Category: A Horse, Of Course

It’s crazy, the way we horse owners behave with our horses.

It’s crazy, the way we horse owners behave with our horses.

No doubt it’s a love affair. A love affair of the heart, but not often a love affair of the mind. But then, seldom does a love affair have anything to do with rational thinking. Love affairs are crazy.

And what is crazy?

Crazy is mentally unbalanced, deranged, foolish, wild or fantastic.

That’s the description of a horse owner if ever I saw one!

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Expectations

There are two sides to “expectations”. You need to know both if you want your horse business to be successful.

The first side is your expectations.

When you planned your business, hopefully, you determined there was a need for your product or service. And once you were convinced there was a market, you determined the market was large enough in potential to make your business a success. Finally, you were convinced you could reach your market in an economical way.

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The Simple Bit

Believe me, bits are simple.
There are only two kinds. (There are plenty of variations.)
Neither kind of bit can work miracles.
Both kinds can be used to inflict pain. At the same time many advertisements state their bit will never cause the horse any discomfort, and will solve training problems. Impossible!
Ask most horsemen and you’ll be surprised to discover few know much about bits. Few can give an accurate definition of either kind. Worst of all, few know how the bit they are using actually works.

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Define Your Equestrian Goals

Nelson Mandela suggested our primary fear was not that we would fail at something. What we fear most, he said, is our great capacity to achieve—it demands we leave our comfort zone and take action.

Linus of the comic strip Charlie Brown said the heaviest burden a person carries is “great potential.”

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Sympathy and English Mints

Walter is a brave little pony.

But then, the “brave” is a special story, the “little” is a special story, and the “pony” is a special story. If I’m going to tell one, I might as well all three.

Walter was brave going in for colic surgery.

Well, wait a minute; I’m getting ahead of myself…let’s start at the beginning.

I was in need of a pony horse to use at the race track. (Pony horses usually have a little age on them, are stout, with mild dispositions, rugged bone and plenty of stamina.)

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Meaningful Work

Rich isn’t good enough…so besides being financially successful you’ve also got to be happy.

For you, that means making a lot of money while you enjoy your horses.

To be rich and happy, the advice is always “do what you love doing.” I totally agree…but I like to add two other things. 1. Do meaningful work. 2. Do what others don’t want to do.

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Horse Training Philosophy

The training of horses is an exercise in love, for one does not succeed without loving both the challenge and the animal.

There are nearly as many theories on the training of a horse as there are trainers, but when closely examined, all the tricks, gimmicks, and miracles fade away, and one philosophy emerges, bright and clear and sure.

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Never Say “I Can’t”

If you’re going to make money with horses, you need confidence.

And a lack of self-confidence is one of the greatest deterrents to success.

Here are six ways to help you boost your confidence, which in turn will boost your income.

The first thing you must do is eliminate the words, “I can’t.”If you’re going to make money with horses, you need confidence.

And a lack of self-confidence is one of the greatest deterrents to success.

Here are six ways to help you boost your confidence, which in turn will boost your income.

The first thing you must do is eliminate the words, “I can’t.”

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Buying a Horse

When it comes to buying a horse, there must be at least a million ways to get stuck with a bad one and about five ways to get a good one.

To get a good horse, you have to use a little common sense. Emotion is the villain.

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A Horse, Of Course

Dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh; out to buy presents, on the very last day!

It’s Christmas time, and horse time, and present time.

Whenever I think of Christmas I think of the horse that first pulled Santa’s sleigh – after all, Santa started with a horse long before he switched to reindeer.

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