On a personal note…

My blogs are written to help horse owners and horse enthusiasts better understand their horse. This blog is about how I’ve been surviving this crazy time to be alive.

I used to be a waitress and bartender in order to make reliable income while I was building my horse training business. Once I was training horse’s full time I had a savings and turned to rescuing horses and pouring my savings into saving these “lost souls”. I never went looking for these horses they found me through friends, clients, followers and family. I never asked for donations, I took them on knowing I could afford what they needed to get back to health and sanity. I loved rehabbing horse’s and training helped fund their care. Now, life has changed dramatically but I’m prepared. I have stepped back from training full time and downsized over two years to live a more normal and stress free lifestyle. Training is fun but I needed a break to enjoy my own horse’s and rebuild myself to head in a more permanent direction. I’ve always rented horse facilities but now I wanted to own my own. In order to do so I had to step back, simplify, go back to school to learn a new trade that I can do in order to build up financial security and then purchase my ranch. Good things come to those who work for it, sometimes it takes a couple years to rebuild in the right direction but it’s worth it!

That all being said, I’m going to school to be a truck driver, I’ve been training and selling horses in order to pay my bills and for school. I moved from my facility I had for two years paying $2200 a month in rent, bought a 2017 travel trailer to live in and moved back to the family ranch. I just sold the last horse I had in training and now going to school full time. Things are moving in the right direction so I can’t complain. Sometimes stepping back is the best way to prepare for the leap forward.

During these times try to not worry or stress over what’s going on around you and control what directly effects you and take control. You control your future. Pick up a new trade, downsize and simplify in order to live more within your means then rebuild when life isn’t so hectic. roll with the punches and find ways to survive. Use these times to reinvent who you are. You can always change for the better!

Those of you who have horses but can’t find the time lately to enjoy them like you did last year due to parks closing and restrictions on shows and county fairs, just visiting them and grooming makes a big difference. They enjoy your company and time and you have a place to find peace and with horse’s for some reason the world stops when you’re with them. Have you ever noticed that? If you’re stressed out, turn off your phone and just enjoy your horse even if you can’t ride. That’s how I cope lately. Good luck friends I hope you all are living well and “this too shall pass”.

Published by Jillian

I specialize in problem horses, youngsters, horse rehabilitation and achieving softness and a better relationship between horse and their rider. I not only train horses but humans as well. Not your typical riding lesson but I can, if you so choose, teach you to train your horse! I’m always available to help answer questions or share photos or videos upon request to better illustrate my advice. I’ve mastered the “don’t break the bank” way of keeping your horse healthy and cared for while on a budget. If you walk into almost any large barn in Oregon you’re bound to meet a horse I trained or sold! I’ve trained over 623 horses and counting! I post updates as I receive them from clients and buyers. Thank you for taking the time to browse and hopefully learn something new!

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