Luck is Not My Thing.

I hear it all the time. “good luck!” Sometimes it makes me twitch a little. My circle knows that I don’t depend on Luck. Nope. It’s not luck. The Grace of God is what keeps me going!!!! Let me break this down!

Y’all, I have had a lot of personal injuries and equine injuries. I pray A LOT. Especially before a run. In fact, I really enjoy praying with random people in the warm up. I feel like God made me bold so I could be a light for Him! It’s an overwhelming feeling! I will be warming up my horse and God says “that one” and points me to someone. I have yet to be turned away from prayer! With all of my issues and pain, I have had to change my perspective on life on general. God blessed me with the ability to ride. It’s not luck. I don’t even run to win. I run to run!!!!! I have been told a few times that I would not recover and I would not be able to run. I prayed HARD. God restored me and my doctor released me back to running! I will never take that chance for granted!

When I am on my horse, my focus is to do the best I can for my horse. He will get love and cookies wether we pull a check or not. I will come out of the pen thanking my Horse and My Lord for being with me in the arena and taking care of us! After all, that 1375# equine has a mind of his own! He chose me! God put him with me! I’m so grateful!!!! I’m there for the ride!

Some folks reading this are most likely rolling their eyes saying “but Lynx wins all the time”. No, he doesn’t. But he is a pretty awesome horse! God has blessed me with 3 heart horses! It’s very rare! So why would I think it was luck? No, it’s God’s Grace that has allowed me to have these awesome horses in my life to ride! They get a lot of the credit for my success! God gets all of it! Sometimes I think I have to work really hard to find my groove or to figure one out. Then I pray. It’s amazing how my brain will clear out and the horse’s desire floods my thoughts! I’m not saying it’s easy, but God gave me a gift. So I will do my very best to thank Him every chance I get!

Next time you see me at a race, I prefer to hear have fun! Or run hard! Becsuse luck is not why I am here. I am here because GOD wants me here! I am BLESSED! No matter how I end up in the race, the race of life will be endured with God holding my hand. I pray that you all stay safe, humble, and remember how blessed you truly are to get to run down that alley! 🤟🏻

You Will Always Be Broke.

One thing about being a horse lover is….you will always be broke. On the flip side, your life will be full! Let’s break this down!

First, you buy or “get” said horse. That is the cheap part! Next comes the gear, truck, trailer, barn, feed, hay and the oh so fun vet bills! Now let’s hope you had the land, barn, truck and trailer before said horse but I shall continue….. Your pocket book will literally be screaming at you to stop!

Then you decide or begin your activities! It’s so much fun to barrel race! It costs around $30-$100 just to run plus fuel, stall, a place for you to sleep if staying overnight… if you are in that 15-20% that won money, you might bank some cash! Yahoo! If you are like me, you enter another race!

You are having so much fun! Life feels complete! Then…you see a second horse and realize you NEED two… I mean, you can’t have just one dog….you can’t have just one horse! It’s true! Scientific even! Now you need a second job…..

Then one day your two horses are being rowdy due to a cold front….one slips and slides into a gate and gashes himself up approximately 30 minutes AFTER closing time for the vet…..and off to the vet you go! ChaChing! Bye bye extra Christmas money!

So that is the monetary version of being broke. Non-horse people don’t get it. I explain it like this- My therapist was $100 a week. If I were to actually get my nails and hair done, I bet that would round out to be $100 a week. If I drove a car that was new and shiny, add an additional $400 a month. If I cared about fashion….y’all, I don’t even know what fashion costs…..but I have horses to fill that empty spot my life needs! And, because I have horses, I have an active lifestyle! Yahoo! This makes the body happy until I hurt myself but hey, I’m active! So next time someone tells you horses are expensive, just reply with it’s worth it. Every single dollar, drop of sweat, blood and tears. 100% worth it. Without horses, I’m not even sure what I would do in my “spare time”…. wait….what is spare time?