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    Default Things learned in a horse back riding lesson, that can be used for real life

    I was thinking to myself when riding bareback in the desert---- "check your seat, heels down, etc". Then thought--- "eyes up---don't look for a place to fall" and thought, wow...I need to do that in life too.

    Any others?
    *Better to have loved than to have never loved at all.*
    ALWAYS Blessings NEVER losses.



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    If you're fighting with the horse, you're doing something wrong, the horse is hurting or you are asking something they are not capable of doing. Goes a long way in life, too.
    "The mighty oak is a nut who stood its ground"

    "...you'll never win Olympic gold by shaking a carrot stick at a warmblood..." see u at x



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    Make sure you're offering clear cues.

    Might be a reason, not an excuse.

    Make the right thing easy.

    Breathe.

    Look 3 strides out and ride THAT.

    Throw your heart over and hope you both follow.

    Watch out for deer. Where there is one, there will be more.

    Ask for what you want. Be happy with a good try.

    Stop while you're ahead.

    The saddle is NOT too small, butt is too big. LOL
    A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

    Might be a reason, never an excuse...



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    Always end on a good note.



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    Stick your chest out no matter what.

    And act like you own it.



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    My trainer: "If you are only reacting instead of responding when something happens, you have already set yourself up to fail."

    Missy the Mustang: "Trust overcomes surroundings."



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    "Let Go"
    "Half the failures in life result from pulling in one's horse when it is leaping."

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...7&l=eca0d15457



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    "Slow and correct is better than fast and wrong."

    Best advice I've ever gotten



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    Oh yeah,,always be prepared for the least expected.



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    "I learned that everything in life can come back to something very simple."

    A quote from my daughter's college application essay about growing up trail riding in the wilderness.
    About the only time losing is more fun than winning is when you're fighting temptation.
    -- Tom Wilson, actor & comedian



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    "Fallen trees hide crocodiles"

    "Big rocks hide lions"

    "Streams contain piranhas"

    etc.

    Actually, "Choose your battles wisely," "Begin how you mean to continue," and "Act the way you want to feel." For the latter, I mostly choose to act relaxed and confident.



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    I think that panicking/stressing won't do ANYTHING to help in a bad situation. I am constantly surprised at work by how much energy people burn on worrying--doesn't change a darn thing! You could never do that around a nervous horse at the barn without causing total panic!



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    There's always tomorrow.



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    Don't be afraid to stand your ground!



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    "Don't make going to an event and making it through your goal. Make it to ride every single beat of every stride as balanced and together as you possibly can. The rest will come together."
    "If what you're doing isn't working, the answer isn't to do it harder."
    "Don't forget to breathe"



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    A kind hand and a soft voice make for a good horse.

    Also, good kids, good friends, etc.



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    Rule 1: "Don't give them anything to argue about."

    Rule 2: "If it's going to crap, stop, breathe, and start over." (Goes back to rule 1)



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    Default Lessons...

    If (whoever) isn't understanding I am not asking clearly.

    If you think you are falling off, you will. If you think you can ride it out, you can.

    LOL Matryoshka! "Round here fallen trees *are* alligators and big rocks *are* lions (or perhaps panthers)! And palm fronds *are*...I duuno...but they *could* maybe eat red foxtrotters so we must be careful!



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    Scott Hassler Young Horse Clinic.

    Not an exact quote:
    If you only focus on the horses weaknesses you will evetually break down the spirit of the horse.
    \"You have two choices when a defining moment comes along - you can either define the moment, or let the moment define you.\" Tin Cup



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    What I tell all my riding students: Sit quiet.
    <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.



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