PICK YOURSELF UP…DUST YOURSELF OFF
Whoever came up with that saying, was clearly a horserider….
Horseriders learn from an early age, to pick themselves up……
After a fall, after a bad ride, and your seemingly sweet shetland pony purposefully plopped his hoof down on your foot…WITH EXTRA FORCE!
When you are young, the “dust yourself off” part is a little easier, but the horseriding mothers will tell you that after a few kids, and a couple of bad falls, the neck and back don’t BOUNCE back like they used to….
Riding since before I could walk I learnt the “get back on that horse” lesson very quickly. and it is a lesson that has enabled me to be where I am today….
If anyone tells you that moving overseas ALONE to train and ride horses is easy…they’re lying!
I have often been asked, “You live here ALONE?, no family???”
Yes, I answer, as if they are the stupid ones for asking the question.
It wasn’t easy at first, but gradually, your new international friends become your family, and your horses become your friends.
I met someone recently who asked why I don’t like kids, and I said I prefer horses….
He answered, “Yes, but you can’t have a relationship with a horse….”
After I quickly deleted his number from my phone I thought about the relationship I have with my horses, and have had with horses all my life.
They know people far better than people know people….
I don’t have to tell my horse if I’m in a bad mood, or if I’m tense.. he knows, and will usually tell me just how well he knows by giving me extra cheek!
But, just as I learnt as a child, to brush the sand off, and get back in the saddle, a rider knows to let people’s comments fly right by, to just deal with the days when you horse is flying around like a looney or ignoring you completely, and be happy with the person you are….after all, your horse loves you!