Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Finding Our Way In a Big World

After my post, "My Mama Don't Want Your Advice," this photo popped up on Facebook. I liked it.

I also enjoyed reading the wisdom you all shared in the follow-up post, "Now That I've Scared Everyone off..."

I suppose this is all front-and-center in my mind because Tumbleweed and I are moving from a private relationship, working at home together, to a public relationship, riding the trails and integrating into the wider community of horse people. I don't want to be unteachable, yet I do want to carve out a private space to work through things in our own time, and our own way. It's a fine line.

I'm getting ready to go back to the equestrian area today, and I'm envisioning what it will look like. The  plan is to work on getting our bodies and communication in sync. So far, Tumbleweed seems to prefer work done in the saddle. It could be that the training he received as a 2 year old, then 3 year old, last spring, have conditioned him to thinking riding out his reward. My trainer said he really excelled in that area. 

I remember some more advice from my former farrier. Sadly, he retired. I really miss him. He told me that when you start a horse you should spend a little time in the arena, but get onto the trails as soon as you can, and ride them out a lot. That seems to be the progression Tumbleweed wants, too.

So, at this point, I just want to make sure I'm strong enough in the saddle to sit a spin, or a spook, or whatever we might encounter.

Off we go--into the great big world.


  1. Well, have fun and be careful. I don't want to sound like your mother but I hope when you ride Tumbleweed you do it with a helmet for your safety. He's a young horse and you never know what could happen.

    1. I didn’t see your message until after I got back, and I completely forgot to wear my helmet. I like having motherly advice though. ❤️ I would have worn it, had I seen this.

  2. I think you & Tumbleweed are finding your way very well. In private or public, it's all part of it. Continue enjoying the journey together!

  3. Sounds like you made it back in one piece ;o)
    This is the beginning of a lot of great times together!

    1. Yes, he’s going to be a lot of fun. He is an aggressive little thing though. A real butt and boot biter. I think he’s a natural herder. I had to get on him quite a bit about his manners yesterday. 😂


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