Thursday, 28 June 2018

A Letter from my Sister

Here is a letter from my Sister! Because I promised and it warms my heart and maybe it will yours too.


Once upon a time there was a small person, and a big person, and 
they lived in a house with some other persons. The small person and the
 big person were the best of friends. It was like the smallness made up for the
 bigness and the bigness made up for the smallness, and in that way they both 
had everything. But, as seems to be the way of the world, sometimes the big
 person and the small person had to be apart. This made the big person and the 
small person sad, because a part of them was missing. But wherever they
 were, the big person thought of the small person, and the small person thought 
of the big person, so it wasn't like they were totally gone. 

One day, when the small person had to leave the big person, the big person wrote
 the small person a letter, because the big person wanted the small person to know
 that distance could never come between them because they were joined at heart.  
And this is the letter and you are my small person and nothing can stop me loving 
you always. xxx

And likewise (big) Person, nothing will stop me loving you always. You are Beautiful! 

Thursday, 14 June 2018

It's Going To Be Beautiful In the End

On our holiday a few months ago we had the privilege of staying in an opal mining town, Coober Pedy. We got to camp underground and have a tour of an old section of a mine. The guide explained how the whole opal mining process works, from bare ground to when you perchance find opal and likely it's potch (93% chance).

So now you are wondering what is the difference between opal and potch. Well, these two things are made from the exact same substances. Potch is dull, uncolourful and not very valuable. Opal, on the other hand, is extremely beautiful and expensive.

The only difference between opal and potch is the circumstances in which they're formed.
Opal is formed only under constant pressure in the earth. If the pressure changes you're left with non-precious potch.

So, if you feel like you're under so much pressure right now, know that the end will be beautiful!





Friday, 18 May 2018

Our 2nd Aniversary


Today is Me and Mavericks 2nd anniversary! It's a short-long kind of two years. We've had a lot of ups and downs, forwards and backwards. But hey we've made some progress. :) And on top of that, I have learnt so much! And on top of the top of that, our bond is stronger and our love deeper!!!  ๐Ÿ’—

The truck that brought the beast. 
Sooo hungry.  

"Wow! Is this real? This is my horse!!!"

Last nights hugs before going to bed to dream!
I don't know what to say and how to describe myself. But I've found some other people's wisdom that expresses a tiny part of my thoughts. 
How did this get so accurate?  But at the end of the day, it is the journey that counts, so why not make it longer? 


There have been times I've been disappointed in my horse but as soon as I change myself, the problem disappears.


I've had some criticism about what I've done with my horse but I'm so glad I didn't let that influence my decisions.  This quote encourages me.

For You Marv

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This is my favourite!!!
(All quotes sourced from Pinterest.)
P.s It was also my 1st blog anniversary on the 6th but I didn't even realise! 

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

My Favorite 5 Horse Trainers



I've been wanting to post more about horses and bring out the whole name and idea of my blog like ever since I started it. But funnily enough, I find horses one of the hardest things to write about. I think it is because I have the most thoughts on the subject and find it hard to limit and order them. But I'm going to try harder...so you can expect to see more posts on horses coming up! :) Anyway here are my favorite horse trainers and why.

1. Jesus (See the Bible)
Of course, we know Jesus is perfect at everything but I'm still pretty blown away by this story of him and a horse.
Mark 11:2  And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.
4  And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him.
7  And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.

This really must have been a miracle! The colt had never been ridden, suddenly strangers come, take it from it's home and throw garments on it. Next, Jesus gets on it and as the story goes on people sang and shouted waving palm branches. When you think about it that is a lot for even a trained horse to deal with. Jesus knows the most about horses because He made them. So He is the very best source for training advice. I have found prayer to be a great help to me when working with my horse. It keeps me calm and reminds me that it is God's horse I'm working with.

2. Mark Rashid. (www.markrashid.com)
I've read 3 books by author and trainer Mark Rashid. I've found his ideas so simple and profound. He is unwilling to fight with a horse at any time but looks for clear ways to communicate. The books have helped me see horses and people too in a different and clearer light. He never puts other trainers down but says it is simply about what results you want to get.

3. John Chatterton (johnchatterton.com.au)
I have had a training session with John, read his book and watched one of his DVDs as well. His focus to not dominate the horse and teach it where is comfortable is beautiful and effective. He builds a great groundwork platform from which saddle work flows on naturally.

4. Lauren Woodbridge. (Black Pearl Horses)
Lauren is my riding teacher and employer, and I'm her fan. She is kind and patient with horses, especially wild ones. She loves knowing the science behind everything and how the horse's brain works. She readily embracing new information that aids and simplifies the training process for the horse.

5. Carlos Tabernaberri (www.whisperingacres.com.au)
I learned about Carlos in his articles in Horsewyse Magazine. The tips and tricks he shared there were helpful and made sense. He seems to keep things simple. Also, I gathered from the articles that He believes in God and that was a great encouragement to me.
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Monday, 26 March 2018

Afternoon Ride

I don't seem to get around to posting much about Maverick. So this afternoon when I rode I took some pictures to share with you! I'm sorry they are only phone quality.

Haltered and brushed. 

Tacked up ready to go. 


We went out into the paddock and trotted around. I have to work on getting him to really trot out. It is only really now that my seat and rising trot are good enough for a decent sized trot. So because for the last while I have only been doing short stints of slow trotting he thinks that is all he has to do. He got some rhythm going today though which was great. 

