Learning About and From Horses
In 1998 Sherry began an in-depth study of deepening her horsemanship, searching for better ways to keep the stress levels low on both horses and people.
Being a trained educator with a strong emphasis in physical fitness and
psychology she discovered the parallels to becoming a better horseman as she continued her own learning journey. By combining all of her training and natural talents, helping others develop a deeper bond with their horse, while developing the physical performance
at the same time just seemed natural.
In 2003 Sherry finally took the plunge and started Heart in Your Hand Horsemanship
LLC full time. It started with a few clinics, private lessons, and taking some horses in for training. The first couple of years were spent training horses for others, traveling to do clinics, demonstrations, and speaking engagements as the business was developing.
In 2004 Sherry was honored to ride with Ray Hunt. And passed level 3
In 2006 the Women's Confident Leadership Camps were started at her cousins ranch Calamus Outfitters.
In 2007 she started the Youth Camps, Apprenticeship Program and Young Horse Handling Classes.
In 2008 she added the Horse Psychology and Exercises for Riders Classes and Boot Camp for the serious horseman.
In 2009 her first book was published "Win Your Horse's Heart (Be Better Horseman).
In 2010 she added the Horse Lovers Bunkhouse. And got to ride with Buck Brannamen.
In 2011 the Spirit Horse Retreats and Trail Ride Camps were a great addition to the other Camps.
Then in 2012 she started the facebook group SADDLE UP FOR CHRIST where she posts daily inspiration and encouragement for over 1200 members and still growing. The Spirit Horse Retreats were started.
In 2012 the new on-line Horsemanship Study Course has taken off very well, with expectation to continue building this program. Sherry also was able to ride with Buck Brannamen again this year. And added a Dressage clinic to her resume with Sarah Martin.
In 2013 Sherry was not able to travel as much as in the past because the Horse Lover's Bunkhouse, Training and Intern Program kept her too busy at home. She had 4 interns and about 12 training horses.
She also started a second business with Young Living to support both her health and her horses through the use of essential oils and other chemical free products.
Another exciting thing that happened in 2013 was the Mule Ride that Sherry took with her friend Joan to the Grand Canyon. You can watch a video of the trip at this link http://youtu.be/B6KDWXC39Pc or read a journal about the trip on her blog Sandhills Horse Sense . She also had the opportunity to ride with Joe Wolter and do some demos at the NE Horse Expo, plus be the coordinator for the cowboy Church.
In 2014 Sherry rode with Richard Shrake and continued to develop her skills as an instructor, host camps and interns as well as take in training horses, and continue to expand speaking engagements and Sandhill Oils.
Sherry also did her first Spirit Horse retreat away from home in Pennsylvania and also traveled to Texas for Young Living Convention. She also worked with Tim Rust ministering with Horses through the NE Cowboy Church Asso. and also hosted Paul Daily in Burwell with Wild Horse Ministries which was very exciting.
In 2015 Sherry rode Richard Winters for the second time. The first time was in 2003 in a colt starting clinic in WY. Sherry started a Tuesday Tip Live Video on her Facebook Group. She became an active person in the NorthHill Fox Hunt Club as well. The bunkhouse was more active than ever so there was not as much time for travel, except to WY for the annual horsemanship clinic, to Utah for Young Living convention, and quite a few speaking engagements for Christian Women's groups in IA, KS and NE.
In 2016 Sherry is looking forward to continuing to grow
the intern, camps and especially the Spirit Horse Retreats at Horse Lover's Bunkhouse.
So as you can see Sherry is always on the move creating new and provocative ways to meet the needs of horse lovers.
For more information go to www.heartinyourhand.com
Sherry started with horses from a very early age. There has only been 6 months in Sherry's life without a horse.
Sherry has always loved horses and got her first pony Ginger when she was only two years old, the same age as Ginger. They grew up together and were riding with the wind at a very young age. They were best friends and Ginger lived to be over 30 years old helping lots of cousin, nieces and nephews learn to ride.
Sherry grew up in a rodeo family, with a calf roping father and a sister and brother who also rode from the time we could barely walk. Sherry hit every event she could from team and calf roping to barrel racing and pole bending. She got pretty handy with a rope, and always like helping her Dad with his cattle. She even entered some queen competitions.
