Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Riding with confident humility.


Humility - The professional horse trainer who joins in to help set the trail course. The champion who uses his moment in the spotlight to share his own life challenges as encouragement. The clinician who includes the novice riders along with the experienced. The judge who smiles. The winning rider who claps for everyone – even when in 2nd place. The rider or coach who encounters a roadblock and before turning up the volume, asks – could it be ME, miscommunicating more than THEY not getting it?
Reminds me of a story I read about the rabbi, Jesus, the night before He’d die, stooping down to wash the feet of His student disciples. It’s a good reset for me to remember I’m here to serve my clients and meet their needs. Why did He do it? The account says it’s because He knew who He was, where He came from and where He was going.
Maybe that’s a kind of “swagger”. A quiet confidence in one’s own identity, ability and destination.  Nothing to prove. Nothing to defend. Free to shine the spotlight on someone else.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

The confident rider – how much is too much?


Our prime minister set off a national conversation about showing more "swagger" as entrepreneurs in business. So as a riding coach I was thinking - what's the role for swagger in the horse world? Is riding different than in other sports?  Some describe it as an expectation of success. Others, cockiness. Does  an "Own the Podium" attitude, get in the way of some riding disciplines and get ribbons in another? Hmmm... I wonder about swagger's effect on human  (and even horse) relationships. Maybe a happy medium between humility and smug-over-substance. What do you think?