Life

What I’m Good At.

Soon I will be an MBA. I will have a masters of business administration and a graduate degree in animal science. That’s a lot  of schooling. With all of this experience, I feel pressure to be wise and to have myself figured out. I know that I don’t have to, but that’s what modern society says.

I can sit here and blame society, but honestly, I would just be avoiding myself and not taking responsibility. It’s literally my fault that I can’t figure out what to do. You know why? Because of my attitude.

I am terrible at making decisions. I am afraid of risk. I am freaking terrified of failing. I let people get into my head. I over-analyze every situation and cannot stop thinking about it. I can easily feel depressed, just as I can easily feel over-the-moon. If I don’t do well at something, I automatically think that it’s not for me; I never assume it’s because I need to persevere. I am never an A student — I can’t motivate myself to try that much. My vocabulary is subpar at best. I’m a terrible test taker. I constantly make bad decisions. I’m not as selfless as I could be. I have low self-esteem.

There’s a bunch more I can write, picking apart everything that showcases my flaws. I’ll spare the details because, let’s face it, everyone has at least some of these characteristics. Sometimes I spend so much time devoted to thinking about everything I’m bad at, that I never highlight my good qualities.

The truth is, I am a strong person. I’ve been through a lot and I’ve lived to tell the tale. I’m good at hiking. I love nature and appreciate everything the environment has to offer. I constantly try to improve myself and become more well-read. I can ride my horse well. I drive a truck and trailer like nobody’s business. I can keep relationships strong. I am awesome with animals. I can run 2 miles in 15 minutes. I’m pretty good at drinking beer. I don’t fail classes. My mom likes me. I actually read the news daily. I stay humble. I crack myself up, even if no one thinks I’m funny. I’m good at making small talk.

Not that everything about me will get me a job, or suddenly make me feel better about myself, but it’s a start. I’ve been listening to The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, and while this book points out a lot of other things, it also emphasizes that you cannot go somewhere, you cannot motivate yourself, unless you start somewhere.

So I am beginning by writing down everything I can work on, everything I am good at, everything I like, don’t like, want to improve on because I believe this will help me understand more about myself. I also believe that this will help me start to figure out my life and what I want from it.

Now this is only the beginning, but I think it will work. I think that eventually it will lead me in the right direction. If anyone feels something similar to how I am feeling (which is lost), I encourage you to do this, or read self improvement books, or just do something. It can inspire you, motivate you, make you feel life you have a handle on life.

And I’ll be back with an update/more horse stuff/more hiking stuff soon. Remember to just take things one stride at a time (especially when life throws you a curveball).

 

Life, Uncategorized

Enhancing Productivity

 

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To-do list. The first “to-do” of productivity (sorry, I can’t help it) is to compose lists of everything that needs to be done. It’s easier for me to wrap my head around the amount of work I have to do if I write it out. These lists can include everything from what needs to be finished in a day to a ten-year plan.

To-do lists also help break big tasks into smaller components. If you had a huge project due at the end of the quarter, lists can help you establish a timeline to finish the project early and definitely help you not lose motivation.

You can also prioritize your list of things that need to get done. I have to see Raven every. single. day. So that definitely goes on my high priority task list. But buying those cute boots I see at the boutique across the street isn’t really necessary, so I can put that on a low priority. And I should probably but saving money for said boots at medium priority, too.

Plus, it’s ridiculously rewarding to cross items off of your to-do list.

Organize. I LOVE organization. My idea of a fun Sunday morning activity is cleaning out my closet and tidying up my house. Organizing your purse, your life, your house, heck, even your kitchen, can not only help you keep from procrastinating, but can also relieve anxiety about a dirty house or even just make you feel more put-together. I always sense a bit of accomplishment and motivation whenever I have a tidy living room or a clean kitchen. Then I want to organize my task list my tackling it.

Take breaks. The number one killer of motivation is burn out. If you don’t allow your body and mind to refresh every few hours, you will quickly reduce your concentration, and therefore, productivity.

The tricky thing I’ve experienced with taking breaks is rather simple. Avoid Netflix. Seriously, Netflix sucks you in and before you know it, you’ve watched 5 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and your final is in two days and you haven’t studied a lick. Instead, take ‘productive’ breaks. I know, I know, it doesn’t sound like a chance to relax, but it actually works!

