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Tactical Living

Oct 25, 2019

Ashlie: (00:18)
Welcome back to another episode of Tactical Living by LEO Warriors. I'm your host, Ashlie Walton.



And I'm your co-host Clint Walton.


Ashlie: In today's episode, we're going to talk about why thinking you know it all is often preventing you from being able to grow and learn new things. So just sit back, relax and enjoy today's content. As I sit here, my husband is literally straddling the chair in a way that looks incredibly uncomfortable and the reason for that is because he had five straight days of mounted training. And as you sit there, I wonder if you can just explain to the listener a little bit about what transpired from the beginning of the week going into this training.

Clint: (01:08)
You know, riding horses in our mounted unit is such a rewarding task that I get to do. We have to do trainings on regular basis. Not necessarily for us but for the horses to kind of get them acclimated to different scenarios like people pushing strollers, balloons…anything you could possibly think of that might spook the horse. You have a one thousand, two thousand pound animal in between your legs and you're effectively trying to arrest people while riding them. Yearly, myself and team members from my unit do a weekly training. We're really spending 40 hours if not longer throughout the week riding horses. And it's not easy. It's not like we're going on an easy trail ride and just cruising along. Working on the horses is actually very easy to do because we're kind of cruising, looking for people to arrest, to maintain control of situations and for maybe five, 10 minutes how to actually work.

Clint: (02:28)

During this training it's completely different. They're trying to scare the horses. They're trying to teach us formations. They're trying to get us the experience that we need to know how comfortable we are with our request training skills. So I've been through this training before. This is my fourth or fifth time going actually through the training and this week was a different company that we did the training through. I think all of us went into the training really thinking that we already know this. None of these guys deal with what we deal with in our city. A lot of the agencies, it's all PR related mounted policies or enforcement details that they do. I was completely dumbfounded by how educated these people were. And I went into the class thinking I'm not going to learn anything new or it's going to be just another week-long adventure and riding horses.

Clint: (03:40)
But in the beginning, I told myself I was going to open myself up to any new experiences throughout the training that they could teach me whether I agree with it or not. I'm going to go into the training thinking that I don't know anything about riding horses. By doing that, I completely open myself up to criticism, to critique and to learning new things. And I think everyone on our team really took away some great tidbits of information that we never would have thought of if I would have just completely closed myself off in the very beginning and said, ‘well, I already know this. I don't need to do this. Let me focus on something else and just ride the horse like I typically do.’ I wouldn't have been able to be taught what we learned throughout the week. My body aches as I sit here. My fists are balled up and my hands are sweaty because my hands feel swollen from grasping the rains for a full week.

Speaker 3: (04:55)
I can barely walk it seems like but that's just part of the experience. There was this grizzly old cowboy that was in the class. He's a short old white man and looks like a country singer. He looks like the Marlboro Man. If you know what that looks like…he carries around a cigar everywhere he goes. And to me, I was like, that is what a cowboy is supposed to look like! And throughout the training he came over to me and my partner a few times and just offered some advice. He didn't demand we do something. He didn't demand that we do it his way. He just offered it as another option to us. And in doing that, both of us opened ourselves up to a whole new experience of actually riding the horses and techniques of how we can approach crowd control situations or just typical equestrian techniques to make our ride smoother and easier. Things that we might struggle with, and I won't bore you with the details of side passing or just getting into a typical formation with horses, but little minor things like just looking the direction you want to go or looking ahead of your obstacles is something that the horses feed off of. They play off of. If you're staring at something right in front of your face, the horse isn't going to want to do it because they sense your energy. Looking beyond it, they're going to do the same and just work through it.

Clint: (06:48)
And in opening myself up to this training, I learned so much throughout this week than I have in any of the other trainings I've ever done in reference to riding horses. In doing this with all my trainings now I'm going to open myself up to learning new things instead of thinking I know everything surrounding whatever that training may be.

Clint: (07:16)
I've always set my limitations going into these trainings. I would say things like, ‘I already know this. I don't need to do it.’ Not anymore.

Ashlie: (07:28)
I actually had the opportunity to go to training with Clint yesterday. The coolest thing for me was knowing that Clint and his partners are actually getting ready to create an entire training program of their own. Their agency is not very big as it pertains to the mounted unit, but a very close by agency had their entire mounted unit shut down and diminished because nobody has taken charge of it. It's the hope for their team to be able to expand their team and really combine the efforts of both agencies as it pertains to their mounted unit as a whole. And knowing that that was the intent made me so proud to see how open and aware you were Clint. Your mindset was a little bit different this time. It wasn't you just going to the training for the sole purpose of being just a single unit member of your mounted team. You understood that the anticipation is to be able to take any skills that are required or any techniques or even the way that the entire training is set up because you and your partners are going to be able to share that with other people as you bring them on to do training under you.

Ashlie: (08:45)
And it was so fascinating to watch the different scenarios. It's things that we take for granted and we don't always realize what goes into play when it comes to the training of not only the officers but the horses as well. Tactics like pretending that you're screaming at the officer's while you're standing there on the ground. They had simulated responses and these almost dummy people coming in and trying to portray the way that it really looks when you're on the street and you're serving the community on your horse. And this isn't just good exposure and training for the officer, but from us having Clint’s horse Buttercups, it is also incredible experience and exposure for the horses. They're around people that have different smells and they're experiencing a different element. That's exactly what it's like when they go into any sort of work environment.

Ashlie: (09:41)
There was a late night where they're exposed to fireworks. There was motor vehicles that were turned on and the horses having to come right next to the vehicles shooting from the horses. Yeah, you had, um, was it cap guns or empty rounds. They also fired off cap guns as we're riding around too. This is to pretty much scare the horses and get them used to it. And I think from my perspective it was just the ability of being able to open yourself up in a way to where it's not just receiving the training that you're receiving. But because you have the intention of being able to teach somebody else and in our own practices as it pertains to our coaching practice. Our continued education, we've learned that that's the trick for me as you sit there. The truth is that I can't just read a book and keep it to myself anymore.

Ashlie: (10:40)
As I read, I have a notepad that I'm constantly taking notes on because most of what we consume on a routine basis, you hear that term. It goes in one ear and out the other and it couldn't be truer. When you think back on the last book you read or the last training program that you are in. Something incredible happens with the way that the content sticks. When you're able to teach it to somebody else and you carry it with you so much further and it's not just the content. This is even names of people and just developing different techniques and tricks to be able to train your mind. It's the same for this particular training and I think that once you understand that you don't know it all. We've all been there. We have situations where we think we're the smartest one in the room. The truth is that if that's how you feel, you never want to be the smartest person in the room.

Ashlie: (11:37)
The only way for you to grow, to learn, to develop is for you to have somebody or several somebodies who are above you in terms of excellence. That could be scholastically. That can be based on real life experience. You want be the one that’s sort of dumbed-down. That way, you can have curiosity sparked within yourself to be able to learn from the people that you're around. When you understand that and you embrace it, then you're able to get over some of that ego. When you can do that, then you can learn and experience life in a whole new way. And then by taking that and teaching it to somebody else…you're really able to enjoy your Tactical Living.

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