Feel Well, Ride Well

AS EQUESTRIANS, we are athletes who demand a lot from ourselves - our bodies, minds and spirits. Whether riding for pleasure or at the highest levels, we require an abundance of nutritional, physical and mental support.

 

EW connects riders to the world of nutrition and wellness by providing the tools and information to make better choices when it comes to food, lifestyle, and attitude.

- VB   

Welcome to your essential guide to holistic health for the serious equestrian athlete. In addition to personal & group coaching, Valerie shares her healthy tools & natural solutions for riders in her online magazine. 

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January 19, 2019

Happy New Year Everyone! Hope all of you are off to a great start!  

It's only a couple of weeks into the year and I know many of you are struggling with your resolutions.  I

used to make a long list of resolutions because that’s what I thought I was supposed t...

October 19, 2018

The temps and leaves are falling, your cravings for comfort foods are through the roof and, with the holidays just around the corner, you can feel the waistband of your breeches tightening.  Sound familiar?  

Maybe it's time to try some health coaching.  What is he...

September 28, 2018

What a great question!  Those five little words that are spoken the moment you walk into any brick and mortar shop.  Sometimes I find them comforting.  Other times I find them to be annoying like a gnat buzzing around my head.  Then there are times when it’s just a loa...

September 24, 2018

I love reading stories about people, riders in particular, who come to the realization that in order to ride better, they have to feel better in their bodies.  I'd like to introduce you to Jaime Krupnick Geffen.  You may have seen her ride or heard about her recently w...

July 3, 2018

What is the role of calcium in the body?

Our bones are used as a calcium storage area to release this precious mineral into our bloodstream when it is needed. Eating calcium-rich foods makes it possible for our bodies to achieve optimal nerve transmission (or “intercell...

June 21, 2018

It’s the first day of summer and the longest daylight of the year.  Have you made your summer plans yet?  No matter where your summer travels may take you, you’ll need to remember the sunscreen.  We believe in eating lots of colorful foods full of antioxidants that wil...

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On the field and in life, optimum wellness yields more than just good health.  

"Val helped me immensely during a difficult time in my life and I greatly appreciate all the knowledge, attention and compassion that she shared with me while we worked together!  I strongly believe that focusing on proper nutrition should be one of the first steps when trying to address depression / mental health. Val gave me insight and specific advice with some health issues I was dealing with and she enlightened me on other well-being topics, such as the importance of drinking filtered water and which filtration systems were best). She also took me on a field trip to the grocery store! We came up with some quick nutritious meal plans for my busy schedule and also helped me pick out some necessary cooking tools."

 

Allison   

Austin, TX

"Please allow me to introduce to you, Valerie Breslow from Equestrian Wellness. Valerie is a phenomenal Health and Wellness Coach. She has made a difference in my life after ONLY TWO SESSIONS. Yes,she's that awesome. ( I will be talking more about this in the future.) The woman is a walking encyclopedia regarding the biochemistry of food. Crave something? She provides multiple HEALTHY food options to help your body receive WHAT IT IS CRAVING.   Here is a link to the site. And, I can't say how much I enjoy talking to someone with such an excellent, excellent sense of humor. I had 8 pages of notes from our last session. She can work with you regularly or, on occasions when you just need the answer NOW through her Coaching on Demand program." 

Leni

Oregon

While there’s tons of free information on health and wellness online, no matter what I tried I could not overcome certain health challenges. Then I hired Valerie, through her health coaching (I’m not an easy person to coach) she helped uncover several of my barriers to wellness and armed me with lifestyle changes that I could live with. I simply implemented a small, but powerful handful of habits. Six months later, I noticed that I had lost thirty pounds. It wasn’t the goal, it was the result of a healthy lifestyle and I felt better than I had in years... maybe ever.

Christy

California

April 5, 2019

-What has been your big take away from all that you’ve learned in the past year? The good news is the lessons and blessings I’ve received from this disease are ones that have been vital for my emotional and spiritual growth. We all have things we struggle with that we cannot change. We cannot control our destiny, but we can control how we deal with it. Being different and unique is what unites us, and owning our truth is so powerful.

