of course patience is one of them, understanding and yes.. you do need soul. :) x

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