Romancing the Hoof :))

“Let’s be honest! Things change . . . as we age.”  DawnHoof

HoofCare. Farriery. Working with Horses. Reflections on Aging!

In my younger years, Horse and Hoof work was my burning passion. My craving. Focusing all my attention on overcoming the obstacles to learning, building my strength, mastering my skill-set — leading to great joy and satisfaction :))

As I age, though, I’ve noticed these tasks can take on a negative tone. Not because I don’t like them — I still love horses, or I would never have made them my profession.

And I still love what I do.

But over the decades, my body grows weary. (I’m now in my 30th-farrier-year!)

A big shoe-job or long work day sounds daunting — and calls up images of overexertion and pain.

Thumbelina hoof

Yet, being a good professional, I trudge on . . . Injuries. Arthritis. Pulled muscles. Sprains. Broken bones. No matter, keep going!

Every horseman or horsewoman experiences these — we can’t let such trifles stop us! (Not us, we’re tough!)

Yet, if we continue into our Golden Years with a Career with Horses, we need a fresh, more whimsical attitude and approach to overcome the physical and mental blocks that restrict us.

Working slower, smarter, and happier than before.

Frilly Horse

Enter: Romancing The Hoof!

“What if I shift my perspective from going to work — to going to love?”  DawnHoof

So, in searching to motivate myself a few months back, I wondered:

  • How can I change what I think about my work, and the way I go about things?
  • Can I transform my physically challenging Horse and Hoof work from feeling like drudgery — to light, easy and fun, like when I was younger???
  • Can I shift my attitude from work to love?
  • Like in a romantic relationship, how can I fall deeper in love again?
The Jetsons

Are we having fun yet?

Solutions —

So I asked myself, What if I were to . . .

  • “Romance” the horse, the hoof, the whole situation. (Like the movie, Romancing the Stone — lyrics and Youtube link below to the song, by Eddie Grant.)
  • Prioritize the time I spend working to see the best in every hoof, every horse.
  • Treat my work like I’m going out on a date :))

Think:

flirt
woo
court
schmooze
good vibrations :))

rainbow hoof, Hawaii

  • See the horse, and my work, with new eyes.
  • Know that right now, this horse is the most important “person” in my life.

Think:

heartthrob
beloved
cherish
partner
darling

Naje with Leaf Shadows

  • Spend a little more time greeting, connecting — not just asking for a foot, and starting in.
  • (I’ve always done a rendition of this, but I decided I could go deeper, and up my game.)

Strategies for Deeper Horse Connections:

slow down
really connect
open my body and heart
feel our breathing sync . . .
feel the horse relax
:)) have fun!!!

Carousel Horses

  • Treat the horse in the same way I want my sweetheart to spend a little more time, pay a little more attentionto me, during our special time together :))

Think:

affinity
simpatico
lover
sweetheart
companion

Aria with Light Orbs

Mental Upgrade

  • This requires ditching the old connotation of work, sweat, effort.
  • Erasing images of struggle, suffering, exhaustion.
  • Overcoming feelings like strenuous, difficult, hard.

Think:

harmonious
mutual
compassion
understanding
affection

Carousel Horses

  • Anticipate the same feelings as if I were going to meet my own true-horse-love.
  • (For in a sense, every horse I work with, I serve, is my own horse during those moments — for we are expressing and creating our own relationship, together.)
  • And like with my horses, I can make our relationship a good one! A closer one :))

Think:

intimate
synchronized
candid
exuberant
invigorating

  • Offer bits of treats and spend extra moments connecting throughout the trim or shoe job.
  • Look for relaxed horse body-language signals — licks, breath, lowered head, soft eye — (indicating that the horse has let me into her heart space as one of the herd :))
  • Treat each horse as if she were my deepest love, giving extra “thank you’s” between hooves — rubbing, stroking, cooing, breathing — connecting.

Lad in Light

It works :))

I’m happy to report, Romancing the Hoof has worked for the horses, their humans, and me!

  • I’m happier and more refreshed with my work :))
  • As the majority of horses I work on improve in comfort, hoof form, and behavior the longer I’ve worked with them, I’m getting even better client reviews now from my upgraded strategies and attitude shift.
  • I’m actually looking forward to a big day of work, rather than dreading it :))

Dancing Horse

  • I’m more relaxed, too.
  • And I’m having more fun :))

Children's Horse Art

Hurray!

The little-horse-girl in me is smiling again :))

“Romancing the Hoof and the Horse, make the whole experience of work so much more fun” :))   DawnHoof

Who said an old Farrier can’t learn a new trick?

So if you find yourself in a farrier funk, brainstorm the little ways you, too, can begin to Romance the Hoof :))

Dillingham Sunset

Life is a Journey

Lyrics: Romancing the Stone

Artist: Eddy Grant (Album: Going for Broke)

I’m romancing the stone
Never leaving your poor heart alone
Every night and every day
Gonna love the hurting away

I’m romancing the stone
Never leaving your poor heart alone
Every night and every day
Gonna love the heartache away

Tonight, tonight I’m falling where the peaceful waters flow
Where the unicorn’s the last one at the water hole
I have found a love so precious like an emerald so bold
It’s a firelight escaping from the jeweller’s hold

I’m romancing the stone
Never leaving your poor heart alone
Every night and every day
Gonna love the hurting away

I’m romancing the stone
Never leaving your poor heart alone
Every night and every day
Gonna love the heartache away

Oh and in the heat of rapture when I feel the cold winds blow
Through the broken glass I’ll see at last the sweet desire in you
I will climb up on my pulpit and I’ll preach a sermon you
On the mountain roads in Harlem feel my jeweller’s hold

I’m romancing the stone
Never leaving your poor heart alone
Every night and every day
Gonna love the hurting away

I’m romancing the stone
Never leaving your poor heart alone
Every night and every day
Gonna love the heartache away

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Fall Glory

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Copyright 2020

Photos: Dawn Jenkins; Jetsons photo: Hanna-Barbera

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Please also visit my Life Blog, Journal of Dawn ,

for Strategies and Insights into the

Journey of Life

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View from McGill trail

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4 Comments

June 15, 2020 · 5:13 pm

4 responses to “Romancing the Hoof :))

  1. Just relax into an easier schedule and enjoy it. Sending you comfort and love.

  2. Love is the key to everything. Connection and relationship refresh. Yay.

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