Well, a lot of us made it to 2017. I was not sure I was going to back in February, but I did. And, I'm glad. There is a lot more I want to do with horses and with Kathy before my ride is done.
Some of you may be thinking about what this new year will bring. Funny thing is, it will probably be more of the same. That's not all bad, especially when it comes to horses. Some of the things you have done in the past have worked pretty good for you. There's no reason to change what works. But how do you know if it works?
If you listen, your horse will tell you the things that work and the things that don't. At times it's not the owner or handlers fault. But, it is most of the time. I saw a video that someone posted of a jumping horse that was being ridden in the arena and the horse was all excited and the rider could hardly control him. The person who posted the video commented that that was one unhappy horse. My thought was, that's a horse that is over fed and underworked. I guess that's what I mean. We all see things differently and a person who is focused on the actions of a horse may miss the reason for the action. Their first reaction is the horse must be unhappy or abused. As apposed to someone who looks at the actions of the horse and looks deeper for the cause. At times it's easy to see and figure out. Just about anyone could do it. However, at times it takes experience and spending a little time with the animal. Not just a quick look at a video.
Of course, we all have our opinions and, as some folks seem to think, we are entitled to them. I'm not so sure. Or, if we are, it does not mean we have to air them. I don't know how many times I've thought I has something figured out with a horse only to find, I had no clue.
So, stick with what's working for you. But, be willing to try new things with your horses. But always remember: you're not going to make your horse anything more then what he is: a horse. Don't project your emotions or feeling on an animal that is not able to understand those things. Think more like your horse and less like a human, and you will find that your horse will give you more then you ever imagined.
I'm doing better. I'm riding a little bit these days, when it's warm. I go back to see the surgeon next month. I'm guessing that will be the last time. He will take x-rays and make sure my screws are staying in. I still get tired easy and, am sore and stiff. They told me it will take up to 2 years to fully recover so I have another year to go.. But at least I get to go. There are a lot of folks that will never get that chance again.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.