convictions, swung from one extreme to another as soon as he realized how mistaken he had been. His early life in Rishon LeZion and his military experience had taught him that if you broke in the process of training, you weren’t worthy, and he applied this to the horses and humans he taught. But this does not work. In the long run, for every strong horse that turns into a superstar, you are going to lose many wonderful mounts that maybe needed a bit more time, a bit more patience, or a gentler approach.
People have lives beyond their horses, families, jobs and the daily hassles we all experience. A little patience goes a long way when you are trying to teach someone, and one day, Eitan saw that clearly. He realized that he would be a better rider and a better teacher, as well as a better person, if he practiced patience and kindness. It was a moment of personal growth that was so surprising that it still feels new, “like it just came out of the package,” he says in