Overheard Tack Shop Wisdom | Random Horse Thoughts

Sometimes you overhear wisdom in the tack shop. Like this quote my friend said she heard a woman say:  

“The day you stop learning is the day you’re no longer a horseman.”

This quote really spoke to me not just as a rider, but as person as well. After all, if we ever stop learning, stop striving to be better, our lives become stagnant and lose the vibrancy. 

The fact that there is always more to learn and always room to be better is one of my favorite things about riding. Sure I do it for fun, but I also do it for the challenge. 

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. You ready? I am not a good rider. Like at all. I used to be decent, then I took over 5 years off from riding regularly, lost my muscles and balance, and my confidence as well. I often joke with people that I became a good horse photographer because I wanted to be good at SOMETHING with horses. 

But really, I don’t think it matters that I’m not a good rider. Cause it’s really just that I’m not a good rider YET. I’m going to get there again, and yes it’s going to be slow, and yes it’s challenging, but I still love working on my skills. And once I get better, there will be more things to work on. 

And outside of riding, I’m going to continue setting goals for myself and gathering knowledge. In various aspects of my life I’m going to strive to do better and to be better and to learn more. Because “the day you stop learning is the day you’re no longer a horseman.”

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