Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A better relationship with my horse

Updating my blog has continued to be challenging, partly because I've been spending so much time at the barn.  I've been riding a lot -- not every day, but close to it -- and the result has been an increasingly closer-feeling relationship with my horse.

One thing I've been working on, and something that I think has helped us immensely, is being clearer -- and insisting on a prompter response from Panama -- with my cues.  I've been inspired to work on that because of the fact that a kid now rides Panama fairly regularly (about once a week).  He is great with her, but as she gets better at riding he is treating her less like a kid and more like... well, like me.  Because he doesn't always respond well to her cues, however, I've been thinking more about how I cue him... and how I sometimes inadvertently teach him bad habits.

I don't think that's the only thing improving our relationship, either.  Our trail ride a few weeks ago, when we conquered several scary things together without me losing my leadership status, was one of them.  Our two trips to the schooling show -- one of which we actually participated in -- also helped, I think.

And now we have another horsey road trip together coming up: On Saturday, we are going with some friends from our barn to a private property that has an obstacle course set up!  That will be challenging for us, so we will see how it goes.  I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to doing obstacles on horseback...  But I am still very excited for the trip!  I'm learning to enjoy trying new things together.

We've also been working with Rondo, of course, although I have to admit I haven't been doing as much with him as with Panama -- it's hard, sometimes, to muster the energy (or the time!) to work with both horses.  I have plenty of updates regarding Rondo, but I need to get my head around some of them before I post!  I will do so soon, I promise!



At October 17, 2012 at 3:27 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

It's amazing how much kids and horses can teach you about yourself, isn't it?

At October 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Yep -- or about your horse! LOL


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