- Pat Parelli
Yay! Leap Year! I get an extra day, and it's sunny, and it's beautiful.
I should go play with Beautiful. It will be fun. It will be special. She will love me.
I want to hug her and squeeze her...and let her be at liberty!
That's pretty much how my day started.
The first interactions between Beautiful and I were perfect, or perfect enough. Haltering, leading, yielding, cone game, and poles. Easy.
So easy, I decided to go further because I still had an hour and half before I needed to get ready for work.
I unhaltered her and said, "Be FREE!"
She didn't let the opportunity go to waste.
Here is what I learned from my Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Extra Day:
1. Some days, your horse doesn't want to be with you. Maybe you stink...or smell too good. Who knows. Maybe they'd rather be with their buddies, their babies, their bales of hay. Who knows. Who knows.
2. If you plan for an hour with your horse, for safety sake, multiply that times ten.
3. Never think you're going to out-ZEN your horse. Your horse has practiced staring up a road, thinking about who knows what, for hours. If you think you're going to reach into your inner-peace-horse-whisperer-place and cast a magic spell--think again. Some days that seems to work--which is why you may think it always does, but...well, just refer back to #1.
4. Cussing at your horse is pointless in "at liberty" work. The most you'll get is a kick and fart as they leave you in the dust.
5. Sometimes you have to walk away....before you make MORE of a fool of yourself with your horse.
6. When you do walk away and head to work, you will feel like the biggest jerk, and it will affect everything else you do on your one, every four years, extra day. (Insert big sad face)
7. You will run, not walk, out to the barn when you get home to make up with her.
There are more days.
P.S. The video evidence has been destroyed.
I'm not lying.