Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
I bonded with Mia almost immediately. We just liked each other. But she was dangerous to ride for years, because she didn't know how to be ridden, I couldn't ride worth squat, and what we both didn't know was dangerous to us both. With time, and TRAINING, she is much better for ANYONE who gets on her back.
Trooper & I are not pals. He tolerates me at best. He doesn't think of me as his friend, or even a nice guy. But he is safer to ride, because he's an ex-ranch horse who is in the habit of obeying and getting the job done. Even now, after 5+ years, I would probably be safer on Trooper than on Mia. When the horse hits the fan, it is training that counts. Not bonding.
Of course, maybe my horses are freaks. But maybe not. I like Mia a lot more. But Trooper is a better horse. But in honesty...the 'bonding' is why I pick Mia to ride about 98% of the time.
"People can teach us the rules, but only horses can teach us the art of riding."