𝘏𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘥.
𝘚𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘴𝘰 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘱𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘭.
𝘐’𝘮 𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘪𝘮 𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘯.
𝘚𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘣𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘰 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘦𝘭𝘴𝘦.
How many times have you said a phrase like the above, or heard it said by others?
Horses don’t think like humans.
Horses don’t have ambitions. They don’t have a ‘five year plan’, long term goals or a dream job.
Horses don’t think about making mistakes like we do. They don’t stay up late at night in their stables worrying about that stride they fluffed up, or whether the other horses in the yard think they’re useless because they had a pole down.
Horses don’t know how talented they are. They don’t think about whether they might be better suited to doing a different discipline, or how much happier they would be if they could only do bigger jumps or more complex dressage movements.
What matters to a horse, is not the same as what matters to a human.
Their ‘ambition’ is to have their basic care needs met – to be fed, watered, free of pain and to feel safe.
Their ‘dream job’ is much more likely to resemble a lawnmower than a 1.30m showjumper.
Their ‘salary expectations’ come in a bucket every morning, or out of the pocket of the nearest unsuspecting human.
A ‘mistake’ to them, is feeding them five minutes later than usual
Yes, horses can enjoy their jobs and look forward to working. Some do better in regular work.
Yes, horses can have a preference or natural ability for a particular discipline. They should be allowed to to do more of what they’re good at.
Yes, horses can have a strong work ethic, love to learn and enjoy pleasing their human. You can harness this at any level.
And yes, horses can get bored – variety is the spice of life, after all!
But they certainly don’t sit there wondering what it might be like to be ridden by Charlotte Dujardin or take on Badminton.
Love your horses. Enjoy them.
Ride at a level you both feel secure at, in a discipline you both enjoy.
Stop worrying about their talent or potential.
Because they certainly don’t.