True leadership is sacrifice, doing the right thing when you are tired, worn out and just ready to go home. That is true leadership and I saw it today! This lovely face is Z
She joined our family 2 weeks ago. She is a rescue 15/16/17 (her age is up for grabs) OTTB. Which means she’s been mistreated was bred to go fast and isn’t sure who she is. So yea we adopted her because that is what we do. I’ve been teaching her manners on the ground. Today she decided that she didn’t like something, a smell a sound, pressure, you name it. She backed all the way down the stalls until she had backed into a corner where finally stopped. I yelled for help from our trainer who promptly came running along with one of the guys who takes horses in and out. (Side note you can tell they don’t like this horse because of her issues)
My trainer (who is amazing) was at a show for the last 4 days. Showing horses, sleeping in a hotel, etc. She had just gotten back when we pulled in and I am sure she was tired, hot, dirty and really ready to go home. Instead she spent 15 minutes with my crazy horse helping her get her brain back. Did she have to do this? Nope she could of said put her back in her stall I will work with her. Instead she got into the arena with us and worked with Zora. She helped me navigate that moment and several after.
You see leaders know that their leadership isn’t on a clock, that even if they are tired, or hot or sick or just not into it that they still have to lead. And in that moment they don’t stop to think about it they just do!
Leaders do where others wait, or think or stop. Super loud shoutout to my trainer who just did today and who made me feel like I wasn’t alone or stupid or anything else…
And to those of you who lead, we see you! You aren’t alone! And thank you!!