Morning Feed: Monday, February 27

Top of the morning to ya, Horse Nation! Hope you didn’t stay up too late watching War Horse not win any awards. That’s OK, though. I’m just glad “Man or Muppet” won Best Song.

Gah, so good. Now I’m going to have that song stuck in my head all day.

Have I ever mentioned I’m a little obsessed with Muppets? Prolly not, no, I guess that’s probably never come up.

I think all horse people could benefit from having a little bit more Muppet in their lives. It’s not easy being equestrians–we’re constantly dealing with the highs and lows of being in a serious relationship with something as predictably unpredictable as a horse. As Cantus Fraggle once put it, “There are no rules, and those are the rules.”

So you’ve got to go into it with the right attitude. And as bonkers as they are (admit it: you’re probably not the sanest person you know, either), Muppets always have the right attitude.

When it’s impossible to know what’s coming next–good or bad, breakthrough or setback–all you can do is appreciate the moment you’re in.

One of my favorite stories we have on the roster for today is an “As the Hotwalker Turns” column from HN contributor Katy Groesbeck. Katy and her horse are preparing to move up to advanced at their next event, and understandably, Katy’s been going a little crazy lately. But when she finally allowed herself to step back, take a deep breath and appreciate the present, it made all the difference in the world.

I’ll leave you with some wise words from Kermit:

“I really do believe that all of you are at the beginning of a wonderful journey. As you start traveling down that road of life, remember this: There are never enough comfort stops. The places you’re going to are never on the map. And once you get that map out, you won’t be able to refold it no matter how smart you are.

So forget the map, roll down the windows, and whenever you can, pull over and have a picnic with a pig. And if you can help it, never fly as cargo.”

Go Riding.

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