Ten Rules To Become The Most Productive Horse Person You Know
Sick of working your fanny off and not getting much done?
The goal of this post is to help you shift your focus to being productive instead of busy!
stalking I mean studying, the most productive leaders in the horse industry I’ve come up with some common themes among their success. The following ten rules will help you keep your zen vibes flowing while still moving the needle in your horsemanship.
1. Find your own path
Finding what works for yourself and your horse takes courage. It often means going against the grain and listening to your gut over listening to conventional horsemanship advice.
It’s easy to take the shortcut, throw your questions out to a group of horse people and follow the most common methods. But those methods aren’t necessarily going to be a good fit. Your style of horsemanship needs to jive with your values and appreciate your horse as a unique being.
2. Cultivate Resilience
Taking your own path is rarely easy, it’ll be filled with highs and lows. There will be lots of times you doubt what your doing will work and lots of time you don’t have any answers at all. You will endure plenty of judgment and many eye rolls (or worse) from other horse people. Just remember your not in it for them, your horse journey is your own.
3. Taking action is making progress
It’s easy to look around at what others are accomplishing with their horses and think you’re falling behind. Progress should be measured by the action that you’ve taken rather than comparing yourself to others. Even if your action ends up falling flat it’s still a step you can learn from to find what works.
4. Channel positive energy
As humans, we are wired for survival which means we pick up and hold negative experiences much more easily than positive ones. For thousands of years staying alive was dependant on anticipating potential danger. Unfortunately, we’ve kept this wiring even though the rest of our world has evolved and many of the dangers of the past are long gone.
This predisposition for anticipating and remember negative thoughts and experiences means that it’s that much more important to make a conscious effort to channel positive energy and find the bright side of every situation.
5. Your vibe attracts your tribe
Following rule number four will cause a shift in the people you attract. Some will find your positivity overwhelming bordering on annoying and others will find it refreshing. Stay true to what feels right for yourself and your relationship with your horse will shift along with the horse community you attract.
6. Embrace failure
We’ve all been told to learn from our failures (I know you’re rolling your eyes cause I am too). Freshly after falling on your face this advice usually feels like a bit like putting salt in a wound. But one thing the more innovative and effective horse people in the world have in common is their ability to quickly embrace failure and pivot their horsemanship in a direction that works more effectively.
7. Make balance a priority
Balanced horsemanship includes learning from a variety of sources across multiple disciplines. It also means scheduling your time to align with your priorities (tough love warning: not having time for your horse is not a thing, if your not fitting it in its cause it’s not a priority you’ve got the same number of hours in your day as Oprah- just think about that for a moment). There also needs to be cohesiveness between daily health/wellness practices and your horsemanship goals. If you want to be focused, flexible, strong, and patient in the saddle you can’t do it running on five hours of sleep and fueling your body with subpar nutrition.
8. Collaboration and community over competition
It’s not you against your horse. Seeing any situation as you winning and the horse losing makes no sense. You’re on the same team. A negative or stressful experience for your horse negatively affects your entire team.
9. It's a process
Setting goals for your horse is great for getting intentional about your path but it’s important to remember joy is felt the present. The path to success must include being present to what you are doing and enjoying it.
10. Discipline equals freedom
Applying rules one through nine randomly will not do much good they need to be applied and reinforced and evaluated and reapplied. Rinse and repeat! The times they feel the hardest to stick to are the times you and your horse need them the most and sticking to them will lead to the greatest breakthroughs.