Actually emmajaycee, I am glad in a lot of ways that I didnt have professional trainers.This way,we have found our own way together and I learned what was better by listening to my horse [a RG quote,dare I say it lolol] .It has all been a learning purpose.Curious as tp how long you have had your boys?.I am into my 7th year of horse ownership.Believe me when I say I have made ALL mistakes.Almost killed myself on Champ in an accident that I completely suffered anxiety every time I went near him.This is why I obtained my pony,..to help me regain the little bit of confidence on a smaller less intimidating horse.
We got Festus (our quarter horse) in early April of 2011. Zeus came to us on April 26, 2011 (the same day tornadoes devastated our region), so I have had them about 16 months. Festus is ridden in a rope halter now (my oldest rides him) and I'm working on Zeus. Their personalities are very different and I think that makes me better. Festus keeps me on my toes and is always thinking. Zeus is a LOT bigger, but so laid back he makes everything easy.
One thing I learned from RG was NOTHING is impossible if I'm willing to take the time it takes. I also got a lot from his philosophy of putting the needs of the horse first and doing what's right and best for them and understanding a lot of why they do the things they do. However, I'm finding that other trainers give a better demo that's easier for me to watch and then put into practice, so I see that it's a little bit of everything, trying it and throwing out what doesn't work.
I wanted a horse from the time I was 6 years old. It was something I didn't have to have, but all my life loved them and hoped someday I'd have one. I grew up, got married (and grew up some more, lol), had 5 little boys, and life just got busy. It seemed like I'd never have one and that was ok, but last April, things just worked out and two horses were delivered right to our pasture. I look at them and see a favor from the Lord. It might sound cheesy, I do believe our needs are supplied, but every once in a while, it works out to where you get your wants too. I guess that's why I'm so willing to learn to ride bitless, why I want to make sure that they have good horsey lives and are happy, I appreciate so much that of all the homes they could have gone to, they were ALLOWED to find their way to mine. :)