That's a quote from our trainer. I really like it, especially on days like today. It's cold with a strong, even colder, wind blowing. Honestly, I don't know how some of you live in this kind of weather all winter! I figured if you guys can ride in the snow, I can ride in a bit of cold wind. So, down to the barn I went with a million layers, my fleece lined breeches and a windbreaker. Jackson was NOT pleased when I took off his blanket. Fortunately, he was clean so I just saddled up and went instead of engaging in the usual leisurely grooming session.
He was WIRED. Hellooooooo horse! Are you there????
Jackson: " Huh??? oh, yeah. Maybe NOT." Then he would imitate a camel. You know: head high and back hollow and brain far away in Africa.
I told myself that this was okay. This was show behavior. This is what he does in the dressage court. This was an excellent opportunity to work on his confidence and listening skills. I played the soundtrack of my trainer saying "patience" and "ignore the behavior" and "keep asking" and "wait for him." It took 30 minutes but it did work. I had a focused horse by the time we finished and I was fried but happy. Instead of my usual frustration leading to bridle wars I just patiently worked through it with focus and consistency. ...which is HUGE for me.
Maybe Jackson is in the pasture telling Flash what a great lesson he gave me....
The apricot tree buds have burst so spring is on the way. Yes! I'm in an optimistic mood. (big grin)