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Lessons Learned While Parenting From the Barn! (via parentingfromthebarn)

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Lessons Learned While Parenting From the Barn!  Lessons in Horsemanship learned Naturally from horses!  The best Pony in the world! We were out in the fields near the barn working on emotional fitness with two horses.  Our goal was to practice trot; canter and canter; gallop transitions going cross country. We set out from home together, the horses were fine.  We rounded the corner away from home and suddenly everything became scary, a hawk, the big grass cutting machine, the irrigation pond, … Read More

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Lessons Learned While Parenting From the Barn!

 Lessons in Horsemanship learned Naturally from horses! 

Heart of Gold
The best Pony in the world!

We were out in the fields near the barn working on emotional fitness with two horses. 

Our goal was to practice trot; canter and canter; gallop transitions going cross country. We set out from home together, the horses were fine.  We rounded the corner away from home and suddenly everything became scary, a hawk, the big grass cutting machine, the irrigation pond, deer, corn!  So the first time around we walked all the while feeling my chestnut Mare’s heart beating through the saddle! My young student a 14 year old girl who has been riding with me for 16 months was on the pony.  The pony who teaches all the lessons to this budding young horseman,  here at In the Company of Horses.  Her name is Heart of Gold, AKA Hearty or Heart for short.  

On the far side of the field, we needed to go between the woods and the corn field.  If you have done this before, you’ll know, the corn is tall in NJ in August!  There was space for us to get through with a bit of ducking under a couple of trees near the end.  We get through these trees and come out by the road on a lovely patch of grass between the corn and fence.  My 16.3 big red horse notices some large blue object in the neighbors trash and goes directly backward ~ fast.  Curiously,  Hearty and her student could walk around us to have a look for themselves.  And here was where I noticed the thoroughness of the lessons of the past 16 months were truly learned.  My young student who couldn’t wait to go practice her gallop; canter transitions, just waited.

 Wu Wei- (Chinese: “nonaction”), in Chinese Taoism, the principle of yielding to others as the most effective response to the
problems of human existence. That’s what she did. She just waited, not passive but  non aggressive. Wu-wei is thus regarded as the secret to human happiness,
for through “nonaction” all things can be accomplished. 

The proof: Next time around we trotted the whole thing, the third time, we practiced our gallop; canter transitions!