When I Ride…

About Lissa Rabon


I live outside of the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin, Texas. My dog Otis, my American Quarter Horse, LB Blues Clues, also known here as “Minnow” and a bunch of other horses, live on a ranch where we practice healthy land stewardship over the Onion Creek recharge zone. Riding horses and teaching horsemanship in this part of the world is a blessing and I love sharing it with others.

I am a road runner of sorts and spend a lot of time competing in competitive trail rides where I also hold a senior judges’ card and am a clinician. I explore the world and enjoy hours in the saddle, training trail horses in this part of Texas.  I have completed the Colorado Trail, a 500 mile trail from Denver to Durango, Colorado. Long distance horse trips are a new passion. I love to take pictures and carry a camera with me most of the time. They figure prominantly into this blog.

Young soldier in Beijing, China

Young soldier in Beijing, China

When I ride, I contemplate the people in my life, meditate on what my purpose on earth could be and my relationship with the Creator. I write about my travels and steps taken toward the goals I have set for myself.

I love to write and carry a small notebook to write in. I am currently working on a western novel and a “how to” book that is associated with horses. It is important to me to enjoy each day of my life, I practice an attitude of gratitude and look for the lesson in everything.

Handsome gentleman in Nanyuki, Kenya

Handsome gentleman in Nanyuki, Kenya

I am a certified Facilitator in the field of Equine Therapy.  I am the Assistant Director of Equine Services at The Pink Berets, an experiential therapy program located in Boerne, Texas at the Double Diamond Equestrian Center. Learn more about Equine Facilitated Learning and Healing here:   E.F.L.

Surfside in Troncones, Mexico

Surfside in Troncones, Mexico

Aberdares Forest, Kenya


49 thoughts on “About Lissa Rabon

  1. squidley on said:

    This is an AWESOME read! I can’t wait to read the NEXT one and then the one after that etc etc:) Way To Go LISSA! I’m printing them to send to my MoM — for her to read. What an expression of “The Soul” and encouraging for all to listen to nature…and be closer to HIM. XOXO

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  3. ooh … kindred spirits we are .. me .. a farm girl from rustic Saskatchewan Canada… growing up on 3000+ acres and the best recipe for teenage angst was a coupla hours on my horse riding the prairie coulies and braving that ever present Sk wind. You .. living the good life in Texas doing similar things but with more heat :). Lived in Houston 10 years and 5 minutes into being there, I felt at home. Cheers from West MI 🙂 MJ

  4. Looking forward to hearing more of your perspective from TX. As a ranch girl from ND, I have been down there frequently to visit relatives…I think about you all out riding in the winter when our horses are haired up against the cold and we are in our big puffy coats, waiting for spring 🙂

  5. Congratulations for your blog, very good …
    Cruz del Sur

    • Thanks for dropping in! I really enjoyed yours as well. I am new to this. Your blog is very professional and I like the music and videos. Wish my spanish was better but I know enough to get along, living here in Texas. I will be back. Lissa

      • Thanks for visiting my blog, I also began recently on my blog, I’m an amateur, long journey through southern Patagonia and other countries and now I began to write. Your blog is beautiful, it is important to say and write what comes from the heart. You can also read my blog with the google translator, there can see as I write … it is a pleasure to be communicated to you …
        Southern Cross
        PS: I’m waiting in my blog are welcome.

  6. The Southern Cross shines also in South America. That’s why my nickname … I’ll release you, we travel together for the world of letters …
    It’s also good to have a star in the North …

  7. thank you good read

  8. Lissa:
    I saw your blog today. Gorgeous photos. I am Secretary of the Western Dressage Association™ of America. We have just started a Texas Western Dressage Association™ of Texas. I am happy to put you in touch with the state club organizers, Jack and Sarah Lieser.


    Neide Cooley
    Secretary, Western Dressage Association™ of America

    • I would really like that. I have been playing with the idea of hosting a clinic for Western Dressage for Cutting Horse folks. Maybe in Weatherford. I guess I could talk to them about that. Thanks for the nice compliment.

