My trainer, Rebecca, shares inspiring tidbits on her Facebook page, but this one really hit me. When I'm with my horse, we're a team and, at its very best, I should project a rock-star attitude about my horse.
These are the basics:
1) believe in them and have high expectations for them.
2) build confidence in small increments of success ALWAYS setting up situations where they will win!
3) focus on them every time we ride and not on the other horses, people or myself. This helps reinforce that we're together, partners, and a team. Everyone else, every other horse, is incidental to our partnership.
4) project confidence in myself, too. If my horse is going to be a rock-star, his/her rider should be one.
5) praise my horse to high heaven for their little, and big, successes.
Beautiful had her 4th ride last night.
She was ridden in a halter and lead rope only. Wow!
She learned to pony behind a new horse in preparation for her first trail ride--where she will first be ponied carrying a saddle, but not rider.
I rode Little Joe who is just recovering from a hoof abscess and is ready for some trail miles.
He was a bit resistant to yielding. But with consistency and firmness, it came back to him. We worked on neck reining, stopping, side passing and backing up.
Here's the full post Rebecca had shared from Denny Emerson. I believe their pages are both public.
When the horses were done, I opened the North pasture gate to let them out for the night, but Beautiful stayed back from the herd and came to see me. I could see that she was happy and proud of herself and wanting to be reassured. I thought of Rebecca's post and I dug into every ounce of proud I had in me and tried to demonstrate that to her. I think she got it.