Originally Posted by Horse Dreamer
I really just want to do this right. I have wanted this for a long time and since we've started it I have every desire to make it a life long venture. I want my children to not fear horses, but be respectful of them and their power. I want the same for me, and I am realizing that to achieve that it's not just the horse that needs training.
I've spent a lot of years horse dreaming and watching others ride. I never realized how much more went into it before you even get a saddle on the back. I have to admit I'm a little embarassed, but I also completely enjoy my time with Molly and learning. Today she started to doze while I brushed her, I love that. She meets me at the fence and follows around the pasture it's just so much fun. And I think MacabreMikolaj is right. I probably have stressed more over her behavior than need be. IT'S ME and my inexperience.
Just the fact that you realize that means that you are going to be one heck of a horse owner. Molly is lucky to have found you :) Your mind is open and willing and that makes a world of a difference! One thing I have learned so far in my experience with owning Milo is that there are several different opinions on every topic of horse ownership. Everyone has their convictions and beliefs as to the right way and the wrong way to do something. What is important to find is what is right for you and your horse. No one method of training is the magic answer but rather a compilation of different methods that works for you. Take a little from here, a little from there and use what works for you, discard the rest. Some believe that there is only one way to do things... toss that theory out the window because every horse and every human is different.