Its September…the end of summer holidays and children go back to school. My youngest started at Nursery class this year at the same school as his sister; and he was ridiculously excited to be starting. It was the whole thing: the new bag, PE kit, lunchbox, uniform and the ubiquitous new shoes (considering he normally hates shoes it was funny to see him cuddling his new school shoes). So apart from tugging on Mummy’s heart strings that he was now a “big” boy, it did make me also feel so excited for him to be starting on a new learning experience.
I don’t think it ever leaves you: that feeling of a new school year (and I am sure it is down to the feeling of having new school shoes!). The feeling of getting the new timetable and the first lesson with a (probably) new teacher and a new subject. The lovely excited tummy flutters you get if it’s something that you love studying. And I still get it these days if I find something that is exciting to learn (currently revising behaviour and loving it!)
Our horse never stops learning: he is always moving and finding out where the new grass is in the field, looking at new experiences every time he out go out for a hack, his muscles keep learning new patterns when you ask for movement and he is stimulated. He keeps “viewing” his world and learning from it.
So why are you his, horse owner, not doing the same? Learning new ideas about his health, his behaviour, how he grazes and what he should be eating.
For me, learning more about my animals, understanding their behavior, working out what makes them “tick”, seeing them learn something that I am trying to teach them (I have a puppy in classes and it gets me a bit emotional when he tries so hard and gets it right) is my excited buzz that my children are now feeling starting school.
And I want everyone else to get this excited feeling of learning the solution- “the eureka effect”. This is one of the whole reasons for E-horse: to facilitate the transfer of information to you- the horse owner.
So even if you cannot make it one of our events (and we would love you to come of course!) … keep “viewing” what is going on in the horse world…keep learning for your horses’ sake. Never stop learning.