The More You Pick Yourself Up, the Better Your Groundwork
Clinton Anderson from Downunder Horsemanship has developed a way to train horses, regardless of their past problems or traumas. It all begins with training the owners so they can gain their horse’s respect and understand how to properly control them. Join Clinton on his weekly endeavors of tackling some of the most challenging situations with problem horses and problem owners. This week, we watch as Clinton tells us about a few lessons learned from Gordon McKinlay’s famous saying, “The more times you pick yourself up off the ground, the better your groundwork gets.”
The episode starts with Clinton telling us about one of his favorite sayings from Gordon McKinlay. He tells visitors that it’s been around for years, he’s said it many times, and he’ll keep saying it. Gordon was famous for saying, “The more times you pick yourself up off the ground, the better your groundwork gets.”
In reality, that’s one of the hardest lessons a horseman has to learn. It can hurt your ego a little bit, and you can spit out some dirt or get covered in dirt. But, at the end of the day, it’s as simple as it gets. Every time Clinton got bucked off a colt, every time he fell off a horse, 99 times out of 100, it was traceable back to him doing a poor job of preparation, a poor job of getting his horse ready, and the simple act of not doing his homework. Although that can be a little hard to come to terms with, Clinton realized that every time he got bucked off, he got better with his groundwork. The idea is always to try and make sure you don’t get bucked off again. That’s the whole point—how can you make sure that these mistakes don’t happen again? The answer is to keep picking yourself up off the ground and learn from your mistakes in the process.
To help, Clinton focuses on trying to teach his viewers as much as possible so they don’t have to learn the hard way like he did hitting the ground. Unfortunately, sometimes you do have to hit the ground for the lessons to really sink in.
Clinton recalls about 10 years ago when he went to Ken Bray, the owner of Equibrand and a longtime sponsor of Downunder Horsemanship. Clinton was complaining about some things going on in his company. Ken listened to him, and then he calmly looked at Clinton and said, “Clinton, sometimes you have to get a few bloody noses to figure out how the playground works.” That’s as simple as it was, and it’s the same as Gordon McKinlay’s saying—you’ve got to pick yourself up out of the dirt to figure out how good your groundwork needs to get.
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