 I didn't ride for that long because it was pretty windy. But I feel like we made progress, especially because he had a holiday and I've only just been riding him again.
Here is an interesting selfie to leave you with. (And in case you aren't sure, yes I am on the ground.)

Monday, 19 March 2018

Book Review: Walk Like a Warrior

Title: Walk Like A Warrior: Inspiring True Stories of God's Encouragement on the Trail Less-Traveled.
Author: Shara Bueler-Repka
Facts: 112 pages. Seems only available as an e-book.
Pros: I enjoyed this book because of its passionate Christian horsey adventures. The author shares of her and her husband's experiences while on the road in horse ministry as well some miracles from her younger days. Each chapter starts with a Bible verse, tells a story and ends with some lessons, making it like a devotional. The chapters are short or divided into subsections. It also has pictures of beautiful nature throughout. The writing style is good, a bit more casual without being ungrammatical and hard to read.  I think as a whole the book keeps getting better as it goes along.

Cons: To start with I thought it was strange because it wasn't talking of horses. Then I realized it was just the first section on general ministry. A couple of stories  had very few details (obviously for privacy reasons) which was hard to relate to, dry and I feel would have been better left out. On the other hand some stories had so many dates and events it was confusing. Also the layout looks a little home done. But these few things can be dealt with and wouldn't discourage me from re-reading the book.

Overall it was very enjoyable. It tells of so many miracles and answered prayers which help to strengthen your faith. The stories beautifully reflect the title; there are battles to fight and we each need to walk like warriors in God's strength.


Monday, 12 March 2018

A Tag

So Liberty, Beth and Lexah tagged me for the Liebster Award which was really nice. (Thanks heaps, everyone :) Here are my answers to the questions.

Liberty's questions:

1. What would you prefer snow or rain?
Snow. We don't get snow where we live so it is still a fun thought. 
2.Would you be able to live without technology for a whole week?
Yes. I'd just spend more time outside and probably read a few good books. 
3. Do you like cowboys?
Yeah, a bit less than cowgirls. 
4. Who is your favorite singer?
I don't really listen to many singers. I like most of Willow City's music.
5. If you could live anywhere where would you live?
This might sound way too original, but just here in our area on a farm somewhere. 
6. Hot or cold weather?
Cold weather.
7. Do you like cats?
I don't mind them, if they're friendly but not like jumping all over you kind of friendly. 
8. Do you have a dog or puppy?
No, I don't. If I were to get one I wouldn't go for a puppy because they've got crazy amounts of energy and ability to destroy stuff. 
9. What is the weather like today?
Sunny, still and just nice. 
10. What did you do when you first woke up today?
Umm. Rolled over in bed a lot of times and then got up to say goodbye to all the work-going family.  
11. How many siblings do you have? 
Two. A sister and brother! 

Beth's Questions:


1. When is your Birthday?
November! 
2. How many kids do you want to have when you get married? 
At least four but the more the merrier. I'll wait for God's plan because it is best. 
3. What is your favorite sport if you have a favorite!?
Horse riding! It is a sport. 
4. Would you rather be a beautiful horse or a small white rabbit? 
This is so hard because I love rabbits too. But because you said a white rabbit I'll be a horse. 
Hey, look at the rabbit I had. (random, I know but wasn't he cute!)


5. What is your favorite state? 
New South Wales, Australia! 
6. What is your favorite food? 
Just any food is great. I like pasta in what ever shape, lasagna, spaghetti etc. 
7. Do you like dogs?
Yeah. Most of them not all. 
8. Do you have a pet?
Yes, my horse and 2 sheep.
9. What is one your favorite places to go?
Grandma and Granddad's place! 
10. Do you want to go to college when you grow up?
No. At least not at the moment.
11. Do you wear any makeup?
No. 

Lexah's questions:

1. What did you do before writing this post?
Had breakfast.
2. What is your favorite game to play?

Squatter, an Australian farming game.
3. What book of the Bible are you reading?

Jeremiah.
4. What is your favorite thing to do in the spring?

Ride my horse...all year round favorite.
5. Do you like Brussel sprouts?

This is a great question. No, I don't.
6. What is your funniest memory of when you were younger?

I am still young. ;) I don't really know. Sorry to be so lame.
7. What is your favorite summer beverage?

Fruit juice.
8. Which do you like best: Pork, Beef, Venison or Chicken?

I'm vegan so none.
9. What's the farthest you've ever been from home?

Not sure if you're meaning solo or just location. But location probably 14 hours away in Queensland.
10. Ice Cream or Cookies?

Ice cream. Or maybe both.
11. What's the nicest thing you've heard all day?

Hmm. Everyone saying good morning. 


Now due to being tagged 3 times I'm not going to write 11 facts. Also I'm not going to tag anyone because most of you have already done this. If you haven't been tagged(Apples of Gold and Showers of Blessing?) please join the fun! Here are some questions for you to answer, put it with 11 facts about you and tag some others! 

11 Favorites for you to answer.
1. Favorite pajamas?
2. Favorite Bible story and why?
3. Favorite room of the house?
4. Favorite hair style?
5. Favorite farm animal?
6. Favorite character trait?
7. Favorite place outside?
8. Favorite post on your blog(most viewed)?
9. Favorite quote?
10. Favorite recent photo?
11. Favorite thing about your Mum? 


Until next time, 
Rachel