About Me

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North Lawrence, New York, United States
I can be described as lover of life, an animal lover, and lover of education. I am constantly striving for knowledge and learning opportunities. I've been around horses my entire life. I enjoy working with horses and their human partners through natural horsemanship philosophies, natural balance bare foot hoof care, reiki, red-light therapy, essential oils, aromatherapy, crystal healing, chromotherapy, flower essences, and more. I am a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Teacher who offers treatments for people, horses, dogs, cats, and other creatures great and small. I also teach Reiki classes for those interested in learning how to treat themselves, their loved ones, and even their animals! Natural Horse Lover Farm is located in Northern New York between the St. Lawrence River and Adirondack Mountains. Heaven on Earth. naturalhorseloverfarm.com

Friday, April 22, 2011

Fun in the field...yeah spring!

(Left to Right: Fosse, Whiskey, Lola)

So the horses got to go have some fun in the field. You should have seen them running around and heard them---the hooves were pounding like a racetrack! I am fortunate to have a field that stays high and dry despite the rain (thank goodness for sand). Fosse and Whiskey (Arabians)were running like lightening, Lola (Quarter Horse) tried very hard to keep up with them, and they all had fun--running, bucking, rearing, tossing their heads, playing king of the mountain (well hill, lol), and visiting with me! I was able to play with them for a bit at liberty, they ate grasss (despite it still being dead from the winter), and I enjoyed watching them play and streatch their minds and bodies. Anyhow, no long post, just wanted to share a few pics...

To view all of the photos taken today (and many others), please go to my Facebook page.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The New Building

Our farm is certainly taking shape. We have many more plans but are finally feeling like we can see the end of the tunnel. Recently, we purchased a new building (14'W x 36'L - high wall with loft storage). I cannot even begin to tell you how excited this makes both Rick and I. What it means is that I get the entire Quonset Barn to myself for the horses (as we'd always hoped), he has a workshop, and we have a place to store things that have been crammed in the house! CLICK HERE to see some photos of the progress thus far. Now to continue planning for an indoor arena! I really wish the money fairy would stop by. I don't need anything too huge, a 62'W x 100'L would work! :)

Sunday, April 03, 2011

What a wonderful day!

I was a gorgeous day here today with temperatures in he 50'sF. The sun was shining, the wind was a bit much at times but all in all, a beautiful day. Being Sunday, I decided to take some time to rest and gear up for another long and busy week. It all started with sleeping in...yes, I finally slept in until 9am! I couldn't believe it really, I never sleep in but the dogs convinced me to stay in bed this morning. The unfortunate consequence of lots of exercise and probably staying in bed too long this morning was a stiff back. So, I took it easy in he morning and did a little yoga to stretch it out a bit.

By noon, I felt better and ventured outside and walked to the barn to see the horses. I groomed Lola and trimmed her hooves. She is such a nice horse, very sweet and very curious. However, she does have her moments and tries to rule what is going on. Just at the moment that I was thinking the trim was going well, easy, with little to no objections, she started acting up. Rather then feed into her negative energy, I relaxed myself, and remembered that it was not about me. I sat down, massaged the leg of the foot that she was fussing about and she calmed down, I could hear her take a deep breath and a big sigh, then I began working again. She is quite responsive when I ask her move from here to there but did balk a few time, once again, not feeding into the negative energy, I was able to diffuse the situation much faster that in the past. Overall, a good interaction. Afterwards, I played with all three of them, just running around and goofing off really. I need to trim Fosse and Whiskey but, two hours of time with Lola and the boys had passed and I needed to get back to the house.

After having my lunch, I relaxed in the rocking chair. My journal and computer on my lap, I fell asleep almost instantly, Rick kept watching me apparently and retrieved my computer, journal, and pen before they fell. He said I instantly fell asleep! So, he sent me upstairs to take a nap (something I never do). It was great, I woke up two hours later full of energy! So, I decided to take Morgan out for a run. Morgan and I headed towards town, Android in hand, and did walk/run intervals to Zumba music for 45 minutes.We've walk a song, run a song, walk a song, etc. It felt great, our first run of the season! I am much stronger this year and amazed at how fit I truly am. Had you told me last January, when this all started, that I'd this physically fit, much thinner, and happy, I'd have argued to the contrary. It has been hard work but well worth it. I plan to buy a pair of Reebok Run Tones in the next few weeks...I hear they are wonderful. I am running in Asics Nimbus 11's right now and love them! The Reeboks would jsut be in addition to them (thinking about the Nimbus 12's too).

