Interestingly enough this quote has been in the last three books I’ve read.
“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” ~Teddy Roosevelt
The last book was “Believe” by Buck Brannaman. There were so very many little gems in this book. I can’t possibly include them all here, but I can encourage you to pick up this book and read it. I have also read “The Faraway Horses” but must admit that I enjoyed “Believe” so much more. It comes from the heart and soul.
It seems to me that horses bring us to the very depth of our heart and soul. Searching for the best we can be. Even if it’s buried under years of confusion, anger, sadness, guilt. The horse will bring either the best or the worst of us out in any given session. The horsemen/women are the people who take a step back and realize what exactly it is in themselves that is causing any strife or resistance in their horse.
When we approach our horse with false happiness, false intentions, fake courage, they can see what is actually going on inside us. We can not fool them. They will push every single button they can to cause us to see the truth and then accept/admit what is going on. Once we can admit that we are feeling angry, sad, scared, things will begin to change between our horse and ourselves. It’s amazing how the relationship will evolve and begin to have wings at this point.
Honesty makes all the difference to our horses. Those of us that continue to enter that arena and face who we really are, while our horses effectively mirror us, are the ones that will ultimately have the lives we wish for. We will truly understand love, how it feels to give it and receive it from one that can not lie or deceive but can only live in the moment.
Our horses are our best teachers.