Kathy and I have been getting ready for the clinic coming up this weekend. Making sure I have all the STUFF to take. Clinics are always a blast for us. It is a chance to get to meet, and by the time the clinic is over, get to know folks who love horses and want what's best for them. Usually it don't start out that way. By that I mean most folks don't really know what their horse wants or needs. We start out getting horses, not for horses, but for US. Nothing wrong with that, but when we get something for US, that's usually who we have in mind when we get it, don't matter if it's a car, dog, cat or a horse. What we learn, if we are paying attention, is after awhile we realize that we have brought a living breathing thing into our world, who, may not want or need, what we think they want or need. And that's where things start to change, if we are paying attention.
I have heard it said a million times if I've heard it once, "it all about the horse". I wish that was true, but the truth is it's not. It starts out being about US, it's only when we have come to know and understand our horse do we start to take them into consideration. Now I don't mean any of this as a bad thing, it's just a thing, but most people never really think about it or heavens forbid we talk about it. I watched the movie Secretariat yesterday and the owner of the horse said, "he loves to run". And I'm sure on some level he does or did. But if you took him out to the track with nothing on, no saddle, bridle or rider, and turned him loose, how many times do you think he would run around the track? He may run, but it would only be to get away from his handler and look for other horses, my guess is he would not run the track like he did when he had a rider. Another person attending a clinic, said that her horse loved to jump. So we set up a couple of jumps and asked the person to take the saddle and bridle off the horse and turn him loose so we could watch him jump. The owner was beside herself. So what's the point? Our horses do lots of things for US, not because they love to do it, but because we asked them to. If we are or have become or are trying to become a better leader, our horses will do things for us that we never thought possible, but they are doing it for US, not for them. So if our horses are willing to give us the things we need, or want, run the track or barrels, jump or just be company, would you not agree that we should try and figure out what our horses want and give that to them?
What do they need? Great question! But first coffee
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.