Horses have taught me not to join the crushing movement towards instant gratification. With the internet never more than a step away, in a room where there are going to be far more people with a cell phone than without, with billion-dollar technology working to answer all the questions in the universe, knowledge is so easy to come by. We all want it NOW, and we want to know EVERYTHING.
I think the (current) thing I value most about horses is that there are no short cuts. They run on their own calendars, and they have all the time in the world. They don't care if you want them broke in a month, or if you only have 15 minutes to ride so it better count, or if you want them to learn collection or what have you in a week. Working with horses forces you to slow down to their level and sort of escape the frantic drive that the world has become. You learn patience and determination, and you learn that some things just can't be found on the internet and it takes ACTUAL WORK (* le GASP! *) to master them. They (and other things) have taught me to realize that I don't know what I don't know, and my goal in life is to figure out what it is I don't know.
"The problem with quotes on the internet is that many are not genuine." -Abraham Lincoln
Last edited by pintophile; 01-21-2012 at 10:51 AM.