More Life Lessons from the Back of a Horse
Repetition, stillness and self-checking are three important lessons for both horse and rider. They are important lessons for the fair, but also for life. How many times over the past months have I ended a lesson with, “just sit there on your horse for awhile”? The lesson of being still. How many of us need to learn to be comfortable being still and quiet. It is good for the body and good for the soul, but difficult to do in our frenetic culture. Or how many times have I repeated “slide your hands down” or “heels” as a reminder to self-check her riding position? There is another life lesson in this. It is important to train yourself to “self-check” your position, learning to ask yourself the important questions rather than being dependent upon someone else to ask you; a question like, “Am I living life the way I know is right?” It is also valuable to grasp that repetition results in improved performance. Doing things the “right way” rather than “how I feel” ultimately results in a more satisfying life…all the way around. Three valuable life lessons…self-checking, repetition, and stillness…all taught on the back of the horse.