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a minute of manners and musings
a lesson from a Lipizzaner
January 27, 2011Posted by on
[Reader Alert: the terrible quality of the following pictures is going to frustrate you.]
Just so you know where I’m coming from with this post….I’m a horse lover. LOVER. Then, there’s my children.
It is purely magical to see a horse and rider carrying the American flag while the sound of our nation’s anthem rings through your head. I look around to see people with their hands over their hearts and it makes my heart swell for the pride I know most people hold for our country. Except for the bo-hunks that leave their hats on and don’t put their hands on their hearts…I don’t care for that a bit. Traitors. Spoils the moment. It also spoils the moment when my son starts with the incessant tapping on my arm to show me something. I told you a little about this after we went to the Tennessee Aquarium. By the time we got to ‘Whose broad stripes…’, I looked right at his little face and said, “You have got to stop touching me.” Just call me Mother of the Year.
So, these are the Lipizzaner Stallions. Magnificent. They are so well-trained and prepared for shows like this…makes you wonder what happened to their natural instincts as an animal. It made me think about how we, as people, go about preparing ourselves for what lies ahead. Some people come into the world calm, cool, collected and with an innate radar that guides them gracefully from here to there.
They are collected. Everything they do appears natural.
They know where they fit in with a group. They are aware of their impact on the whole.
And they aren’t afraid to do something unusual. Daring. Something that at first, may make them appear like they have gone off the deep end, but actually reveal their strength and endurance.
But these people are very rare. Most people – like me! – have to work at being all these things. Our first reactions to situations may be to get spooked. To shy away. To withdraw.
Getting spooked happens and it’s completely natural!! It even happens to a World Famous Lippizaner Stallion. Did you know it takes a Lipizzaner 7 to 9 years of training to be ready to show? Did you know a Lipizzaner is born black or dark brown? So you see, over time and with effort, this beautiful, white, collected show horse takes shape.
So, take it from a Lipizzaner. It takes elbow grease and concentration to stand out from the crowd. And, if a horse that is born black and completely unknowing can turn into a dancing, white, intelligent creature, you can be the person in your dreams.