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  • Writer's pictureRose Gillies

What next?

I've been trying to figure out what to write about next, and I'm a little lost. So I'm just going to write about this week and go from there, because "what next" appears to be a big theme in my life right now, and if you don't continue to put one foot in front of the other when you don't know what to do, all you're doing is standing still.

This week has been a wet weather week here. Really really wet, off the back of really really

cold. I don't typically get sick or really just plain exhausted, but right now I am and I don't think the weather is helping. The horses have been stuck inside a lot, which no one enjoys. I've even had to reschedule some days of work, which I don't typically like to do, but "you can't pour from an empty cup".

So the latter part of this week is enforced self-care due to probably not taking good enough care of myself for the last few weeks - eventually it catches up with you.

The same goes for our horses. For many of us who compete a lot, train a lot, attend clinics, lessons and have a busy schedule, we can sometimes find ourselves so busy that we may not be thinking about downtime for ourselves or our horses, vs how much time we spend thinking about our next big event.

Bodywork and downtime is important for our four legged partners as well as for ourselves, especially when we are forced to stay inside more for bad weather and move around less. Relaxation, recovery, some stress relief, whatever fits into your schedule and theirs. That downtime allows us to come back replenished, physically and mentally.

Do you schedule time for rest, recovery and relaxation for you and your horse? How do you deal with bad weather?

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