Though I'm getting to the point of being hugely pregnant, there is still plenty of work that can be done from the ground. In a time when everyone wants everything NOW, few are willing to put in the patience that allows young horses to blossom to their full potential. Thankfully, I had a wonderful riding instructor for years that taught me how to properly start a horse built on trust and respect rather than fear.
|Don't mind the weeds--that's part of the arena yet to be remedied.|
Where most horses concede and show some form of submissiveness by circling around their trainer, licking and chewing or dropping their head, Dancer just kept trotting obstinately around the arena. It's really no surprise I suppose. She's entering into the early teenage years and has always had mind of her own.
When she finally decided she was finished, she had worked herself into a slick and foamy lather from her ears down to her butt cheeks. After a cool bath, it was back to the paddock with her.
One more goal crossed off my list (well, started anyway).