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Horse Industry Innovation

Posted by Lisa Derby Oden
Lisa Derby Oden
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on Friday, 28 August 2015
in Reflections & Serendipity

It's really interesting to see the ideas that people have to make things better for horses and humans in the industry. I've seen a few good examples lately and wanted to share them with you.

Saddle Fitting Simplified is in development stages and looks like a great next step in saddle fitting.

Here's a bridle that takes into account the nerves and pressure points on the horse's head.

Have you seen the new mesh show jackets? For years I wondered about the wisdom of being dressed from head to toe in black - black riding helmet, black wool jacket, tall black hunt boots - on the hottest days of the summer. Finally an alternative!

What is your favorite innovation in the industry? I'd love to hear about it and share it with everyone here too. Drop me an email that includes your favorite innovation, why, and name - I'll be sure to credit you for your contribution.

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A Little Fun, A Little Reflection

Posted by Lisa Derby Oden
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on Wednesday, 22 January 2014
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Happy New Year! As it turns out, 2014 is the Year of the Horse in the Chinese culture. And I was born in the Year of the Horse, so what does that mean? It’s fun to take a glimpse at your life through this lens and I am always curious to see what’s being projected for me along these lines. Susan Leavitt is an astrologer, tarot card reader and feng shui consultant and says this about 2014: “The Wood Horse year is a time of fast victories, unexpected adventure, and surprising romance. It is an excellent year for travel, and the more far away and off the beaten path the better. Energy is high and production is rewarded. Decisive action, not procrastination, brings victory. But you have to act fast in a Horse year. If you are not 100% secure about a decision, then don’t do it. Events move so quickly in a Horse year that you don’t want to gallop off in the wrong direction.”

Wow! Interesting especially since I wanted to focus this post around getting outside your comfort zone and finding something that you can be “all in” for. I was fortunate to have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in 2013. From Nov 26 to Dec 12, I was in Ethiopia, visiting my niece in the Peace Corps. Friends and colleagues said “Have fun!” as they would for any trip one might take. But thinking of going to a third world country inspired more feelings of adventure in me than the fun, rest, and relaxation as a typical vacation trip might. My comments in response also remarked on the fact that the trip would put me outside my comfort zone, and I hadn’t been there in awhile. I considered this a good thing. In reflection, there are many years in the past where I pushed the envelope, took chances (albeit calculated), and stretched myself regularly. I can see that the past couple of years I’ve been happy to enjoy status quo. And now that I can see that clearly, it’s time to find new ways to push myself, learn and grow.

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Our Kingdom Is The Horse

Posted by Lisa Derby Oden
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on Saturday, 12 January 2013
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Ahhhhhh…what is it about horses and women? Horses provide enrichment to our lives that nothing else can match. Yet, if our enchantment with these magnificent animals goes overboard, our passion can seemingly turn into a fatal attraction. Whether you are a rider or horse owner, you have probably faced the dilemma of how to fit horses into your life. If you work with horses as a career, you have probably tried to figure out more than once how to fit a life into your horses. The following strategies can help.

 

Sit down and make a list of what’s important to you. This includes work, family, friends, horses, hobbies, and community service or volunteer time. Maybe your list doesn’t have all these items on it, maybe it has more. You have now identified your priorities. Your priorities don’t need to be put in a particular order, just know what they are. Priorities are something we all learn to juggle. Picture them as a revolving wheel, or perhaps a merry-go-round. Any given day can bring new circumstances, so the merry-go-round pony you chose today may give way to choosing a new one tomorrow. What was most important today can cycle out as a new day dawns. Its not gone or thrown out, and it will cycle back. The merry-go-round doesn’t get lopsided if all the ponies get their ride.

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Golf, Horses and Beginner's Mind

Posted by Lisa Derby Oden
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on Saturday, 23 July 2011
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I was invited to play as part of a golf foursome earlier this week. I laughed and told my friend that I really wasn’t a golfer, that I’ve only played 3 times in my life, and that if I played I would be the comic relief for the day. I love miniature golf however, and in reflecting about this entire experience think I’ve finally discovered a commonality between golf, miniature golf and horses which I’ll tell you about in a moment.

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