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Where is your attention? written by Jesse Westfall

11 Jan

Recently, I was out riding with a lady whose horse had its head in the air and was looking off in the distance most of the time. The problem with a horse like that is they don’t see the ground that is right in front of them and they tend to stumble when the ground in front of them drops or they trip over logs, sticks and things like that.Live with hope that your life will be better because of what you learned. Jesse Westfall

This horse made me think about people and where their attention is. I’m the kind of person that likes to live in the moment and that has advantages and disadvantages. I don’t mind if my days are spontaneous and fun but sometimes the future sneaks up on me when I should see it coming. There are other people that live so far in the future that they don’t see what might be going on right in front of them just like that horse.

The person who is worst off would be one that spends most of his time looking back with fear or regret about something that happened. It’s important in life to look back and think about your past, just don’t live there. Make sure you try to learn from your mistakes and take your new found wisdom into the future and live with hope that your life will be better because of what you learned. Written by Jesse Westfall

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2015 in Inspiring, Jesse Westfall, Life, Sunday, Thought provoking

 

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15 responses to “Where is your attention? written by Jesse Westfall

  1. John

    January 11, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Great post with good advice, Jesse!

     
  2. Susanne

    January 11, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    I think we get more out of life if we live in the present and not too much in the past or the future. This is one of the biggest lessons I learned by working with horses. and one of the reasons I feel so relaxed after spending time with my horse.

     
  3. Lori B.

    January 11, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Brilliant advice Jesse. Well said!

     
  4. Deb A.

    January 11, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Such good advice..thank you

     
  5. Tracy

    January 11, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    My horse, Boo, is usually on the hunt for horse eaters. He’s constantly looking for something to scare himself with. When he finds something, usually a trash can, mailbox, donkey, cow, pedestrian, etc., all hell breaks loose. I’ve tried redirecting him, keeping him busy, I’ve even gone so far as to scare him before something scary pops up. Some days are nice and calm, others are like walking through a haunted house. God forbid he trip over his own feet during his booger search. That’s a whole new adventure on its own.

     
    • PL Packer

      January 11, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      Have you thought about having a chiropractor check him out? My mare acted like that, when the chiropractor looked at her he determined she was so far out in her poll she was seeing double (I don’t know, maybe he was feeding me a line). But after working on her a couple of sessions everything improved and that horse eating monster hiding behind the next bush (trash can, mailbox, guardrail, etc.) disappeared! Made a believer out of me!

       
  6. Cher Golden Lago

    January 11, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Very well said. Thank you. Sometimes we all need a little reminding.

     
  7. Nikki Schleppe

    January 11, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    I jokingly refer to my mare as a bulldozer. You point her head in a direction and she goes, she puts her foot out and hopes for the best, she deals with what comes when it comes. It’s great because she will go through anything I ask, but I have to stay alert to what she’s going through because she will bulldoze through it and sometimes she shouldn’t. It can be quite dangerous,but she is a pleasure to ride.

     
  8. nokotahorse

    January 11, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    “Time past and time future, what might have been and what has been, point to one end, which is always present.”

     
  9. cfurse

    January 11, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    yes! So… what happened to the high-headed horse? I am dealing with a horse who often looks far away at the scenery (particularly cars/boats/trains in the far distance), searching for ghosts as it turns out, something to jump at. Alternatively, he is looking for ghosts in the bushes just in front of him (those scarrrry dirt piles!), which is not dramatically better. He was super spooky when I got him (having not been used much on the trail), got past it (a year or so of mannnny riding miles and some ground work), and turned spooky again at the start of this winter. We ride alone or with friends, and that doesn’t seem to matter. He is on 24/7 turn out with two other solid horses, same feed as always (grass), no excuse! So … we have been refocusing on me (the rider) with all of the bend/move/flex/back/step over bushes/etc. exercises I can come up with (actually quite easy, he doesn’t fight me, doesn’t seem to be ‘misbehaving’ as much as genuinely ‘scared’.) We also investigate/encounter all of the nearby scary things to see they are not actually, well, scary (which as soon as he gets his nose on it acts like ho hum no big deal). Trouble is? At the barn/at home, I can’t find ANYTHING that scares him to work on. He doesn’t fret about tarps, bags, helium balloons, bikes, motorcycles, tractor, cars (moving or still), other horses, flapping coats and clothes, dogs, geese and birds, deer, skiers, etc, etc etc etc. … anything i can come up with, he handles calmly. Have to be out, and mostly in one particular (semi-urban) area. I’ve also been doing a lot of relaxing in that area, riding, and stopping to graze, which he has to really work at … a horse that will not graze is fretted, indeed! The grazing seems to be helping the most, as it truly reduces his anxiety level very clearly. (and yes, his eyes appear to be fine.) I’d love any additional suggestions or thoughts …. Thank you.

     
  10. Billie-Marie Kasson

    January 11, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    There is a post on my Facebook page
    Stacy Westfall Championship Run 2906 video of you riding your horse Indian style without.a sadle. I shared it with my daughter-in-law who competes us western riding, reining, etc. she immediately sent a text message cut and pasted below.
    *********
    Oh by the way, on that video of that girl riding the horse, (on Facebook) ..she’s not deaf or mute or anything. She is a well known horse trainer and that was her horse that she had trained. That video did go viral, and someone started that tag line about her being deaf or mute, but that’s not true. Google Stacy
    Westfall– the ride is real, but the part about her being mute is not true 😊
    *******
    The next cut and paste is a copy of tthe information with your video.

     
  11. Billie-Marie Kasson

    January 11, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    Below cut and pasted is a response from my daughter-in-law who rides Western Style competition after II shared the video of your 2006 Competition Run – Indian Style – no sadle. The post with the video stated that you were a deaf mute and had trained the horse only three weeks.

    Oh by the way, on that video of that girl riding the horse, (on Facebook) ..she’s not deaf or mute or anything. She is a well known horse trainer and that was her horse that she had trained. That video did go viral, and someone started that tag line about her being deaf or mute, but that’s not true. Google Stacy
    Westfall– the ride is real, but the part about her being mute is not true 😊

     
  12. firnhyde

    January 12, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Always love to hear what you have to say, Jesse.

     
  13. jeri

    January 12, 2015 at 2:31 am

    Amen

     
  14. Simone

    January 13, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    I need to follow your advice and focus on now and the future and learn from my past!

     

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