10 Life Lessons Learned from Jumping Horses

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    2018

    I’m sure you’ll agree that riding teaches us more than how to stay on the back of a horse. Thanks to riding, we also learn the practical virtues of patience and the unexpected rewards of kindness. Plus, once you’ve managed to ride it out on a frisky 3-year-old, life doesn’t seem so scary anymore. Simply put, riding teaches us how to handle the challenges of life.

    Since I spent most of my riding career with hunters and jumpers, I tend to view my own set of lessons from that perspective. As a new year starts, I’d like to share what I’ve learned about life from jumping horses.

    Life Lessons

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    Cindy Hale
    Cindy Hale’s life with horses has been filled with variety. As a child she rode western and learned to barrel race. Then she worked as a groom for a show barn, and was taught to harness and drive Welsh ponies. But once she’d taken her first lessons aboard American Saddlebreds she was hooked on English riding. Hunters and hunt seat equitation came next, and she spent decades competing in those divisions on the West Coast. Always seeking to improve her horsemanship, she rode in clinics conducted by world-class riders like George Morris, Kathy Kusner and Anne Kursinski. During that time, her family began raising Thoroughbred and warmblood sport horses, and Cindy experienced the thrills and challenges of training and showing the homebred greenies. Now retired from active competition, she’s a popular judge at local and county-rated open and hunter/jumper shows. She rides recreationally both English and western. Her Paint gelding, Wally, lives at home with her and her non-horsey husband, Ron.

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