I didn't now where to post this, if this isn't the right place please let me know.
My filly, first Lot #306, then Check Mi Victory and now Nike, has come a long, long way. We had out 6th ride last week, and it was, to many people's surprise when I tell them about Nike, walking on public trails around a lake, bareback, in a halter.
Now, to make that story seem even more unbelievable, Nike is a 3 year old, 14.2 American Mustang who was out on the range just 2 years ago.
Now here's where I jump into the benefits of taking your time.
I spent 400$ in an auction to buy Nike, knowing nothing about her except for one picture and a clip of her being chased around a pen. I drove 3 hours to pick her up, then brought her home, had 4 months to train this yearling, then had a 4 day drive to Fort Worth Texas, where I competed in the Mustang Makeover Challenge.
We did awfully.
I mean, if you want to see, message me and I'll give you a link to a video where my horse, supposedly ground tied, gets loose in the middle of a trail trail and trots all the way to the other end of the 400 square foot arena with full stadium seating, making me walk after her.
When I got home, I was devastated. I saw how poorly this mustang and I have done, and I felt like a horrible horsewoman. Like I shouldn't have been in that competition.
Flash forward two years. Third ride, she is the only one listening to her rider. The other few trained horses there were bolting and bucking and being absolute ****s after a rain, and Nike would look forward, feel me sit back, and stay at a walk.
After that 4 months of cramming to be able to have a young, off the range horse walk, trot, canter in-hand(but not lunging), flying lead-changes, load into a trailer without a hitch, jump, ground tie, roll-back, pivot and sidepass... I realized how much I tried to do too fast. In order to get all those things done, each movement was mediocre to be nice. So, I gave her a break. Instead of starting her as a two year old after the competition(as MANY competitors did with their yearlings... some are already being shown futility), I restarted her completely.
It took two years before we were where we are now. This connection I have never had, this feeling and understanding between us that I have never experienced. She is my rock now, and that, I can 100% attribute, to constant work, and taking things slow.
This, is what matters to me.