Category: Confessions of a Timid Rider

Mindfulness for Equestrians

Mindfulness for Equestrians

Create Positivity and Presence in the Moment Exercising mindfulness for equestrians, the moment-to-moment awareness without judgement providing connection through observation, will benefit your riding and your life. Mindfulness is the art of being in the present moment. Some people may assume this is New Age but in truth there is 2500 years of practice in […]

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The Timid Rider

Finding My Zen In and Out of the Saddle

I find time in the saddle especially on the trails is extremely grounding. There is something about being in the middle of the woods away from cars, noise, and technology that speaks to my soul. Doing that on horseback? I can’t think of a better way to spend me time. I have always found this […]

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Breaking Down Barriers

Breaking Down Barriers

Why do I hold myself back? That is the question isn’t it? My friends meeting at the Tom Quilty endurance race in Australia asked the question, “Why doesn’t Heather ride like she dances?” Growing up I was passionate about two things, dancing and horses. The former discipline I am confident, unapologetic, and free. I’ve performed […]

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Horse Fly Mask

Standing the Summer

Confession: I realize it is an unpopular opinion but I really dislike the summer. I am a creature of habit and organization. Chaos, disorganization, and noise these all feed my anxiety as a Type-A personality and introvert. When the final school bell rings and my children are cheering for sweet release from their education for […]

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Making Great Strides

Confidence can be a moving target but we are making great strides forward and really, isn’t that all we can ask of ourselves?

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Girl Forward Heather Wallace

Girl Forward

A Tale of One Woman’s Unlikely Adventure in Mongolia I knew when I heard about the Gobi Desert Cup that I was taking a calculated risk. The adventure was not only worth it but it also taught me a lot about myself. I don’t like to set limitations and yet as the Timid Rider I […]

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Tenets of Timidity

The Tenets of Timidity: Do You Check Any Boxes?

Referring to myself as a timid rider results in a few different reactions. Certainly, admitting this to others leaves me open to comments, opinions, and rarely even derision. The most common reaction is others assuming I don’t know how to ride a horse, something which I find incredibly frustrating. I have ridden it all: spooks, […]

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Stuck in a Rut: How Often Do You Change Your Horse’s Routine?

When I made the decision to move barns to a smaller, private facility I knew there would be an adjustment period. Perhaps, however, I underestimated just how used to a routine we had been.

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Equine Authors at American Horse Publications

Finding Your Herd: Motivation, Inspiration, and Fun

Finding and spending time with your herd, a group of like-minded people, can keep you motivated and inspired. More, you can have fun!

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Changing Barns: Out with the Old and in with the New

Confession: I’m moving barns at the end of the month. This was a terrifying decision to make. If I’m being honest, which let’s face it I always am, I love being at my current barn for many reasons. There are so many good things about an equestrian facility. There are 500 acres of trails, multiple […]

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When Good Horses Become Turds

Confession: Not everyone is perfect, even my pony.  It’s hard to admit. But sadly, Ferrous is not perfect. I know, it was shocking to me as well. Alas, it is true. Generally, my pony is an easygoing and forgiving companion. Full of personality and generally a confidence builder for me, he tells me what he […]

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The School of Hard Knocks

Confession: We’ve all bit knocked down from our pegs a time or two, hopefully, to get up again stronger.   My daughters all ride horses. All of them. I am both happy to share my passion with them and terrified because it can be all-consuming. More, I know firsthand how riding a horse both elevates […]

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