Hmmm. Some people may not know what ground work is. Not working in the yard or the garden, or even cleaning up the piles.
I've been doing hands on work with the horses. Trimming bridle paths and touching ears. Picking up all those feet and picking out the dirt, and putting on the Copper Tox if I smell thrush. Not many horses have it, but cleaning the feet often is part of them being healthy.
Another ground work item is just simply leading and stopping...especially by the mounting block. Lots of horses don't like to just stop and stand there while someone steps up on the block. Even a side step away isn't good. Lots of practice here for sure.
Everything done around a horse is either training or spoiling.
I found a good quote today in "The Power of the Herd" by Linda Kohanov. Here's part of the paragraph and the quote: Horses demand a balance of strength and sensitivity. If you have too much predator in you, they'll become evasive. If you don't engage enough assertiveness, they'll treat you like a plaything. As nineteenth-century trainer Dennis Magner observed, working with horses requires "the delicacy of touch and feeling of a woman, the eye of an eagle, the courage of a lion, and the hang-on pluck of a bull-dog."
I'll work on putting more horsey stuff on this bog. Summer camp is less than a month away. Whew!
Crochet? Just making gifts for Christmas ...and baby gifts.
Writing? Doing a prayer letter and need to get a 4 minute radio spot ready to record at camp on Friday while Nate is in the board meeting. I'll be up in the radio room working with Audacity.
Drawing? Kind of lax lately with the pencil, but not with my eye. :)
Nate bought me a drawing book for my birthday last February. It's called "Paint Watercolors that Dance with Light" by Elizabeth Kincaid.
Here's what she wrote on page 18: "Leo Smith, a wonderful artist and teacher from Texas, used to tell a great story about one of his workshops. During a break, he took some time to rest in a sunny courtyard. One of his students happened to look out the window and was struck by the odd sight his teacher posed, just sitting, spending a long time apparently doing nothing but studying his own shoes. When Leo returned to his class and the student asked him what he had been doing, Leo explained that he was mentally drawing his shoes and that this is an essential habit for every artist to get into. Until you learn to spend a lot of time drawing the world around you without making a mark, he said, you'll be unprepared for the reality of a pencil in your hand."
So if you find me just sitting on a horse around camp staring off into space. I just may be working on my art. :) Could this be ground work too? :)