The horse’s plea..
I beg lay down your arms
Lead me; I will follow
Ask me; I will give
Protect me; I will be your loyal friend
Give me your heart; I will give you my soul
Understand me with mind, body, and spirit
We will be one
Avis Senior 2013 – ‘Horse Riding in the 21st Century – discover the route to your success’.
A gentle reminder
Do not anger
It can sometimes be frustrating when your signals don’t appear to be getting across to your horse. Embedding the precept of ‘ do not anger’ in your mind will serve as a reminder that frustration and anger breed only negative results.
Do not worry
The positive energy emitted through you to your horse when you believe in yourself as a human being and a rider, can be unbelievably strong. Any worries you may have to begin with will simply drift away, relieving the horse of any plans he has to flee the negative energy.
Mistaking ego for self-confidence will result in your downfall and the horse’s lack of respect for you. Create positive energy in being proud of your achievements. The positive vibes will resound all around.
Be honest in your dealings with others
‘Honesty is always the best policy’, as the saying goes. It is certainly the best policy when in the company of horses. When riding, you must be honest with yourself; admit your limitations, don’t be tempted to ride outside of your capabilities.
Always be honest with the horse; for example, don’t be afraid to let the horse know if you are lacking in confidence. Trying to hide emotions from the horse will cause him to doubt and mistrust you. Keep the horse in the picture at all times; after all, he is taking part in the proceedings.
Be compassionate to yourself and others
Your horse deserves your utmost courtesy and understanding. Learning how to keep negative energy at bay while oozing a positive and calming energy in all aspects of your life, will enhance your wellbeing and that of the horses in your care.