My dreams of doing something in the horse world started very young and after seeing National Velvet for the first time I wanted to jump horses in competition. Elizabeth Taylor made it look so glamorous and all I needed was a horse like the Pie and he would take me all the way to the top. Sound familiar? I believe many young girls have had those same dreams.
As I started hanging out with other kids, I joined 4H and starting showing my horse. My dreams of jumping left and now I was riding western and going to horse shows. I never did very good but I had fun and I was proud of my horse even though he couldn't compete with the really nice horses in the show ring. As I got a little older I became involved in barrel racing. I loved the world of it and of course the speed. My horse was not fast at all (in fact he was extremely slow!) but it was fun. With the world of barrel racing came rodeo and as I became a little older I decided I wanted to make a living doing rodeo and barrels. Other girls I knew were doing it and of course there would be cowboys at every rodeo! I was hooked.
As time went on I changed my dream again to trainer. I thought for a short time I could be a horse trainer and would give it a try. I had one experience with helping someone work with a horse that was very nervous and would spook at everything. I spent the afternoon working with this horse and realized very fast that I was not a trainer and I didn't know what I was doing. After I graduated high school I was still involved in the rodeo scene for a while and even pondered the idea of going to college to become and equine veterinarian.
Fast forward many years and my life with horses is much different then I had ever envisioned. Over the last ten years my husband and I have boarded horses in Wisconsin and I have to say it has been quite the journey. We built our business from nothing but empty farmland and a dream. It is not glamorous like the dreams I had when I was young. In fact most of the time I get pretty dirty from mucking stalls and doing the daily chores of feeding and taking care of forty horses. I sometimes look at myself and wonder how I managed to get so dirty during the course of the day. I often think of my friends back in LA and wonder what they would think if they saw my life here in Wisconsin and how non-glamorous it really is. I laugh every once in a while at how I used to wear high heels all the time and now my clothing consist of work boots and fleeced lined jeans all winter.
Even with all that I think I have the best job in the world. It is not the job I dreamed of as a child or teenager but it is the job that God had planned for me. I still am involved in much of the horse world in different ways but I am truly at home here on the farm. This job has allowed me to write books now which I truly enjoy and I have met the most incredible people through boarding horses and my new business Pro Barn Management.
My dream now is to help others get their horse business off on a strong foundation and help them make their business all that it can be. I have to say that I am having so much fun meeting so many new people from all over the United States and sharing with them my journey and helping them along on theirs.
We all have dreams of what we want to do with our life and sometimes those dreams go in a completely different direction than what we planned. If you are open to what life has instore for you then watch out because anything can happen and sometimes they are even better than you could have imagined. I am so thankful that I never stopped dreaming.
If you are new to my blog, then welcome! If you are just starting out in your planning stages of your horse business or need some help now that you are in it, I would love to encourage you to check out my two books. My first one, "What it really takes to start and run a horse business" is my families journey of starting our horse boarding business and about learning from our mistakes especially during the first couple of years. My second book, "The total horse barn management makeover," is about the relationship between the barn owner/barn manager and client and how to resolve the issues that will come up when you are running a horse business of any kind. These books will take you deep inside the business world and will inspire and give you the tools to get through those tough days and situations. You won't find more honest books out there about running a horse business.
I wish you the very best in your horse endeavors,