Dachia (Pronounced Dah’ sha). I have been a storyteller since the time I could talk, which was far too early if you ask my family. And I specialize in changing perspectives. I was born and raised in a horse family and business. As an Army brat, I lived my first few years overseas in Southeast Asia, making a few trips back to the states during that time. It was possibly this early experience that planted the seeds of adventure and exploration that I would spend the rest of my life exercising… or exorcising.
I graduated high school a semester early and started college immediately. I’m sure that sounds more scholarly than it really was. In truth I stumbled upon a loophole that allowed me to graduate early and so, excitedly (thinking I was finally done with this albatross called formal education), I had my parents sign the papers.
I graduated high school by the skin of my teeth. Believing I was clear of this, my father informed me I had three choices: I could either work full-time in the family horse business (something I had already been working in for 17 years and to be honest, was really not excited to continue), or I could go get a job (basically working just as hard as I had worked in the family business but on somebody elses goals and dreams), or I could go to college.
Having graduated with a 1.414 GPA, I felt pretty certain there was no way I was getting into college and thought I could milk the attempt for a few weeks and then hoped my dad would miraculously forget this entire conversation.
However, the local community college did accept me on probation and I grudgingly began my college career. And it turned out that I loved college. And I was good at it. It was a completely different feel than high school. I graduated with a B average in Fine Arts, which at that time was an average degree. Liberal Arts degrees became the butt of many a joke over the years, but are now gaining ground in many fields; the holders being recognized as creative, out-of-the-box thinkers and creators. The innovators of our world.
After graduation, I married my college sweetheart and moved across the country and somewhat quickly divorced my college sweetheart. I was horse-less at this time and thinking I was happy or knew the path to get there. I was working 3 jobs and fell back into college, this time a business path in an MBA program. I excelled in this coursework and loved it. I had a knack for business. I graduated Summa Cum Laude and hungered for more challenge.
After another failed relationship where I decided I would rather have a dog, I moved back home and became involved once again in the family breeding business. My sister was training horses and getting attention for her skills. I was back into full swing on the farm and in the business. My sister and I started to do more traveling and riding together. While we had our sporadic sibling disagreements, I never lost sight of the fact that she was an excellent horseman and her growing reputation was well-deserved.
I took on a project horse around this time- an Arab filly we had bred. I assumed I would receive help from my sister in her training, as I always had in the past. The story of this experience is worthy of a separate post that I’ll link to. Suffice it to say, I was now involved in Natural Horsemanship.
Over the next 15 years, I worked in book stores, restaurants, was program director at a martial arts school, fell in love with a French martial artist and moved across the country, then the world and back again, then off to France and then back alone, and found horses and my dogs would always be there for me. My sister and I became more aware of the plight of too many horses; slaughter, abandonment, rescues, or mistreatment.
My sister had advanced in her Natural Horsemanship skills and so I had a personal trainer in my endeavors. My skills in business had advanced as well. We began working on some projects in the business of horses. We both believed that there was a better way to run a business of horses. Decisions needed to be based on a different set of criteria than typical businesses, and yet a horse business still had to be treated as a business.
It needed a plan, a strategy, a Big Picture.
I eventually hit the road to explore new possibilities and worked on a few horse farms and facilities. After several years, I was ready to create my own space and headed to the Black Hills. It is here that I share a great space with my brother and hold clinics of my own in the Business of Horses, as well as host clinics and retreats for natural horsemanship professionals.
I’ve been facilitating alliances and masterminds and feed my travel urges by hitting the road for speaking engagements and one on one consultations.
I gravitate toward Natural Horsemen for a number of reasons, but probably the greatest is that they already share the basic philosophy of the horse comes first.
I also gravitate towards sci-fi lovers and nerds because… well… it’s Sci-Fi. 😉
I spend time with my equine partner when I can, enjoying the awesome trails of the Black Hills. I also spend a lot of time in research and writing.
I feel like I’m writing a dating profile.. I like long walks on the beach… with the dogs and horse.
I start my day with about an hour of reading and investing time in my own growth and education.
If you are a regular Joe simply seeking yourself and self-actualization or trying to better your business, you are very welcome here. I’ve been in your shoes… sandals, pumps, boots, and quite often barefoot and know what struggles I had to wade through. I’ve tried to include loads of resources for you, including my blog. While I cannot promise it won’t be painless, I can promise it will be worth it. I’ve designed this website to cover your needs, as well.
Everybody is welcome to poke around as much as they would like. I have included as much information and resources as possible in order to help you succeed in self-actualization, build a solid and profitable horse business, gain some perspective, and embrace your purpose. Please be aware that I have a great sense of humor. I love sarcasm and I use it often and well. If you read something here that could be taken more than one way (as intended), assume the humorous way and move on. If you are easily offended, you should probably not continue from this point… and perhaps the internet is not a good place for you.
Coming from many years in the horse business and seeing so many good people making poor choices and seeing so many wonderful horses suffer for it, I decided I was going to offer my advice, based on 40+ years with horses, and 35+ years in the business of horses. I have lots to offer here, but still be as blunt as I like.
This project excites me as I imagine the people who are toying with the idea of becoming involved with horses and thinking it would be a good business venture, and for most of them it should remain a hobby. I hope I can shed some light on the whole thing and keep people out of the “business” of horses and for many who are already thinking they are involved, convince them they really aren’t and to stop playing the charade. Just because you have business cards and a horse for boarding, doesn’t mean you are in business. The horses in this country will be in a much better position if the hobbyists with no business sense would just knock off the pretense.
It seems so simple, doesn’t it? You love horses, you know more than your neighbor about them, therefore you think it would be a great home business. You could breed them, and then sell them as youngsters to the crowds of people waiting for them to hit the ground. You could train horses, too. How hard could that be? After all, you trained your own horse to … uhm… well, actually your horse was already trained when you got him… at thirteen. But still, you are a gifted horseman. You totally got this. …. maybe not Read More