Greetings from Oranjestad, Aruba everyone!
Horses and motivational sayings have a long proud history in America. As Ronald Reagan once said, “There’s nothing so good for the inside of a man like the outside of a horse” Many famous equestrian idioms have been inducted into our daily life, however none have taken off quite like the saying, “When you fall off a horse, you have to get back in the saddle”, along with its many variations and adaptations. Though it is unclear who first said this motivational phrase (and when), it has served as one of the most universal motivational phrases for nearly every difficult situation: If we are to assume that ‘life’ had all the mannerisms of a horse, then we must ‘fall off’ all the time. Don’t believe me? Here are a few situations where this phrase works fairly well:
Lose your job? Get back in the saddle and ride it out.
Rough hangover from the night before? Get back on the horse.
Or take it from Sandra Bullock:
“I didn’t think I was ready to go back to acting, but that role was a great way to get back on the horse.”
(Actress Sandra Bullock talking about returning to movies after her divorce. (Associated Press))
Image courtesy of Laurel Hill Event Horses. Click to read their suggestions on how to fall safely from a horse!