Stubborn. Lazy. Disrespectful. Short attention span. ADD. Crazy.
These are words I hear students use to describe their horses every day. Aside from them being anthropomorphic descriptions that don’t have any accuracy when describing a horses behavior, it shows a lack of empathy, understanding , and leadership. Is something going on you don’t like? Use your big frontal lobe to your advantage and take the situation in your own hands.
Imagine your teacher trying to teach you to ride and instead of explaining how to do something in words you can understand, they fight with you, complain, and label you all sorts of unkind things.
You are either your horses teacher, or you are in their way. To paraphrase Bill Dorrance, “it’s natural for a horse to feel like you’re in their way when in fact you are.”