I also think horses have had a huge influence on how I parent and they themselves have had influence on her. I have a kind, respectful daughter that isn't afraid of working for what she wants and has goals already for her future at 6 years old.
+1 to that! My daughter is now a young woman and has maintained all these characteristics thanks to the horses!
That love exists
Thinking outside the box
Patience (though I've always had it, my horse improved it)
You can overcome your shortcomings
Take charge but be respectful
Never give up, just try a different angle
Break things down into baby steps
It's okay to go faster
Balance, both figuratively and literally
Nothing has to be perfect, including yourself
Time management and responsibility
Happiness from the core
Relax relax relax relax relax. I seriously was unable to do so until recently.
Always do your best
Know when to stop
Help not criticize or mock (I never have but it's nice that my horse brought that to my attention!)
Try it instead of being scared
To stop being scared of tripping or doing things wrong (look up)
Rhythm and Grace
Not to over think things
My horses taught me the meaning of unconditional devotion. No matter how rough around the edges they are, I made a commitment to them the day I got them and I'm sticking it out no matter what.
I've also learned to "just deal with it". No matter what happens to a horse, they adapt and life goes on. I try to be like that; just deal with crap and get on with my life with minimal complaints. Enjoy the small things and don't get bent out of shape over nothing.
Horses and, especially, my horse, have taught me -
The ability to make fast decisions, when needed
Happiness and freedom to be joyful.
To be grateful for small achievements.
Making no assumptions.
Overcoming fears and pain with lightness.
That time is meaningless. I cannot expect to train or learn this and that in precise and planned sessions, I have to give forever and progress thoughtfully and peacefully, to progress at all.
The joy to move and to accept my body.
Pride about who I am and what I can.
After today my horse has taught me that she does understand that I am there to help her, and I think she appreciates it.. now that I have her wounds just about healed and her weight back on.. she realizes im not there to hurt her or starve her
My mare has taught me----how to ride a buck
Charlie taught me----there ARE horses out there that do actually like my company unlike some *cough* Josie *cough* and don't try and buck me off/roll on me/bite me *cough*sugar *cough*
Red taught me patience
Sugar taught me how to be faster than her hooves and teeth and the definition of bipolar
Hawkeye taught me patience and understanding
I had an abusive mother, whose saving grace was she loved horses and so I always had them in what was otherwise a lonely, scary, confidence shaking life...
I was 12 when I lost my temper riding my gelding. I blew up, flew into a rage, and beat him and ran him ... don't know how long. I literally came to my senses crying on the ground, with a soaking, foaming gelding standing next to me, gently nudging my back... when I realized what I had done to him I cried some more, then swore that I would NEVER lose control again like that again - and was so thankful that my big beautiful boy forgave me. As I hosed him down, and walked him out, I saw how I was becoming something I didn't want to be, and promised him I would work to being a better person, and treat him with kindness, respect, and fairness from then on...
I kept my promise - I joined the Navy at 17 and got out of that environment, but I truly believe that Brion helped me be a different and better person.