Monday, September 17, 2012

A good ride this morning, although I had to put up with unwanted advice from my sig other about how I should handle my horse.  I really dont know where he got the idea that his advice would be helpful, since my horse behaves wayyyy better than his already.  And heaven forbid I should give HIM any advice.  Last time I did that, he was foaming at the mouth when he got through  telling me how insulting it was for me to think I could tell him anything about horses. It is odd, since I was quite successful at competitive trail riding AND rode professionally AND ran a boarding stable when I met him.  Not to mention working first for an Arab breeder, then for a Thoroughbred breeder before having the boarding stable with my ex.
My horse is broke but not really trained, and I am feeling my way back to knowledge of what to do and when to do it to produce the desired result.
One of the presenters at the Southern Arizona Horse Expo last weekend, I forget which, said that you should pay attention to the advice of people whose horse's behavior you admire, and ignore those with skanky horses, no matter how much said people spent on them. Good advice, I think.
Oh well. This morning we rode together, but I have made it clear that I am going for a ride this evening by myself.  After all, he gets to ride by himself any day I go to work, and that is when you and your horse really learn about each other. Western this morning, English this evening.  I looked at an Aussie saddle on Saturday that I would really like to have but cant really justify owning 3 saddles with only one horse.  Maybe if I get another horse???

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