Let’s say that you have allocated 10 hours for studying over two days, or about 5 hours a day. If you take a break every hour or so (or whenever you feel yourself slipping in concentration), take 10 minutes to go make tea, coffee, doodle in a notebook, call your mom, eat some almonds, literally anything that gets you off of social media and gives your brain a rest. You can even switch activities for an hour and go do something else on your task list. Simply taking a break from anything using critical thinking skills will benefit your work.

Establish a (healthy) morning routine. I’m sure you’ve heard this. I think everyone has heard this. But I still think it’s important to mention, because I notice that variations in my morning routine can affect my productivity. Take Saturdays for example. If I lay in bed later, checking Instagram, and not working out until later in the day, I tend to not get anything done. But during my week, I wake up every morning at the same time, walk my dog at the same time, and continue on with my morning routine of making breakfast, getting ready for school, and I cannot forget coffee.

This routine allows me to budget my time out, but also reduces my laziness. Have somewhat of a plan for the mornings allows me to create more time in my day for activities.

Eat and drink well. Eat a vegetable. Have water. Simple as that! Give your brain healthy food to feel productive, increase concentration, and feel better. No one wants to work when their body feels like shit.

Leave room for fun! While productivity can seem like your sacrificing spontaneity, I would argue just the opposite. If you write down everything you have to do in a day, you should have a rough estimate of how much time you need. So for the other spare hours you have, go do something adventurous! Hang out with friends, let your mind relax. This is where you can watch the 1o episodes of Westworld all at once because you can’t just not.

 

So there you have it. These are rules I follow to increase my productivity. I love staying organized, having task lists, staying healthy, this all leads to a better lifestyle. While changing things in your routine are hard at first, they soon become second nature, and you’ll forget what it’s like to have Instagram open all of the time.

 

Hiking, Life

Tips for Taking Your Dog to the Beach

Ah, the beach! There’s nothing more relaxing than taking a dip in the warm salt water, sun bathing, and just watching the world go by. Not a summer day goes by without me thinking about how wonderful the beach is compared to my stuffy apartment. And of course, the beach is too good not to share. So why not bring the puppy along?

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Always check the rules of the beach

While you would think that everyone loves to see the joy of dogs running across the beach, begging for another round of fetch or going 0 to 60 down the sand, most beaches actually don’t allow dogs or at least dogs off a leash. It’s important to check with either a ranger station, a website, or even the locals to see if you can take them. In my town, we actually have a beach dedicated to dogs. Here, dogs are free to run around on the beach and frolic to their heart’s content. And then there are some beaches where they are allowed, but only on a leash.

Come prepared

When we first took our dog, we made sure to have our leash, the choke collar (if he decided not to listen to us), doggie bags, and water. For some reason, our dog likes to go to the bathroom on the beach more than anything! Thankfully, most beaches that allow dogs have a dog bag station. Anyway, we wanted to make sure that Jackson would listen to us on the beach just as if we were hiking, playing frisbee, or taking a walk through the park. We took him to a quiet beach that allows dogs on a leash the first time we went. Honestly, just be prepared for any reaction out of your dog. At the end of the day, you know your pup the best, so you can make decisions for them perfectly!

If you want to take your dog to a dog beach, just remember that many of the other dogs will become an instant distraction. Your puppy will want to play and play and play and most likely not want to listen. But again, you know your limits of your dog. Just remember that a quiet place might be better when you’re first starting out.

It’s all about the time of day

Timing is important for many reasons. When you first take your dog, it might be better to go at a time of day where there aren’t too many people or other dogs. This will help your dog not get overwhelmed with all of the distractions. Remember, the beach should be a positive place, but too many activities all at once can be a negative thing. Bringing them to the beach in the early morning, or even during the late afternoon, could potentially help with lowering distractions. The first time we took Jax, we went during the early evening and made sure not to bring any toys. We wanted him to get familiar with the ocean, the waves, and the sand. Now, he loves nothing more than chasing the waves and becoming soaked by the water!

Another reason timing is important is because you don’t want it to be too hot for them. Obviously, they are at a beach, so it’s easy to dunk them in the water if they overheat, but what if they end up not liking the water? To be on the safe side, I usually go to the beach sometime other than the peak heat of the day.

