Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
I just posted this in another thread but think it is relevant here as well so I am re-posting:
I have ridden quite a few horses over the years that I have been riding, some I loved, some I hated and some we just ok. There were a few horses that I got a special feeling while riding, I wouldn't call it a bond though. I feel it was more that their learning style really clicked with my teaching style. Everybody moves differently in the saddle, does the same thing in just a slightly different way and teaches slightly differently. I believe that 'click' or 'bond' or whatever you want to call it comes when you start riding a horse that responds to your unique teaching style.
Of all the horses I have trained, I have always accomplished what I have set out to do (be it alone or enlisting the help of someone more knowledgeable than me) some horses took longer, some picked things up much quicker than I ever planned and some I really had to change my ways of thinking.
When you meet a horse that responds well to the way you train it is an amazing feeling! On certain days I would trade all 3 of the horses I own right now to find one that I clicked with like that. But for me the challenge come from learning how to create that click by finding new ways to train and interact with the horse.