Horses Really ARE the Best Teachers.

As we have been commenting on the Six Types of Horses post, we all agree that horses are the best teachers. Here’s another example that just proves our point!

Today is my niece Alanna‘s birthday. Whenever there is a holiday or a birthday, I give the kids in my family a riding lesson. Yesterday the kids had off from school so I had Alanna at the barn for a lesson.

My little sister Larissa was grooming and tacking up Perry who we had since she was a weanling, and Perry is the best horse I ever had in my entire life. I start out all of my beginners on her. She is my most trustworthy mount.

Alanna was going to be riding Dusty, who is another great horse. Well, whenever Perry is being groomed she sticks her neck out and loves to be curried. It does look funny when her lip starts to quiver. Well, Alanna said, “Uhhh Perry is sooooo weird.” Alanna‘s voice dripped with disgust and contention. I said, “Don’t you dare disrespect a lesson horse, or you won’t be allowed to ride.” We all know how patient and kind lesson horses are! I can’t tell you how many riders had their first lope on that horse. Perry puts up with anything, and then when I get on her for a tune up she acts like she has only been ridden by me and makes no mistakes.

Alanna then walked over to Dusty who was in the cross ties and said, “I like Dusty so much better she’s not weird at all.” With that Dusty lifted her tail and dropped a big pile of manure! I grabbed a manure fork, handed it to Alanna and said, “Here you go, you need to clean up after your horse. Oh and by the way Perry never poops in the aisle.” The barn was full and everyone was laughing, including Alanna, and she got the message that you can like whatever horse you want more than the others, but you must respect them all!  Dusty taught her the lesson perfectly. No human could have driven the point home as effectively.


About Deanna Castro

Deanna Castro has been training horses and riders professionally for over 18 years. She trains riders in Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Showmanship and Trail Riding. Deanna is married to Native American Horse Trainer Fredi Castro and she is the author of "Six Weeks to a Better Horse".
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8 Responses to Horses Really ARE the Best Teachers.

  1. EquineSpirit says:

    LOL! GREAT lesson!!

  2. EquineSpirit says:

    p.s. Blog tag…you’re it! :D

  3. Deanna says:

    Thanks :)

  4. photogchic says:

    You would think she would enjoy Perrys antics with the curry comb. That kind of behavior makes them fun, not weird. Perfect timing Dusty!

  5. Beckz says:

    Horses are the best teachers. I’m hot-headed by nature but the horses have certainly taught me patience and tolerance because they cannot be rushed. They have also kept my ego down, I’m pretty sure the saying pride before the fall comes from a horseperson.LOL!

  6. Deanna says:

    LOL I love it!

  7. Rising Rainbow says:

    I thought I left a comment on this post. I wonder if I didn’t get my code thing right and it disappeared in cyberspace.

    I remember I couldn’t get over how good the timing of the horse was!! They are just so smart, maybe intuitive is the word I want, but brilliant none the less.

  8. Deanna says:

    Hi Rising Rainbow,

    I was just real late in moderating. I’ve been in bed sick for over a week, and this is the first time I have been able to make it to the computer to moderate! Hopefully I will feel better soon, and I can get some more posting done.

    Sorry for the delay, and thanks for the comment!


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