Make this a family affair

If you know your dog is social, and is good with other dogs, take them to a community dog beach! If you’re not sure about how your dog will act with the plethora of puppies running and playing in the waves, I would strongly recommend taking them to a dog park or interacting with friends’ dogs before taking them to meet total strangers. Timing also is good in this case. Nonetheless, a community dog beach is so much fun, both for you and for your dog! You can meet tons of friendly dog owners while your dog occupies himself with fetch and chasing other dogs around in the water. The other dogs could also contribute to a more positive situation because your pup can see others having fun. Jax used to be afraid of the waves, but when other dogs started jumping around in the water, it was easy for him to see that the water was okay. (Dogs are pack animals, they like to see other dogs do something if they are too scared to do it!)

But most of all, have a blast!

The beach should be just as much fun for them as it is for you. Bring toys, bring treats, bring other dogs, bring whatever you want to make this a great time for you and for you puppy! Now that we have been a few times, Jackson starts whining when we take the exit for the beach. He absolutely loves it, and loves fetching tennis balls in the ocean! Maybe your dog won’t dig it, so maybe the beach isn’t the best place for them to hang out. Maybe your dog will love it so much he wants to be the next dog surfer. Who knows? At the end of the day, just trust yourself with your dog, and have fun!

Horses, Life

Senior Pictures with Horses: How-To

I recently graduated from college and….ohmygosh I’m an alum!! So weird to think about, but I’m so happy I now have a bachelors. Even though I will no longer be in college, I still will post tips and college experiences, because well, because college is really damn hard.

Since I just finished a huge task, aka mastering the science of animals, I decided to take some beautiful pictures to mark the monumental feat. Since there aren’t many senior picture examples with horses, I thought I’d share the photos that I had done. I didn’t take any of these photos (obviously…), so I give all credit to my amazing photographer, Asia Croson! If you are looking for a bad-ass photographer to bring out the best in you, I linked her website; you can find her here.

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I originally booked a session with 3 different locations. I did the first two locations with just me at the beach and on top of a hill. If you’d like to see those, and the different poses that came along with them, comment below! These are from the last session I had.

Anyway, I love this photo because of the trees. They look so daunting, and really emphasizes that Raven and I are on this journey together. Which is completely representative of our relationship through college, and even through the 7 years that we’ve been a team. Plus we look like we’re dominating the world.

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And of course we had to get a couple shots in the grass, so she can chow down! Playing around with the sun and how you’re positioned in relation to your horse really makes the portraits interesting. Even though my beautiful town is more brown than green, I love the contrast between her dark coat and the golden grass. Whenever I get pictures taken, I always try to angle my body and move my limbs so I don’t look awkward. It’s hard to master, but practice in front of the mirror or something if you’re worried about it!

These two are beautiful. This is the exact reason I wanted a professional photographer with me. They know how to capture the sunlight in the best way. I  absolutely love that I am casually focused on the railing while everything else is slightly unfocused! Having your horse in the background will not only put the spotlight on you, but also showcase your love for horses, in an artistic and adorable way.

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Like the cover photo, I just had to get some photos of us with my graduation attire! The cover photo has me wearing the sash, but I also put it on Rae. Play around with your props, like your cap and sash, because it makes the photos more interesting and unique.

I LOVE these! I saw pictures of some people signing a heart on their horse like I’m doing here, and I just had to do it! These are some of my faves (I feel like I saw that with every portait…) because she looks so content and happy. You can just see the strong bond we have with each other.

I also brought my best friend along to appear in some photos. She and I have been riding together for almost 12 years, so I figured it would be cute and fun to have her with my horse. They kind of turned out like our engagement photo, but I don’t care!!  I love the ones where we’re resting on the railing, because you can see our jewelry. We decided to wear pieces that had meaning for us.

I also got some photos of how I decorated my cap. I am in love with them because its somewhat original and totally applicable to my life (I am doing the MBA program in the fall).

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Lastly, I wanted to talk about your outfit/props/makeup and stuff to be thinking about when you do your pictures. Since my horse is black, I wanted my outfit to be light colored. I chose a simple white tank top, jeans, and boots because I wear an outfit similar to this everyday and because it complemented my horse. When you choose your outfit, make sure you are comfortable and confident. The same is for makeup, except you could get away with exaggerating. I wore three times as much makeup as normal, curled my hair to enhance my natural curls, and wore fake eyelashes. With all of this, everything looks pretty natural, right? Just keep that in mind 🙂

Just as a disclaimer, most of these photos are completely candid. I thought of poses on the spot that I thought would look cute, but I literally had no idea what I was doing. That’s where Asia saved my life. She made me feel so comfortable goofing around and having fun.

