*Patience. Yes, oh yes. This is still a hard one. A horse does not speak English, obviously, and I’m not exactly fluent in horse-language yet (but I’m working on it!). Understanding horses and having patience with them is key to training. If you can’t be patient and move at the horse’s speed, working with horses is not for you.
*Grace. Strange, isn’t it? Lots and lots of grace is needed. And guess what? Your horse shows YOU lots and lots of grace, too. We’re not perfect, and neither are our horses. They’re going to slip up and mess up. And we have to show grace. I’ve seriously slipped up and messed up with communicating with my girl, and she shows me grace and gives me a second chance.
*Love. My horse has taught me love….she’s always there for me. She gets sad if I haven’t worked with her in a while. She loves to love. She’s a loving horse. You’ll never be lacking in love if you have a horse.
*Kindness. Horses know kindness. They know when something is asked kindly or if it is demanded meanly. And they will respond accordingly. Earlier on in our training, the more mad I got at Ameera, the more disobedient she became. You have to ask things with GRACE and kindness to get the appropriate results.
*Having fun. More horse loves to have fun and be spontaneous. She has her “big green ball” that she loves to play soccer with. She loves to jump little poles I put out for her, and she loves….I repeat loves….to turn on a dime when we’re play at liberty. Again, this is where the grace and patience come in. Ha!
There are lots more things that my girl has taught me, but these are the main ones. Have any animals taught you anything? Do you like horses?