"If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking." Buddhist proverb
It seems like forever since there's been a pretty day - time to ride!
I finished work and rushed up to the barn. When I arrived I found a sleeping horse..so relaxed. I let him be for a bit, and did a few barn chores so he could motivate on his own. After a nice grooming we tacked up and were ready to go.
Since we last rode, I've been doing a lot of ground work with Val, hoping to develop more trust and improve our relationship. Our ride today suggested that it has paid off. Although we still dealt with the same issues as our last few sessions, they seemed to resolve faster. As the ride progressed I was able to use lighter aides and less often. We achieved lovely turns on the forehand (both directions) and a good energy level as well. A very satisfying ride.
One aspect of character building I'm experiencing with horse ownership is developing patience. Patience with my horse, patience with myself, and patience with my expectations, which were apparently very unrealistic. Because my horse was SO laid back with his former owner, and me when I was trying him out, I assumed that I would be able to do anything I wanted with him immediately. I didn't take into account the time it would take for us to really trust each other. Now that we have begun to develop a foundation of mutual trust and respect, my (our) patience is being rewarded. Our accomplishments will be even more meaningful I think.