Rest: the under estimated part of the work cycle-mental and physical

Too many people underestimate the importance of the rest cycle.Rest when you're weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit.

A rest cycle exists not only in the physical part of training but also in the mental part as well.

Physically, rest allows the body to heal and recover.

Mentally, rest increases productivity, renews attention, increases memory and increases creativity.

Spiritually, rest allows us to rediscover our identity and a sense of mission.

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Many people struggle to find enough time to fit riding in with the rest of life…but maybe we are over thinking this. Work is good, but rest is important too and if you find yourself renewed and refreshed by spending time with your horse, even if it is something as simple as a good grooming session…maybe that will have a greater impact on the two of you than you might imagine.



  1. mel on September 2, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Yes, for sure! and Carolyn Resnick would agree :^)

  2. Nikki B on September 1, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I find picking up poop very therapeutic, my non horsey friends think I’m nuts and hate the smell but horse poop doesn’t smell bad to me at all, it just reminds me of my beloved horses 🙂

  3. firnhyde on September 1, 2014 at 9:35 am

    So true! Horses are my career, and even though I love them, I only ride six days out of every seven. On the seventh day – usually Sunday – I just feed them and sit watching them or scratch their ears and tell them they’re loved. That’s my therapy.

  4. johanna on September 1, 2014 at 3:30 am

    this was a great reminder–so true–
    so applicable to ANY life and work.

  5. Selene E. Grace on September 1, 2014 at 2:46 am

    I sometimes feel guilty for not riding as much as I should, (fulltime job, last semester nursing school, and my live was pleasantly crazy before I added school). Yet I know in my heart my 3 horses are very well taken care of and riding them is the least of their and my needs. They have saved me many times over the past 3 years from myself, and gotten me out of depression even for just a couple of hours a day. They depend on me at least two times a day for water, food, and nurture. I won’t ever let them down.

  6. Anna Thompson on September 1, 2014 at 1:05 am

    My horses are my daily therapy session. I have a demanding job and a teenager at home. Many days all I have time for is to turn them out for a bit while I clean their stalls. But often it’s the best part of the day!!!! There is always a hug from Rook, a backrub from Strider while he scratches his face on my back, a snuffly kiss from Louie who loves it when I blow air into his nostrils. It makes me take a deep breath and spend some time in the moment. And then I do my best thinking and problem solving while I shovel their poop….

  7. Chris on August 31, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Reminds me of the verse, “In repentance and rest is your salvation. In quietness and trust is your strength.” Isaiah 30:15

  8. Lesia Lowe on August 31, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    hmmmm…. wel lthis is perfectly explained…… and I think the next “Stops with Stacy” should be “A day in the life of Stacy”….. whatcha think??? :o)

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