Having been a complete numpty and buying a horse when I soooo didnt know what I didnt know (I really thought it would all be easy!!!) I have spent the last nearly two years learning hard and fast everything I could about horsemanship and parelli has been a massive influence in this. How my journey has looked varies enormously - from the first fumblings when all I wanted to do was not get trampled to death, then several things have caused us to leap to another level, and of course the gradual process too. I think I have it, a while goes by and then I realise I had some of it, but actually theres a whole dimension I left out and need to start again. Its never that the information wasnt there - I wasnt ready to take it in
So thoroughly inspired by last weekends celebration, I have decided to have another go, starting back at the basics but from a better educated and more experienced perspective. My plan is to go back to the 7 games but this time to get much bettter at the release and therefore get much softer in my ask and hopefully get a much softer, quieter response.
My plans went to pot today - I did go and play with Rosie - we have ridden every session recently and played very few games so I deliberately left the saddle at home. I started by porcupining her around the mounting block - it as like pushing porridge uphill!!! I realised that I didnt have any treats so I go get them out the car and stuff them in my pocket and all of a sudden its like pushing a feather over water - beautiful! Blooming little monkey. I was laughing so much, the rest of it went a bit all over the place.
We did a new 'trick' today - we can do both front feet in a tyre but today started on hind feet. MUCH more challenging! I got one in in the end by leading a leg with a rope, treated and left it at that. We'll see what happens tomorrow