|mramsay ||05-15-2012 02:14 AM |
so proud, thanks everyone!
I just wanted to say thanks to all of you who have taken time to answer my questions, offer guidence and encouragement, and for answering and offing constructive critisism on the threads posted by others which we all cna learn from. I have had the most wonderful time on my boy the past couple of weeks, and th future looks so bright. I was once scared of this horse, and I had no confidence... Now I know he will be the perfect companion, that I am ten times the rider I was two years ago, and that the future is bright!
I have take blitz out quite a few times the past few weeks, riding trails we have never ridden before. I finally feel like I have control over him, and that he will respond to me. I feel comfortable loping along the trails, knowing that he WILL stop if I ask him (even if we are going the direction of home), and that if he spooks I CAN handle and diffuse the situation. He is neck reining and moving off my leg quite nicely (we still have a ways to go), he will change speed or stop completely in responce to my seat. And if he refuses to do something such as cross a creek, I know he will spin left and then move on with minimum prompting. I can read him before he reacts... SO happy! Soon, I feel I wont even have to ask, he will just do.
For example, a bear ran out infront of us on the trail maybe 15 yards as
Im not sure if what we have acheived is trust or understanding, but riding is now a joy, not an anxious chore. He spooked, spun left, and it happend so fast that I dont know if I did it or he did it, but before I knew what was going on, we were headed right donw the trail in the direction we were going before the spook, I didnt lose my seat at all. We have experienced gun shots, dirtbikes, ATVs, huge mud holes and puddles, the infamous scary stump, and more deer and bears to shake a stick at, and no issues. Something has just clicked... I love my horse!