So far in lessons, I have learned that taking informed risks is important. I’ve learned that if I’m assigned a horse I’ve never ridden before, I shouldn’t judge its behaviour based on what I’ve seen and/or heard, but rather I should try out the horse for myself and make my decision based on my experiences. I’ve also learned that everybody in a community should do their fair share of work. Where I ride (at NSEC), it is asked of everybody that they give their horses a quick groom before and after riding, as well as cleaning their horse’s tack after the horse is back in its stall. However, it has come to my attention that some students choose not to groom their horses or clean the tack after lessons. If tack is not cleaned properly, it can get damaged over time. My take-away from this experience was that everybody in a community needs to do what is asked of them.