I just wanted to check in and tell everyone who has helped me in the past that things are going well. I started leasing my 9yo Paint Mare in November. I had absolutely no experience with horses except for my couple weeks of lessons that I had. Now I am steering Leagum on my own, and while there is still that power struggle at times, she always listens to my direction. Yes my technique needs work and when the power struggle comes its usually due to mixed signals. We are just starting to lope, which is a struggle due to my nervousness. I seem to be more comfortable on the rail with the lope than on the longe line. My instructor keeps me on the longe line when lopeing for reasons of control, I think my problem is going in that tight of a circle, and learning to balance the lope and fight centripetal motion.
We live in Northern Wisconsin, where it is usually below 0 out this time of year, but the past couple of days it has been in the 40's and one of the novice riders who boards his horses at the barn offered to take me on the trail...Leagum and I were in heaven! She spooked over a couple things, and his horse spooked and backed into Leagum, it could have been a huge disaster, but I kept my cool and she listened to me and we succeeded. It was the most fun I've had in a long time...the most free I've felt in forever!
I am coming up to the year anniversary of my daughter's cancer diagnosis, and what Leagum does for her and I is amazing! What Leagum does for me is a miracle! I am myself again...and its all because of her!
Just wanted to let all of you know that your advice has helped so much! Things are going well!