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There is no doubt, amongst the greatest lovers' of horses are the Teenage Females who make up the majority of the Horse World and yet this combination provides some of the greatest clashes with horses.
All sorts of things influence the Teenagers'. Hormones spinning around, a lack of patience, peer pressure and pressure from Mums' and Dads' when they ride through their siblings. There is little wonder that a large percentage of them end up clashing with their horses, clashing with their Parents failing in their desired Discipline and in lots of cases, leaving the Equine Industry. I meet Families who lose thousands of dollars, regularly, due to such frictions.
I see lots of 'Ugly' Teenage tantrums on horseback. I see highly expensive pre-trained horses that were purchased and ruined. I see out and out cruelty to horses and emotionally broken kids as well. So to all of you Teenagers' riding horses out there, here are a few facts of life.
Believe this. Horses are assessing you constantly. They know if you truly care and react accordingly. Throwing money at horses doesn't mean you care. It is the little things that count. They will only give back equal to what they judge as being honestly and empathetically asked of them.
"Hurry up slowly" This is a saying that is so true with horses. Get the foundations right, don't progress to the next level until the horse is ready and all of a sudden your other levels will come and go so much quicker. Start fighting and losing it with horses and you will suffer the consequences.
Do as the Tortoise did to the Hare.
If you are blessed with the privilege to sit astride a Horse, treat it as an honour and act as a friend. You will be rewarded in ways you never thought possible.
Love is in the way that you ride not the way that you rug and leave your ego at the gate!
"An ordinary Trainer cannot hear a Horse speak, a Good Trainer can, a Great Trainer can hear them whisper and a Top Trainer can HEAR THEM THINK"
"Wear your Heart in your Hands"