Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Southern Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Honeysuga, you put it so well. If I could quote those words and call them my own, I would.
I'm so close to the beginnings of feel and connection, it really makes me so happy to see how far I've come in one year of really trying to ride! Some days I lose all my feel and I feel so helpless, as if my horse has stopped talking to me, or if somebody cut out my tongue and I'm rendered speechless. To feel truly connected and with your horse is the most beautiful experience of all, and the most rewarding.
Feel is the subconcious knowing of when to give and take, the real connection between horse and rider. To feel is to learn and speak language of your horse's body and mind, and it is the very base of what creates a great, happy, and willing equine.
Soft, kind, and giving riders should be what win at the shows, but alas it seems they are getting few and far between, and only the rare judge recognizes them. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter how pretty you look in the saddle, the clothes you wear, the money you spend, how high you can jump, the fancy pirouettes you can do, or the shows you've won. If you are not willing to learn how to feel and put the horse first, you are not a real rider.
sing mε a blazing northεrn sky.
Last edited by dressagexlee; 12-28-2009 at 01:49 AM.