The only way to have a friend is to be one.-Ralph Waldo Emerson

How does your horse think of you?

Dictator? …. Doormat? ….

Or does he consider you to be a friend?

Before you get too excited about answering friend consider the following pieces that make up friendship:  desire the best for each other, honesty, truth, understanding, compassion, enjoyment of each other’s company, trust.

Ouch! That’s a lot to expect in a relationship. Do you remember what honesty feels like in a good friendship? It is when you say “Does this look good?” and the answer is “No.”

Do you have the freedom with your horse to say ‘No’ without him throwing a fit? If he says ‘No’ do you lose your temper? Are you good friends?