Originally Posted by kmacdougall
What's the most important thing you've learned about horses?
Just one thing, that you think is such a good piece of advice, everyone should know?
I think mine came from my dad, who isn't even really a horseperson. He said to me one day "you have to have patience for that horse to have respect." Ever since, I've had a wealth of patience (when it comes to horses) and never lose my cool around them or get fed up and quit.
Mine is/are : "Lead by example". My mare had gotton shocked for the first time on the electric fence by the gate, so she wouldn't go through the gate. I backed her up, pulled, talked calmly, etc, and she wouldn't budge through the gate. So, I decided to just walk through in front, because I knew it was too tempting for any horse to have a wide open gate with fresh green grass out. I was planning to just sit on the other side and wait- But there was no need for that! She followed me right through, because I went first and then she knew there was nothing harmful there. I ha only had her a few days when she did that, so she had no trust in me, which is why I did that.
Also, "Patience and Humor with horses is a valuable as patience and love with children" If you have no patience you can't be around horses, and if you don't have humor, you won't have as good a time. :)