September 4, 2018

We made it through the summer!  Woohoo…now we’re in the ‘homestretch’ of 2018 and even though we’re nearing the end of the year, it’s never too late to adopt healthy habits. 

One of the simplest healthy habits is stretching.  And, one of the best ways to stretch is to add 'dynamic stetching' to your pre-ride routine.  This type of stretching is great to do before you get on your horse because it creates increased blood flow and deliberately lengthens your muscles to increase flexibility and range of motion. Incorporating regular stretching into your routine can warm your body up pre-ride, reduce your risk of injury, improve your posture and even help you cultivate a more positive outlook. 

Our guest blogger Haley Gassel once again offers a very practical bl...

August 15, 2018

There are times when you stumble across someone else’s writing and it just hits upon everything you’re thinking about in the moment.  I’m hopeful you enjoy this insightful post from Taylor Oxley.  As you can imagine, Taylor has a lot of plates spinning in her life. She splits her time as a working student with 4* eventer Colleen Rutlege while also studying equine science at William Woods University.  Taylor began her eventing career at age 11 and achieved her HB rating at 15.  She’s currently participating at the 1* level with her OTTB mare (with goals to compete at the 2* level).  Taylor was born in Swisher, Iowa and is a former Pony Club member.

Here are Taylor's thoughts on motivation:

I think we’re approaching motivation all wrong. We believe it’s this grandiose feeli...

August 6, 2018

I recently met equestrian Haley Gassel online.  I was immediately taken by her honest, authentic, and realistic approach to health and wellness.  She has her moments just like all of us and isn’t shy about her love for chocolate and smoothies alike!  If you look at her social media pages, there’s no questioning that Haley enjoys a good workout.  She’s also a busy person like the rest of us, attempting to manage multiple spinning plates, including, training, riding, traveling and showing, and working out, while holding down a full-time job.  And she doesn’t hold back about the daily challenges she faces juggling all these pursuits.  Some days are good and others are not.  How is Haley different from any of us?  She’s not, but she has discovered that having a healthy eating plan in place is...

March 20, 2018

Is your horse with you?  Probably not something you’re thinking about when you greet your beloved horse with a halter in one hand and a handful of treats in the other.  You’re likely thinking about your day and possibly how to get organized for your ride and wondering why your horse had to roll in the exact spot in the paddock where there was still a lingering puddle of mud.  

With the idea that we should always be present with our horse, I learned something very important recently from a kind and well-educated natural horsemanship trainer, Pat Lambert.  Pat works with the young horses at our stable and I always marvel at how she commands such respect from these youngsters and maintains a keen sense of what to do when they don’t understand her request and/or refuse to try. Ac...

March 12, 2018

We expect our horses to be our friends and companions and also demand that they behave perfectly and expect their extreme focus during flatwork and jumping. While we demand their utmost focus and discipline, it’s only fair that our horse has the right to get our 100% dedication and focus as well. We only spend an hour or two a day riding, so it’s important to put everything aside so we can actually feel and ‘hear’ our horse’s needs. 

The first question every rider must ask before getting on a horse is whether or not he or she is really ready to ride.  What I mean by this is: are you in the right frame of mind to dedicate all your thoughts, emotions and actions to the act of riding? 

Have you ever had a bad day and find yourself sitting on your horse unable to get him to cooperate with y...

March 5, 2018

Do you ever find yourself wondering how some riders are able to achieve far out goals in short periods of time?  What’s the secret?  Why do they seem to learn faster and accelerate their riding careers more quickly? 

Most successful riders have something in common – good working relationships with their trainers where both coach and rider have learned how to create a positive working relationship. If you’re struggling to achieve your riding goals, it may be time to take a look at how you’re communicating your needs and desires with your trainer.    

What Are Your Goals?

If you’re feeling like your riding isn’t getting to a place you’d like, it might be time to have a chat with your trainer.  Stating clear goals and communicating your dreams to your trainer is a great first...

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