Moving

In my last post, I mentioned some changes that were going to be happening to the site. I’ve been blogging at Riding on Water for more than four years now. The blog has brought me so much joy and I’ve gained so much from being able to put my thoughts down in this format; I also love being able to go back and look at how my journey through horsemanship and into grace has progressed over the past four years. At how I have progressed over the past four years. I was seventeen years old when I started the blog and the transition to adulthood has been, at times, very painful – but it’s been magnificent to watch God at work.

This year has been a year of transfiguration. Not only in my life, but in my very soul. And this has called for changes to the blog, too. But like me, the changes will be for the better.

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As the stableyard grew, Riding on Water has become less a journal and more of a yard newsletter, with occasional journal entries scattered in. For this reason, I’ve decided to split the two. Everyday updates on the training horses, yard, and lessons – as well as photo dumps and show recaps – will no longer be published on Riding on Water. Instead, you can follow these at Morning Star Stables’s blog and Facebook page.

Riding on Water will be reserved for deeper reflections. Diary entries. Letters to God, to other horses, to my former self. To creative expressions that have nowhere else to go. To the things God says to me. To product reviews and hopes and dreams and dressage.

And, of course, to adorable photos of the loves of my life.

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I hope to grow the blog’s readership in the next few months and start doing challenges and blog hops again.

I look forward to continuing to share the awesome work that God is doing with everyone. And I thank you all for four years of readership.

Glory to the King.

2018 Goals: Yard and Personal

With December 28th marking two years after the arrival of our first official liveries (Zorro and Jamaica, who infamously jumped the fence and broke his scapula six hours later), running the yard is becoming much more second nature. In previous years, the day-to-day has been more than enough for me to handle. But as we get more used to routines and programmes, and as my faith in God’s ability to handle it grows, we can start going deeper now.

The yard belongs to God. His plan for it is perfect. It always has, and it always will. Setting goals is not me demanding God to do what I want. It’s just me doing my job to the best of my ability.

Stableyard Goals


  • Build the eight stables, preferably before winter. God’s grace here again; we couldn’t possibly have built them from scratch, not this year, but we’re clearing out an old shed (barn for you international readers picturing me wedging ponies into a tool shed) and dividing it up into stables. It won’t cost much except time and ingenuity.
  • Repair the clippers before April. This one is subject to how expensive it’ll be, but if I can clip the client horses, it’ll help.
  • Build part of the little clubhouse. Not sure yet how we’ll do this, but it needs to be done. It’ll happen if God wills it.
  • Pass Module 5. Then we’ll have an internationally qualified coach!
  • Get my licence to tow the horsebox. Hopefully ASAP so that I can quit bumming lifts to lessons.
  • Hit our financial goal consistently.

Personal Goals


  • Finish the first draft of the novel. God called me so clearly to this one.
  • Write 10-12 blog posts per month, every month. We made it most of last year, but not always consistently.
  • Take a WHOLE day off every single week. Firstly, this is God’s explicit commandment. Secondly, I have severely struggled with burnout for two years. It’s a horrible, horrible feeling, it makes me half the person I can be, and I’m only 20. My body will not handle burning out four times a year for the rest of my life. Obviously, sometimes emergencies happen (beast in a pit, anyone?) but I need to focus on this because it IS a sin and I have repented.

There are many other personal things I want to achieve this year, but they’re impossible. That makes them not my job, so I can’t quantify them in goals. I can just be still and watch the Lord fight for me. And watch when He achieves the impossible. It’s His speciality.

Glory to the King.