A few posts ago I acknowledged the 'winter training elves' and time off. I always acknowledge my horse and how great he is, how hard he tries, his talent, his memory for the skills he learns. I might talk about the things I am doing with him, but in my own head I never take that moment to be just a little proud. I'm not talking hubris here, just that little pat on the back. 'Good job self, this horse has made progress, you have guided that progress, you deserve a hug.'
|He didn't learn to canter like this all by himself|
Last year was a struggle, I've talked about 'muchness' and confidence. I've talked about learning to not beat myself up. So, I guess the next step on this journey to healthy mental maturity is to move from the safe zone where I no longer berate myself into a zone where I am willing to recognize the good things I do with a horse.
|Or to use his neck like this|
|Hello topline development not gotten while grazing|
|Enjoy all the steps|