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The Plight of an Equinologist

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By KJ AartilaPublished about a year ago Updated about a year ago 3 min read
Top Story - March 2023
The Plight of an Equinologist
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The Plight of an Equinologist

An equinologist is a person who studies horses.

-- W0rd Sense Dictionary

The wind streams my long hair behind me in the wind made by the horse galloping beneath me, no leather to restrict us. We are free.

That’s the dream. It’s always been the dream, no matter how the trail twists and turns, I always return to the same dream. Now it’s time to figure out how to get there. How does it become the reality?

So here’s what I did and why:

I signed up - I committed myself to an Online Course

I registered for the online HCA (The Horse-Human Connection Academy taught by the woman you may know as Mustang Maddy.) This is not meant to be a plug for HCA, although I am enjoying the opportunity to develop a style I originally didn’t know I was embarking upon. When I came across this particular course, it seemed to be the perfect match for furthering my goals. I thought deeply about it and I considered what I felt it would help me accomplish in the end. It seemed like the right way to go, so I’m in.

To take action

Pursuing goals is about taking the next step forward. It’s about drive and impulsion. I needed to do something to continue striving for the goals I have set. Signing up for this particular course felt like just the right thing at the right time to keep me focused and on track. Taking part makes me feel excited and optimistic. It helps me keep my focus toward getting where I want to go. I can look at something daily to research, study or ponder to consistently further my progress, even when I can’t get outside to reinforce my work hands-on.

Why was this course my choice?

R+ is the way that speaks to my heart. I know, because every time I witness an example of using R+ effectively as a training technique to get the desired responses and connection between horse and human, my eyes fill with emotion. The philosophies make sense. My goals for the future by accomplishing this way, is to find that connection with my horses, further my own journey toward becoming a better human, and share the heart of horses with others. I think R+ can help me do that.

What is R+?

Basically, it’s a style of training/handling horses (and many animals) through the use of providing the animal with choice and positive reinforcement. When used correctly, it creates a partnership and bond like no other training I have learned. It also requires a lot of self-awareness on the part of the handler to get the best results.

Deer in my backyard - March 2023 - Fencepost is 5 feet high

Like the beautiful deer in my backyard, I am determined to get where I want to go, but there’s a lot of stuff to plough through along the way.

If you’re interested in following more of this dreamy aspiration, please check out my website for access to free reading material and to access my Youtube channel, where you can subscribe for no cost to receive the earliest notifications of new videos!

KJ Aartila grew up in a small, rural community surrounded by animals and family. She, along with her husband and daughter, horses and other pets, now live on 40 acres in Northern Wisconsin, surrounded by forest and wildlife. She has spent her life reading about, writing about and working with animals, her goal always to be as reliable, trustworthy and honest as a horse, but her innate humaness keeps getting in the way. She remains determined to keep trying, though.


About the Creator

KJ Aartila

A writer of words in northern WI with a small family and a large menagerie.

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Comments (22)

  • Aleks Stefanovabout a year ago

    wow amazing

  • Ranjan Baralabout a year ago

    Congratulations on your top story.

  • Dana Crandellabout a year ago

    It sounds as if you're very much on track. Hang on to that determination! Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Mary Haynesabout a year ago

    Very cool. Thanks for introducing me to Mustang Maddie and her training methods. Congratulations on your top story.

  • Congratulations 🎉

  • top7best7about a year ago


  • Loryne Andaweyabout a year ago

    I am so excited for you and your journey with horses. As much as people laugh and belittle dreams, you need to pay attention to them (especially when the themes repeat themselves). Well done with following your dreams and congratulations on your Top Story!

  • Babs Iversonabout a year ago

    Terrific story!!! Congratulations on Top Story!!!💖💖💕

  • Novel Allenabout a year ago

    I love horses. Wish I had grown up on a farm or at least near some of them. I really enjoyed your story. Your heart is felt in the words. Well deserved tribute.

  • This was so inspirational! Congratulations on your Top Story!

  • Great Insights ❤️✨Congratulations on your Top Story❗

  • Cathy holmesabout a year ago

    Wonderful piece. Congrats on the top story

  • Kristen Balyeatabout a year ago

    Great piece! Sounds like such an interesting course- a wonderful technique for training and connection. I'm inspired by your action! Congrats on top story!

  • Stephanie J. Bradberryabout a year ago

    So glad you pursued your dreams. Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Heather Hublerabout a year ago

    Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Dana Stewartabout a year ago

    Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Excellent piece , congratulations on your Top Story

  • Thavien Yliasterabout a year ago

    When You wrote about taking action that reminded me about the fact that it's not smart people that run the world, but the people that are willing to take action and risks that run the world. If You keep trying to analyze every outcome things will never get done and there's analysis paralysis. Glad You found a way to chase Your dreams, Keila.

  • Dana Stewartabout a year ago

    Great read, and good for you to continue learning and setting goals. Plus, that's a LOT of snow :)

  • Donna Reneeabout a year ago

    Ahhh that is the dream, isn’t it?? 😁❤️. I love that you are taking action toward that dream!

  • Heather Hublerabout a year ago

    Wonderful article! So excited for you as you go after your goals :)

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