The ten horses of the HK Bar make me a better person. So many life lessons are taught by our equine friends, if only we are willing students. Here are Five Life Habits you should steal from your horse:
1. Learn to live in the moment. Us humans can get so lost in the everyday. We get so busy we forget to enjoy this thing called life. It takes a tragedy to make us slow down and appreciate things and remind us to tell those that we love “I love you”. Horses are only focused on the moment they are in. They don’t waste energy worrying about the what ifs of tomorrow or the could of beens from yesterday. Have you ever met a horse so worried about retirement he has ulcers? No? Didn’t think so.
2. Be honest. Most humans are liars. That’s a bit of painful truth for you. Some humans tell huge hurtful lies, some people tell white lies to save a friends feelings. Bottom line is a lie is a lie. Horses don’t know how to lie. They tell the truth. Cold. Hard. Facts. You always know where you stand with a horse. Wouldn’t it be lovely if more people were like this?
3. Be authentic. Humans are notorious for following social norms and following what’s popular. We are worried about our clothing labels, how big our houses are, and if our cars are new enough. Horses are just themselves. They don’t have to keep up with the Joneses, they are too busy being themselves to care about being someone they aren’t.
4. Be Bold. All to often I find myself being scared of life. I spend my time telling myself I can’t, I’m not good enough. I self sabotage and quit before I even try. Horses are bold and brave. They are determined and try, try again.
5. Sleep when you’re tired. I don’t know how many people, myself included, always say how tired I am. We yawn and drag ourselves around. We make ourselves work, work, work. Horses sleep when they’re tired. Anytime. Anywhere. If they feel the need for a snooze, they make it happen. Whether they are standing in the pasture under a blanket of stars, or waiting thier turn outside the show ring. If we slowed down enough and listened to our bodies telling us we need to rest, oh how good we would feel. We could avoid sickness and mood Interruptions.