I hope these pictures provide some inspiration with your upcoming photoshoot with your horse! I know I had a blast and they turned out better than expected.  I will always have these pictures to remember me and my girl, and I am forever thankful to have her.

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On that note, did anyone have a similar experience with graduate pictures?

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Combatting Stall Rest

We’ve all been there. When your vet mutters the dreadful words that your prime competition horse is lame and needs time off, a little piece of soul dies. Recently, Raven somehow hurt herself and needed a couple of months off. This wasn’t our first rodeo, so I came up with a couple tips I’ve learned from her multiple injuries.

  1.  Listen to Your Vet. This is obviously a no brainer, but your vet really knows what he’s talking about. Not only did they go through nearly 8 years of school to be able to diagnose ol’ Buddy, but they probably have many more years of personal experience with lame horses. If they advise you to only handwalk for a certain period of time or insist on re-evaluating your horse every couple of months, it’s because they want what’s best for your horse. (Although, try to avoid crazy ass call fees as much as possible — it can really do a number on your wallet.)
  2. With that said, you know your horse better than anyone. When Raven was 6 years old and she fractured her coffin bone, I knew there was no way that she could survive 6 months off without drugs or some type of stimulation. I pointed this out to my vet and we were able to come up with a plan so that she wouldn’t try to kill herself in her stall from boredom. Talking to your vet to work out a plan that fits both you and your horse will only make things better. If your vet recommends that your horse should be handwalked, make sure you and your horse can do that while being as safe as you can. The purpose of stall rest is for them to heal. You don’t want them making silly decisions that only cost you more time and money.seniorpicswithraven 067
  3. Sometimes drugs are the answer. The first time Raven was off, Ace was my life-saver. I administered it in a cookie before I groomed or walked her and it really helped. If I didn’t use drugs, I would have a horse for a kite every time I had to do something with her. The second time around, I tried to go without Ace (she was about 5 years older), and it worked beautifully! I simply used a rope halter for more control (see this post on how rope halters can help with ground manners) while walking on the flat. Before you make any decisions, it’s best to talk it over with the vet, whomever is around, your trainer, or the knowledgeable gal at the barn.
  4. Alter their feeding regimen. Because your horse will no longer be able to work or go to turnout, they will have to spend a lot of their day doing nothing. I can’t speak for everyone’s horses, but mine gets fat…and gets fat quickly! By changing their grain to a low starch formula, nixing grain completely, or cutting their feed down, you can delay the side effects of stall rest. Also coinciding with my next point, switching your horse to a slow feeder can help ease the stress of staying in a stall while also preventing them from over eating.
  5. Mental stimulation is just as good as physical stimulation. Even if Raven isn’t on stall rest, I still like to play games with her to exercise her mind. Sometimes I will set up a walking obstacle course where she has to go over poles or weave cones while I’m walking her on the ground. This is good to do on stall rest too! You can also hide cookies and make your horse find them. For this exercise, I usually end up placing treats in cerIMG_1810tain areas and make Raven sniff them out. Since she’s not a dog, it’s hilarious to watch her try and find these!
  6. Stretch! Since your horse can’t work, they can lose a lot of muscle. Many studies have shown that a horse won’t start to lose their fitness for up to 3 weeks, but that doesn’t really help if your horse is off for 6 months. However, stretching their muscles can help them from getting stiff. Aside from walking, performing neck stretches, leg stretches, hip stretches, and overall massaging them will really help.
  7. Groom. Everyday. Grooming helps for a world full of reasons. Not only will it help maintain the bond with horse and rider, but it will provide some mental stimulation for your horse. They will also appreciate it to be groomed as much as possible. And even though they will be stuck in a stall, they can still get hooves full of crap that need to be picked everyday. Plus, doting on a horse is ridiculously fun!!
  8. Lastly, make sure to stay up with your health, too. This last go round, I became so bored from not riding that I took up running (idk why tho, running sucks, lol). Maintaining your physical fitness and nutrition is important so that you will be able to handle your horse at all times. Not only that, but it’s healthy for you to maintain some form of exercise as often as possible. So, make sure to take care of your body while taking care of your horse.

