Originally Posted by HorseyyGal
Sorry Golden Horse but this seems like you really don't respect your horse at all! Would you like it if someone grabbed you out of your bed & put you to work without having some fun first?
I respect my horse (s) just fine, I respect them as the individuals that they are.
I respect that Fancy needs me to be brave for her at all times, she needs her person to lead, but never get angry, but Ace needs a partner, she will do everything I ask of her, but will put her own Arab twist on this, and rather than insist on 100% my way, we agree something in the middle, which is why she wont be going back in the dressage ring
G Man does not like to think when I am there so every move needs to be given to him, Big Bert needs endless reinforcement that she is doing things right. Ben now, I'm still doing ground work while I get a full handle in what makes him tick and what he needs from me.
This is the way I respect my horses, by understanding them, but when it comes time to ride, **** right they will ride.
Do I want to get up every day and feed humans dogs and horses, no, I would rather stay in bed, but it's my job.
Do I want to fight my way through a blizzard to make sure the horses are OK, no I'd rather stay indoors in the warm, but it's my responsibility to care for them.
There are times when I would like to buy something nice for me, but their needs for the farrier, vet, new saddles for their comfort etc come first.
SO NEVER EVER EVER tell me I have no respect for them, I never stop trying to do the best for them, and all I ask is they hang about look pretty and do an hour or two of work every few days, they have it easy.
OH, AND, I respect that some horses do not share my visions, and I have made the difficult decision to sell Fancy because it is very clear to me that she loves to be driven rather than ridden, she is a different pony under harness, so I'm trying to find the right driving home for her, rather than keep trying to make a her a riding pony.