Cleaning Out the Trailer Tack Room

Ok, honestly, who cleans out the trailer tack room after the last show?  Typically, the 1st spring show is motivation to unload the moldy ribbons, rusty bobby pins and leaking hoof oil before loading the horses and hitting the road.

Well, with the first shows postponed,  we might be inclined to kick the trailer tack room task down the  road.  Or…make use of some extra time on our hands.

Wow – it hit me how this annual chore applies to other aspects of life.  How a crisis, virus, or upset of plans can be the catalyst to sort through what’s important in life.  Let’s not get to the other side of this and remain unchanged. 

“The time is ripe for looking back over the day, the week, the year, and trying to figure out where we have come from and where we are going to, for sifting through the things we have done and the things we have left undone for a clue to who we are and who, for better or worse, we are becoming.” Professor and pastor, Frederick Buechner

Preserve it or pitch it? Inevitably some items from last year’s show season will be too rusty, moldy, outdated or outworn take into the next show season.  Let’s redeem this unwelcome upheaval in our lives with some personal housecleaning. 

  • What attitudes, hurts or habits will I drag into the next season of life? 
  • What do I treasure and hang on to?
  •  What personal goals could actually be damaging my relationships?
  • What’s temporary and what’s of eternal value?

“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. …Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Jesus

Written by Lindsay Grice

~Lindsay Grice is an equestrian coach, horse show judge and specialist in
equine behavioural science.
Her love for teaching riders was sparked as a summer staff riding
instructor at Teen Ranch. Visit her blog “It’s More Than Horse Shows at

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