A few weeks ago I was able to buy a new truck, used but new to me. No big deal, lots of folks buy new trucks every day, but I haven’t done that in eleven years. The old F-350 has been a great truck and it feels like I’m deserting an old friend when I leave home without it. After driving the same truck for years I’ve become very comfortable with everything about it. I know the sounds it makes and the way it feels when pulling a load. I’ve always known I could count on it to get the jobs done I needed to do. It sounds a little fluffy doesn’t it, sorry about that…
Now about the new truck…it’s nice and shiny, it’s red like the old one. It’s an F350 with duals and a stick shift. The old one has an automatic without duals. The shift pattern is different than any truck I‘ve driven in former years so it’s taken me a little while to get used to the feel of the transmission. I’ve also had to train myself on finding the gears I want when shifting. I know it sounds like I’ve never driven a stick shift but I have and I’ve run about every kind of equipment you can think of so a new truck shouldn’t be a big deal. I just have to get some miles under my belt and I’ll become as comfortable as I’ve been the last eleven years in my old truck.
I guess I’ve done it again. I’ve started another article off with a bunch of stuff that’s got you wondering what the heck are you talking about this stuff for??? Well, I do have a point or two I want to get across about us and our horses.
The feelings of anxiety and discomfort I have when I get into my new truck aren’t that different from the feelings lots of folks get when they get a new horse.
We are creatures of habit and we also like to feel comfortable in our world. We don’t like to feel out of control and we don’t like to feel inadequate.
Every time we put ourselves into new situations we have a period of time that we question ourselves and try to figure out why we’re doing this or that. Then, once we get involved and engaged in the new activity we become comfortable and realize we’re ok and the world isn’t going to come down on us.
Doug and Jody Lindgren own and operate Hay Creek Ranch, Nemo, SD and HCR-AZ, Oracle, AZ. Both camps focus on guests vacationing with their own horses. Doug rides year-round, training horses to be great trail horses.
Visit www.haycreekranch.net for more information about both locations.
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This article was printed in Performance Horse Digest, Volume 9, Issue 10