KIND­NESS

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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

won­der.

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