Usually there are many things that come to mind when making New Years resolutions. I am choosing to keep it simple this year.
Stay neutral, open and observant in each ride. That’s my mantra for 2018.
I must let my horse do his job.
I can be there for him when he needs me, but I cannot carry him.
I cannot focus on perfection only strive for it.
By staying neutral and observant I can improve my feel.
I’ve noticed a certain impatience to my warm up, slow down and feel what is going on.
My expectations of how long it should take to get ready to work have no impact on the horse’s readiness.
Patientce is a virtue…so I will choose to stay open and neutral.
I’ll ride correctly and let the patterns and exercises work for me and my horse. I realize that some things you can’t hurry.
There is virtue in allowing the horse to come into a good frame on his own. It is better to ride an extra 15 minutes or so and have the horse step into its own frame.
I also realize some horses must be brought into work with more finesse, I will try to be more open to that.
The neutrality means not to judge the horse as lazy or unwilling to give over the back. I think some horses need convincing that the work will be fun, yet challenging. I believe giving the horse something to look at or something to ride over (cavalletti) may stimulate him and improve his work ethic. I enjoy fun new things and challenges, why not our horses.
Observant means not to overface or overstimulate…there is a balance of what is fun and what is scary…don’t judge…be observant and creative in problem solving. A good observer can monitor feedback from the horse more effectively. Good riding is working through that infinite feedback loop.
I hope you find my musings interesting.
Happy New Year…from Kimberly Cox and Lord 0’London
Here’s to a great 2018 full of hope, success and growth through good riding.