All horses have three trainable systems - mental, emotional and physical. Most people think only of the physical. Which makes sense since that's the part we see and that's the part we ride - - - or is it?
Consider this. How easy is it to ride a horse that is physically sound, but mentally or emotionally disconnected or frazzled? How easy is it to ride a horse that does not, will not or cannot do what you ask? How easy is it to ride a horse that is physically capable but is totally hysterical?
See? Unless you are a very talented rider, most people don't care too much for a horse that is not mentally and emotionally connected to them. Yet I see people get on horses all the time who are completely uncaring of their handler, totally distracted, and thinking of everything but carrying a rider safely. Makes me wonder.
I coined a phrase I'd like you to think about:
"Consider first the horse's mind,
Then their emotions,
And their body willingly follows." daj 2001
Give that some thought today.
Stay safe and have fun!