“To be content, horse people need only a horse, or, lacking that, someone else who loves horses with whom they can talk. It was always that way with my grandfather. He took me places just so we could see horses, be near them. We went to the circus and the rodeo at Madison Square Garden. We watched parades down Fifth Avenue.
Finding a horse, real or imagined, was like finding a dab of magic potion that enlivened us both.
Sometimes I’d tell my grandfather about all the horses in my elaborate dreams. He’d lean over, smile, and assure me that, one day, I’d have one for real. And if my grandfather, my Opa, told me something was going to come true, it always did.” ― Allan J. Hamilton, Zen Mind, Zen Horse: The Science and Spirituality of Working with Horses
Jaworzno has settled in. Feels safe in his new barn, his pasture, and the on the property. I’m still in amazement over his kind temperament and how easy he is. Fuss over his legs, any new little scrape, and all the multiple physical improvements he should be working on. He still does his best just being him. And being my horse.
Which is an amazement in itself, if you have wished for a horse for decades, and now suddenly have two to work with.
We have had a soft start. Work at Training Level a few days per week, then hill walks on soft grounds, flat walk on hard ground, easy walks all over the property on the grass, a few sessions with the surcingle and side reins, and an attempt at trot poles on the lunge line. (Not much suspension there, perhaps he’s to smart for flimsy PVC pipes.) Even made it down Moonshine Lane to see the evil alpaca.
I know the buttons are there – just need to figure out which ones to push, while keeping him sound, and eager to do more. Stretchy trot is not his strength, as an Arab. It’s getting better, and he likes it.
Friday we finally did something more than loosening and conditioning work. Walk-canter transitions. Trot-halt. Leg yield, small circle, shoulder in. Counter canter. Turn on the forehand and haunches. Extended trot (no, it’s not there.) Flying change. Pathetic as it is, I can’t tell if he even did it, and have to look down to check, still not sure. His stride is short, but that’s just my excuse. I could use some instruction feedback…
Refusing to push too hard, I stop just as he gets better, so our improvements have been small. First day of working without stirrups, to learn to match his really choppy trot stride. We rode most of the 1st Level requirements, as best can in an asymmetrical arena with no letters, and he did great. Probably even better. I just worry about his back, and have a hang up about bouncing around on him up there too much.
Such a softie. With my horse.
If it’s possible, it looks like his crest has lessened a bit. Instead of 4, he’ll be turned out about 6 hours in grass pasture per day now next week. Still gets more than 10 hours of grazing on the one or two days/week I’m not out there, so I try to restrict it some during M-F.
Maybe the crest won’t go away. Maybe it’s just sort of his look. We’ll see.