When I was a kid, I was obsessed with Hidalgo- and would whisper “Let er Buck” as my cow pony and I would race across the prairie at breakneck speeds. In college, I probably enjoyed a bit too much Pendleton, and even at my wedding in 2018, we had a limited edition Pendleton to celebrate the occasion.

But what does it mean to “let er buck?”

The term itself is so simple its ridiculous. You just let the horse buck! Let her get it out of her system, then you go about your day. You ride it out, get through it and forget about it. You “let er buck!” You embrace the challenges you face, and trust that you have no control over the situation, you only have control over yourself.

In the last few years of my life, I had everything completely change. The more I tried to control life, the more out of control it got. The more I tried to force something, create something or control where I was going, the more I just spun in circle and felt defeated.

But when we moved to West Virginia, I chose to have a completely different mindset. I decided to just “let er buck!”. I went with the flow, enjoyed the ride and enjoyed life.

Sometimes we just can’t stop the buck. Sometimes we just need to ride it out and just find our stride again. Sometimes all we can do is hunker down under our saddle swells and hold on. Sometimes that’s all our horse needs, all we need and what’s best for the situation. Get it out of our system so we can proceed with our day.

Trust that we have no control over the situations, and to bring on the challenges!!

Let er Buck!

Victoria Dellapaolera
Victoria Dellapaolera

Victoria is a Christian minister practicing spiritual healing and development in Williston, North Dakota. Victoria has worked with horses her entire life, and has learned many of her healing techniques from the horses.

She graduated from West Virginia University in 2020 Magna Cum Laude with a bachelors degree in Human Services and Sports and Exercise Psychology; gaining her associates degree in Farm and Ranch Management and Equitation from Dawson Community College in Glendive, Montana in 2012.

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