Besides rodeos, the family competed in 4-H, local horse shows and gymkhanas. Sherry had to practice a lot for these competitions. But her favorite thing to do was just hanging out with her horse, riding the pastures for pleasure, jumping the hay bales in the alfalfa field, swimming the rivers together, and pretending to be a pioneer, a jockey in the Kentucky derby, a rider in the Olympics, or a circus trick rider.
Sherry attended college at Chadron State College where she graduated in the top of her class receiving a BS in Education, with minors in Physical Education and Psychology. She has taught school and owned her own businesses the past 25 years. However scattered throughout the years she kept coming back to the horse training. The love of working with horses and people has always been one of her greatest passion. (She also is passionate about God and living a healthy lifestye)
When the natural horsemanship clinics started becoming popular in the 90s Sherry says, "I finally found it." She discovered the holes in her foundation that had hindered her from taking her raw talent into a harmonious art form. This new found knowledge inspired her with a greater determination and dedication to share the importance of a natural foundation, which will develop a relationship with your horse which will change your life. She just knew this was what she was supposed to be doing.
The more Sherry learns and teaches the more she realized that if we can stay in the moment and keep balanced without letting the emotions of fear, anxiety, or anger take over, then we can stay safe on our horse. It is when we are in the moment that we can truly become one with the horse. We need to be both mentally, emotionally, and physically fit in order to be in the moment.
Some of the tools Sherry uses to keep herself both mentally and physically fit is regular exercise, including yoga, zumba dance, and cross country skiing. She says these activities give her the tools to keep herself and her horse in a frame of mind where they can develop an amazing partnership.
The practices of yoga and good horsemanship both use many of the same concepts and principles. Both require us to stay in balance in movement by drawing from our core, to use breathing techniques and relaxation, and also to stay centered, grounded, and focused both mentally and physically.
A horse needs a good leader and being able to stay in the moment requires mental, emotional, and physical fitness. Sherry's teaching will be hard work and at times will push you out of your comfort zone. But the rewards will be well worth it when you become one with your horse.
Sherry has a burning desire to share everything that has been made available to her, and to help people realize their dream with their horses in a natural way. She hopes to be instructing students and sharing her passion for mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional fitness for horsemen and their horses all the rest of her days.
We hope that you will join Sherry in her unique, easy, and clear style of teaching in order to continue your horsemanship journey.
Check out her website at www.heartinyourhand.com for more information.
Here it is the first week of October 2016, the 11th Annual Alumni Horsemanship Camp is over, Fall Fox Hunt has come and gone, I still have a few more people coming to trail ride the end of this month and a couple of brave souls scheduled for the first week of November. Where did the summer go?
I had a great summer here at the Horse Lover's Bunkhouse with lots of riders, plus I made my annual trip to Wyoming to teach a Horsemanship Clinic. I also caught up with Young Living Teammates at the "Live Your Passion" 2016 Convention in Salt Lake City, UT.
Other activities included: riding in a Richard Winter's Horsemanship Clinic, traveling to speak for Christian Women's groups, tubing down the Calamus River, Burwell Fair and Rodeo, painting some rodeo pictures for the local fairgrounds entrance, mentoring business partners, playing the piano for worship at Grace Family Fellowship, participating in my local writer's group, a weekly prayer meeting, and spending time with family and alone with God.I hope that your summer was an wonderful as mine.
Unlike some people I am somewhat happy to see the summer season pass because I am not a fan of the heat but at the same time I miss all the activity in the Bunkhouse, because as the days get shorter and cooler fewer people come to ride until it pretty much shuts off until spring. That could be depressing for me, however, I love the cooler weather, and also enjoy riding alone with my dog Cocoa. Even though I don't mind riding alone in the cold weather, I tell you the truth I sure do miss my riding partner Joan, who would pretty much ride with me anytime, no matter what the weather was like. It is hard to believe it has been over a year since she left us.
In the summer time I normally gain weight because I feel lazy in the heat and I just don't want to move. All I want to do is find the air-conditioner. But in the winter time I feel more like moving and therefore I get more exercise. The cool air makes me feel more live. However, that is not the case for everyone. So I wanted to give encouragement and a few tips to those of you who may be feeling a little sad as your riding time deminishes with the change of seasons.
