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Motivation from Moshi, by Jane Savoie

Set a high standard. That’s what Jane always says. Strive for excellence. It doesn’t matter if it is excellence in making the bed or writing a novel. Do it the very BEST that you can!

Why? Because it makes you feel good inside. You have no one to impress but yourself.

Self-esteem is earned. You enhance self-esteem when you’re proud of what you do.

Pick one task today and do it the very best that you can, whether it be cleaning the stalls, or washing a window, or practicing a leg yield. Do it with your full attention, and your intention of doing it with 100% of your effort and concentration.

Visualize the perfect result first, then act. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to achieve your goal.

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Motivation from Moshi, by Jane Savoie

Jane is right when she says Attitude is a Choice. Sometimes I choose to be cranky and not do what I know I should be doing. Other times I’m so into the joy of the work that I do my very best to please Jane and to please myself. Either way, it is my CHOICE.

Knowing that you choose your attitude, what do you choose for today? Do you want to be cranky? That’s okay. We all have days like that. But if you want to feel good, I suggest you decide to do just that. It’s not hard. Just decide and let the momentum of that decision carry you.

I hear your horse calling to you! Get going to the barn! You have some choices to make!

Love, Moshi

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Motivation from Moshi, by Jane Savoie

Today is your day! Take it! It is YOURS! Let’s do something with this day!

It’s easy to say, let’s wait until tomorrow. But that’s not going to get you anywhere. So let’s change that.

Today is it. Let’s set a few goals. One for today, one for this week, one for this month, and one for this year. Get a pen and piece of paper and write down four things.

What would you like to achieve today?
What would you like to achieve this week?
What would you like to achieve this month?
What would you like to achieve this year?

Be VERY specific.

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Motivation from Moshi, by Jane Savoie

Jane likes to talk about the power of attitude. As a horse, my attitudes are pretty stable, unless of course dinner is late. But attitude is something you really can control. You REALLY can! You just have to make a decision.

If you’re afraid or you’re a worrier, choose to think about things that make you happy instead. Just decide to change your focus to change your thoughts. You can do it! And you’ll see a big change in what you draw into your life.

Love, Moshi

From Indy:

The best thing about being a dog is that my life is all about JOY! I’m in the moment, living life to the fullest. I don’t think about the past or worry about the future. I am NOW!

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Motivation from Moshi 107, by Jane Savoie

When is someone old? There’s an idea out there that, for humans, “old” is fifteen years older than you are. For horses, it’s five years older. I’m fifteen, so “old” to me is twenty. To a fifteen year old human, 30 would seem old.

A long time ago people used to die of “old age” in their 40s. Back then, old people were honored as wise and knowledgeable. They were valued and revered. But mass media, especially movies and television, has overwhelmed and changed human culture. Youth has become the ideal. Unfortunately, youth is not something you can work toward; it’s something that you lose. And EVERYONE loses their youth, no matter how hard they try to hide it.

It’s easy to say that youth is a state of mind, but that’s tough to believe when your knees ache and your bones creak. And yes, some people age so beautifully and well, that age seems to only improve them like fine wine. But overall, people resent aging. And there is nothing quite as tragic and hopeless as regret for a youth gone by.

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Motivation from Moshi 106, by Jane Savoie

Happiness. What is that, exactly? Is it winning a blue ribbon? Is it winning the lottery? Is it falling in love? Or does it take some kind of magic formula to achieve?

Would you believe me if I told you that happiness is a habit? So is unhappiness. Of course, there are life events that can change your feeling state, but the overall quality of your life is formed much more by your habitual thinking patterns than by exterior life events. It’s those habits of thinking that drive your emotions and your actions. Those habitual thought patterns determine how you respond to the challenges.

When a challenge shows up in your life, do you complain about it? Or do you take a positive action to handle it? Do you have a plan? Do you have a support system in place? Do you trust that you’re capable of dealing with problems, or are you usually overwhelmed?

You can see how riding horses is a terrific metaphor for how you handle life, can’t you? You can stay stuck in a problem, quit altogether, or make a plan to move forward. It’s totally up to you.

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Motivation from Moshi 105, by Jane Savoie

My friend Maggie sent me a note this week. She said she appreciates my weekly motivations, but could I please address the issue of “momentum” as it relates to riding. Every time Maggie and her rider have a lapse in their riding schedule, they find it hard to get back in the training groove. As much as her person loves riding, she still finds it difficult to maintain the momentum of a regular schedule.

This happens to many people. Why is that?

Jane has a friend who used to be a police officer. Her friend once told her that one of the hardest things to learn as a cop is how to spend an entire day driving around with no particular destination. The area or district where she drove her patrol car was well defined, but unless an officer is directed to a call for help, she just drives around aimlessly for hours looking for something to do. A cop must always be ready for the possibility that she might run across something happening that needs her attention, but it can be an incredibly boring and unsatisfying way to spend an eight hour day.

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Motivation from Moshi 104, by Jane Savoie

Breathe. Take a deep, cleansing breath. Fill your lungs as deeply as you can. Now let it out slowly. Take at least twice as long to let the air out as you did taking it in. Repeat. In-out-in-out. Take your time.

How do you feel now? Can you feel your blood moving throughout your body? Do you feel a bit light-headed or dizzy? That’s normal. Your body will quickly adjust as your blood absorbs the abundance of life-giving oxygen.

I’ve noticed that people generally don’t breathe deeply enough or drink enough water. Those two things can change how a person feels both physically and mentally faster than anything else I know of. And they’re both free!

So, just for today, be conscious about your breathing and drink at least eight big glasses of water. Hydrating and oxygenating your body will give you energy, prevent headaches, improve your mood, and feed every cell of your body with the two things you need most.

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Motivation from Moshi 102, by Jane Savoie

Motivation is an interesting topic. I’m very motivated when food is involved. Just shake a can of pellets, and I’ll sing and dance for you! Okay, okay. I nicker and stomp. But you know what I mean.

If Jane corrects me, she always follows up by “retesting” me with the same question. The retest gives me the opportunity to be rewarded for doing things right. And that inspires me to do them right the next time. I guess you can say I’m motivated by reward.

If you know what motivates you, you can set yourself up for success. Think about whether you’re a “move away from pain” or a “move toward pleasure” kind of person. Pay attention to your choices. Then use that knowledge to plan the path to your next important goal.

I’m really motivated by carrots. If you’re coming over would you bring me some? I’ll sing and dance for you! Just watch your toes!

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Exercises to Help Pick Up the Correct Canter Lead, by Jane Savoie

Many riders have a hard time getting their horses to pick up the correct lead in one direction. There can be many reasons for your horse picking up the wrong lead.

Here are two exercises that can help you with this problem. The first exercise increases bend. The second exercise engages the strike-off leg.

Exercise #1 – Increase the Bend

You want to increase the bend because horses pick up whatever lead they’re bent and flexed toward.

  1. Gradually decrease the size of the circle by spiraling in. The pattern looks like the swirl on an all day sucker lollipop. As the circle gets smaller, the bend increases.
  2. Keep your inside leg on the girth, switch your weight to your outside seatbone, and leg yield back out to the larger circle with bend. Make sure your horse bends as much BEHIND your leg as he does in his neck.
  3. Do the spiral in/leg yield out exercise several times.
  4. When you feel him bending well, ask for the canter WHILE you’re still going sideways in the leg yield.

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