When teaching horsemanship, I deal with all kinds of people from almost every demographic and background. These people come to me for advice and instruction on how to train their horse. I’ve been doing this for 35 years. There are a lot of training techniques and practices that to me, at this point, are second nature. Yet when I attempt to share this information with others, they often struggle and even appear clumsy when executing even the simplest of horsemanship exercises. This is when I remind myself of the following:
These people are not dumb, stupid or in any way less intelligent than me. These folks exemplify
such bravery to step out of their comfort zone and be willing to try something new to improve their own personal skill set. Once back home they will head to work in offices, hospitals and computer labs and they will be extremely proficient in their jobs. If I were to follow them for a day, I would be the one who would look clumsy, inept and just a little ridiculous!
Keeping this concept in mind helps me be a little less judgmental, a little more understanding and a lot more patient.