Let’s Go Ridin’ – for Jul. 23, 2009

Well folks, it’s been a good ride and as with all good rides, we’ve reached the trail’s end. It’s time for movin’ on so I thought I’d leave you with a few notions about the lessons that horses have taught me.

I’ve had some good horses, and some not so good, and I have learned something from all of them. From my first pony that I crawled up onto more than 40 years ago to the horses I have today, all of them have contributed to my education. And it ain’t over yet.

Horses have taught me to be patient, even when I didn’t think I could be. They’ve taught me to be respectful and to demand respect in return. They continually remind me to be mindful of each individual’s character, and to remember that each one has its own unique personality.

My horses have taught me to expect the unexpected and to be ready for anything. Always keep a little weight in your stirrups, if ya know what I mean.

With my horses’ help, I’ve learned to have confidence in my own abilities, I’ve learned to trust, and to be understanding and sometimes forgiving.

Horses have shown me that if there’s a hole in the fence, they’ll find it; if there’s a gate left unlatched, they’ll get through it. They’ve taught me never to take things for granted.

Horses have taught me to open my mind, see new things, try new ways. And when I get to thinkin’ I know just about all there is to know, I spend some time with them, watch and listen, and they teach me something new every time.

I’ve learned that a couple of hours on the back of a good horse is the best therapy I know of. And I’ve learned that a slow loop and a gentle hand is a pretty good way to get the job done, whether it’s dealing with horses or life in general.

Finally, if you happen to hit the dirt, as happens every so often in life, there’s only one thing to do: dust yourself off, get back on, and keep riding.

So thanks for ridin’ along, and remember to stay in the saddle, and never say whoa in a bad spot!

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