Progress... how do we really measure how one progresses. Is it based on a new skill we learn? Is it based on mastering a skill? Is it a tiny success? Is it a big success? Or is it based on if others notice a difference?
In my eyes, progress is the baby steps we take towards a goal. This could be from a tiny change or a monumental one. When training horses we have to notice the slight changes they make and consider them as progress. For example when teaching a horse to cross over the first sign of progress would be the horse shifting its weight. Same for people; while in training for any activity we have to reward ourselves for the tiny steps we make rather than waiting to reward ourselves for the end result. While riding, our progress can be as small as keeping our heels down or not trying to control the horse with our hands as much.
While taking my Equine Assisted Therapy class at Utah State, I have come to notice this in kids with special needs. For them, their progress is a huge deal while to others it may not be something as big. One of the kids I was working with didn't seem to want to interact with the horse as much. After a while, he felt comfortable enough to brush the horse a couple of times. Later we were able to assist him in leading the horse around the arena through different obstacles. While brushing a horse may not seem like progress to most people, for him it was. People who have disabilities can only handle so much stimulation at a time. Sometimes even touching and looking at the horse at the same time can be too much. This is why I think it would be valuable to everyone to figure out their own definition of progress.
For me I have to realize the small steps before the accomplishment. If I don't, then I start to feel discouraged. Like most people I like seeing the end result. But if I take the time to realize the small acts of progress the result will be that much more grand.