Having a horse on stall rest can provide some benefits, too. You can always put yourself out there to ride other barn mate’s horses during the free time that you allocated to riding yours. You also have more time to do other fun things and pursue other interests, like hiking or reading or vegging out and watching Netflix! Just remember to take stall rest one stride at a time and that it can be a good experience!!

What other tips do you have for stall rest?

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Good News!

Last week, I received an email stating that I was admitted into the MBA program at my school. Not only am I relieved that I know what I am doing for the next 10 months, I am excited that I can start the rest of my life.

Finding what you want to do “when you grow up” is actually the worst. Personally, I feel like my schooling made me conform to what they wanted so that I could gain the most knowledge, but I feel like I lost who I am as a person. Obviously, I love riding horses and working with all animals, but I don’t know where to go from there. I’m not sure if I just didn’t use the resources at school effectively, or I was so busy trying to maintain my grades while working part-time jobs, but suffice to say, I have no idea what I want to do after I graduate. And I feel like everyone else is in that same boat.

Which is why I am beyond ecstatic to continue my education and see if business might be the better option for me. I am also looking forward to use this time to see what I find enjoyable and what career path would work best for me. At the end of the day, I just have to remember that I am young, I have plenty of time, and I don’t have to worry about many other responsibilities.

All in all, I am excited for this opportunity to grow myself. I am also excited to write my way through this journey. This is an exciting time of change and I am ready for it!

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It’s okay, honestly.

Oh man. I have been gone forever! For awhile there, I had time to dedicate an hour or two to writing a post but geez, school really kicked my booty for the last couple weeks. It seems like I just never have the time to do anything! Right now, I am a senior in college all set to graduate in June! Which is so awesome because I want to be done with school, but it also sucks because I have no idea what to do with the rest of my life. And that’s scary.

But you know what, I know what I don’t want to do!  I know that I can never work retail and I know that I can’t work a job that doesn’t pay well because my horse and riding is too important to lose. I know that I don’t want to spend my life unhappy. But the second I have to make decisions about careers or graduate school or living situations all seems like a lot to handle and I am so overwhelmed about it. Trust me, I know what it’s like to have to go to school with tons of assignments that seem like they are due back to back, go to the barn and ride 6 days a week, hang out with friends and your boyfriend, work out, go to work, and hopefully have time for yourself. At the end of that long list of stuff to do, finding out what job you want always wants to be pushed back and forgotten. I can tell you right now that there are many reasons I don’t want to look for a job. The biggest one, thought, is because I’m afraid of rejection. I’m afraid that I won’t find what I want. I’m afraid of not knowing what is going to happen.

What I’m here to say is that it will be alright.

How do I know this? I don’t. I have no clue what my life is going to be like a year from now, hell, even a month from now! But I do know that everything always works out and I know that I will not stop until I am living the life that makes me happy. I know it’s crazy hard to go with the flow and hope for the best. But sometimes, unfortunately, there are some things you can’t control.

So, to everyone that is struggling with making life decisions, I want to let you know that it’s okay to be scared. I am freaking terrified. I am not going to let that stop me from living my life. And I just want everyone to know that it will all work out for the better!

Here is to everyone going through a tough time — it will get better!

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Guys this video is life. So freaking cute and so inspirational!

If you don’t feel unproductive after watching this day in the life video then you are doing it right and I salute you.

 

That’s all, have a great one 🙂

Horses, Life

Body Language Series: Flight Zone

 Going off of my last post, I figured I would explain body language a little more. Because I originally understood body language through horses, I naturally want to start there.

The first thing I ever learned (mainly through trial and error) is that horses are prey animals. Which means their natural instinct is to flee from danger. This is very crucial to understand and why many people can get hurt from horses or other animals. Not to say that they can get angry and try to buck you off or kick you to get you away from them, but usually they just want to run very fast away from whatever is frightening them. We refer to their flight zone whenever something triggers them to run away.

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You can see in this diagram the flight zone that is applied to basically all animals. Many prey animals have eyes on the sides of there heads to allow them to use what’s called monocular vision, or the ability for an animal to use each eye separately to give them a wider range of view. Prey animals have this vision so to better able detect predators. The only negative part of their vision are their blind spots. Both the front and rear of an animal are not easily seen for them, meaning that you probably shouldn’t stand there for long periods of time!

