Trails and Tribulations: Lessons from Riding

December 12, 2011 at 9:59 PM 2 comments

More from the occasional series on how learning something new applies to teaching. Horse back riding this time.

1. There is more biomass of horse (or kids) than you. It’s a mind over matter game. If you say or do stuff with confidence, they think you are in charge. A whiff of fear and you’re off to the races, in a bad way.

2. It’s so profoundly great to have a mutual understanding of where we are going, and going together.

3. Things can change in an instant and you need to have decent balance, both paying attention to where you are now, and where you want to get to. Keep your head up, over rough, steep ground, trust that they will help pick the best way through.

4. The bad smell is actually kind of good when you get used to it.

5. I feel so great when I can canter without being scared anymore. The horse likes it better when I’m more relaxed too.

On the other hand I can usually sit down without too much pain after a hard day at school, and even cross my legs.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Barbara  |  December 13, 2011 at 7:57 AM

    Couple of other really cool things I have learned: Make it hard to do the wrong thing and easy to do the right. The other is trust your horse (kid). These may apply here as well.


    • 2. Sue Boudreau  |  December 29, 2011 at 8:25 PM

      Nice, Barbara. Yes. Thank you. I’m off to find another stable to try more trail riding. Last was run by a crazy woman.



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