I have people tell me quiet a lot that "Jake looked wonderful today" or they don't seem to see what I feel when I'm riding. I was wondering if other people are sensitive to their horses as I am and other people can't see it.
Today I was riding and Jake wasn't being as crazy as he can be, but he wasn't behaving. He wouldn't settle his head down and he was swinging his back end around. He really wanted to rock onto his haunches and launch himself into the air. I would always defuse the situation before it started, but I had three people from the stables (Who know that Jake is high strung) say that Jake looked great. I was under the opinion that I had a horrible ride and spent the whole time fighting with him.
I happened to videotape 1/2 my ride and what I see amazes me, Jake does look like he is behaving very well, and it dosen't look like what I was feeling in the saddle. In the saddle he felt like he was bouncing back and forth between being soft and the mouth and then suddenly pulling me down, and I couldn't balance because he kept changing his head set every few seconds. Makes me rethink that possibly I am over sensitive to my horse and need to give him a lot more credit than I've been giving him. (That and more balance from my legs...which is what I've been working on)
Anyone else have a horse that they can feel the bad, but it may not be showing?