Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Pawlet, Vermont
I am back into horses for 4 years now. I have been moving too quickly. Last weekend I finally concentrated on walking and turning. When I found my lazy boy being responsive, we kicked it up a notch. I didn't move past a trot. I too have a fear of being thrown. I know in my head niether of mine would do it intentionally. It is me. I know I ride better than I think I do, but I don't feel it. So last weekend, I spent totally focused on my boy and myself and a close connection. Very slow and gentle. After an hour- mind you, I have had him two years- I felt confident enough to turn at a trot and found my balance clear and matching him. I felt so good-best in 4 years. He was relaxed and comfortable-yet lazy-as he is that. But the next day, he was eager to see me. I felt it was a great gain. I am gaining comfort in leading him- as he is pushy- we do a lot of turns- until he relaxes. Important thing to remember, do what you are confident doing. If you walk until you master that- you are showing a good leader. Thank you for the post. This is the first time, I have shared my confidence problem. You are an inspiration.