04-03-2011, 06:42 AM
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Thank you very much!!
Well my very aim when I dreamt of having a horse was to create a bond and have a partner to have fun with... That's why I started all the work afresh, now I ride bitless, I always try to get him to think about things, I show him he can suggest things as well as I suggest things, as he knows I'm trying to listen to him he is really mild with me but at the same time he always tries to help me get better (either at riding or groundworking)... And above all I do my best to have a very "safety" horse, my sister - 10 y-o - can ride him almost alone (walking) and can groundwork him alone, take him to a meadow and so on, without me, that's important to me that he should behave with everyone treating him properly.
He is just wonderful and he is the living proof that with horses you have to be humble and listen to them, respect them...
Could you reexplain the difference between eventually and finally? I think if it's on a forum about horses I will remember the point for my whole life :)
Back to my horse, I think I've managed to build something, though it can always be still better! Yesterday, for the first time, in his new home with plenty of strange sounds and cries around us, he lay beside me in the round-pen for about 2 minutes, first I gave him apple, then I didn't have any more so I only stroked him, and for the very first time outside, he let me move around him, touch him, I was squatting of course and I could go to his shoulder and give a massage on his withers and so on and he didn't seem to want to get up! He just kept sucking his tongue, which is his way to say "oh it's just wonderful right here", after a treat or his food or a long great massage, and there he was sucking his tongue, his eyes half-closed, just enjoying the moment... I felt like THIS was just heaven... The perfect place to be... And that he gave me that happiness just after we moved out, in a still unknown place, it's just so priceless... Can't believe it still now!