Differen Horses Have Taught Me Different Things
Wasn't sure where to post this, but I'm pretty beginner so...
I don't know a horse that I have had much to do with that didn't teach me something.
The first horse I ever sat on taught me that I loved horses. Her name was Daisy.
The first horse I ever rode with any control over was Mollie, my first lesson horse. She taught me the most basic things, like mounting, turning, walking.
Then the first horse I ever truly loved was Senoia, my normal lesson horse. Senoia is just so loveable, lol! She, and my friend / trainer, of course, showed me how to do the other stuff- trotting, cantering, neckreining, and other things. Senoia also taught me confidence.
And then there's my first horse, Pistol. He has taught me so much it would take me a week or more to think of it all. For one, he taught me that sometimes, some horses aren't as friendly or confident as others. He also taught me my lessons in the Primary School of Patience. Although he is bullheaded and spooky, if he wasn't I would've been completely unprepared for Dixie. He was my first four falls. He taught me you're gonna fall off, it is inevitable. Once I just fell due to trying to trot stirrupless, the second time he spooked, turned, and ran off leaving me in the dust, the third time I was innocently walking stirrupless when my head hit a tree, and that spooked him, and there went the neighborhood, and then the fourth he spooked over some poles (a lesson in itself- do anything new on the ground before in the saddle) and turned into a bronc and ran off. He also put the theory in my head that lesson horses don't teach all the lessons, despite how fun they are to learn on. The biggest lessons can come from the spookiest and the bullheadedest.
Now, then, Maverick and Dixie came at the same time, but to make things less confusing we will start with my first colt, Maverick. Although I love Pistol and always will, my confidence meter had went from "great" to "good", but Maverick has pushed it back up again. When I was having so much trouble at the start of fly season getting Pistol used to spray again, there came completely untrained, untouched Maverick, who learned so unbelievably quickly. Just when I wondered if maybe I wasn't experienced enough to get Pistol to re-accept the spray, Maverick came in and learned, and I knew, if this untrained colt could learn from Nanny and PawPaw who were even more fresh beginners than me, Pistol could recall something he already knew with my help, if I was patient, and though he still struggles, he has improved dramatically. Maverick also taught me not to judge a book by its cover- though he was so untrained, he was as good as he might be if he had been trained from a few months soon enough. He's also taught me to take risks- buying a untrained yearling as a new horse owner was a huge risk, but it turned out okay in the end. He's taught me more, but I can't list it all.
Last but not least, there is my first owned mare. Dixie has brought me to the Elementary School of Patience- hooary! I assure you I am still a fresh beginner, but I am where I am. I'm not sure what to say about it, really. Dixie has only just begun her teaching me. But I have already learned so much from her