How you spend the first five minutes after you wake up sets the tone for the rest of your day – including your time in the saddle. Modern technology has made it easy to turn off our alarm clocks and reach for our smartphones. Studies show that checking social media in the first half hour of your day leads to an increase in depression.
Rather than reaching for your phone and mindlessly scrolling through other people’s lives, what if five minutes could change the whole outcome of your day? What if you suddenly had abundant energy first thing in the morning – even if you are not a morning person?
“If you fall off the horse, get back on.” As equestrians, we have all heard how important immediately getting back in the saddle is. Over the years, I have taken numerous falls – some quite impressive – and most of the time I was able to get back on immediately while the adrenaline was still flowing and before I had time to overthink what had happened.
But what happens when you are seriously injured and cannot immediately get back on the horse? This is when fear sets in, and this fear can be crippling. The mental recovery from these types of falls can take longer than the physical healing. These are the steps I took to regain my confidence and get my head back in a positive space after a serious fall.
Welcome! I've been a freelance writer since 2002 and have numerous horse-related articles published in print and online publications. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Rocky Mountain College with a major in Equestrian Studies and a minor in Business Management. My current business ventures include High Plains Arena and real estate investing.