i've been really focusing on passing our level 4 online and at liberty. being goal orientated has not helped my horsemanship lately.
i had to go back and remind myself to respect myself as a student.
then i had to remind myself to do this for my horse and not to him. when i start to get so goal orientated, direct line, billy starts to feel like i'm doing things to him and the line between work and play get's real blurry. i'm sweaty. he's sweaty. i'm breathing hard. he's breathing hard. and the savvy hits me like a ton of bricks... which leads to me just stopping. just put my stick and string down, give billy some rope and take a seat for a little while as he grazes around me. ripping up the grass, chewing and ripping and chewing. just the sound of that calms me and helps me to engage my brain again. this journey is not just about me. it's also about billy and helping him to be the best he can be. along the way he will teach me to be the best i can be.