Why am I telling you all of this? Because the flight zone is probably the most important piece of information when approaching an animal. As you can see, the point of balance is at their shoulder. Here, a horse (or any animal) can see you best and will feel less threatened than if you approached them at their face. This can be easily transferable with humans, too. For instance, we have eyes in the front of our head and therefore our peripheral visions isn’t as good as these animals. If someone approached us at our shoulder or our back and starting petting us, we wouldn’t be too happy! It would freak us out and make us evade the situation. It’s the same for prey animals!So now that we know the point of balance is the shoulder and we should approach at the shoulder whenever we’re dealing with an animal, it’s time to discuss the actual zone of flight. Basically, these animals have a “personal bubble.” Horses, for instance, will easily show you their flight zone when you approach them. If you have a new horse, and once you get close to them, chances are they will probably try to move away from you. If they move away from you at a certain distance, you just detected their flight zone! It can be anywhere from a couple feet to a couple yards. You can use the flight zone to your advantage for training, but it comes to your disadvantage if you’re try to catch them! All you have to remember about their flight zone is that once you approach them, they’re going to try to evade the situation. A good way to prevent this from happening is to approach them slowly, especially at the shoulder! Once they are more comfortable with you, their flight zone will slowly start to diminish. After 7 years of owning my horse, she basically has no flight zone when I approach her!

Now that you know what to do when you approach an animal, your chances of getting hurt decrease dramatically. One of the main reasons people get bitten or scratched or kicked is because they approach the animal incorrectly. Just remember to go slow and aim for the shoulder. If all else fails, let the animal come to you! Just take everything a stride at a time and it’ll work out 🙂

Horses, Life

Another Helmet Post?

Let me tell you a quick story before we jump in.

When I was 12 years old, I had the displeasure of 2 AVMs in my brain rupture. These arteriovenous malformations quickly dispersed blood on my brain and gave my body a terrible opportunity  to become susceptible to death. Four brain surgeries later, I have no neurological damage and I have lived to tell the tale! Now, what does this have to do with helmets or horses or freak accidents? Because not only did I have 2 AVMs in my brain, but they were in my cerebellum. This is literally a 1 in a million thing. I don’t even acknowledge my situation as a freak accident.

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My neurosurgeon, Dr. Sun

Now, my neurosurgeon still hates that I ride horses. I really don’t blame him. After all, he spent almost 30 hours operating on my head and he knows the risks of riding a giant animal. A couple years after these traumatic surgeries, I sustained a mild concussion because my horse tripped at the stretching trot and we both fell. If I didn’t have my Charles Own GR8 on at that moment, I would have had serious brain damage and possible death. My helmet was actually slammed in half at the incident. I mean, really? Such a stupid reason to get a concussion, right? It’s almost like it was a freak accident…

Here’s the thing — none of these experiences have been freak accidents. In the article, “Freak Accident? Hardly,” Anny Blake hit the nail head on. Horses are giant prey animals that humans can never fully control. By climbing upon horses’ backs, riders have signed away their full control. Trainers and amateurs alike can master the equestrian world, but there is absolutely no way to predict a horse’s actions 100%, even with extensive ground training or riding. Therefore, everything that you do with a horse is a freak accident. With this notion, shouldn’t you owe it to yourself to avoid brain trauma and wear a helmet?


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Right after my concussion, I still had the confidence to go cross country! With my helmet of course 🙂
I have heard so many excuses about not wearing a helmet, particularly in the Western world (not to blame, it’s more of a correlation type thing). Most of the excuses I hear are issues about helmet hair, the helmet being too hot or bulky, helmets not being cool, knowing your horse well enough….honestly the list goes on. And I honestly don’t care what your excuse is. If someone doesn’t want to wear a helmet because of some reason definitely not as valuable as your life, I am convinced that there is no way to stop you.

To me, horses can be very dangerous just as much as they can be the best things on the planet. I love working with horses and I feel very confident to be around them. This whole industry has taught me plenty of things and I can never fully thank it enough. I just hope, to whomever is reading this, that you listen to my story and understand why it’s necessary to think about wearing helmets. Helmet hair is sexier than brain damage. You can know your horse for 25 years and they can still take off with you and slip on pavement. You could be jumping a jump and land wrong and fall off and hit your head. There are so many areas of uncertainty when riding that it seems more likely for you to get hurt while riding! With that said, please please please think of wearing a helmet the next time you get on a horse. It might save your life.