I know that I am stressed when I can not train my horse. Follow this thinking for just a minute. I CAN still ride my horse, be with my horse, enjoy my horse…but I cannot TRAIN my horse when I am stressed.

 

I know why this is. It is because when I am extremely stressed I am not emotionally balanced. I don’t have enough strength at that moment to ‘give’ to my horse. In other people I sometimes see them take their frustration out on the horse without even understanding where it comes from.

I think ‘stress’ should have a side effect list like those TV commercials: (this is not a medical list…just me writing)

Warning stress may cause: rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness; bizarre behavior; bloody or black, tarry stools; blurred vision; confusion; dark urine; decreased concentration; decreased coordination; excessive sweating; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever or chills; hallucinations; memory loss; mouth sores or ulcers; new or worsening mental or mood changes (eg, aggressiveness, agitation, anxiety, depression, hostility, impulsiveness, irritability, panic attacks, restlessness); pale stools; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; ringing in the ears; seizures; severe or persistent dizziness or headache; severe or persistent nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; severe or persistent tiredness or weakness; severe or persistent trouble sleeping; sluggishness; stiff muscles; stomach pain; suicidal thoughts or attempts; tremor; trouble urinating or change in the amount of urine produced; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual weakness; vomit that looks like coffee grounds; yellowing of the skin or eyes.