Hey guys n gals, this marks my fiftieth post on my wordpress blog! So much has been happening recently, I feel so busy but also much happier. I find my cheeks hurting at the end of the day from smiling so much and I’ll randomly burst out laughing – then quickly walk on to avoid the staring people in my vicinity. I probably look crazy but it feels good to be on the move!
That being said, the move isn’t going very far physically, it’s more of a mental and spiritual shift, a bloom or burst if you will – a spark. Lately I’ve been getting more involved with creating art – specifically art prints and I’m starting to take commissions as a freelance artist! So far I’ve sold a few prints, worked with Farrell Piano to redesign and paint a piano board, and donated a piece to Equestrian Inc. for an auction. The piece hasn’t sold yet but you can take a look below:
The print on the bottom is 8in x 10in and the top one, 24in x 30in, is the auction print on gloss paper. The bottom one is for sale and you may contact me about purchasing it if you’re interested. Speaking of, would you like to contact me about prints or digital commissions? Check out my personal, original business card below!
I’ve also been improving my horsemanship skills. Apparently I catch on quickly and I have a natural posture. I always like being up on horseback, most especially when there’s a challenge involved. Said challenge can come in the form of learning a new skill, increasing the complexity of an old skill, or from when the horse is testing you. In a more recent lesson I was attempting to make my mount advance to the far corner of the pasture and he was seeing something in the woods and acting barn sour, attempting to run back towards the barn. What I did in order to get him to the far corner was sit deeper, lean with him, and kept turning him back. The key to success in this case is reading when to pull and release, which is a sensory skill I will delve further into in the future, and pure stubbornness. I did not want to be mean about it, however, just communicate to the horse via body language that, “Hey, I’m up here and I’m working with you at the moment. It’s safe to go there and we are going.” That being said I’m glad this lesson was in the open pasture and not the small round pen. I don’t like fences around me unless there’s ground work to be done. Even then I prefer a long lead line and open space.
That’s all I have for you this week so I close with a question to you: most of you seem to like the posts involving horses and lessons I’ve learned either actively or passively from and around them. Would you be interested in little compiled booklets of these lessons? The booklets would be half memoir half do-it-your-self-handbook collections for anyone.
Until next week, happy trails~