A client posted this article on my Facebook and I read it with my brow furrowed, deep in thought. "Be the barn rat," the article encourages.
I considered that of the 13 riders I regularly teach on Saturdays, I can count on six of them to hang around, groom horses, sweep the barn, help new students tack up, rearrange jumps, show me funny Instagram accounts, and generally be there for me.
It's sort of my M.O. -- you hang out at my barn, you learn about the running of the lessons. Most of these kids have heard me take a student from the first time on a horse through cantering so many times they can recite the order of the exercises I teach.
If you sit around for too long on your phone, I call on you to run alongside a nappy lesson horse to help get the kid trotting.
If you listen carefully, ask good questions, and help out, you earn extra an impromptu rides. (Maybe not always the horse you'd hoped for!)
|November 8, 2014 - four barn rats helping adjust stirrups|
Tango also can't imagine life without these barn rats hanging around, but mostly because he's hoping they'll bring carrots.
What do you think? Does your barn or trainer foster barn rats?