In his book Cowboy Ethics: What Wall Street Can Learn from the Code of the West, James Owen writes that “real courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.” I know how true that statement is because I have been struggling with that particular fear for the best part of this past year.
In addition to our eighteen school horses we also own two young horses, Bob and Swish. While both have been professionally trained they are still very “green” and inexperienced as well as being large and athletic. Bob is a confident horse who is always trying to take charge, while Swish lacks self-confidence and tends to bolt and spook frequently.
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I did not realize to what extent my other more experienced horses filled in for my leadership flaws until I started riding the babies. Certainly it is important that you have the physical skill to keep your butt balanced in the saddle and that you deliver the correct signals to your horse. But what really matters to the horse is your ability to be a confident leader. In the riding world we call this quality ‘clear… Continue reading