“Tom Dorrance once said, ‘You can learn anything with these three words – observe, remember, and compare.’ He said that beyond that, learn to adjust to fit the situation. That always meant so much to me. The last time I was around Tom, he said, ‘Don’t treat them like they are. Treat them the way you’d like them to be.’ At the time, I didn’t know whether he was talking about horses or people. Later, I realized that he was talking about both. I remind myself of that from time to time. Because sometimes, people might come into a clinic defensive, scared, upset, or emotional. The best part of the person isn’t gonna come out the first day. But if I do my part and help them along, I get an opportunity to see the best part of the person as time goes by.”
– Buck Brannaman
There is so much wisdom in this quote. With a personal goal of excellent partnership, I realize that I am 50% of the equation and I need to be working on myself as much as I am working on my horse. I want to be the best I can and offer as much to the horse. I want to always see my horse as he is and strive to support him to get to where I want us to be, where we are both happy, comfortable, safe and having a nice time together. This quote helps me to remember things I need to know to get there!
How does this quote inspire you?