What Horses Teach Us

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.

  1. You’ll have a strong work ethic. Practice makes perfect.
  2. Develop relationships. Who isn’t a better person when you can bond in an unspoken way.
  3. Respect. A horse responds to who you are, how you feel, what you think, and what you do. Give them the same.
  4. Don’t be afraid. To be able to manage, manipulate, and train a large animal gives you a feeling of confidence.
  5. 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