"The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice." ~Brian Herbert
What a simple truth! We are given such a gift with the ability to learn. Yet, too often as humans, we squander so many learning opportunities. What is it that lets learning pass us by? Attitude? Perceptions? Contentment with the status quo? Who knows; we could debate and compile a list, but that would serve no useful purpose.
Personally, I am inspired by this quote as I think about the upcoming show season and being part of creating a new state affiliate. As I think more about this quote, I realize that there are many things that I need to learn. I have questions that need answers in an effort to keep order and promote continued progress. We all have things we have to learn to keep life afloat. But, I also want to acknowledge the fact that it is important to take a step back and think about what I want to learn. When it comes to my horse and myself as an equestrian team, where do I want to go next? What are my goals, and what learning opportunities am I going to willingly choose to strengthen my horse/rider partnership?
That is the focus of today's training tip. As the decision maker in the horse and rider partnership, we have an obligation to continue our learning, and there are so many opportunities out there from which to choose. A popular activity many of us select is the clinic format. Clinics are a great way to expose horse and rider to something new, network with other interested horse people, learn new techniques, and get feedback and advice from an expert. And while, it can be as easy as just signing and paying, there are deliberate actions that you should take to make your experience a success for both you and your horse. The article "The Magic and Mystique of Horsemanship Clinics" written by Julie Goodnight, is a great read about how to prepare for a clinic in order to get the most learning out of it. I hope you enjoy it, as much as I did. It is great food for thought as you plan all your future learning adventures!
Until next time, enjoy the ride.