At the Weight Watchers meeting this week, they talked about support networks and weight-loss buddies and such. Well, to me, Morgan is my greatest fitness partner! We have so much fun walking, running, and exploring. She makes working out fun and enjoyable. It is not to say that I don't like to workout without her but, it certainly is more fun with her! (I love exercise.) When we got back to my place, I visited with the horses again and fed them while Morgan was running around, especially in the round pen area--she loves the sand. Afterwards, we headed to the house. Morgan is really tired...she will sleep really well tonight! If you don't have a fitness buddy, consider getting one, a dog, another person your horse, etc. It makes it all so much more enjoyable (and you become even more accountable).

Saturday, April 02, 2011

The latest, greatest, just a little update!

Fosse - Winter 2011

Well, it has been a while since I've posted and I do apologize. I've been swamped at work and just hadn't any time! Just this past week, I was getting up at 4am most days, going to the gym for the typical elliptical/treadmill/weight machines workout (90min) or Zumba class (60min), then work all day, Zumba classs (60min) after work, and home (where I'd do more work that could be actually work related or home related). I started running again (just at the gym for now) and am looking forward to picking it up again with Morgan (my great Dane) now that the weather is improving. I am also really looking forward to getting back to the horses!

Annie and Morgan on Our First Walk - March 2011

Morgan - Winter 2011

I mean, we've done little things together but, frankly, it has been a long, cold winter and I didn't have much time outside with them (as you all probably already know). A horse friend of mine told me yesterday that I need to just suck it up and just go outside (not perhaps in those words). I understand her point but felt bad about the comment. It made me feel guilty, like I was a bad horse person or something.

Lola and Annie - Winter 2011

Well, I don't know, since living in Virginia, maybe I've become a wimp but, I just didn't have any inclination to spend time outside in the wind and cold nor do I believe the horses would have enjoyed it much--but then again, I am probably wrong, they live out there! Had I an indoor arena, I know I'd have been doing more because I'd have been out of the wind at least. The horses are thriving and doing very well despite the cold. I am hoping to get out tomorrow and trim hooves, groom, and maybe ride--depending on the condition of the footing of course.

Whiskey - Winter 2011

I've finished the 28-day Cambiati Detox/Cleanse and feel better than ever! I feel so happy all of the time, healthy, and focused. My mind is clear, my body is feeling strong and fit, and my soul is glowing! This program was life altering for me, I know, crazy, huh? I've discovered so much about myself, above and beyond anything related to food, and I believe I am healthier now more than ever, mind, body, and soul. I decided to do another 28-day course so I immediately restarted the program. I am even coaching others through it now, very rewarding indeed. Kind of a pay it forward activity I suppose. If any of you are interested, just let me know and I can send you more information. This morning was my weekly Weight Watchers meeting. I find that although I enjoy the meetings, my needs and knowledge of myself and of foods, toxins, physical exercise and such, may have outgrown the core of that program. What I mean is that WW is a great program but more superficial regarding foods and nutrition. I am really working on understanding wholefoods, raw foods, the body and the impact of foods, the environment, the psychological ramifications, and other factors that affect the human body. However, I am continuing to attend meetings and weigh-in weekly to have accountability and accurately track my weight on a professional scale. I am proud to share that today's weigh-in was another milestone. I've reached an all time high (or low, lol) of 70.4 pounds gone! I cannot believe it! And, I am finally feeling like I've made true progress. What I mean is, I can finally look in the mirror and acknowledge a change. It has taken a long time for my brain to catch up with the reality of my transformation, quite an interesting situation really.

I have more to go and will be at goal this year! I have had a great deal of support from all kinds of people. Just today, I received this email--it made me feel so good! "Hi Michelle! Just want to tell you how beautiful you looked this morning! You had a glow about you! Your skin looks amazing! I'm sure it is the healthy diet and the detox that you have been doing! Keep up the good work! You inspire me and I'm sure many others! Because of you, I want to have an amazing week! Thanks!" --(name omitted for privacy)

I cannot wait to ride the horses---they are going to be so happy to have a lighter partner! Well, I guess that is it for this brief update, just working hard at the University, exercising & eating right, gearing up for the horse season, and enjoying my life! I hope you all are doing well and feeling great!

Friday, April 01, 2011

Weekly Task Challenge: April Showers 4 Week Plan

If you don't know what to do, have little time, or just feeling stuck, try the weekly task as a way to at least do something with your horse! (It just may motivate you to do more!)

This month, rather than post challenges all month, I am posting a challenge this week that will take you the month to complete! For many of us, it is raining and the weather is less than supportive to our horse activities. This week, create a written plan of what you will be doing with your horse, despite the weather. Pick one area of concern for each of the next four weeks and create a plan. Each week, you should work no less than three times in the week on what you've determined as an area for improvement. At the week's end, review your plan and do a written evaluation of your progress. Share here what you did!