For years, I wanted to work with horses, but it's hard earning decent money as a stable worker, groom or rider for the young horses. Aside from that, the work is hard, the hours harsh and the pay is horrible. Despite all those negatives, I've done it all – loved it, hated it, quit the job, started again – then moved onto something else.
In 2015, I had no longer any interest in becoming a professional showjumper, groom – show, home or otherwise; and definitely didn't want to be breaking any limbs riding other people's horses for small change. But I was unhappy in my non-horse job. It was a struggle getting out of bed every morning, moping and whining myself through the day until I was free to go to the barn to saddle up my horse and just... be.
So I wanted back in, but had reservations about going back. Hard work, harsh hours, I did mention horrible pay? Yeah, you're right. I did.
And then a new opportunity presented itself; and I just went from there. I spent 18 months becoming an equine acupressure therapist, combining studies with a fulltime job and four horses. I was studying acupoints while working, listing traits and symptoms while riding and starting to put every single detail of my life in this new Eastern philosophy I was being taught. Well, it paid off, didn't it? I graduated in June 2016, but my journey had just begun...
Because I was hungry for more.
I had discovered this passion, this mission of helping horses and owners... But I felt I lacked something; more skills? More knowledge? I didn't know, but I was willing to find out. So I continued to study – am still educating myself 'till this present day because there's always something new to learn... Right now, it's equine bodywork – combining that with aromatherapy (more to come on that topic soon!)
But I guess that's the main point of this post... Once you find your passion, you're always hungry for more. For me, it's been using massage therapy to make horses of any age, discipline or competing level, feel better; maybe find that one thing someone else overlooked but is keeping the horse from performing at its very best. This passion has given me so many new insights in training, behaviour, etc. And I don't think I could be more grateful for this opportunity.
What about you? What is your passion? What keeps you hungry for more?
Questions, thoughts and comments are encouraged and greatly appreciated!