Hope you enjoy these tips for self care in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month (October 2020). They're straight from the horse's mouth!
You know what they say about the tip of the iceberg? That's the bit that sticks up above the water line and it can be dazzlingly beautiful. I know, because I've been to the Antarctic and I have seen them in all their multi-coloured, crystalline glory. But the cliche goes on to say that the vast bulk of the iceberg is actually hidden from view, deep in the cold, dark water. All this makes icebergs a really convenient metaphor for anything that has a lot going on behind the scenes in order to achieve the visible results. Like show business, and especially like HORSE SHOW business! Like those freezing winter mornings where you have to unbuckle rugs with frozen fingers, or dismount gingerly onto frozen feet...
So I hope you can identify with my Equestrian's Iceberg. Feel free to like and share. Have I missed anything? What would you add to it?
I learned that authority, like Nature (and probably because it is Nature), abhors a vacuum. I quickly realised that either I would be in charge, or my pony would be in charge. I became a benevolent dictator at a young age. We were both happy with the arrangement. Joanne Verikios
Lessons from horses: be aware of your surroundings. You can be sure that your horse is noticing every little thing. You need to be observant too, so you can choose all the things it is wise for you and your horse to be perfectly relaxed about. You'll both have a nicer outing that way!
I learned that horses, just like children, appreciate boundaries established with friendliness, competence, fairness and consistency. A sense of humour goes a long way too! Joanne Verikios