Hi, Caroline here. The new year 2019 is here, and spring is coming soon. In this time of winter reflection I am working on building Laurelin Farm and its lesson program into something even better then before. I am starting lesson plans revolving around Integrative Riding. This will take some of the lesser known but super important and valuable life skills horses teach us and bringing them out in my students. My yoga practice has helped me develop and hone many of these skills, and the horses are very grateful for that! Don’t worry, we won’t be practicing back bends, simply learning how to breathe better and be more aware of ourselves helps us communicate much better with the horses. No matter if your cantering jumps or learning to walk over a ground pole, these lessons apply the same way. Yes, there will be plenty of trotting, cantering and playing games too, everyone will simply progress further faster with these skills, like I have! See you all soon! Namaste!
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Hello! Well, spring is coming, just very slowly. Glory and I are doggedly riding every chance we get in preparation of an April race in Maryland. Deep snow counts twice for conditioning miles! I hope everyone is enjoying the slow melt off, even though its frustrating. It will make for an easier clean up this spring. Always look on the bright side!Read More
This past month Laurelin Farm traveled to 2 events, The Earth Spirit Expo and WNY Equifest. We had wonderful times at both and met lots of old friends and new. Often in explaining on how Laurelin Farm is extraordinary from other riding stables, I would come across lots of people who said with confidence, ‘Oh I rode horses once, it was fun. So can we come down and just ride/rent your horses?’ In order to gently correct and not get too irked at these comments, I finally came up with an explanation of why the answer to that seemingly innocent question is NO.
My horses are my friends. When someone comes to ride with me, I would also like that friendship to extend to them. This is earned, not taken (or taken for granted). Through methodical rituals of introduction, this friendship is developed, on the ground and in the saddle.
None of us are into one night stands.
Hopefully I didn’t offend too many people! Namaste.
As the stillness and quiet reflection of winter slowly fads away, I invite you to visit Laurelin Farm's facebook and website here for new changes and events. Come see us at the Earth-Spirit Expo in at The Grapevine Banquets, Depew NY on February 25th and 26. Dust off your riding boots, clean and oil your tack. Start to slowly stretch and move (yoga is your friend!). Start brushing horses, or come and help brush the herd here! We are starting to awake and grow with the increased daylight and warmth. See you around...