Lessons from the Barn, #1

There are lessons to be learned everywhere. I’ve found that a horse barn is one place where you can learn a lot of lessons, mostly because nothing is ever perfect. Yesterday, I went for my riding lesson, and a lot of things went wrong. But Miss Judy (my teacher) and I made the best of the situation. What I learned can be applied to other areas of life, so I decided to share it with you!

  1. Communicate. On the way to the barn, I got stuck in a major traffic jam, and was going to be a half hour late. Just as I was thinking of calling her, Miss Judy called me. She wanted to let me know that she was running a half hour behind schedule. I told her I was stuck in traffic and would be late anyways! Because we communicated with each other, neither of us were worried about being late, and neither had to wonder if the other person was going to show up.
  2. Be kind to and respect everyone. I always call my teacher “Miss Judy” and she calls me “Miss Liz”. I should call her that because she is at least thirty years older than me, but she doesn’t have to call me “Miss Liz”. But it’s just a mutual respect we have for each other. I always listen to her and take her advice and instruction seriously. And she listens to me, answers my questions, and does her best to help me learn. Because we have respect for each other in our teacher-student relationship, I learn a lot more – which is the whole point of me taking lessons.
  3. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Both Miss Judy and I have our own businesses. I understand how annoying it is to have a client that walks off without paying you or who delays to pay you. Also, Miss Judy doesn’t try to take advantage of me. She gives me what I pay for. Yesterday, after I began riding, Miss Judy noticed Oreo (the horse I ride) had a slight limp. Miss Judy asked me not to canter her (which I love doing!), and then halfway through the lesson, she decided that it would be in Oreo’s best interest to quit the lesson for the day. Miss Judy wouldn’t even accept money for the half lesson she had given. She said that she knew I would have ridden the full hour had Oreo been up to it. Then she let me give Oreo carrots and spend extra time brushing her. Which leads me to my next point:
  4. Make the best of every situation. I was disappointed that I couldn’t canter Oreo, and that we had to end the lesson early. But, I did get to spend a good half hour riding her at a walk and trot, and I also got to spend a good half hour brushing her and feeding her carrots. Sound boring? Not to me!! Any time spent in the barn is fun for me! Also, Miss Judy let me saddle Oreo up myself, and then corrected my mistakes – I’m still learning how to put on a Western saddle! So I learned a lot, and still got to spend time with horses.
  5. You never learn something new from doing the same old thing. If Oreo was always sound (not lame), I would never learn to detect a lame horse while riding. If Miss Judy always saddled Oreo for me, I would never learn to do it myself. If I always spent time riding Oreo and never grooming her, I wouldn’t learn how to care for a horse.

You can apply any of these lessons to situations in your life! Which one is your favorite? When have you applied one of these lessons in your life? Share your story below! I’d love to read it!

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