I learned that authority, like Nature (and probably because it is Nature), abhors a vacuum. I quickly realised that either I would be in charge, or my pony would be in charge. I became a benevolent dictator at a young age. We were both happy with the arrangement. Joanne Verikios
Lessons from horses: be aware of your surroundings. You can be sure that your horse is noticing every little thing. You need to be observant too, so you can choose all the things it is wise for you and your horse to be perfectly relaxed about. You'll both have a nicer outing that way!
I learned that horses, just like children, appreciate boundaries established with friendliness, competence, fairness and consistency. A sense of humour goes a long way too! Joanne Verikios