I spent half my life growing up around horses. On my grandmother’s horse farm I learned what it took to love these magnificent animals. My grandmother had a rule; if you wanted to ride, you had to do the work first. That included mucking out the stalls (there is nothing more humbling than cleaning gigantic piles of poop with a pitchfork), feeding the horses, brushing their coats and cleaning their hooves, polishing the tack, filling the water buckets; a laundry list of chores. When that was done, you could ride! When I think back, it was a ritual. Seeing the horses walk briskly towards me as I entered the paddock because they knew it was feeding time. When I would walk towards the stalls with them all around me, I could feel their energy. It was an unspoken connection. Cleaning their stalls as they chomped happily on hay, oats and sweet feed gave me a feeling of love, pride and responsibility. I will cherish those moments forever. We all had our favorite horses and mine was, Tattoo. Bridle and saddle securely on, it was time to ride. I tell you this story because I believe animals are a big part of who we become.
There are so many self-discipline habits that can make you a successful and happy person but I’ll keep it short and share five amazing traits I believe become habit when you grow up around horses or any animal that you need to care for.
- You’ll have a strong work ethic. Practice makes perfect.
- Develop relationships. Who isn’t a better person when you can bond in an unspoken way.
- Respect. A horse responds to who you are, how you feel, what you think, and what you do. Give them the same.
- Don’t be afraid. To be able to manage, manipulate, and train a large animal gives you a feeling of confidence.
- Stay humble. Have you ever fallen off a horse? They will wait patiently for you to brush yourself off and get back in the saddle.
Rebecca Louise | Realife Co