[June 11, 2021] Many folks look on the bright side of life, and they are the very ones who help make our daily routines worthwhile. I’m taking horse riding lessons. Yes, I’m from Texas and never took a riding lesson in my life. What I discovered at this horse farm was finding leaders who took the time to show me the ropes – as I am sometimes a slow learner.
I, too, like to look at the world and think that people are basically good. What I witnessed as I traveled the world is that this idea is accurate enough. I recently contacted a local veteran advocate who told me about a local horse farm that gave free riding lessons to vets. Their focus is on people with disabilities, physical or mental.
I arranged a visit and drove a short distance to meet and greet the manager and farm owners. Great folks, all around. What surprised me was that I enjoyed the lessons. There seems some psychic connection between the horse and me. I can’t explain it. The manager, a great lady by the name of Stefanie, told me this is why horse therapy works so well.
Horses and people have had this “connection.”
Returning from my first horse riding lesson and getting to meet some folks who have “heart” in their running of the farm, I thought to myself, wow, I wish I had discovered them earlier. Yesterday, I took another veteran with me. We learned about care for the horse, horse habits and the peculiar traits of our horse, and how to mount, dismount, ride, and steer. I felt better after the experience and was not sore (a small source of pride, I will add).
Finding good leaders everywhere gives me a boost to my overall leadership philosophy.
Good people are everywhere. Today, with communications being instant, we often hear from those who would do us harm or are just plain ignorant. The ignorant seem to be king of the hill these days, but they have a megaphone from which to pontificate. I’m finding ordinary folks don’t like them and would instead get on with their lives.
If you want to be a good leader, then you must also have a goal in mind. And, it would help if you focus your energy on your travels to that goal. Consciously adopting the responsibilities that come with leadership is what the human spirit is all about. This horse farm is a living and breathing example that boosts my leadership philosophy.
When I was in the last year of my military service, I visited a therapeutic horse farm in Virginia. This horse farm was known for its ability to improve the lives of vets. I helped them get the word out about them, and today, I’m getting the word out again.
My lessons are from Hearts Therapeutic Riding Center, Egg Harbor Township in New Jersey. If you have the ability, give them a call and thank them for their value to veterans and others. Their website can be accessed here: https://heartstrc.org/aboutus.html