What horses teach us

One of my dear friends sent me a page-a-day calendar titled “What horses teach us.” The picture on the front was of some sort of Gypsy Vanner with a spectacular mane and the quote “Great hair is the best revenge.” It made me laugh, and I sort of expected more horse related humor on the calendar itself.

It’s not particularly funny, though. It’s pictures of horses (which are gorgeous) and unrelated wise quotes. I’m enjoying the pictures, and the quotes, but I do wish they were things horses teach us. Because that would be a hysterical calendar.

This of course made start thinking about what horses actually do teach us.

Humility – often, when animals are pictured with virtues, the dog is posed with “Loyalty” the lion with “Courage” and the horse with “Humility.” When I was a kid, I couldn’t figure out why, since horses are also frequently described as proud. Then, I figured it out. Humility is what the horse gives you. It literally doesn’t matter how good you are as a rider and training, you will get dumped in the dirt. It might not happen often, but it is always a possibility. Good riders and trainers know that, and have learned to accept it.

Also, no matter how much experience you have, there is always more to learn. Horses teach you that, too.

PersistenceIt takes practice to clean hooves with a flick of the wrist. It takes practice to feel your diagonals, see the distance, rate the trot, stick the spin…keep at it.

Always look at things from multiple anglesyou have to show new things and places to both sides of the horse–this is because their field of vision is such that there is information their eyes don’t share. This means that you have to show both eyes everything, because Left Side Horse and Right Side Horse have not had the same set of life experiences and need to be trained separately that the log over there will not eat him.

Get back up againIf you don’t, it will only get harder.

Plan, but be flexible. If you have a plan, you are more likely to succeed. But…that said, if something changes you need to be open to changing your plan. If what you’re doing isn’t working, try something different.

Humility. Again. Yes. Because it really does hurt getting dumped on your butt.

I’m sure there’s more.

On bios

Considering that I have blogged for years, and blogs are all about one’s own self, writing a bio should be easy, right? Right?

Yeah, wouldn’t that be nice! When asked to tell “a little about myself” I instantly forget everything I have ever done or accomplished. I’m starting out as a real estate agent, and at our first firm meeting we went around and introduced ourselves. I don’t know why I didn’t think that would be a part of the meeting, I could have prepared a statement (which I would have forgotten half of, but still).

I gave perhaps the shortest summation of my other passions, which completely did not convey the passion or degree of investment I have in them:

The epic web serial I’ve been publishing for almost three years? “I like to write, and I write fiction.”

The store I started last November selling my art? “I draw and paint, too.”

My lifelong passion for riding and training horses on the side? “I also ride horses.”

Yeah. Opportunity missed.

But perhaps, like the spiel I have developed for my day job, I can develop and memorize a spiel for my passions. Something to turn to when my mind goes blank.

Something more like this:

“I write an epic web serial that releases new episodes on Mondays. Eventually I will edit the series and publish it as a book. I also paint, and sell my art as prints and other products online. In addition, I have been riding horses since I was a kid, and hope to ride and train more in the coming years.”

That’s a better start, anyway.