Horse Knowledge – Troy Marshall

Last year I shared some wisdom from Troy Marshall comparing marriage and your dog.  If you don’t remember it, I would recommend you go read his wisdom.  Today, I’m at it again, imparting more wisdom, but this is based off your relationship with your horse.  Again, it is Troy Marshall’s words, not mine, so don’t yell at me :).  I just like what it said and thought I would share.  If you don’t agree, that’s all together fine too 🙂

Everything I ever needed to know I learned from the back of a horse.To start, I should say knowing something and actually applying it, aren’t exactly the same thing. Secondly, I believe – as do probably most parents – that I’ve been blessed with some pretty good kids.

It was 10o F. the other night, the wind was blowing 40 mph and we were arriving home fairly late after a school activity. We pulled in the yard and all three kids went inside, put on their chore clothes and headed outside – without me having to mention it and without a complaint. I loved showing cattle and horses when I was a kid, but my appreciation for youth livestock programs has truly increased by watching their effect on my kids. That was the inspiration for this article.

When I was in college, I did an internship with a reining horse trainer who taught me quite a bit about horses but more about life. I’ll always remember the day we were all riding in the indoor arena when the trainer dismounted and just stood there with his back against the wall holding his horse.

I figured there was something wrong and rode up to question him if something had happened. The trainer just shook his head and said he was growing frustrated and decided to stop and get his emotions under control before he “ruined six months of training in 60 seconds.” I’ve never forgotten that lesson – you can’t control a horse unless you’ve first learned to control yourself.

The motivational speaker Zig Ziglar tells a story about a boss acting inappropriately to an employee who then takes it out on one of his employees; the chain continues until eventually a young kid kicks his cat. Ziglar made the point that it would have been much simpler if the original boss would have just drove to that kid’s house and kicked the cat.

While the story is kind of humorous, it illustrates just how destructive anger and frustrated outbursts can be. Unjustified punishment or out-of-proportion discipline – even if just in the form of words – creates frustration; a lack of understanding that usually starts a negative spiral of events. That’s the great thing about horses; you must have your emotions – especially your negative emotions – under control. Horses are among the most perceptive animals and they pick up on our moods and attitudes in an amazing way. Self control is foundational for clear thoughts and positive actions.


A Few of My Favorite Things – Repost

This never came back so I’m bringing it back!

So Miss Amber tagged me in a post about my favorite things.  If you don’t read her blog, you are so missing out!  She is a transplant from North Dakota to SE Minnesota and she’s hilarious, not to mention right now on bed rest with not 1 but 2 babies, yup, that’s right, she’s about to pop out twins.  When she’s not doing that she has the cutest daughter, funny hubby stories, plus she’s a RN going to be a Nurse Practitioner… she’ll lead you on many great adventures, check her out!!!

So now it’s my duty to tell you some of my favorite things {and no, not the song}.

My husband!

I’ll admit, sometimes he is a handful but I love him with all my heart!  He was there for me when I needed someone the most and I know he’ll be there for me every day for the rest of my life.  He Loves me that much!


Bacon Mac Panini

I LOVE Mac & Cheese!  Come on… Who doesn’t (don’t answer that ;))… the cheese, the noodles… ah, it’s pure heaven! 🙂  Well the other night my husband got home later than I did… which caused me to go “crazy” in the kitchen… LOL.

For Christmas his mom got us a Panini press.  He claims he’d never had a Panini (although I’m fairly certain that’s not true) and we’d never used ours, so we set out on a mission.  But, dang…. we hardly had any food in the house.  I sometimes think we put off grocery shopping to see how creative we can get.

So enter, the Bacon Mac & Cheese Panini.

I had bacon I wanted to use up, bread I wanted to use up, Mac & Cheese sounded REALLY good although I didn’t have any milk but luckily I had the back up… Kraft Mac & Cheese in a box which always does in a pinch!!

Bacon Mac Panini

Our contestants:
Kraft Mac & Cheese
Cheese slices
Wheatberry Bread (it’s our fave!)
Salt & pepper