Motivational Quotes For Horse People

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Sometimes, a person gets stuck in a rut when working with his or her horse. When your horsemanship (or just your state of mind regarding your horsemanship) is down in the dumps, it’s helpful to pump yourself up with a few motivational quotes. Here are some of my favorite lines to get stuck in my head when I hit a rough patch with horses.

There never was a horse that couldn’t be rode, and there never was a man that couldn’t be throwed.

No matter how tough that bronc is, someone can ride him. Maybe that someone is you! If you’re struggling with your personal riding horse, you might need to seek outside help and adjust your technique, but his bucking problem is more than likely surmountable. And even the handiest bronc riders hit the dirt, so don’t feel too bad for too long if you got frapped down – it happened to Casey Tibbs, too. Everyone gets bucked off once in a while. The secret, of course, is to keep getting back on.

You can just about always stand more than you think you can.

If you think your horse troubles are too big to handle, don’t worry, because they’re not. You’ll get through this rough spot and be stronger for it. When you look back on this valley from the vantage point of a future peak, it might not even seem like that big of a valley.

If it was easy, everyone would do it.

A cutting horse trainer in Texas once told me this, and I have since added it to the pump-me-up playlist of motivational quotes that I store in my head. If completing a reining pattern wearing a long sleeve shirt and chaps on a hot day while being judged in front of a crowd was easy, there would be a whole lot more contestants in NRCHA events. If you’re struggling to learn flying lead changes, saddle your colt for the first time, or make it through an extreme trail course, remember that your persistence is what means you will succeed. By simply being out there a-horseback, you’ve already beat out half the the non-competitors.

Work smarter, not harder.

Ah, the ol’ college quote. There’s no getting around the fact that working with horses or livestock (or small children, for that matter) is hard physical work. But before you engage in hand-to-hoof combat with a hard-to-shoe horse, stop and think. Should I put a rope on a hind foot and enlist a friend to help run the rope while I shoe this animal? Do I need to get this horse better about picking his feet up before I try to run a rasp over one of them? Is he too fresh – maybe a long ride would improve his mental state and then I should attempt to tack iron on him?

Hopefully these snippets of wisdom (none of them attributable to myself, might I add) will help you power through your next slump and keep moving forward with your horsemanship. If you have any quotes to add, feel free to leave them in the comments! Sometimes, we could all use a kick – or at least a strong shove – in the hindquarters to get moving again.

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