New Year…New….

I really don’t care much for the New year, new me phrase! I like me the way I am! Many people think of the new year as an opportunity to change themselves. I do it a little different! I plan to grow! Not change but grow! Whether that be in mind, spirit or body, I shall move forward! I would like to learn more about horses and how they work. In fact, I think I will find some cattle and give sorting a try! I am still going to barrel race! No doubt about that! But I have two cowy geldings that would be a blast to just work some cattle and enjoy learning more about how they work! I used to team pen back in the day! I was pretty darn good at it too! It was something I did to keep my barrel horse from being bored! Splash and Lynx both really love cows! So that is my goal this year. Lets learn something new!

Another thing I am super excited about is Summit! This product has changed my horse and dog management! My vet was shocked at how fluid my horses are moving! My 13 year old red heeler is actually playing with her siblings! She found a new lease on life! She has terrible hip dysplasia! She was beginning to get a little depressed last summer. I started her on Summit and WOW. She is jumping and running around like a pup! My retired gelding, Gabe, is back to giving lessons! He was 100% lame before starting on Summit. Now he is the horse I put the scared kids on to build their confidence! Heck, I even get on him and ride him around. He has also found a new lease on life at age 20! Splash and Lynx are rockin’ out on it as well! Last month they announced the new human product called Pure C4S. I took my loading dose and have taken one of my maintenance doses. My only complaint is that I feel good and too more than what I should, being out of shape and such! One thing I know about this product is that the longer you take it, the better you feel! My horses and dogs are proof of that! I would love for you to try it too! Check it out at www.summitjp.com/resbarrelracing

Watch out world! With my horses feeling like Rockstars on Tour and my body healing, we are going to blow the doors off!!! What doors? Not sure. But we will find doors to open!

My other goal or something I would like to grow….is my Faith. My Faith in the Lord and how he will provide! I think we all are befuddled by the state of our country right now. I have watched in wonder at the world crumbling around us. At the same time, God has blessed my home! I have gained more students! I have grown my company! My husband still has a good job! My son is doing great at his new school! RES is doing good! Then I go outside of my bubble and see all the masks being worn. All of the protests. All of the “madness” and all I can think is…when will this calm down?? In God’s time. That is when. I need to quit questioning HIS time. I need to pray more. I need to spread HIS LOVE more. I need to look at ways I can help MORE. I am not much for cold weather so I will do this from afar for the moment! But soon….soon I will be back out in the world spreading HIS LOVE!

With this post I leave you with one more thing. Stop and count your blessings! Count your loved ones twice!

Tomorrow is a new day.

Tomorrow I will turn 42. It’s a new day. I figured I should post something about the new age of ME. 42 year old me needs to focus on my life. I need to focus on my little family and my horses, dogs etc. I need to realize that others won’t understand where I am at in my life. See, when I turned 40, I didn’t realize how life had caught up with me. Now, I get it.

So my new thinking is simple. I have simple goals. I have simple thoughts. I tend to complicate them with emotions. When it comes to my horses, it is really hard to realize that we have aged! Where did time go? My focus has changed to now. Not later. Now. What do I want to do now?

I currently am thinking about the 2 day race this weekend. In reality, it’s gonna be a mess. Then got more entries than ever before! This puts my draw number later in the day than I would like. What to do? Well, I want to run both days. My body has decide that running at 9pm does not allow me to drive 2 hours home. How does this change me? Well, if I can’t run till late (after 7pm) and I can sleep in my trailer….. why not sleep then drive home? In the past, before 40, I would drive the two hours home and call it good. Now that I have reached a new level in life, why drive home in the dark?

This is a new thought process for me! I used to burn the midnight oil! But now, I don’t see well in the dark. I’m not in a rush. I feel safety is more important than speed. I value the all mighty dollar for those entry fees more than the drive home. I think I realize that my life is worth more than it was before. So what will I do? I don’t know.

In all fairness, I have a child and a loving husband that worry about safety. I need to respect that. I need to analyze the situation and do what is best. In my 20’s it would have been a no brainer. Drive home. Now that I’m in my 40’s I have to think it out. Maybe it’s self preservation? I dont know! But time changes everything!

So I forgot to hit post when I created this blog post…..and I will tell you what I did! I stayed one more night! I made two runs on Lynx! We won a nice check placing 2nd in the 3D with some stiff competition! On the way to the race, My New To Me truck decided to be weird. Her clutch began to slip. I had to pull off on the shoulder of a busy road to find a gear that would stick! Lucky for me, I left in PLENTY of time! I managed to get to the race with in a couple of hours of leaving home. I also was able to park by my favorite cluster of oak trees! It all worked out! On the way home, on Monday, my truck drove just fine. We made it safely home by noon!

Looking back, the decision was easier than I thought! God gave me a little push. He said “listen to ME.” And so I did! I truly enjoyed my weekend and getting to share prayers and stories with a lot of people whom I didn’t know. Some, I did know. Sharing God’s love and blessings with my fellow barrel racers was such an amazing feeling! Being able to spend time with my horse and my dog was priceless!

When someone says if you were not scared, you didn’t go fast enough, believe them!! Lynx was on FIRE! I feel truly blessed!

Pain and Athletes.

When you are riding horses, in competition, you are riding an athlete. If you are using your horse to gather cattle, work the ranch or check fences, you are riding an athlete. In my opinion, all horses are athletes! Well, broodmares may not but they are still carrying around a lot of extra weight!!!! I do have a point… hold on…

Any time you stress your body to achieve a goal, your body must recover. Wether it be to get those miles in or finishing the fence that you have been building, your cells NEED to recover! Same goes for animals! Throw in some aches and pains…. and think about how you feel the next day! But, you as a human, can make the choice to lay low or push past. Our animal athletes do not get that choice. So how do we help them? What’s the game plan? Do you want your equine partner to have a bad day? Let’s see if I can help with that!

Gabe The Babe giving a lesson! He is 20!

So I have 3 geldings, Gabe who is now 20, Splash who is now 19 and Lynx sitting at 14! Seems odd that everything in my pasture is finished out training wise! Such a change for me! Anyhow, these geldings all have various things going on. Old injuries causing arthritis, being power houses when you ride or in Gabe’s life, being fat and lazy! Because I use my horses for lessons and two of them for barrel racing, I need to keep them feeling their best! First I will say, they are on an excellent feeding program! Next I will say they are ALL ON SUMMIT!!!!!! Summit has changed their lives! www.summitjp.com/resbarrelracing

Summit has helped them recover, restore and perform to their best of their abilities! It’s truly an amazing product! It is Chondriton 4 Sulphate! There is now a human product as well! Pure C4S!

So not only do I choose to take care of these equine athletes biologically, I also choose to work them out. Each horse has their own plan. Obviously, Gabe gets less work outs than the other two! Lynx gets the most! Splash gets at least 3 days a week! But I always start out with walking then trotting then loping. Lynx’s workout goal is 3 miles. Splash’s goal is also 2.5-3 miles and Gabe is more like 1.5 miles. I found that getting their heart rate and respiratory system moving helps them during the work day as well!

As far as soreness issues, I have found that for both me and my horses, Summit if helping beyond all expectations! I noticed that they are more eager to work out on day two. They are not near as grumpy on day two as they were before Summit came into our lives!!!! Lynx can easily handle a two day race now and even a three day! He no longer stocks up in his stall or fizzles out on the second/third run! 😱 Splash is just ready to rock out! I have to slow him down a little to get him to warm up! But he is a lot more consistent in his warm ups now!

Overall, I feel like we may be expecting our horses to recover and repeat without thinking about how they feel. By adding in something to help with recovery, you will be helping them to be their best!