I finally got the horse to move. What is the secret? The crop.
I remember when riding in the woods with Erin we used to reach up and snap off a branch from a tree and all we had to do was let the horse see it and they would behave. I never actually used one. But even them hearing the snap of the tree they figured they’d better shape up. Well the same thing happened today. Where my legs and personal cues seem to fail miserably, a tiny little crop held ever so lightly against his withers, bouncing on his shoulder and he was the best horse ever. Well maybe not ever. It was hard to get him to stop. I also almost fell off cantering at the bend in the ring. I leaned in too much, but I was able to recover and we were able to laugh. Shiiiittt. Not so much laughing had I fallen but anyway….
I am thinking there is a life lesson in here somewhere. Something to do with when we can’t do something ourselves after giving it our all, we need to call in reinforcements. My legs squeezing as hard as I can and me kicking in which I can’t ever feel anyway was useless. A little crop on the neck and I can actually now have a lesson. I don’t think that makes me a failure. I think it make me serious, and I think it lets the horse know I’m serious. Honestly I kick as hard as I can, and I get nuthin. It is soooo frustrating. I’m much happier with a little tapping and a flick of the wrist and don’t think I won’t hit a little harder if I need to. 🙂 God bless the crop.
I did try a little Reiki on the beasts too. The horse I ride seemed a little receptive but a couple of times he pushed me with his head. I’m not sure if those were love taps or get-the-hell-away-from-me-taps. I took them as the latter. We’re talking 2 or 3 minutes of trying, not much of a commitment there. Another horse was kicking his stall door when I was leaving so I gave him a little love. He seemed to be a little less noisy, but not for long. There’s a huge market out there for Reiki for horses so maybe it is something.
I haven’t been practicing the love (i.e. Reiki) as much on Sam as I would like too. Phil is a good guinea pig though. I get excited when my hands feel hot. I convince myself that something is working.
I am super tired today. I don’t sweat much as a rule but today getting that horse tacked up I had sweat pouring down myself. While on the horse I don’t notice the heat as much, plus I think there might have been a cloud that was helping but oh my is it hot. My new horse friend (which is a big stretch to call her a friend) says she rides in the middle of the day when it’s the hottest. She said she’s built up a tolerance. I don’t know about that, but if I can feel like I’m dropping a few lbs while sweating then maybe, just maybe, this whole horse thing is worth it. Best $25 ever spent….maybe.
I had to take Tashah back to her temporary home. She’ll be moving in this weekend I presume. Now about to take Zenah to LAX and then I seriously think it’s pizza for dinner after a nice nap. Give me an “N”!!!