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    12-30-2010, 01:03 AM
What life lessons have horses taught you?

I want to know what life lessons you have learned while working with horses.

"Never be too proud to grab the saddle horn."
My instructor said this to me after I had a less than pleasant trail ride, and man is he right. Pride doesn't mean a thing when your face is hurtling towards the ground, literally and metaforically. It is ok to ask for help, and there is no reason to be ashamed about it.

If you fall, get back on.
Who hasn't heard that one? If you don't suceed the first time, try again. Who knows, you may actually suceed the second time around.

Actions speak louder than words.
Horses don't understand English, Spanish, French, or Chinese. To have a conversation with a horse, you have to speak their language. A wave of an arm can mean more to a horse than the most persuasive paragraph. Kind gestures to other humans will get you farther in a relationship than words can.

Share the life lessons horses have taught you!!!
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    12-30-2010, 01:12 AM
Green Broke
The boss is not always the biggest horse. (being in charge has more to do with your attitude & determination)

There is no good way to fall, only a good way to land.
    12-30-2010, 01:15 AM
Every moment is borrowed. We are blessed to take care of our horses and should do everything in our power to protect them, keep them healthy and happy.
    12-30-2010, 01:21 AM
Plastic bags are scary.

I'm kidding - what a great thread idea!
    12-30-2010, 01:22 AM
Originally Posted by Shawken    
Plastic bags are scary.
No kidding. Espically when they start blowing around in the wind . Hahaha
    12-30-2010, 01:25 AM
Don't give up, be patient
My horse scared his previous owners. People had lost hope in him because he's a demanding animal. If his physical side isn't matching up to his mental side, your never going to have a good ride. So many times have a felt broken down and wanted to walk away but that's the day he shows me he's learned what I've been teaching.

Patience really is a virtue
When Shocking is bad, I am guilt-fully bad at taken my frustration out on him. He's taught me to be patient because he forgives me, but as well that it gets me no where to get angry with him when mistakes happen because of my own accord.
    12-30-2010, 01:49 AM
Be a better listener than a talker.

    12-30-2010, 02:11 AM
Don't let your past determine your future.

Abuse in your past is never an excuse to go through life hateful and unhappy. Most of our horses have experienced unpleasantness. Very few of them hold it against their humans.
    12-30-2010, 05:22 AM
I know it has already been said, but mine is learning to really listen instead of doing so much talking. Sometimes you just have to look beyond words and really listen...to horses and humans alike.

He has also taught me to keep my moods and emotions in check. I have heard plenty of times that others feed off your emotions. It wasn't until horse ownership that I could see it so clearly.

He has also taught me to face my own fears. I can't get off just because he starts acting up or getting a little bucky. I have to get back on if I come off, even if I am shaking in my boots.

I'm with ya on the plastic bags. Mine has also taught me that some rocks are perfectly safe while they are on your left side, but will attack without warning when they are on your right.
    12-30-2010, 06:48 AM
I often think horses have taught me more about life than humans have
I've learned how to be less crazy-emotional-sensitive and more soft-understanding-sensitive.
I've learned my own limits- limits I used to think were much higher than they really are.
I've learned (to a point) not to jump into things so fully without preparation.
I've even learned how to better deal with people in normal social situations.
I've learned the hard way just how much harder it is to get back on the horse so long after you've fallen, both figuratively and metaphorically.
I've learned to truly listen.
I've learned the value of hard work.
I've learned what I want to do for the rest of my life.
I've learned a lot about what really matters in life.
I've learned that I will always have more to learn.

I've also learned that anything can be huge and scary if you look at it the wrong way

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