|Hey, did you remember to close the pasture gate? Photo: thinkstockphotos.com
Wouldn’t it be great if you could do everything perfectly on the first try when it comes to riding and working with horses? You wouldn’t have to hear your instructor give you the same instructions over and over. There would be no embarrassment in front of the more experienced riders as you struggle to do something that seems to come so easily to them. And certainly, there’d be less time spent on the ground after unexpectedly parting ways with your horse.
Sometimes mistakes happen because a skill is challenging to learn. Any experienced jumper will tell you they know what it feels like to jump ahead of their horse or get left behind. Those mistakes are common, but without experiencing what the wrong way is like, you can’t appreciate when you’ve got it right.
Other mistakes are simple errors of judgment. Sure, galloping that last stretch of the field before you get back to the barn seems like fun the first few times you do it. But once you realize you’ve trained your horse to run home from the trails at breakneck speed, you aren’t likely to make that mistake again.
And then there are the silly mistakes. When you arrive in the barn in the morning to find a massive lake next to the trough, you probably won’t forget to double check to make sure you’ve turned off the water before leaving the barn at night.
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