Time well spent
The quality of time you put into your horse always comes back to help your relationship 10 fold. If your time spent with your equine has a productive outcome, then it doesn't need to be hours upon hours every day, 10 productive minutes will net you way more in the long run than 2 frustrating hours. I always encourage people to leave their emotional baggage at home when working with horses, they don't deserve to feel the frustration you experienced in traffic on your way home. As a busy working mom, I understand the complexity of completely detaching your negative emotions, especially when you are on a time constraint. Enter bodywork...
It's amazing the release of negative energy that people experience when their hands are even rested on a horse without any movement at all. The heat and electrical transfer from human to animal is effortless and always present. When positive contact is made, endorphins are released for both human and animal that help lower blood, relieve stress, and form a closer bond. So 10 minutes of applying your hands to your horse can be much more beneficial to you and your horse than a rushed ride!
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Paula Stirewalt is a Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist and has 25+ years in the horse industry