Be Present – Your Horse Deserves It!

I love thinking about the future. I dream. I ponder. I plan. My mind is constantly analyzing the ways that this moment is impacting my life down the road. I think this is fairly common for us humans, but horses aren’t like that. They live each moment completely and totally present. They aren’t thinking about where they’re going to be, they’re thinking about where they are right now.

What if we, as horsemen, embraced this mindset?

If we lived in the moment, we would notice our horses more. How they are feeling today. Their individual personalities and unique quirks.

If we lived in the moment, we wouldn’t be worried about cramming for an upcoming show. Instead we could objectively observe where we are at right now and focus solely on improving.

If we lived in the moment, we’d be better trainers. Our release would be quicker, our praise more abundant and our ability to see each small try would grow.

I’m not saying that planning and goals are bad. You have to know where you want to go in order to get there. But perhaps we would progress even faster if we kept our eyes on today’s task instead of constantly peering into the distance.

So today, I’m going to be more like my horse. I won’t let the future distract me from the here and now. I resolve to live in the moment.

Today, I will be present.

By | 2018-01-17T21:52:24+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Categories: Horsey Thoughts|7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Heather Wallace, Bridle & Bone January 18, 2018 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    Great advice for all equestrians and non-equestrians alike. I usually am in the moment at the barn, which is probably why it’s my happy place. I do think I need to plan a bit now that I have my own horse, so I can do certain training exercises or work on certain things. For example, I really want to improve my bond with Ferrous and work on building his topline as well. But when I’m in the saddle I’m focused on what I am doing in that moment and not what else is going on around me.

    • Ashley Bendickson January 22, 2018 at 6:57 pm - Reply

      Congrats on getting your own horse! Yes, planning does come more into play when owning your own horse. Have fun with Ferrous!

  2. Mathilde Kvernland January 19, 2018 at 10:35 am - Reply

    This actually got me thinking! I am the type who will push my horse and not reward until I get what I really want, instead of rewarding the try. I am definitely going back to rewarding tries instead of thinking that if I push more it will be better in the next second. I am so glad I get to be with my horse every day(well, almost).

    • Ashley Bendickson January 22, 2018 at 7:01 pm - Reply

      Me too! It’s so tempting to keep going and going until they get it right, but that’s not fair to our horses. I am excited to keep working on being present in 2018!

  3. avery January 19, 2018 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Everything about this, yes! <3<3<3 That is why horses are so great just in general and great as making us better. Thank you for this post!

    • Ashley Bendickson January 22, 2018 at 7:02 pm - Reply

      I agree, horses are wonderful at building our character! Thanks, Avery!

  4. Andrea January 23, 2018 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    I often ride with music and yesterday afternoon I didn’t and I was rewarded by a spectacular sunset which I got to enjoy strolling along the outskirts of our property. These moments are truly special and we only truly appreciate them if we are in the moment as you say

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