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!