Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: France, near Dunkirk
• Horses: 0
I agree with all that. But for the plan... I have tried many many times. But when I come to my horse, finally, I can only decide on short-terms plan in so far as what we do depends on his spirit at the moment. I know what general idea I have for the day, I know if we are in the arena I want this and that, and if we take a walk this and that. But I mostly "follow" what he seems to need, what I seem to need. Sometimes I come and want to work on good transitions, and he just does them perfectly at once... so I try to come out with another idea, and if I can't think of something I will be able to teach and learn properly, we just go out, he loves that and there the goals are: keeping showing him I'm a deserving leader and efficient protector, keeping helping him manage his fears, and enjoying ourselves together as a team. I also take advantage of his energy on the straight roads to improve leg-yielding and see that it is done even with birds or dogs all around, shoulder-in too we had our first ones while walking on a road...
All I know for sure is that I want to have a horse that is calm, energetic, willing to answer to all my suggestions, and I want us to be comfortable and improve our relationship each time we see each other, even when it is just to take him to his pasture, or to give him a good grooming and massage. But then, when we work, the moves I ask him to do are not foretold, I prepare things, I ask simple things and then more complicated things, and so on, but there is no real plan... But I do keep a diary/journal in which I write every tiny detail of the hours spent with him, any glance, any impression is written down and I reread it before I go to see my horse, to see what we did last times, and how I can improve us, and keep him interested in me.