I recently saw an info-graphic about Success that highlighted the differences between Successful People vs Unsuccessful People.
horse riding success factors

I recognized these were also the Horse Riding Success Factors that every Great Horsemanship Master knows and every student needs to learn, especially if they want to become GREAT.

It went something like this:

Successful People

  • compliment
  • forgive others
  • accept responsibility for their failures
  • keep a journal
  • want others to succeed
  • keep a “to be” list
  • set goals
  • exude joy
  • share info and data
  • talk about ideas
  • read every day
  • have a sense of gratitude

Unsuccessful People

  • criticize
  • blame others for their failures
  • say they keep a journal but really don’t
  • think they know it all
  • operate from a place of fear
  • fly by the seat of their pants
  • fear change
  • watch TV every day
  • take all the credit for their victories
  • have a sense of entitlement

As I was reading, the bells were going off all over the place in my head!

In studying the Greats of Horsemanship, I look for patterns they all share.

The Greats of Horsemanship all have the traits of Successful People.

Buster McLaury is always quoting from books he has read and  he journals almost every day. I also know he often reaches out to his peers to talk about ideas. In my own experience with Buster, I was recently riding a little mare I had restarted. She still had a lot of nervous energy, and I was really working hard to get her to give more moments of staying with me. I have to say the moments were present but fleeting and by the 4th day of riding her in open, challenging territory, I was losing my confidence in my abilities. I just wanted her to take a deep breath and relax and walk without that fraying nervous energy. The funny thing was at the end of the 4th day of a 5 day ride, Buster, his wife Sheryl and I were riding our horses to the paddock to turn them out. I was explaining why I had went off on my own for a little while to see if I could get her to tune in better. As I was talking I noticed my mare was walking quietly with me, no fraying nervous energy. She was tuned in; relaxed.

Buster said while looking at my horse, “You have that now”. I replied, “Yeah, Now!” with a hint of defeat and sarcasm. He said, “Well, that is what you wanted isn’t it?”.

Busted by Buster.

Gratitude. Successful People have a sense of Gratitude.  

When I spoke with Terri Church, author of “Finding Pegasus“,  she told me about her humiliation when she first started to learn from Tom Dorrance.

She thought, “I’m a professional, I’m supposed to know what I’m doing,”  yet, according to Tom’s standards, she couldn’t even get her horse to stand quietly.  It was very hard for her to come to terms with the fact that she ruined her relationship with her horse. When she finally accepted responsibility for her failures, that was when she truly started on the road to success. 

When I see the students of these Greats, it is easy to recognize who will eventually grow and succeed and who will not.

Those who are trying with a successful mindset will eventually instill that same emotional mindset in their horses. click to tweet

How many unsuccessful mindset horse people have you met that know-it-all and criticize everyone and act entitled and on and on it goes? I don’t know about you but I always find myself trying to get away from them as fast as my legs will take me and if that isn’t possible, I ignore them, tune them out, etc. What does that instill in their horses? I’m guessing the same basic emotional state as me!

What successful mindsets can you add in your daily life to improve your Horse Riding Success Factor mentality?

Post a comment below and share what successful mindset you need to start implementing today in your life and riding!

If you would like to learn more about MaryEllen Tribby and how she came up with the Success Indicator , click here.

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