It’s In Your Own Mind
The best way to achieve a new pose in yoga is simply to believe that you can do it. The biggest barrier is always a mental one. Sure – it takes strength too, but that comes with time.
When a handstand starts to become part of a person’s practice, many like to start next to the wall. The wall stops you from going over and helps you gain confidence in your own abilities. There is nothing quite like the feeling of an inversion – even when the wall is there to keep you safe. But moving away from the wall and really believing in your own ability to balance and to sustain the pose is the closest thing to flying I have ever experienced. There is nothing more instantly liberating.
The biggest barrier to going barefoot is your own mind. You’ve experienced the gait of a horse who is foot sensitive and you don’t want to compromise the soundness of your horse or your own ride calendar. I know – I’ve been there. You’re concerned about bruising and horse hoof problems: you’re worried about all the work the barefoot riding and natural horse care entails. Well, it’s time for you to move away from the wall.
If you don’t believe you and your horse can do it, then you probably won’t ever find the right moment to do it. But if you are reading this you are thinking about doing it – one day – when the time is right.
I’m fascinated by the people around me who’ve decided to start using Easy Boots for horses in the last six months. The apprehension is massive in the weeks leading up to the big day. Just as I was, they are all just a little hesitant about the possible downfalls. Just like the fear of falling out of a handstand.
Steph Teeter riding in four Easyboot Gloves on Monday.
And then when they get out there with a set of boots on, the look of satisfaction and relief across their faces is wonderful. Just like that first sustained handstand without a wall: pure liberation.
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There are a lot of boot products out there to choose from - and the most important thing is to find the product that works for you and your horse. The simplest and most dependable product on the market today is the Easyboot Glove. But there are several options to choose from depending on your horse and activity. Once you’ve figured out the fit and you know how to put the boot on – it really is a dependable way to rack up hundreds of miles per boot.
When you find something that works – stick with it. And send the company feedback. It’s all about the customer: without your feedback from the trail, EasyCare can’t respond to your needs. So keep in touch – let them know what works and what doesn’t. And let me know when you move away from the wall: we can exchange stories.
I had a few great handstands today at yoga. But the best part of the day was out on the trail.
Easyboot Gloves are great for drinking out of, too.
Keep up the bootlegging!