Thursday, September 23, 2021

Falling In Love With You

Wise men say, only fools rush in,
but I can't help falling in love with you.
Like a river flows, surely, to the sea,
Tweed, so it goes, some things, are meant to be.
Take my hand, take my whole life too,
(Even over the teeter totter bridge),
For I can’t help falling in love with you.


Spending time with Tumbleweed at the equestrian area and taking it slow. I don't have an agenda, but I do have a goal of first, getting his whole heart, and second, to be riding those trails and obstacles. We're very close.  I'll know when it's time, because I'll have his feet. As of yesterday, he was still nervous and calling for a buddy. I want him to see me as that buddy. He has gone over the teeter totter bridge twice, but he's still nervous about it. We'll get there. In the meantime, I'm pursuing LoVe, encouragement, and enjoying our journey.








A little wine and cheese between training.


I wish I could say I came up with this philosophy of slow, long day training myself, but I actually stole it from another equestrian. I'd see her at the equestrian area with her horse last summer when I'd go down for rides. She was there everyday, most of the day, and her husband would sit and read a book. I'd see her before my rides, and I'd see her after my rides. She and her horse started out rough, and I didn't know how it would turn out for them, but by the end of the summer, she was riding her mare all over the place, and they had a deep connection. It made me think how like weekend clinics that is--you spend all day with your horse partner, and by the end of the day or weekend, you get this unbelievable bond. My horse camping friends get the same results. There's just something to be said with longer days together.

Update: Epona gets daily turnout with Cowgirl now, and Cowgirl isn't letting her nurse anymore--but we're watching them closely. Cowgirl seems to have turned off the spigot and has no interest in allowing her to assume the position. Epona isn't trying as much either. Good news for an eventual full reunion.




 

9 comments:

  1. I can really see the Beamer in his looks now :0)
    I think that's a really good program- for both of you.
    Good news on Epona, Cowgirl must have dried right up now. Good deal!

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    1. He has the dad bod! Lots of hay and developer and he has plumped right up! Yes, the new program is good for both of us, for sure. He has the solid training, but we need to find our own way now, and that will be unique to Tweed and me. He loves other horses, and they love him—so he doesn’t have that orphan need—but he does have a desire for companionship and new experiences. He jumps right into the trailer, eager for an adventure. I think Cowgirl dried up and something in her maternal instinct switched. Same for Epona. Something changed.

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  2. Great post intro, with beautiful photos of a special day fostering the bond between the three of you! Well, four. Your pup has really grown. So wonderful that Epona & Cowgirl can be together, at last.

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    1. It was fun to take Lucy on the outing. It gave my husband something to do while Tweed and I worked. They were playing fetch. Yes, it is really good to see them together again. Epona is very respectful of her mama and seems not to have missed a beat understanding horse dynamics and when to get out of the way. Her mama is big and strong, and she knows to give her space. She can get all her baby antics out of her system, too, with an appropriate play partner. Epona has learned to be very cautious around us, but she needs to let loose now and then.

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  3. I had typed out a response but blogger ate it. I love the work you are doing. I think it's going to pay off so well. I wish we had something like that park here. If I ever win the lottery.......
    I'm glad that Epona and Cowgirl are doing well too.

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    1. Oh, I hate it when that happens. I wish Blogger had a better reply function. An edit button would be nice, too. The park is amazing. I live five minutes from it. It provides so much more than working at home can because there’s more activity and I get to see if I really “have his attention”, the golden rule for deciding whether it’s safe to ride. Since I’m primarily a trail rider, it also has 25 miles of trails to graduate to when we start out. Many of those trails are easy, wide, and reserved solely for equestrians. It’s amazing.

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  4. The more time we spend working and just being with our horses I’m confident the bonding will come and be strong. Lucy is adorable. I’m happy to hear about Epona and Mama. It’s good to get back to normal.

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    1. Yes, time is the main thing. There’s nothing we can’t accomplish with them if we devote the time. It’s when we’re in a hurry that things go wrong. Horses understand connection, and part of connection is our own understanding and connection to them. This teeter totter obstacle scares Tumbleweed, and I have to find a way to help him through it, and it requires more from me than him. I feel like it’s my obstacle, not his.

      Epona is such a bright spot in our lives now. Everything she does makes us happy. She lights up our world. I wouldn’t do it again, but I have to sing the praises of experiencing the birth of a foal, even with the ups and downs. I feel like experienced miracle after miracle. I will never forget one moment of it.

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