I've worked with many clients over the years and it has been interesting to observe the ones who are successful in their equine endeavors versus the ones who flounder.
I think that it is very telling that almost always, the person who is successful in one area becomes successful in whatever else interests them. These people are not easily defeated, are very adaptable and believe in themselves and their horses. And, if the partnership with their horse isn't working out, they move onward and learn from their past experience. In short, they don't get stuck. Successful people are positive people and that reflects in their horsemanship.
I have also observed that these people take things in stride. In other words, they realistically deal with situations, evaluating as they proceed. They are not afraid to change something, they understand that one must evaluate and re-evaluate as you go forward.
These people also have a capacity for hard work and are very dedicated to the tasks they have chosen. They have goals and stay focused. If necessary, they will make sacrifices to achieve those goals. I hope you find this subject as interesting as I do. I truly believe what we do in one part of our lives affects all other parts. See you next week! JD