Recently, life has afforded me some pretty amazing opportunities. My husband, father and me spent Thanksgiving in Ireland. (See recent Instagram Reel for some examples until I get an album up). I love this country more than words can say. It is similar to my home in West Virginia - artsy, folksy, historical, and most of all green! The people I encountered lived a lifestyle of "no worries," and personified kindness. They're hearty people. They appear to look a cold day in the face and smile saying, "bring on the braughts."
In other words, while away I ate way, WAY too much food. Nothing wrong with that, it's vacation, right? However, I have noticed a steady gain (again) since starting up the new school year. Teachers, I don't know how you don't gain weight!? Every other day someone, group, student, etc. is trying to stuff us full of yummy cakes, pastries, lunches or other delicacies we don't need! That sounds all well and good, but those of us who really know, understand the hardship gaining weight can be on our critters as well as our own bodies.
More recently, my dear friend Liz was at it again with her amazing photography skills. She took the photo at the top of the page. It is so wonderful! The colors, the composition, the lighting all make us look like a fall fashion model.
That said, I notice I am the biggest I've been in . . . well maybe ever - at least since owning Jean-Luc. I mean ... I can see a pooch! There's a belly pooch! No one wants a pooch in their belly (maybe a furry puppy pooch - but not on your stomach). I understand I'm not exactly overweight, but I will say that I am just not comfortable where I'm at. I carry my weight in my core and though that helps hide things some, it makes riding difficult.
"It is CHA's recommendation that the weight of the rider does not exceed 20% of the weight of the horse." I still meet CHA guidelines (thank the Lord), but I could exceed them if I'm not careful and don't change the amount of schnitzel I am inhaling this holiday season.
My questions are simple:
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts out there horse people! Talley-ho!
Kissing the Blarney Stone - an act that will also make you question your weight, when you're asked to flip upside down, scoot out to the edge of a rock, hang 7 stories in the air while suspended from 2 poles and an Irishman to lock lips with a rock people have been locking lips with since the 1700's. Needless to say a person begins to question their life choices during moments like these.
Lesson Instructor Lauren explained to me during our first session the importance of sending your horse through a gate. Not only is this a safe practice, this is also a way to practice trailer loading from the ground! Furthermore, when doing working as we do here (asking JL to turn and face me after entering the gate) the horse is able to disengage his hind end. It really is a pretty nice way to work on multiple things and warm up.
My name is Chelsey.
Generator's Cuevo Gold, or as he's known around this barn, "Jean-Luc Ponycard", was foaled in 2004 from Generator's Hurricane & Cheyenne's Little Bit.
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