Lesson horses do so much, they let us ride them when we’re still learning; gripping with our knees, pulling on there mouths, bouncing out of time with their gaits. They are the ones who taught us how to fall and how to fly. They do all this over and over again with little more than a pat and maybe a carrot at the end.
They are the ones who give all us equestrians our start so today I’m saying thank you to Patrick who has had such an impact on me and my life, Bindi the little grey pony who was the first to steal my heart, Obi the first pony I fell off and every other lesson horse I’ve had the honour of riding. Because it is an honor, there’s this quote that floats around on Pinterest that I’m reminded of now: I dont care if you won a blue ribbon or were eliminated on the first fence when you exit that arena you pat your horse and say thank you to them for not killing you.
Thank you for your patience,
Thank you for the hard lessons,
For those perfect lessons,
For testing me,
For teaching me,
For the good days and the bad.
So next time you ride your lesson horse give them some extra attention when you give them a groom, an extra treat or just give them your understanding when something goes wrong. You are not the only one that rides them so when they refuse something you think they should be able to handle easily don’t get angry with them you don’t know what the last experience they had with the obstacle was. If I had a kid land a jump on my neck and scream I’d be reluctant to repeat it too!