It's not how you start the day. It's how you finish it.
"You’ll have some horses in trouble that have been that way for a long time. It’s too bad, but most of it is due to the human and what they’ve exposed the horse to. At the end of a session working with them (the horse), you feel like you really got something accomplished; you feel real good about things.
And you go out first thing in the morning, and the way he responds to you, you feel like you didn’t do a damn thing the day before, like you’re starting over from nothing, and it didn’t carry over. And you think, 'Why did I even do it yesterday?'
But under those circumstances, if you’re not willing to go back every day and start over, you shouldn’t have started to begin with, because you might have to start over a lot of days in a row before it carries over from one day to the next, or one month to the next or one year to the next.
But one day it will, if you’re willing to start over enough times from zero. One day it’ll surprise you, and it’ll start off maybe farther ahead than you left it the day before. And that’s quite a thing for both of you. But you have to be willing to wait that out. Having had a lot of experience at doing this, I could start over 500 days in a row, and it doesn’t bother me a bit. I’m going to be the same guy at the beginning of the day each day as what I was the day before.
Not everybody has that in them. I often tell people, it doesn’t make any difference to me where I start my day, it makes a difference to me where I finish my day. Did I leave things a little better off than how I started? It doesn’t have to be perfect, but if it’s just a little better off than how I started, I got along just fine."
-'Behind The Scenes With Buck Brannaman' by Kelly Sanchez - http://www.chronofhorse.com/article/interview-buck-brannaman
Kelsey Mc Neal Photography, Me & Luke
Zoë van Mourik | Equine Trauma & Behavior Specialist
www.zoevanmourik.com & www.houseofhorsemanship.nl
'Follow the Horse, not the Method'
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Zoë van Mourik: Equine Trauma Specialist, Behaviorist