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        07-06-2010, 08:34 AM
      #21
    Yearling
    My horses have definitely taught me patients. I used to blow up at everything and not be able to control myself, now I'm like a different person on that note. They've taught me disciplen, and how to control my emotions. They have given me both physical, and mental strength. I'm also way more relaxed because of them.

    I used to get panic attacks real easily, and they would be pretty bad to where if I was driving, I'd have to pull over. I don't know what they did, but I can't really explain how I am now. I'm just basically, the person I've always wanted to be. And it's all because of them.
         
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        07-06-2010, 11:55 AM
      #22
    Weanling
    My childhood pony, Buddy, taught me to feel safe on and with horses (despite the broken arm he gave me his first night home), to want the speed and spirit that he never gave, and that with a good enough horse, literally anything is possible.

    My dad's horses completely shattered my confidence. They taught me to fear horses. They taught me that when horses came out, I went in the house and ignored them. But most importantly, they taught me that anger has no place when working with horses.

    Then I started taking lessons. Joe is the horse that taught me to ride, from day one. He's the miserable old school horse who doesn't like anyone but puts up with small children and beginner incompetence because he's just a good horse.

    Miracle, the other, more advanced school horse, taught me that, for her, anyways, you can never demand or tell her anything, or she gets pissy and emotional and does exactly the opposite of what you just said.

    And then came Tango, when I was convinced I was a good enough rider to have my own horse. Oh, what haven't we been through. Our first few months together were not at all enjoyable. They were terrifying, and frustrating, and there were days I just wanted to give up on her completely. That was before I realized...I didn't know the first thing about this, and I was completely not ready for my own horse. But I acknowledged that, and I started learning, applying that knowledge, and I was rewarded with a completely calm, sweet, and respectful little mare...on the ground, anyways.

    Tango has made me an overall better person. For my entire life I've been shy, a little uptight, and have a temper to match a Tasmanian devil. Tango has taught me that if I'm shy, I get pushed around and that nobody respects me. She's taught me to let loose, go with the flow, that everything can't and won't be my way all the time. She's still teaching me to lose that terrible temper because things just go downhill even faster when I get angry, and though it still fires up at times, it's nothing compared to what it used to be. She's taught me to grow up and mature, because things are not as picture-perfect as they are in movies, and I'm going to have to deal with it. She's also taught me to love galloping.
         
        07-06-2010, 12:46 PM
      #23
    Foal
    This is a fantastic thread.:)

    Ryan's Hope
    taught me it was worth putting time, energy, and love into a slaughter bound horse.
    PJ taught me how to stay on! That horse was fast!!!
    Cracker Jack taught me stability can be a good thing!
    Midori was an off-the track thoroughbred. Enough said??
    Madrid taught me to think twice before I give up on a horse. I wish I knew then what I know now.
    Tiberius taught me I am and was not ready for a stallion. What was I thinking????
    Red (current) teaches me how to be patient, kind and understanding. He is a total clown and LOVES to please! He teaches me to take the time to see what kind of horse he is today and go from there. Red's the first horse I've had since he was a baby and have done all his training and starting under saddle. What a gift!!!!!
    Madiera (current) my second baby who I am training and starting under saddle. She is the complete opposite of Red. Patience! Patience! Patience! She is teaching me patience and how to think outside of the box. She gets bored and disinterested very easily!!! I've got to stay on my toes with her.
         
        07-06-2010, 01:23 PM
      #24
    Yearling
    My very first pony buddy taught me never ever leave anything important lying around ponies!! Also if you think they can't, they will(this applies to riding and breaking out of places your pretty sure are secured!!)

    My second pony dai taught me everything really she put up with sooo much I got her aged 3 only saddle broke and me aged 11 but we struggled through and she is now being sold as a childs pony through different families so I must have gotten something right. She showed me to never ever give up and keep trying! If I ever doubted something for a minute she stopped so I became a much stronger confidant rider!

    All my ponies now teach me persistance is the key!! If you give up half way through then your going to have alot of ponies who can't really do anything.

    My magi taught me that when you go out to ride and things don't go to plan try not to get frustrated as she turns into a real mare!! She helped me to see that I could learn from everything. And as im chewing a mouthful of sand that its all a learning experience!!
         
        07-06-2010, 04:53 PM
      #25
    Yearling
    Hmm, too broad a topic. . . About everything worthwhile about life, I've learned from horses, all of them, they're all individuals (I'm not a professional, not had experience with hundreds and thousands.) And of all they've taught, what comes up first with each and every horse is Honesty.
         
        07-07-2010, 01:23 AM
      #26
    Yearling
    Horses have taught me patience, respect, and honesty.

    They have also taught me that there are very cruel people in this world.
         

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