A friend was injured recently when she went into her herd of horses to give out some horse cookies. The horses got a little pushy and she ended up with a broken wrist. She commented that, “when it comes to horses, it’s not a matter of if you’re going to get hurt, but when.”
There are certainly plenty of folks out there who believe that, but I’m not one of them. It unfairly puts all the responsibility on the horse to keep make sure the situation is under control.
Don’t be careful. Be aware.
Being aware will keep you much safer than a long list of do’s and don’ts.
Being aware gives you something to look for.
Being careful tends to make you more fearful because you’re looking for things to avoid.
It’s easy to get hurt (or afraid) around horses when you’re not aware. There are plenty of things you need to be aware of when you’re around them.
- What’s their personality? What are their tendencies?
- What sort of day are they having?
- Do they tend to be pushy?
- Are they extra spooky because of the wind?
- Have they noticed you or are they paying attention to something else?
- How are they relating to that other horse over there?
The list goes on…
Awareness is a skill that we can all improve upon.
Most of us are just too lazy or don’t understand (are not aware!) that building awareness will help us in every area of our lives from business to family and personal life. Awareness is the first step toward increasing our Emotional Intelligence.
Because horses are so much more aware of everything– from emotions to the environment– than we are, they are excellent teachers of awareness. It’s imperative for us to be aware around them for our own safety—and theirs, too.
When it comes to getting hurt around horses, we make the choice between awareness or injury.