Wisdom of your Body

If it’s one thing I really love about my horse Hummer, it’s his clarity. There is no room for misunderstanding. When I ride Riverdance, Hummer often comes along and walks or trots next to us. During the last two trail rides, he stopped and stood still refusing to budge. Of course, I was a bit frustrated because I was looking forward to a longer ride. However, I turned around and headed back to the farm knowing he was trying to tell me something. Later I realized he was limping a bit, something that is not so obvious when I am riding Riverdance and not focused on Hummer. As a result, his only option was to stand still to get my attention that something was not right.

To make a long story short, he was clearly communicating where is limits were and that he would not go past them. Apparently, his arthritis was acting up, something that can happen in winter, but rarely in summer. That got me thinking about my own limits. In the past I often ignored what my body was telling me, I just pushed through and played down my tiredness or soreness. Thankfully, I have become more like my horses and listen and take action based on what my body needs.

How well do you listen to your bodily sensations and give it what it needs?

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