I got to thinking the other day how certain quotes can inspire a person, or how someone may bring a quote to mind in a certain situation, either as motivation or to help better understand a situation. I decided to compile a list of some of my favorite equestrian related or equestrian applicable quotes.
“A horse will never tire of a rider who possesses both tact and sensitivity because he will never be pushed beyond his abilities.”
“The best thing you can do for a horse that has a problem in his canter is use exercises within the canter, such as medium canter to smaller circles, which forces the horse to engage. This is how you help the horse achieve the goal you have for him as opposed to getting frustrated and then trying to force him with your strength. It is his strength he lacks, not his will.”
“When the contact is strong, the horse will be pulling with his forelimbs but when the contact is light, the horse will push with his hind limbs.”
~Blignault, South African School
“The essential premise for training is the psychological connection between man and creature. When this is lacking, the rider cannot cultivate or ennoble, but only enslave.”
~Col. Hans Handler
“When the horse and I are working together, not only should it look easy, but it should be easy, for both of us. Only in that way can we both feel happy and satisfied.”
“If you are able to take care of the basics, the movement will take care of itself.”
“Don’t take your horse’s mistakes personally. Don’t train via emotion. Feel with your heart and ride with your mind.”
“An exercise can only be successful when the rider herself finds the solution to her problem! Only then, will she be able to repeat the exercise and make it a habit.”
“When you have a problem with your horse, you should solve that problem in such a way that your horse scarcely knows there is a problem.”
~Dr. Reiner Klimke
“If there is no energy, there is nothing to collect.”
“Every horse who is in front of the hands in behind the legs, and consequently escapes control at both ends.”
“Trust in the horse’s intelligence; generosity and ability bring rich rewards. Unbelief and distrust beget precisely what they anticipate: noncompliance and untrustworthiness.”
“The first and last lessons are always shoulder-in.”
~de la Gueriniere
“The matter of contact affects not only the mouth, the neck and the back, but the functioning of the hind legs.”
“Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.”
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
“Success is found in striving for victory.”
These are some of my favorite quotes, and are ones that I often bring to mind when I find myself needing a little extra oomph, motivation, or to help solve a problem with my riding.
What are your favorite quotes? Do you have any special quote that you’ll think of when you are having an issue with your horse, or at any other time?