If you are not one of those people who look forward to fall and winter, have you noticed that when the days get shorter, so does your patience? Your energy? Your happiness? You are not alone. There are a lot of people who feel this way. Did you know that our bodies really do sync with the sun?
Some people suffer from depression during the winter months. There is a term for this problem - SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).
I recently did a series "Understanding Hormone Health" for my Thursday night Education Calls. Did you know that hormones run our body and the sun helps to run our hormones?
In this case we are talking specifically about serotonin and melatonin. Serotonin is the “feel good” hormone while melatonin is the “sleepy time” hormone. Our bodies have been designed to produce these hormones with the abundance or lack of sun. Even horses respond to the daylight hours like; "physical activity, body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, hormone levels, sleepiness, and more all undergo rhythmic undulations over the 24-hour period in response external cues, including light."* (Read: How Does Light Impact Horses)
Here is how it works in my simplified version. When the sun enters your eyes in the morning, it triggers the production of serotonin causing us to wake up. When the sun is gone, the body begins producing melatonin signaling the body to enter sleep mode (and continues to produce this until the sun enters our eyes again).
During the winter, many people typically leave for work when it’s dark and leave for home when it’s dark. This wreaks havoc with our natural body rhythms. Which causes some to suffer from the winter-time blues. Not to mention you don't have as much time to ride your horse, which we all know is our therapy.
The other problem with depression, is that many people turn to food to help “comfort” this feeling of sadness. Not only that, but the stress associated with feeling down causes us to harbor excess calories and fat.
Is there any hope?
I’ve compiled a list of tips that can help you combat these winter-time blues and to prevent you from packing on those extra pounds.
- Get rid of the junk food. There is just nothing healthy about anything in a package that is loaded with addatives and preservatives. So just don't buy it then it won't be in the house. This is the only way I can succeed. Success begins at the store. Learn to shop the outside ilses. Choose healthier snacks to have readily available. Like fresh fruits and veggies. I love my Thrive Life freeze dried fruits and veggies because they give me that crunch like a chip or cracker that I so love. They are addative and preservative free, picked ripe and have more nutrition than dehydrated, plus you can rehydrate them. I use them in smoothies daily. If you want to know more about how to get these quality freeze dried foods contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Eat properly. Make sure you choose foods that are nutritionally dense. Think leafy, green vegetables, high quality proteins, foods with Omega Fatty Acids, and healthy fats. Choosing high quality foods will keep you fuller longer (so you don’t crave junk) and you won’t need to eat as much to feel satiated. Yes, these foods might seem more expensive, but because you are eating less, it actually makes it more economical in the long run! Plus the long term health benefits will cause you to spend less at the doctors office and what about how much better you will feel. What is that worth?
- Plan your meals. Being too busy is not a good excuse to not take time to plan meals. In fact if you plan ahead you will find you have more time. Planning will prevent those last minute splurges at the grocery store, or stoppying by the fast food place on the way home. I like the "Daniel Plan" There are menu plans, recipes and shopping lists. It doesn't matter which plan you use, the important thing is that you have one.
- Take Quality supplements. If you are not already taking quality supplements, now would be the time to do some research on the best ones. Don’t be afraid to spend some money here because in the long run quality will save you money. I only use Young Living Supplementsbecause they provide some of the most potent nutritional supplements available to support health and well-being, combining herbs and various nutrients formulated with pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils, which act as catalysts to help with nutrient absorption as well as assisting in the removal of cellular wastes. Regular supplements without essential oils just are not even in the same ball park. For more information on what supplements I take daily to support and maintain my optimal health contact me at email@example.com
- Get outside & Exercise Just bundle up and do it for at least a few minutes. Spend 15 minutes at lunch outside enjoying the sun (this will give you a healthy dose of Vitamin D). Your exercise doesn't have to be outside, the best exercise is the one you will do. So find what you enjoy (swimming, classes with others, weights, walking, I love cross country skiing) We were born to move and the more you are sit around in the winter the more depressed you will get so get up and get moving. Find a buddy to do it with.
