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"Above all things, the rider of a difficult horse should never lose his temper. When a horse deserves punishment, he should get it with an amount of severity which might be regarded as the outcome of anger, but which should be proportionate to the offence."
"Now, I'm not saying that everything is milk toast, fuzzy, and warm when you are working with a child or working with a horse. But at the point you become angry or you abandon your sense of reason and logic and become ruled by resentment and anger, by spite and greed and hate and all the other negative feelings that seem too run the world these days, you aren't going to be any more successful with your horse than you would be with our child."
"A rider who becomes irritable, losing control of his faculties, can do nothing well."
"Since you've made a conscious decision to be patient, there's less anxiety than if you felt pressured to fix everything in one day."
"If the path we have embarked upon is good, and we have conquered the need to be bigger and better than everyone else, that is marvellous! Then there is no more stress, everything we do is always fun, is always beautiful and the goal has become irrelevant. It will never be reached, anyway, even by the most talented."
"...it is so immensely important that it becomes part of your very being to constantly, consciously control yourself and always reflect upon your actions."
"...the ignorance and bad temper of certain riders produces more vicious horses than does nature."
"A frightened horse is a dangerous horse; a trusting horse is a partner, even unto death."
"...the very same physical pressure, applied dispassionately with no intention of hurting or paying back the horse, could be a legitimate training technique that would produce the desired submissive response."
"You can get a lot more done by being calm, reassuring, and confident, than you ever will by losing your temper and hollering like a banshee. The thing to remember here is easy: if you lose your temper, you'll lose the horse. Simple as that."
"...horses tend not to give their best when being ridden isn't enjoyable for them."
"Our thoughts, moods, imaginings, hopes, and fears to influence us physically, and therefore influence the horse."
"A rider's unintentionally defensive riding can easily tell a nervous horse the rider is concerned, too. This can put the horse on an even higher level of alert, so it spooks when it would otherwise be confident."
"Many people don't realize that they can also ruin a horse through 'love' for the animal."
"You can only ride well when you have your emotions under control."
"[A horse's] natural reaction to anything that is not understood or appears to be a threat is to flee."
"A horse seems to know whether our minds are concentrated on what we are asking him to do...."
"...how do you impose these rules without breaking all the precepts I have been laying down? You do it with firmness but without getting angry."
"Horses are by nature curious."
"...the chief enemy of curiosity is fear."
"Every day, and this is still true for myself, there are moments of disappointment and self-doubt. It is not an easy path and it never will be."