What you do today can improve all of your tomorrows!
The freedom of riding horseback has a place all its own, the companionship of a horse means you’ll never be alone.
As with many concepts in riding, the principles at the beginning and advanced levels are basically the same; they just become more refined as one progresses. Riding a horse becomes more like conducting an orchestra. Each instrument must be played individually before they can be played together in concert . . . When all of this functions according to plan, the rider plays the horse between the aids. The result is a happy, rhythmic horse.
There’s a variety of horse minds as big as there is among human minds. Some need more persuading than others, and a few of ’em, no matter how firm they’re handled, will have to be showed again and again that they can’t get away with this or that.
Will James, Smoky the Cowhorse
There are only two emotions that belong in the saddle; one is a sense of humor and the other is patience.