Pics Or It Didn’t Happen

Rodney walk 4 26 15

I’m not ready to go public with video. Instead, as proof of concept, here is a still from one of them. Rodney and I have been doing short, quiet, walk sessions on a semi-regular basis. Yay!

Rodney is wearing a synthetic schooling bridle because leather upsets him [Here We Stand]. Go figure. He’s wearing neon green because why not?

Riding bareback avoids putting saddle pressure on his scar area [Daddy Dearest]. This problem will have to be solved eventually. Although, I could foresee that much of his at-home work would still be done without a saddle.

I was not happy when I saw that my ground crew had a camera. Our previous photo session didn’t work out well [Universe]. I made him put it away while I got on. Superstitious? Magical thinking? Moi?

Is the glass half full or half empty? Both. We have a long way to go. OTOH, we’ve come a long way.

Categories: Horse Behavior, Horses, Photography, Riding, Sports Psychology

6 replies »

  1. Great Scott, that’s fantastic! Rodney looks really good! In my lifetime I’ve have had two hyper-sensitive horses, including the rescue QH I have now. (Oddly, they were both bays) He’s currently flipping out over gnats. Won’t eat out in the open after 10 AM. because doG forbid a bug hovers over him. I cater to his needs by applying various bug deterrents (masks, sprays, etc.) and feeding him in the loafing shed. My point is …. I guess … is that some horses are always going to be much more sensitive to certain things than others. (This particular horse also took considerable time to “warm up” to our presence) Sometimes their quirks make sense and sometimes they don’t, but we have to learn how to live with them either way. I’m sure you’ll find what works and it will just become your new norm. Success is rarely achieved by shoving a square peg through a round hole, but by finding the path of least resistance and following wherever that leads.

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