When we want to do something with our horse,do we start by doing something or doing nothing? well maybe we can appear to be doing nothing. Are we observing our horse,checking his mood,how hes moving,taking time to feel what he needs from us today,how can we enhance his life today with what we see in the moment?
Today my horse was a little distracted by cows in the field,I worked with her at liberty to get her focus on me,I made sure she was wanting to be with me and being respectful. I like to check that we are in agreement about what we are going to do next so I show her the tack and she comes to me to put it on,if she does’t I have missed something and she is not ready. Before I learnt how to pause and be neutral,how to find inner strength combined with calmness,my horse couldn’t stand still,she had to move her feet all the time. Now I can help her to find the same things as she mirrors me. Today I worked on this a bit. After taking the time to prepare correctly by observing what she needed in the moment I had a wonderful present from her. Sometimes when she really wants me to ride her she will move towards me when I get on the mounting block,she did this today,its a gift to have a horse who once didn t want me on her, to now ask me to get on. We had worked on sharing some moments in neutral together and then some ground work to get her carrying herself better. Today we were in complete agreement about everything we did even some shoulder-in in trot and even when it was hard on her stiffer right rein she tried her best and so we had a carrot and a pause and a lot of praise.
Here is part of my preparation. Which at last I realise is more important than the ‘training’I might have wanted to do.