Happy New Year!


I have not posted a blog in  quite a while! So, what is new?

In August 2011, I received  notice that I am officially a PATH International Registered Instructor. I had been working on the Articles of Incorporation and bylaws for a non-profit relating to therapeutic riding. My ultimate goal is to have 30-40 students, and to be able to provide services to students with the assistance of complete “scholarships” and subsidization for individuals who could not otherwise afford it. I am so amazed at the quality and scope of achievements that horseback riding provides to individuals with many types of disabilities.


I spent the end of October through mid-December working with a beautiful 10 year old little boy named Devin. We worked together 6 days a week for just over 3 weeks, and I can’t begin to describe the improvement I witnessed in his communication with the horse and his ability to hold himself upright and correct his position. I was so inspired when his parents told me that they saw an improvement in his core stability during the time that he was riding. I know I witnessed a lot of smiling and giggling! Unfortunately, due to the chilly Winter temperatures, we had to postpone further lessons until it begins to warm up outside.


I am so grateful to have the support of my amazing husband in pursuing something that I find such joy in. I love helping others, and I love working with horses. Being an instructor, I am able to beautifully blend both of my passions.


I have reserved the name “Helping Encourage Abilities in Riders through Therapeutic Horsemanship”, and intend to use the acronym “HEART Horsemanship” on all of our marketing materials. I am so excited and nervous about seeing this through and I hope that we are able to create a sustainable and successful non-profit.


I am also considering pursuing a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy. I love the amount of creativity and innovative freedoms that Occupational Therapists are allowed in their work. It would also translate well to my work as a therapeutic riding instructor!


I passed my riding exam (to become a therapeutic riding instructor) with my horse, Ace. Ace was one of the first challenges I met as a “farmer”. He was abandoned here by owners who could not afford him, but didn’t want to find him a new home. We finally had to take things up a notch and pursue foreclosing our agister’s lien. After the drama involved in that situation (which ended up involving 4 horses and 3 owners), Ace became ours. We contemplated selling him, and quite frankly, his ability to jump 5 feet sideways over a gust of wind scared me. Ace is a horse whose breeding has left him hot, spooky and just plain silly most days. I spent a lot of time working with my trainer, Dorothy, and I feel that Ace and I are becoming quite a team. I just can’t believe how much we’ve accomplished together, and while we have a very long way to go, I think we can accomplish much more!


I was unable to ride Delilah for the last 7-ish months because she had strained the tendons in her front right leg after a bad trim. I finally saddled up and rode her for the first time about 2 weeks ago. I need to get back on, but I guess that one of my huge downfalls as a horse farmer is that I am not fond of cold weather riding. Granted, I get out there and end up warming up because riding is a workout…


Anyhow, I will update with some photos and other “important” things that have been happening. I want to bring the blog completely current!


About Chelsea

Hostler extraordinaire! Wife of an unintentional "horse farmer". Never a dull moment on the farm! We are home to 16 beautiful horses, ranging from two "A" minis, to a nearly 17hh, but quite svelte Saddlebred. We also maintain a seasonal organic garden that we hope gets better each year! It started with 72 failed tomato seedlings two years ago - I promptly went to the store and bought 32 "started" plants. Oops - I didn't know better! We've transitioned between types and amounts of veggies in the garden - I still havn't found that magical balance, but it is hugely rewarding and fun experience! So far, my gardening faves include tomatoes, squash (any variety, really - although I especially enjoyed the "Patty Pan" or "Flying Saucer" variety), cucumbers, peppers and peas. We are blessed to count our group of boarders as dear friends and we all work together here like extended family. Their friendship makes our job much more enriching. We love being farmers and carrying on an American tradition! I hope you enjoy this autobiography documenting the evolution of a city girl-turned-farmer! I always thought it would be nice to have a small farm with room for a handful of horses, some chickens (for eggs) - and, this... this is a lot more than I had hoped for or could have anticipated being a part of. I didn't go to school to be a farmer, but, I'm learning as I go!

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