This is 'Tadpole' He and I are now bestest buddies and we climbed Mt Everest today! I have been doing lots of work on the ground with Tadpole to bond with him and as he has had a sore leg I was unable to ride him. Today we changed that!
Tadpole has been used as a Roping Horse at rodeos so he has had some tough owners. That means that he has developed a habit of running away from pressure. This makes him a bit excitable and skittish.
I have been getting over a horse accident a few years back so that has made me nervous and trepidatious about horses, especially ones that I don't really know or have never ridden before.
So for both of us today was a little like climbing mountains.
I work Tadpole and as soon as he gets nervous I stop and give him time to take a breath and get his confidence back, he has been coming along beautifully so today it was my turn to stop and take a breath.
Today I felt like I was stepping off a cliff! I took a deep breath said a prayer, let go of the fear and trusted Tadpole and then stepped aboard. Tadpoles ears were flat to his head so he was ready to react as well, his previous experience would have involved heavy spurs, and so we just sat and both took some nice slow deep breaths.
It was magical.....he relaxed, I relaxed and then we had a little walk together to get the feel of each other.
We did some turns and some stops and backing up, all without any pressure and Tadpole was a dream. He is like sitting in a lounge chair! Then we finished while we were both happy and confident. I gave him a huge hug and I could feel him hugging me back.....we were both elated!!
See how he is now very sooky around me, nice soft eye and submissive body language, he is waiting for his treat meal here. Notice also how small his rug is around his neck! He is a big muscle bound boy....all chest and arse, Lovely!
You may not be able to see what this photo is very well but while I was having lunch today my flock of Guinea Fowl (who are fairly new) decided that the boys trampoline was the best place for a rest and a lie in the sun. I could hear all this chattering and it took me a while to work out where it was coming from, see them at the back of the net. They are the funniest birds. Where one goes they all go....'Following the leader'....