Entries by Shannon Birkelbach

Why Horses?

Have you ever felt disconnected from others; even yourself? Have you ever felt judged or misunderstood? Even when you had the best of intentions? At the age of 10, my family moved to the country and I was finally able to have a horse of my own. I was living most little girls dream. Most […]

Finding Resolution

I am a goal-oriented, list-making individual. It’s how I’m wired, and it has helped me be productive and successful in many ways. However, being goal-oriented doesn’t always work so well when building relationships. What if the other individual doesn’t have the same goals as you do? This has been the case many times in my […]

Naps are Important!

“Many things – such as loving, going to sleep, or behaving unaffectedly – are done worst when we try hardest to do them.”  ~C.S. Lewis Check out this link to understand important steps of effective napping and then start scheduling time for yourself:-) http://youtu.be/NJ_f9onTTQE


It has been a right brain extrovert month in so many ways. Going, going, busy, busy with no focus. And confidence, what’s that? Do you ever feel like you can’t finish even one project?

So finally with all of these things that NEED to be done, I put them aside and thought about what I WANTED to…

The Rest of the Story

If you have read the story of the struggles that I had with Promise, you are somewhat familiar with my feelings towards her dam, Annabelle.  She was frustrating to deal with when I was already tired from dealing with a sick foal.  I blamed her for being such a klutz and stepping on Promise anyway.  […]

Promise of Heaven

Once upon a time there was a beautiful little horse named Promise. She didn’t start out with that name however. After a long time waiting for her to be born, some friends and I decided to name her “Patience”. Since we had been so patient waiting for her, and she had been so patient waiting […]

Shannon’s story

How I found that normal was not natural You hear so many stories of how great horse trainers just intuitively knew how to interact with horses.  There are so many that just watched horses and knew how to read the body language. That is natural horsemanship.  They knew how to communicate with horses in their […]