If you google 'quotes about being prepared' you will get a lot of gems:
"By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail" - Benjamin Frnaklin
"Success is where preparation and opportunity meet" Bobby Unser
"“The essence of preparation is to position your horse to where the one thing that he’s most likely to do is exactly what you had in mind…which makes it a perfect time to ask him.” Buck Brannon
Preparation is a key thing when riding and training horses. Not that that is new information for anyone who rides/works with horses. That's where we live. At least that's where I live. I probably shouldn't be speaking about everyone.
|Carmen: I'm not sure what standing on a tarp |
is good for but okay
One thing I can thank Carmen about is helping me to be a better, thinking rider. I have learned that it's not about preparing for every possible circumstance. It's about teaching strategies for thinking and responding to cues so that when the unexpected happens you are ready.
Like wrangling chickens.
But I'm getting ahead of myself.
The truth is that I have had a few failures with Carmen and so, now that I don't always have the confidence in myself that we can deal with stuff. That has lead to me riding more with hope than preparation.
But, as I like to say, hope is not a strategy. So I've been trying to dismiss those thoughts (like 'I hope she doesn't spook in the corner') and replace them with positive thoughts ('we're going through the corner with energy and bend) and trust that I have the skills to ride through things if not when things go wrong.
|But know how to ride this|
|I got this equilab app that tracks the ride |
via my phone. The X is where the chickens were, the
white dot is where their house is.
(also liking the app)
I never found out where the 4th chicken was so I called Ed to come and look while I put Carmen away. He walked down but couldn't find her. I walked around the house and there were all four chickens in a fight over a grasshopper. So phew. I would have been sad to have lost one of them.
|A chicken free zone|