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Horsemanship Progression

Sometimes, focusing on what we do day by day, it’s hard to see much progress. Once in a while I have to step back and really look at how far I’ve come. This pertains to all areas of my life. We get so wrapped up in everyday life, we can’t see the big picture.

Try looking back six months, or one year. Then look back five years. When I do this I can see how far I’ve come. Not only with my horsemanship, but in all areas of my life.

Al Dunning told me if you can improve your horse by one percent each day, after one hundred days, you’ve improved one hundred percent.

I think starting to show horses, was the next step in my progression. I learned things I wouldn’t have learned otherwise. I try to learn something each day. It makes me look forward to tomorrow.

It’s funny how someone could tell me something that didn’t make much sense at the time, then one day the right situation comes along, and it makes perfect sense.

The only way your horse is going to keep progressing, is for you to keep learning, and getting better. You need to spend as much time working on yourself as you do working on your horse. There’s lots of help out there now days  there are so many books, videos, and lots of information on the internet.

Still the best way for me is to go ride with someone who has lots of experience and expertise in the area I’m working on. Most trainers are more than willing to help. By helping others they are promoting the business in general, and also promoting their event.

Your horse is usually the best teacher if you pay attention to what’s working, and what’s not working. Learning new things is what keeps me excited about what I do each day. Showing your horse in front of a judge is a good test of how you’re progressing. Showing horses isn’t for everyone, but for me it was the next step.

The more I learn, the more I realize there is to learn. When you close your mind, and think you know it all, you stop learning. I plan on continuing my education as long as I can still get on a horse.

The first time I took a horse to a show was in 2008. When I look back at where I was then, I can see how far I’ve come. Every time I go to a bigger show, I see how far I still have to go. It’s humbling, but exciting.

First buckle I ever won

First buckle I ever won


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