For over ten years I visited a place, in which I spent arduous hours working on myself. My objective was to create the perfect body; to be applauded for my efforts by a team of judges while in competition.
It took losing for me to realize I was on a path going nowhere, like the hamster on the treadmill, tirelessly spinning without a destination.
After giving up body building, my orientation of what I considered to be my sanctuary or place of worship changed. I went from indoors to outdoors. My focus of shaping the body switched to honoring the spirit. I went from partnering with inanimate objects; weights, to collaborating with sentient beings; horses.
Engaging Diva in a dance. Photo Jana Pesek
The years I spent practicing body building were not all for nothing. The experience of being committed, focused and consistent showed I can achieve the impossible. Now I utilize these qualities in my current work with the horses. The most gratifying aspect of my work is supporting others in integrating horses into their lives, either recreationally or professionally.
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Working out at Golds Gym in Venice
How did I do this? Not growing up with horses I never imagined myself living with these magical creatures and creating an equine business. It took a spiritual crisis for me to crack. Heavily armored, with years of developing a strong muscular body it was necessary for me to reach rock bottom before I could change; to follow my heart instead of my will.
Rest point on top of the mountain with Pretty Boy, Jackie and a student. Photo Sara Fancy