As cliche as it sounds, it does take a village AND team work really does make the dream work! As an equestrian, you know this firsthand because you rely on a whole team of people, including vets, farriers, trainers, etc., to do the sport you love. It's important to surround yourself with good people who encourage and support you on the roller coaster that is equestrian life. Acknowledge these people with gratitude and support in return.
"Success is best when it's shared."-Howard Schultz
Find Your Herd
Horses are herd animals, and quite frankly, so are we. Interacting with others and developing relationships is how humans thrive. Get involved with a group of people with similar values and/or goals to create a deeper bond and sense of belonging. We have a free Facebook community that we would love for you to be a part of. If you want to connect with other equestrians interested in bridging the gap between riding and wellness, please join us inside.
What brings you joy? Whatever it is, horse-related or not, there are most likely other people out there that have similar interests. Use the power of the internet to find these people and ways to interact with them virtually or, even better, in person. Real-life, face-to-face interactions build stronger connections. Do you like reading? Join a local book group. Do you fancy cooking? Find a culinary class near you. Are you into yoga? Discover classes nearby or find an immersive weekend retreat. The options are endless so have fun with it.
There's no better feeling than giving back to your community. It feels good to help others. Find a way that makes sense for you. Maybe you donate a few things you no longer use from your tack room to the local equine rescue. Or you volunteer your time at a horse show to be a jump judge, or dressage scribe, or whatever they need. Or maybe you don't have extra time on your hands but you could contribute financially to a charity that is near to your heart. Whatever it is, and no matter how big or small it may seem, know that it is appreciated. You can make a difference in your community.