THE BEAUTIFUL BASICS OF HORSEMANSHIP

  • Put the horse first.  Understand the horse’s point of view.
  • Be rigorously honest with yourself—pick the right horse and the right path for yourself.
  • Be a leader for your horse, and when in doubt, retreat and show love to your horse.
  • Be true to your feelings, but don’t be controlled by them.

Put the horse first.  Understand the horse’s point of view.

Your horse didn’t put an ad on the web, or ask around looking for you—you sought out the horse.  You need to be willing to discover the world your horse lives in—otherwise you’ll be like a tourist in a foreign country, yelling in English at an individual who has no idea what you’re talking about.

Be rigorously honest with yourself—pick the right horse and the right path for yourself.

I am always impressed by those who can assess themselves honestly without judging themselves.  I can help you be honest without negative self-talk or judgments.

Be a leader for your horse, and when in doubt, retreat and show love to your horse.

Either you are in charge, or your horse is.  It’s that simple.  It can be a 51/49% partnership, but you must have the deciding vote, or you’ll end up unhappy or injured.  When fascination turns to frustration it’s time to step back, retreat, and remember the feelings that drew you to your horse in the first place.

Be true to your feelings, but don’t be controlled by them.

We ask our horses to be mentally, emotionally, and physically fit.  We need to ask those same things of ourselves.  Set yourself up for success by working on never-ending self-improvement.  Here’s where your coach (Me!) comes in.  I’ll help you keep your vision clear while helping you take steps on the path you’ve designed with my help.

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