Why! Are! We! Waiting! Schooling The Hurry Up & Wait
We’ve all been to shows where you get ready and then wait, and wait, and wait. Yet, we never practice this at home. At least, I don’t. Get on. Ride. Get off. That’s the general routine at home. Then we go to shows and expect the horse to be good with a different paradigm. Most horses are.
Since we have been blessed with a pair of princess cupcake snowflakes, I am now schooling things I used to take for granted. As an example, Rodney went over to Stepping Stone Farm to hang out under saddle. We stood in the middle of the ring to watch a lesson. We did a little bit of work. We watched this lesson. We went over to the other ring and watched that lesson.
In the beginning, he thought it was odd and a touch concerning to have horses swirling around him. Then in the middle, he stood still but started stretching his head down and doing weird things with his tongue. In any other horse, I would have interpreted this as obedient but bored. This horse never gets bored. At home, we’ve stood for 20-30 minutes while he quietly gazes at the world around him [Switching Horses]. By the end, he was was all, ‘Okay. They work. I watch. Cool.’
Does anyone else school this?
Thank you for reading,