Yes we can all learn from each other. I have one horse who use to be a handful to ride. He still is, but he's fun. Since I started using the hands on and massage, he's so much better. He's not as jumpy as before. He still doesn't care for the ocean, or big trucks. LOL
I'm learning to work with each of my horses differently to who they are.
To be honest, I'm not into all the fancy riding, I ride to have fun and love learning. My horses enjoy the life too. :)
I look forward to getting to knowing you and the others here.
The problem I was having was all the professionals who train, seem to do it mostly for the money. I don't. Trust me, we don't make a lot of money here, but it's a beautiful place and it's just plain simple fun. :)
Haha...I don't do fancy riding either. I like a "partner" in a horse - just to have fun with. I use to work them, which is also fun. I take personal satisfaction from "our" (my horse and my) progress...but there is no "bar" I have to reach. And, yeah, I have met a few "pros" that I could do w/o, that is for sure! Not only were they in it for the money...but I would call some of their tactics bordering on abuse. I prefer to train my own horses - its half the fun!
Well, I love the ocean but I don't like big trucks, myself. :)
I was going to mention one of the "message therapy" things I did for my old guy that was so easy
and he was always so thankful to have it done: pick up there leg from the forearm (somewhat like you would to make sure there are no pinches from a cinch), and cradle it in your hands and rock it gently
side to side (obviousely their knee is bent and the cannon on down is freely hanging). And then gently put it down. Try and pull it "more forward" each time you do it..by tiny amounts. He would get a little stiff like all old guys do, that would help him a lot
. That might be a poor description. I don't know what, if any, the formal name of it is...and you probably already know "that one".