Having discipline is what separates the pretenders from the contenders. What I mean by this is that if you want to reach a high level of anything you have to be dedicated to work, determined to succeed and disciplined to do it right.
We live in a world where we get things fast. Our food, our information, packages in the mail, etc. Unfortunately this is the trend in the horse world now, with colt starting competitions, mustang makeovers and other competitions that are happening. How fast can you get what you want? I’ll admit that it is impressive to watch and see what can be accomplished, I’ll also argue that the best way to train a horse is by taking your time and laying a solid foundation.
Think of it like preparing a great meal. It takes hours to make a good meal. First you want to choose quality ingredients (pick a training program that can get you the results you want from beginning to the end). Marinating your meat (letting your horse have time to think about what it’s learning). Having the right seasoning for your food (knowing how much pressure to apply, when to apply it and when to release). Cooking it for the right length of time (taking time to make sure the horse understands and is confident before moving to the next step). Presenting it well (making sure you don’t ask the horse for more than it is comfortable doing). Discipline and patience are the keys to quality whether you’re training your horse or preparing a great meal so remember to take the time that it takes.
Proverbs 12:1 New International Version (NIV)
12 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
but whoever hates correction is stupid.
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Jesse, I love reading your blog and I read it several times so that it sinks in and it makes so much sense. You truly are a teacher. I hope you had a great Christmas.