So today when I got to the barn I was running late for my lesson. I jogged out to the herd(far corner of 200 acre field) and caught my horse. Nothing new here. Knowing I was short on time I jumped on him bareback and trotted him to the barn. Still running really late, I barley brushed him, picked out his hooves and speed tacked him. This is different, usually he gets a long groom, minimal streching and then a tack up. However he seemed calm and not at all disturbed. I got on him and rode to the ring. When my lesson began he was AWFUL. Every signal from me he tried to run through, threw his head all around, was being horrible. This is new for him, although he gets nervous easy and occaionaly bolts, he never has been so direct about ignoring every thing I ask him. We spent the whole lesson working on low, low and relaxed. Which was actually really helpful and possibly one of my favorite lessons EVER.
So the point of this long post was to remind myself that for him, the grooming and the catching is part of his routine...it makes him comfertable and apparently helps him trust me. That was so cool and very surprising. I always assumed that the grooming/tacking was completly seperate from the riding. MIND.BLOWN.
*sorry for the spelling, my computer likes to switch my correct spelling to incorrect :/