Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
I don't know. To me, every ride is rewarding. There is very little in this world that is quite so satisfying as feeling the instant when a horse realizes "OH!! That's what you wanted" and they start doing what you ask, smoother and smoother every try.
Just like this little pony I've been using for daywork in the feedlot. On about day 4 up there, I could feel him trying to glue onto those cattle like he was wanting to go to cutting a bit. That feeling turned into a bit of a conversation between me and him:
Him- "Gah, I know I need to be doing something and pushing that cow somewhere...but I don't know how to get him to the gate....I know that's where he needs to go, I just don't know how to point him there...do I go to his hip or his head?"
Me- "It's okay, let me show you where to go and how to move...just follow the reins and legs and we'll get it done smoothly."
Him- "Okay..............wow, that was pretty easy! Can I try it again...on this cow?"
Me- "No, not that one, this other one over here."
Him- "Okey-dokey....okay boss, help me a little, I'm not sure what to do"
Me- "Just go easy, just like this"
Him- "Yay!! I did it again"
Me- "Good job, little guy"
Him- *goofy grin and a happy little spring in his step* "Can we do it again???"
I know, it sounds a little cheesy, but that's how it felt.
Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/