The Grayt Adventure - Holly Grayton's Blog

In my life I am all-consumed with horses: reading about them, watching videos, what exercises we are going to work on etc... but more and more I find myself growing and learning through my experiences with them. And so here it will be, my everyday meanderings about life through horses and sport.

Enjoy:)

A little New Year inspiration

Take a breath first. It’s ok to make a mistake. Let your horse be a horse sometimes. Hold your ground only when you know for sure you will be triumphant. Don’t get on if you don’t have the time it takes to be patient. Be humble. Remember why you are doing this. Appreciate the small changes. Keep dreaming for the big ones. Have an idea of the big picture. Let yourself be free. This doesn’t define you.

Goals?

So this is the time of year that I drive my family crazy talking about goals for next year and accomplishments from the last year etc… anyway today I was talking today with Alex about goals in reference to a person we know and how they say they are scared to make goals for fear of not accomplishing them…and maybe fear of saying you want something that seems unattainable. I’ve read some contradicting articles: don’t tell people your goals because then its out there to haunt you. Also things like don’t tell people your goals because they might be jealous or insecure with your dreaming and then hold it against you…I had never thought of that one before or do tell everyone that will listen you g

Life is hard sometimes

Sometimes life is hard… if for no better reason than it just is. I had one of those days today - couldn’t win for trying, as they say. Nothing tragic, just seemed like I ran into road blocks at every intersection. I almost went down that road of “woe is me”, but then I thought, “to hell with that” some days life is just hard and it’s not a big life lesson. It just is what it is. But I wanted to! I wanted to break it down and figure out why I deserved to have a sh***y day, and why I’m stuck with a shoulder that sucks, and why my horse didn’t want to try hard, and why I slipped on the ice, why staff can’t show up… blah blah Some days just aren’t easy, that’s the long and short of it. And on th

What is the most important quality in a horse?

We will all answer a bit differently based on our past experiences. A while back when I was searching for a new horse I found myself asking that question. I was coming up with words like ‘brave’, ‘honest’ – things like that, that would make me feel safe. What surprised me was when I asked Alex (my husband) what he thought was most important to me from his view. He said, “A horse that tries hard for you means everything. If you come out of the ring with 12 faults but feel like they tried, you’re always happy.” An interesting perspective I thought. I know for my husband it’s a horse that believes in him and trusts him to lead them. If he feels like the horse believes in him and will try anythi

Soul Mate vs Partner

As some of you may know I lost my horse Brio in October. He was my first horse of my very own, and it was definitely a sad day. But anybody who remembers me and Brio would also remember that we had a bit of an up and down time together in the show ring (to be honest maybe a bit more down than up). He went on to have many more years and an amazing career after me teaching his ladies how to ride, and he competed with countless people after me at varying levels with a lot more consistent success. Recently I heard a podcast with Elizabeth Gilbert (author of ‘Eat, Pray Love’) in which she talks about the difference between a soul mate (the one we think we are all trying to meet) and a partner, an

Good Friends Aplenty

Out for dinner I was asked ‘How to do you define a good friend?’ How do you know which of your friends are good friends? How many good friends do you have? How many do you want? Tough one… My husband says some people are plates and some people are bowls. He is referring to how deep they are! Haha get it? Deep? Lol. Anyway he is always telling me not to expect from some friends what others easily offer, and by that he means some people are there for a good time and some people are there to lean on. So I was starting my definition by looking at the relationships that I have in my life and figuring out what I value from all of them. Here’s what I’ve got so far: - Someone that is supportive and

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