"Act a fool" xD
You made my morning!
Keep up the great work with your horses.
Thank you. We're muddling through. It helps that we have a great network of good people who can advise, though.
Glad to hear things are going well with Oops. :) It really is hilarious what they spook at sometimes. The silliest things.
It's good that the people are also laidback, that's how it should be. Even when the horses are acting up/spooking/anxious etc., it's not always easy to hold your composure or keep calm, but that's how it needs to be! That's awesome.
Well, y'know. Those porta potties are scary! It's big enough to actually EAT a human!
And they aren't something one of our horses normally encounter. Tractors, four wheelers, Rangers, random children, dogs, grocery sacks, water bottles, tarps, lawn mowers, weed eaters, yes. But not porta potties.
We also got a laugh out of my friend's horse, Peso. A smallchild, probably 2? was terribly upset about being reined in by her mom. Mom had little girl by the wrist, little girl had a Barbie horse by the back leg. Little girl was sobbing and crying and having a good fit.
Peso found that most distressing.
The truth is, it was a small human, having a meltdown. The sounds probably sounded to a horse like a wounded animal and it probably looked like a bigger animal was dragging the small wounded animal away... while it was holding a very small horse.
The joke was: Oh yes, I knowwww Peso. IT's a little girl and you've nevveerrr seen on of those and oh my! She's dragging that poor horse around by the leg!
Me: OMG HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? SHE HAS HIM BY THE LEG! LOOK WHAT CHILDREN CAN DO TO US!?
We all got a big laugh, Peso got a good look at the scene, was worked through it by his rider, and we all enjoyed the moment.
It's stuff like that that I've found can defuse a situation with a horse. Rather than blowing him up and fighting him to hold still, my friend let him dance around and lookie loo a little. She talked him through it, remained in control the entire time. No one got hurt, the situation didn't escalate, we were all very relaxed the entire day.
Laughter, I've also found, is a great way to burn off nerves. LOL It's like when I let Trigger's brakes off the other day - and when we were doing our cool down circles immediately afterwards, I couldn't stop giggling. It was adrenaline and it was euphoric and so much better than being shook up and 'scared' of what MIGHT have happened if I hadn't been able to bring him back to me after that.
Learning to laugh and enjoy the ride instead of fighting and nitpicking my horses has been such a tremendous gift, and it's all because I chose a different crowd to start riding with. These folks have nothing to prove, they aren't trying to be 'punchy' and cowboy up, they're just there to enjoy their horse.