I've been reading Tom Moates' book, Discovering Natural Horsemanship, and I came to one chapter where he was talking about something that he experienced with his horses. His horse, Niji, would bolt anytime he got on, and that's what Niji learned. He learned that he was supposed to bolt when he was mounted. But when Tom went to a clinic, things changed. He stayed on through the bolt, and after that, Niji was different. He let him mount, ride and do some small things.
Anyway, here's what Eddie and I have been having some trouble with.
He was kind of run off during our riding sessions. Not hard, he would just strongly voice his opinion and run in the direction that he wanted to go. Which was usually towards the pedestal. Interesting...
That's his safety spot.
We always take a break there, and that's where we both relax. So I would just let him go there, usually it was at a trot. Then we would stop, turn around, and go back to what we were doing.
Big breakthrough today! And thank you Bec for being there today! I had a blast riding the horses with you! (her blog)
And you know what?! It has gone away!! Yahoo!!!!!
What a great day, we've been riding a lot more, and I am so excited!
Lea & Eddie
Psalm 25:14-15The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare.