Riding Lessons: A Simple Metaphor for Life
As equestrians, there are riding instructions that are so ingrained into our brains, that they echo all of the time: Heels down, soften your hands, half-halt. Recently, our daughter Lizzie has been working on her leads coming off of her fences, and she has a tendency to look down at her pony's shoulder to see if he picked up the correct lead. Inevitably, as any well-school horseman will tell you, that movement secures the lead the pony will pick up, whether it is wrong or right for the direction, as she is subliminally cuing him. So as her trainer, Jeff Gogul, likes to tell her, if she looks down towards that ground one too many times, she'll be in it!! I can still hear my teachers telling me the exact same thing! Riding lesson number one: eyes up, steering the horse where you want to go.