Every good horseman and horsewomen is, and should be, mindful when interacting with horses. The silent, interpersonal relationship shared with a horse is a form of meditation for some and just a deep connection for others. Even such simple actions as cleaning a stall can be mindful when counting manure piles or carefully flipping them into the wheel barrel.
The moments spent with horses, when you’re totally present and aware of the horse’s thoughts and feelings (as well as your own), allows you to share awareness with another creature and feel a harmonious bond. This special connection allows horse and human to achieve things together that perhaps individually they could not—whether it be performing together or just BEING together. This is MINDFULNESS. The quality or state of being aware and present in the moment.