“People have problems with horses because they either don’t know or don’t pay attention.” Jesse Westfall quote

My husband, Jesse, was giving a lesson one day and I heard him say, “People have problems with horses because they either don’t know or don’t pay attention.” I quickly wrote it down and made a mental note to find a photo that would match it. There is so much truth in the statement. I don’t know anyone who chooses to have problems with horse. Most problems are caused because the human didn’t know;

  • didn’t know that running home every day would cause a horse who would run away
  • didn’t know that catching horses only to work them often ends in a horse who avoids being caught
  • didn’t know that rides either add to or subtract from the horses training…and a horse can be ‘untrained’ as well as trained

Sometimes ‘not knowing’ also is a lack of seeing the ’cause and effect’ which is part of the learning process. Someone paying attention would begin to notice when:

  • the horse begins to anticipate running home
  • the horse begins to avoid being caught
  • the horse is declining in training

Many things like rearing can be prevented or stopped if you can see the beginning…the head tossing, the refusal to go forward. Inexperience often causes people to miss these smaller signs. People who succeed with horses often:

  • ride with other experts-take a lesson, etc
  • watch videos of themselves riding to improve themselves
  • reflect on mistakes they have made and make a plan to improve

Everyone makes mistakes…but not everyone learns from them. Be one who learns.