Trails and Tribulations: Lessons from Riding
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.