- Sleep schedule. Keep a normal sleep schedule EVERY night. Sleep is vital for proper body function and will help ward off other illnesses also. I use Young Living essential oilson my feet and in my diffuser for a restful night. Works wonders. I will only use Young Living because of the Seed to Seal Guarnatee. Many oils are adulterated and diluted. If you want to know what I use for a restful night then contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
- Enjoy family and friend time. Hang out with people who love, support and encourage you. Join a group of people with similar interests: I am in a writing group, a weekly prayer group, a church group, and my new Young Living family with facebook groups and weekly calls that are an invaluable source of knowledge and understanding. I know just who to call when I need an uplifting word, because I know they believe in me.
- Eliminate or at least Reduce Stress: Here are a few simple suggestions. Identify your priorities and establish boundaries. Be realistic. Cultivate gratitude. Just breathe. Pray.
- Give you horse a hug even if you don't have time to ride. We know that they are aroma therapy to us. Put your nose in his mane and inhale deeply. That will surely bring you out of the blues, then visualize the best ride you had this summer. It that doesn't work you need a bottle of Stress Away or maybe JOY in a bottle. Ha Ha.
- Bundle up and Ride Anyway: Who can be depressed when they are riding their spirit horse? Even a short 10-15 minute ride in the corral will do you wonders.
I hope these tips have helped you make the transition into the new season with joy and good health. Follow the tips above, and I am sure you will not only overcome the winter-time blues but you will also be healthier.
Most animals are more sensitive than humans to essential oils.
- Start by diluting heavily and use in moderation.
- Every animal is different, so carefully observe how each animal responds to the oils.
- Use common sense and good judgment as you try different methods.
- Take special care to not get essential oils in an animal’s eyes.
- Avoid using high-phenol oils such as Oregano and Thyme with any animals, especially cats.
- Use special caution when using essential oils with cats. Cats are also generally averse to citrus essential oils.
Your animal’s size affects the amount of oil you should use.
- For smaller animals like cats and small dogs, use 3–5 drops.
- Be sure to dilute 80–90 percent prior to application (for example, for every 1 drop of oil, use 4–5 drops of a diluting agent, such as coconut or olive oil).
- For larger animals, like large dogs, start with 3–5 drops. Unless otherwise indicated on the product label, dilution is unnecessary.
- For very large animals, like horses and cattle, start with 10 drops. Unless otherwise indicated on the product label, dilution is unnecessary.
Apply oils to yourself or diffuse to introduce animals to essential oils and help them get comfortable.
- Wear oils around your animals, diffuse in their space, or apply to your hands and let the animal smell them.
- If your animal is jittery or resistant to essential oils, try applying an oil to yourself and staying near the animal for several minutes so it can get used to the aroma.
- For cats and dogs, paws are a great place to apply essential oils.
- For hoofed animals, we recommend application on the spine or flanks.
- Try rubbing oils onto your own hands and then stroking the animal’s fur.
- For large or hard-to-reach areas, combine essential oils with a carrier oil like coconut or olive oil, or water in a spray bottle for easier application.
Essential oils can be administered internally.
- Some essential oils can be mixed with your animal’s food.
- For large animals, you can pull out the bottom lip and drop oils directly into the mouth.
Are there Safety Concerns?
- Most of the problems associated with using essential oils stem from the fact that people are using perfume grade oils for therapeutic use.
- Or people simply are not using them correctly!
- So please seek out the best quality oils and follow the safety information listed with each individual oil or blend.
- Also there is a great book by Melissa Shelton called “Animal Desk Reference” which I use and highly recommend.
Essential oils are:
- Non toxic to the horse – Just like the human body, toxicity is a huge problem for our animals. they can replace chemical fly sprays, wormers etc.
- Easy to use – Essential oils for horses can be used exactly in the same manner as with humans. Horses can inhale the oil directly from the bottle or from your hand. They can be placed directly on the body or placed in their feed.
- Extremely beneficial for training horses because they can help horses releasing emotional baggage, and can help the horse relax.
- Good for riders too! – Riders are continually dealing with fears, insecurities, and nerves. These emotions and others effect our horse on a daily basis. The oils can help release many of these emotions, produce a synergistic effect between horse and rider and ultimately improve our riding!
- Soothing muscles after exercise for both horse and rider.