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.


Gallop into Adventure

Carmen Peone / carmenpeone.com

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10 Responses to A Horse Lover’s Manifesto

  1. Roni February 20, 2017 at 7:17 pm #

    Amazing reminders for me! Thank you

    • Carmen Peone February 27, 2017 at 6:09 pm #

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

  2. Barbara Teter February 15, 2017 at 8:54 pm #

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

    • carmenpeone February 16, 2017 at 2:26 am #

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

  3. Brigid Amos February 15, 2017 at 2:41 am #

    Great life lessons!

    • carmenpeone February 16, 2017 at 2:25 am #

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

  4. Judith Grout February 13, 2017 at 11:01 pm #

    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.

    • carmenpeone February 13, 2017 at 11:05 pm #

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

  5. Mary E. Trimble February 13, 2017 at 4:28 pm #

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

    • carmenpeone February 13, 2017 at 5:06 pm #

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

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