The horse always reverts to the skill and the energy of the rider. The horse didn't sign up or volunteer to be our ride. They are only going to give as much as the are asked to give. If the rider is demanding, the horse is going to give even less. No one likes working for a demanding supervisor. But if you have a supervisor that gives frequent praise, demonstrates empathy, is a good communicator and gives solid information, you'll do just about anything they ask. The same is true of our horses. Even if we aren't sure we are asking correctly, if we have a good attitude, the horse will try. Ultimately, we must remember that the horse is not the one with goals. We are utilizing the horse to achieve our goals. We have a huge responsibility to cherish that partnership and to first look at ourselves before we blame the horse for errors.
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