Well it has been a while since I did a Thursday tip. It is spring, which means riding weather. I am slammed with horses to ride and lessons to give right now. Don’t get me wrong, I love my life and I would not be any happier doing anything else. I am just really really busy right now. But anyway…Here is my tip to you this week. Do not be afraid of changes. I know, this sounds like a life tip, and in a way it is. Embrace change!


Actually this tip came up in one of my lessons this week. I have a newer student. This was her third lesson and I have watched her run at a few rodeos. She has been training her horse herself for the last few years and is just now starting to compete. Well for a high school student that has never really trained a horse and horse that has never had any previous barrel experience, they are not bad. But there are a few things I have worked on with her that have helped her out some. After watching her last rodeo run on at home on my TV what seems like 1000 times I decided I wanted to try a new bit on her horse. He was hesitant and fight her some behind the barrels. When I told her I wanted to try a new bit, she was VERY resistant. “This is the only bit he has ever had in his mouth, I tried one like that once and it was awful.” I got several excuses, but told her to please just trust me and try it. The first bit we tried was better, but I still was not quite satisfied so we switched again. And now TA-DA that horse is working better than he has ever worked and I even got a thank you message from the mom because the daughter was so excited that her horse was working so much better.

The point I am getting at is, when you are working with a trainer, trust them a little and take their advice. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. At least take the chance. It could pay off in the long run!



One thought on “Changes

  1. From one riding instructor to another, I completely understand your post on trusting! There have been so many times I just wished and hoped they would trust me and see where it leads. You would think it wouldn’t be so hard to understand, but, alas, we are all human and creatures of doubt I guess 🙂

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