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        01-21-2012, 11:44 AM
    Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    

    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!
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        01-21-2012, 12:35 PM
    Horses have taught me that I am truly, certifiably crazy because:

    I will carry 5 gallon buckets full of water down a slippery, ice-covered driveway when it's 20 below because the tank heater took a dump.

    I will ride in that blustery weather after I finish chores.

    I will ride when it's 110 with 100% humidity and deer flies mistake me for dinner.

    I prefer mucking stalls and mowing pastures to shopping for shoes.

    I have more saddles than I do horses.

    The list of crazy is endless.
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        01-21-2012, 01:09 PM
    That love exists
    Thinking outside the box
    Patience (though I've always had it, my horse improved it)
    You can overcome your shortcomings
    Be yourself
    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
        01-21-2012, 01:28 PM
    Green Broke
    Feeding time is at 6am and 6 pm. No excuses.
        01-21-2012, 04:20 PM
    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.
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        01-21-2012, 05:27 PM
    My horse has tought me
    Patience (im still working on it but im waay better than I use to be)
    To hold my head a little higher
    To work hard for what I want
    To relax
        01-21-2012, 07:57 PM
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    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.
        01-21-2012, 08:15 PM
    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
        01-21-2012, 08:23 PM
    Green Broke
    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
        01-22-2012, 01:09 PM
    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.

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