Courage doesn’t always ROAR. Sometime courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying,”I will try again tomorrow.
The Perfect Horse
The perfect horse isn’t necessarily the stunningly beautiful;
In fact they have probably gotten a few scars and dings from life.
They probably have been hurt but lived through it, been scared but overcame it, and read to teach their rider to do the same.
The perfect horse is not just arena-ridden.
They will let you feel what it’s like to gallop into the ocean waves, chase a neighbors cows, or play tag on horseback.
The perfect horse will buck you off when you deserve it, but wait patiently for you to get back on.
The perfect horse has problems; they will teach you to deal with them.
The perfect horse knows that you can’t learn to be a skilled horseman if everything goes your way.
The perfect horse will challenge you, but only as much as you are ready to handle.
They will teach you that you still have more to learn.
The perfect horse will forgive you when you make a mistakes and expects you to do the same.
They will try to ignore the tack that doesn’t fit right, the confusing signals, and will do their best to please you.
They will teach you to work, but it will be worth it.
The perfect horse may not be the prettiest or the fastest, but they have the most heart. <3
23 Ways to Solve the Riding Problem
- Buy a new saddle
- Buy a saddle pad
- Change the bit
- Change your coach
- Add a “gimmick” piece of equipment
- Try your friend’s best whip
- Shutthe horses’s mouth with drop/flash/figure-eight/crank (ect.) noseband
- Always ride with your friends
- Change your coach again
- Always ride alone
- Don’t ride into a spooky corner
- Avoid upsetting the horse
- Get mad at the horse
- Give the horse treats
- Reward the horse
- Don’t give the horse treats
- Change the horse’s feed program
- Call the vet
- Change the barn
- Change your horse’s farrier
- Call the chiropractor
- Call the animal communicator
- Change the horse
PS - Most of these WON’T work. The only way to truly improve is to get good instruction and work hard at it.
The rider has to want to learn, truly and honestly, without making excuses, without blaming the horse, the saddle, the bit, the footing, the boots, the breeches, the farrier, the vet, or whatever. The desire to learn must be greater than anything else, pride, vanity, ego, everything. It comes down to the question of how important it is to the rider to really learn to ride, and how far he or she wants to go in his or her riding.
A Horse’s View Of the World
- Arena - Place where humans can take the fun out of forward motion
- Bit - Means by which a rider’s every motion is transmitted to the sensitive tissuses of the mouth
- Bucking - counter-irritant
- Crossties - Gymnastic apparatus
- Dressage - Processby which some riders can eventually be taught to respect the bit
- Fence - Barrier that protects good grazing
- Grain - Sole virtue of domestication
- Hitching rail - Means by which to test one’s strength
- Horse Trailer - Mobile cave bear den
- Hotwalker - The lesser of two evils
- Jump - An opportunity of self-expression
- Latch - Type of puzzle
- Longeing - Procedure of keeping a prospective rider at bay
- Owner - Human assigned responsibility for one’s feeding
- Rider - Owner overstepping its bounds
- Farrier - Disposable surrogate owner, useful for acting out aggression with compromising food supply
- Trainer - Owner with mob connections
- Veterinarian - Flightless albino vulture