Here is a great article about a teacher who every morning compliments the students in his special ed class one by one. He talks about the difference it’s made in their lives, this little act.
It reminds me of an instructor I know who had a difficult rider with behavioral problems. She would make sure to greet the rider by saying warmly, “It’s so good to see you! I’m so glad you’re here!” Because she got the feeling the girl did not hear that very often – and seeing how she often reacted, “Really?” she might have been right. At the end of the lesson she would say, “You are a great rider, you’re really helping up train our horses. Thank you for helping us improve our horses!”
You never know the difference a few intentional words can have on a person.
Note: This is not professional advice, this is a blog. I am not liable for what you do with or how you use this information. The activities explained in this blog may not be fit for every rider, riding instructor, or riding center depending on their current condition and resources. Use your best personal judgment!