A warm salty breeze, crashing waves and the glow of a setting sun – I could not imagine a better backdrop to a horseback ride down the beach. We were visiting San Pancho in Nayarit, Mexico. Although this town is about 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta, it is worth the drive for a taste of local culture, food and a beautiful beach. San Pancho is still frequented by tourists, but those… Read More
The horse industry is a funny one. It is expansive; from the neighbor down the road with a horse in the backyard to multi-figure horses that compete at the highest levels of the sport. More and more, I have been hearing comments from outside the industry and even those involved in other areas of agriculture about the cost of having a horse. I find myself stuck in between these worlds. While… Read More
“Well, if they run away, we have about 20 minutes to get to higher ground.” We were halfway up an active volcano in Banos, Ecuador, standing in the “canyon,” where pyroclastic flows travel during an eruption. The area was lush and green with puffy white clouds hanging in the moist air; making it easy to forget we were standing on a volcano. The black crumbling earth below our feet, however, was a… Read More
I wrote a reverse bucket list a year ago, and it allowed me to be grateful and put life into perspective. I was reflecting on the changes in my life this year and decided to do one for 2015. I think I will make one yearly to reflect on my accomplishments and things I should be grateful for. I encourage you all to try doing one! Here it is: 1. Started my… Read More
She certainly never made it easy and in many ways she was the wrong type of horse for me. I thought I was a reasonably good rider, but really, I knew little after riding only school horses. Ever heard the saying “green + green = black and blue, ” well it holds true in our case! I have come off this mare more times than I can count. She was a green… Read More
I recently watched a video of a para-dressage rider who is wheelchair bound but through horses she competes at the highest levels of para-dressage. What stuck with me is the incredible power of the horse. I explained why I skydive, but its time for why I horseback ride. Horses are calming. When I think of peace, I think of listening to horses munching hay as the sun rises on a summer morning…. Read More
This month has been packed full of pet portraits. In a past post, I mentioned these portraits and apparently the Christmas season has led to my little side business taking off! I am very grateful, but it means my life has been on hold while I complete all these orders! Work, ride my horse, draw, sleep, repeat. Anyway, the beginning of January may bring some exciting posts, but I will not say… Read More
I have been feeling pretty uninspired as of late. Maybe it’s an early life crisis. Recently I have worked towards furthering my education, but I realized I have hit many other milestones that I should be proud of. I decided to write a reverse bucket list. Instead of what I still need to accomplish, I have decided to write a list of bucket list-like goals I have already achieved. It is time… Read More
I have been looking for different ways to use my GoPro. The farm I board at has lots of little cross country jumps scattered around the property, so thought it would be fun to try a GoPro video riding outside. An added bonus is that riding on grass is good practise for a Hunter Derby I am hoping to attend in October. Enjoy! Check out my other GoPro video riding: https://adventureboundblog.com/2014/09/07/gopro-and-ready-to-horse-back-ride/
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