I was responding to another thread and got to thinking about all the horses that have helped me learn. Very few were good gentle horses. Many were spoiled or broncy or just plain scared but each one taught me something that benefitted the ones that came after.
Great thread Kevin! I believ that all those lives that we encounter throughout our paths, are meant to be there to teach us something, some life lesson so that we can grow, mature and become "that much better" of a person.
My horse has taught me that you have to deal with what you're faced with at any given time, not how it's "supposed" to be. Manage the situation at hand and move on.
Great lesson MyBoyPuck! I LOVE IT!!!
Horses have taught me to believe in myself, and to never doubt my my first instincts.
I've learnt to be a defensive rider, a quick thinking rider and to beable to handle any situation that arises, just like MyBoyPuck.
And Horses have taught me to stop and look at myself first, before placing the blame on them - to correct myself, in order to correct my horse, and to educate myself, to educate my horse.
If I eat dirt, dust myself off, and get back on and try, try again.
My horse has taught me strength of character. I'm generally a timid, passive person but with my horse, if I'm like that she will walk all over me, she developed a few issues because I let her get away with things when the problem was small until it grew into something much bigger, so I have learned to be strong with her, not let her get away with things and to be the leader. She has taught me about how horses think (well how she thinks anyway) and she has taught me about developing a relationship with her based on trust and respect. She has taught me to relax into the canter because if I don't she gets short and choppy and chucks her head in the air. She has given me much more confidence in riding as I have learnt to ride through some of her naughtiness. The strength of character and confidence has spilled over into other areas of life and I'm much more likely to confront people and not let them walk all over me.
Great lesson Boxer! I love yours too <3