Lesson horses are a bit like seasoned travelers who have picked up a lot of different languages along the way, and will often be able to figure out what the rider is trying to ask for and maybe even oblige.
|Some creatures just don't care what you have to say - clearly their idea is better.|
On the other hand, a horse that has had only one rider and suddenly has a new person aboard may suffer culture shock and simply not have a clue what is being asked.
I have ridden quite a few horses and have been on the "just doing my job" types, as well as many "I don't know what you are doing but get the F$*& off me" types (I have always been attracted to projects).
|Not my idea of fun anymore.|
Once in a while, there comes a horse that not only knows your language, but is happy for the conversation. I have that horse right now and I am sort of feeling like someone who just found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Savvy is just so engaged, it is like "Oh, you want me to go like this? Well how about this? No? And by the way don't press that hard on my side or I will bite your foot. Let's do all the things!" and she never shuts up. I love it!
But it has raised that nagging insecurity in me - when something is good, I am afraid of losing it. Very annoying!
One good thing has come of that stupid, insecure feeling: I want to do right by Savvy and make careful choices in her training that will not effect her incredible personality in a negative way. Simply put, I don't want to wreck her.
So I push myself to be better:
I will *never* pull hard on her mouth (*unless she randomly spooks - so sorry Savvy - stop doing that shit please) and will continue to work hard on collecting her body with my body, NOT the reins!
I will pause after asking a question and getting a correct answer. AKA: SLOW DOWN and appreciate correct answers before hurrying on to the next thing!
I will ask every cue with the softest phase first. I.E. If she can leg yield with a slight touch then why am I always banging like a moron?
I will plan fun things for her outside of training and appreciate her need to be a goof ball. I.E. Hand walking out in the deep snow so she can roll and frolic or playing tag with her in the paddock.
Anyone else worried they might break their horse?