When I’m working with a horse who is stuck, when he just doesn’t get it and he doesn’t want to get it, I easily slip into the slow and generous mode and I think to myself but I’m really talking to him…that’s ok. You take as long as you want to get this because I have all day and you are the only thing I am interested in at the moment.
When he gets it , that instant where he licks his lips, takes a deep breath and starts to relax, that brings a huge smile to my face. I had trouble in school too. I know how it feels to finally get it.
I am still surprised by what motivates me. It is hard for me to think of this as a real way of making a living because I don’t have to struggle to do it. Sure, it’s a lot of work but it isn’t labor. When an artist picks up the brush, is that work?
No, I am not an artist. But I am a teacher. C’mon, horse. Follow the leader.