The experience of teaching includes a wide range of clients and skill levels. While I enjoy teaching more advanced riders how to jump and accomplish more challenging tasks, it is just as rewarding to teach a new student the basics of riding.
Seemingly, I invited a friend of mine, Ross, to go horseback riding a few weeks ago. He had never been on a horse, and he was eager to give it a try. He claimed to be slightly nervous and hesitant around the giant beasts, but he remained calm and focused. I put Ross on Legend, a black and white Quarter Horse. Legend is a wonderful horse who is very trained and eager to please his riders.
After only a few minutes of coaching Ross on the basics of steering, stopping, and getting the horse to move forward, we adventured out into the woods. It was a gorgeous day, and the woods were full of Spring life! We crossed through a deep creek and rode up the embankment and entered a world full of trails and fun. We ducked under trees, trotted over logs, and cantered across open plains. It reminded me of childhood, innocent and free.
The reward of sharing my equestrian knowledge with an inexperienced beginner was truly great. Sometimes, I forget just how invigorating and special horseback riding is. Ross expressed adoring gratitude towards Legend. After so many years around horses, it is easy for me to take them for granted, yet it is indeed a privilege to be atop these magnificent creatures without a care in the world.