A Retrospective and…Riding, for the right reason(s)..!

Merry Christmas friends!

So sorry for the silly non-seasonal alliterative title (ooops again!)

I LOVE Christmas, getting our tree up, and country log home decorating.

This is also the time of year when I look back and evaluate what has changed for the better, should be maintained, or, to be honest…just ditched!

A little catching up is in order. Right?

This last spring I bought a new AQHA mare! A red headed, off the track racing quarter horse mare.

Yuppers ….the opposite of what I was looking for, and exactly what I needed.

A sweet, talented, well trained mare who is slowly but surely becoming my new heart ♡ horse.

So…here are a few of the things with Kit and Caboodle I need to work on maintaining now that our honeymoon is over:

*consistently use the Warwick Schiller Principles of Training.


(His Relationship Path of training has sure been a revelation and blessing!

My thinking about Horsemanship has changed completely…….no kidding!)

*keep Kit on a super healthy, gut friendly diet.

*keep working on the canter, setting her up for a relaxed, stress free upward transition.

The main thing I need to improve:

*Consistency in my weekly riding schedule.

The for sure thing I need to ditch:

*Anxiety (see improvement item above!)

So, I have, in essence, created a game plan for all three areas. I’ll be sharing those in future blogs.

What about my health/diet over the last year?

Good news!

My Kauffman One Diet has become an easy lifestyle choice.


I’m down 22 pounds that came off effortlessly, and in a couple size smaller clothes.

If that’s not motivating enough, feeling great every day with no brain fog, no gut problems and great energy are the best perks of all!

I was at our riding clubs’ Holiday Awards dinner and I knew I probably wouldn’t eat most of the food there as it was a potluck, (read lots of cookies, cakes, casseroles) with a provided lasagna and glazed ham.

So, I brought a cauliflower and broccoli with organic sausage dish to share, ate dressing free salad and tucked a couple of organic whole carrots onto my plate.

Only one comment…”hey, are you on a special diet or something?”

“Nope’, I said, I’m now part rabbit.”

Lol….it really was a no temptation event!

Honestly, if you’re ready to get healthy…visit Knowthecause.com

Ready for a delicious healthy holiday treat?

Yummers! The almond flour cookie recipe is on the website (above) plus a ton of other great sugar and grain free baking and meal ideas.

The dark chocolate, oatmeal and coconut treats I adapted to be Phase Two friendly and are now my new favorite occasional indulgence. A true Fat-burning crowd pleaser, absolutely gift worthy.

Believe me, they are the best tasting chocolate treats ever!!!

Easy peasy recipe!

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup plain sugar free almond butter

Organic Stevia to taste (or Monk fruit)

1/4 cup coconut or almond milk

1/4 cup organic cacao powder

1 tsp organic vanilla

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut

2 1/2 cups organic gluten free oatmeal

Heat the coconut oil, almond butter until smooth.

Remove from the heat and stir in the milk, and other ingredients.

Drop onto parchment lined cookie sheet.

Drizzle with a little melted cacao, stevia and coconut oil mixture and maybe a little sprinkling of sea salt.

Let set in the fridge until firm, then store in a container in the fridge.


The fun thing about living this sugar free, grain free, legume, rice, corn and potatoe free life is that all our meals are healthy, satisfying and beautiful.

We eat grass fed or wild caught meats and fish, fresh vegetables and a few fruit.

Healthy baked treats…and never at a loss for a good snack.

My “go-to” snacks nowadays are sliced up organic Granny Smith apples with almond butter, or a couple of whole organic carrots.

This is definitely a “maintain and enjoy the benefits” lifestyle!

How about you? Has your health improved this year?

On the business front…well, here it is, to be truthful, I really have stunk at marketing my work.


It’s the typical artist handicap.

BUT!!!….the good news is I’m getting better.

I have a new website: debherbert.com


Please let me know what you think, and how I can improve upon it.

It’s fluid, a work in progress and I’m open to positive suggestions.

I’m also stepping out of my comfort zone and dropping off my business cards at Veterinary offices, Feed and Tack stores and handing them out when it seems appropriate.

Brave new me!!!

One of my recent oil paintings,”Wading Through” from a terrific photo by multi-generational Florida cattleman Matthew Hall.

It’s a bit Impressionistic, and yes, different for me!

Here’s another new one, more in my regular style.

One of my new favorites. I’ll be entering both of these in a few upcoming shows.

What have you done that’s new, or a stretch for you this year?

Let me know, I’d love to hear about it!

Finally….my favorite horse that lives in the house, “Winston”…has been helping me rehab a sore shoulder. Take a peek!


Well, that’s a look back, and a few goals for the future. More to come!

God bless you and yours this most wonderful time of the year! Happy riding, and hug your horse for me too!

For unto us a Child is born….the Savior!

Hugs, and have a blessed Christmas!


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