  9. I look forward to following your blogs — and am passing along your “When I Ride” link to a couple of my riding friends. =)

  10. Charmaine Jens on said:

    Hi. I have enjoyed reading your blog and wanted to introduce myself. I am new to WordPress and am a writer who specializes in equine-related topics. Connecting with other like-minded people would be wonderful. Please consider following my blog, and horse care and management articles. Constructive advice is always welcome. Thank you and have a wonderful day…

    • Thank you for asking! I just read your mustang article. I will definitely be back. Thank you for reading mine. Have you considered writing as the equine examiner in your city for Examiner.com? I occasionally write articles for them and they are in need of local writers who really know about a particular topic. You get paid a little but I do it more for the fun of it than anything. Have a great weekend. I’ll stay in touch. 🙂

  11. Very Interesting what you have going on .

  12. Hello, in my blog you can find a award for you, regards for you, my friend.
    Cruz del Sur

  13. I “stumbled” upon your blog when looking for images of cattle for a painting….I enjoy your photos nearly as much as your prose! I think we must be neighbors (I am in Morgan Mill near Stephenville). If you are within 100 miles, we ARE neighbors! Minnow is adorable and I would love to paint him – can I get your permission? Actually I would love to use about half your photos in paintings! Happy riding and stay safe – (I, like you, would love to have evented, but crossed that off my list several years ago – nowadays I settle for a slow ride around the ranch on fat PJ – but I still dream of jumping!)

    • We are kind of neighbors. I have friends in morgan Mill, the Greens, that are also horse people. I checked out your art and it’s awesome. I would be honored if you used any of my images. It’s fine. Thanks for asking!

  14. Greetings,

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Congratulations. Either of these URLs will take you to the rules for claiming it. http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/about/ http://songsofseasons.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/new-post-the-versatile-blogger-award/


    • Wow! Thank you and it’s always fun to recognise other bloggers in the process of accepting an award. I appreciate your recognition as well. Have a great and peaceful weekend.

  15. The blog world is so amazing. You meet so many wonderful people and viewpoints. I am so glad that I came across your blog. It is truly wonderful

  16. Hi. Serene and beautiful blog!
    I found you through MJ’s blog and I look forward to looking around and reading more about you and your life there in Texas. My husband and I lived in San Antonio for a short time and escaping to the Hill Country every chance I got was wonderful!

  17. Hey, I’M FROM KENYA!! Amazing to see the photo (I’ve been to Aberdares for a hike…). Yeah, this is awesome…!! I like your blog…makes me wish I was you (reading about your adventures, surroundings and all…). Lovely. Will definitely check in time and again:-)

    • Jambo, my friend! I go to naivasha to stay with friends and take two or three day trips out to neat places. I love your country! Thank you so much for commenting!

  18. Just saw this video on your about page – love it, so peaceful (and a wonderful way for me to start the day). am thinking about learning to ride (will be going to a nearby horse farm next week!!). Oh, and thank you so much for taking my questionnaire, it means a lot that you would take the time to do it! have a great day 🙂 Letizia

  19. I also nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award…. 🙂

  20. It is good to revisit America through your lenses. Another pace , another angle. I am not a particular fan of horses but I like outdoors. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Remy Martin says Neigh to your little boy and it’s wonderful to meet you. Indeed, we are on a wonderful journey and our relationship with horses make it even more special.

  22. Lissa,
    Thanks for visiting my site. I look forward to reading more about your work in Equine therapy.
    Love the pictures, especially today as I look outside and it is 20 degrees and we are expected to get about 16 – 20 inches of snow.

  23. Lissa, I live in McAllen,Tx and would love to visit your place and ride horses. How can we get in contact with you?
    Adriana Martinez

  24. thisamaceinglife on said:

    HI Lissa …I enjoy reading you blog! I work on the Broadway show Wicked and we are coming to Dallas next week for a month…not sure how close that is to you, but on the off chance that you are planning to come see the show, please let me know I would love to meet you backstage! Your blogs are very inspirational, I always look forward to your postings!

  25. Found your blog quite by chance. … My horse is my greatest teacher so I understand about learning about life in the saddle. Your EFL work sounds fascinating. I did some Equine-Assisted Personal Development work with Canadian natural horsemanship trainer http://www.chrisirwin.com and it changed my life in amazing ways. Looking forward to reading more of your blog. … Be well, Dorothy 🙂 … if you’d like to check out my “Musings of a Horse Mom” visit http://www.shakespearesgal.wordpress.com.

  26. Hey Lissa, thanks for visiting my blog and following me … loving what you do and doing what you love is great advice:)

    I’ve added you on my links –> friends, you doing the same helps people find our blogs 🙂

    Keep in touch …


    Don Charisma

  27. BJ Gardner on said:

    Hey Lissa, I’m updating my address book & just thinking about y’all. I had such a relaxing weekend at Game Creek with you & Jay T & all. Fun!!! It feels like I’ve known y’all all along lol. Wish our horse ride was all day, it was soo nice. I hope you are doing well. Love, BJ Gardner 😀😀😀

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