Saturday, January 5, 2013


It's a new year. By habit, we set new goals. Rethink things over, perhaps determined to make some positive changes in our life. Horse people do it too. But do we have too? Do you find yourself thinking just for a brief minute and dismiss it. At your age, do you need too anymore?  Well.... I will leave that one up to you.

I was at the funeral of a dear friend of mine the other day and at such events, people attending reflect on the joys each of us had with the dearly departed.  It was good to meet people I haven't seen for a while and share in each other's positive memories. Perhaps that is what reflecting is all about.

How was your year last year? Mine was crazy. "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" as the saying goes. It certainly had its ups and downs. I believe the world is the same. So I thought I would compile some sayings and suggestions from some of our peers in the horse industry to give us food for thought:

"Use the mechanical cow to keep your horse straight and not wiggle out of the stop." says Barbra Schulte.

"Frustration ends where knowledge begins." Clinton Anderson

 "Training needs to follow 3 golden rules: Clarity, Consistency, and Kindness" ~Jane Savoie Dressage

  "No matter what your training goal, inside or outside the show ring, body control isn't a big thing. It's everything. When you can isolate and control all the individual parts of your horse's body, you have a horse that's really, really broke." --Bob Avila ."

 "A horse doesn't care how much you know until he knows how much you care." ~Pat Parelli

“You’re only as good as the horses you’re given to train and show, and I have been very fortunate in that department. I can’t give enough thanks to those people who have helped me get where I am today.” ~Shawn Flarida

"Anything forced and misunderstood can never be beautiful.”~ Xenophon

"People ought to quit worrying so much about whispering to their horses and just start listening to them. " ~ Greg Darnall

"When I hear somebody talk about a horse or cow being stupid, I figure it's a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them." ~Tom Dorance

"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and, once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Puttin my spin on horse life.
@KISS Reiners

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