The Progress of a Young Leader- March 2019

Dear all,

I am currently writing this sitting in glorious sunshine and its February; this weather is truly crazy but we are not complaining as there is nothing better than being outside in this sunshine all day!

During this month I have attended my last day of my Living Leader course. Not only was it great to share with our group how beneficial the first two days were to me, but also, it was brilliant to hear other people were also seeing change for the better after learning new methods too. I have really taken away appreciation from the last day and how such a small thing is hugely missed or people don’t feel comfortable doing it or receiving it.  I think I speak for everyone in the group how shocked we were with how uncomfortable we were appreciating each other and how hard we had all found it putting it into practice since the first few days.  Since day 3 I have received two great emails appreciating my last blog, it felt fantastic and has made me feel more confident and positive in writing this one. It’s such a small, simple thing with a huge positive impact.

The horses are all feeling on fire and start the eventing this weekend. The last couple of weeks my main focus has been on one horse called Cool Choice, Bug for short, as he has been competing in some hunt races jumping rather huge hedges in the Leicestershire and Gloucestershire countryside! Bug was very kindly given to me as a 2-year-old after failing to enjoy his career ahead of him as a racehorse. Now rising 7, Bug has achieved a huge amount of placings and wins through eventing, showing at county level shows and in hunt races, but it has not been an easy road to get to this point. Bug has a lot of talent but also a big character meaning his talent is not always directed the right way. It has taken patience and time to get him where he is today and he has to be one of the most challenging horses I’ve ever worked with. Horses learn by repetition, meaning it’s important to practice the right thing rather than repeating the wrong. Although it may sound easy, chuck in half a tonne of animal with a brain and you quickly realise (well especially in Bug’s case) that it has to be their idea! Many hours of building his trust and teaching him the skills to make him feel confidence in his job has now brought him into being the superstar he is today. Hard work really does pay off and looking back on how far he’s come really helps motivate me every day.

Indie Vaughan-Jones