Well, it's been quite a while since I sat down to write a blog! That having been said, I felt the need to share my excitement with you all.
I passed my BHS Stage 2 CH (or BHSPI in old money) a few months ago, and am storming towards my Stage 3 (BHSAI) with real determination, and a sense of certainty that I haven't felt in a while. There is a BHS Stage 5 certificate out there with my name on it, and I am coming for it!
There are so many people out there who don't realise their full potential, especially coaches; they get their AI and just stop, and it makes me really sad. I settled for average with my academic results, my time was far too important to me to waste on exams - but this matters way too much to stop half way up the tree.
I am currently loving life teaching part-time at a riding school, which has lovely clients, a fantastic team, and a superb bunch of horses and ponies. Work = my happy place; I'm very lucky to be in that position.
As much as I have, and still do, enjoy working in a riding school, I can't help but get excited for the freelance life. I long to be out and about, teaching riders on their own horses, and helping them push themselves beyond what they thought was achievable. I am also desperately excited to hold clinics - I haven't a clue why... maybe it's just my sense of adventure kicking in, the excitement of unknown, and it's running away with me?
My feelings are a far cry from the emotional turmoil I was in this time last year, and I couldn't be happier about having left that part of my career history behind me.
Coaching isn't easy, but my gosh is it worth it when it goes well, and so far, it most certainly is doing that.
The cardiovascular system pumps blood around the body. During exercise, this allows the body to transport oxygen & energy substrates, such as glucose & fatty acids, to the muscle fibres and remove waste products, like lactate, water, and carbon dioxide. The blood pumped around the body by the cardiovascular system also plays an important role in thermoregulation.
The heart is the pump which circulates blood around the body. It is situated within the thoracic cavity, in front of the horse’s elbow. It weighs approximately 4kg. A larger, more muscular heart is more desirable in a sports horse, as it allows a greater volume of blood to be pumped around the body with each beat. Heart size is one comparison that can be made between horses of similar ages and types.
The heart is divided into left and right, each of which is subdivided into an atrium (atria – plural) and a ventricle, that are connected by the atrioventricular openings. The atria collect blood being returned to the heart by large veins, and the ventricles are where blood collects ready to be sent back around the body. The left ventricle pumps blood around the body, whereas the right ventricle pumps blood around the pulmonary system, so oxygen can diffuse from the air into the blood, and carbon dioxide can diffuse into air to be breathed out. Contraction of the heart is called systole, and relaxation is called diastole. During systole, the atria contracts first, which is followed, almost immediately, by the ventricles.