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A Horse Lover’s Manifesto

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A Horse Lover’s Manifesto: How to Ride and Stay in the Saddle


I will lead with soft hands.

I will adjust to fit the situation.

I will feel my horse and release at the right time, bringing me balance.

I will “think” by preparing and visualizing before I step up and step on.

I will ask my horse to respect me, not instill fear in him.

I will remember human fear is normal but not let it control me.

I will remember preparation releases courage.

I will make the wrong thing hard and the right thing easy.

I will remember my horse’s feet are in my hands.

I will slow down so he can learn quickly.

I will ride with my entire body in rhythm with his feet and legs.

I will watch my horse’s ears and eyes and let him speak to me.

I will be aware of the smallest try and the slightest change and reward it.

I will respect those riding with me.

I will challenge my horse and myself with intention and respect.

I will set my horse up for success.

I will put my horse’s needs before my own.

I will partner with my horse.

I will leave my pride on the ground before I step into the saddle.

I will enjoy the ride.


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    1. Carmen Peone says:

      Yes, they are great reminders for all of us, Roni.

  1. Barbara Teter says:

    I dream of riding just as you write about it. Thank you for sharing your insight and love.

    1. carmenpeone says:

      Barbara, thank you for your comments. Blessings to you.

    1. carmenpeone says:

      Thank you, Brigid! These really are for horse and human.

  2. Several years ago I took one riding lesson. I needed it to write a scene or two about my protagonists learning to ride. I asked my neighbor, who has three horses stabled close by (and teaches riding) for a lesson. I am still amazed at the intelligence of this massive animal who was following her every word and piece of body language as I was hanging on for dear life. The experience certainly added some zest to those scenes I wrote later. I admire you for the sensitivity expressed here towards fellow creatures.

    1. carmenpeone says:

      Judith, I can see how riding helped your scene. That’s wonderful you actually rode. It takes courage to do something new and unfamiliar.

  3. What wonderful thoughts and advice, Carmen. It could apply to even more than horses, too.

    1. carmenpeone says:

      I agree, Mary. This applies to different animals and actually humans, too. Kindness goes a long ways.