10 Things to know about being a young Equestrian (Part 1)
TEN THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT BEING A YOUNG EQUESTRIAN (Part 1)
- Be nice to your peers – you’ll need it back one day.
Remember that we were all beginner riders once who didn’t know better. Understand that this is a tough sport, so encourage each other when things go wrong, and stay humble when you win. Have you heard the saying “Pride comes before a fall?” … that person rode ponies!
- If you want to blame someone, ask if it should be you.
Riding is a 50-50 partnership, and you are responsible for half! When things go wrong it is a learning opportunity, and an opportunity for you to do something better. Never stop learning – everyone will have something to teach you, so that’s pretty easy – but the best gauge of how you are developing is your horse.
- Get your hands dirty.
Be real horsemen and horsewomen, not merely riders. If you learn to look after your horse, they will look after you! Every single top rider in the world has worked as a groom at some point, but by the same token, every top CEO has some real-life low-level humility-inducing history behind them. There is no part of your horse’s care that is beneath you if you want to stay on top of your game, just as there will be no element of your lives and businesses that do not deserve your attention to detail.
- Hard work can trump talent.
Keep at it, consistently, day after day, and you will see the results. There is a great saying that goes “You can have anything you want if you are willing to sacrifice everything else.” My most successful horses were not the “best” nor the most expensive horses – they were just average ones with great attitudes and excellent work ethics.
5. Be a good leader, but a better partner.
Horses don’t care how much you know if they don’t know how much you care. Like everything in life, this is a relationship, and relationships are built on mutual trust and respect. It’s easier to be trusting and respectful with a partner who offers you the same. Always try to be a more thoughtful owner and rider, and err on the side of kindness. A bad day does not make a bad horse. It doesn’t make a bad life either! Keep trying.
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