The Ups And Downs Of Walking
Quiet side: It is wonderful to be walking our horse.
Competitive side: Yes it is. When are we going to trot?
Quiet side: We trot. And canter.
Competitive side: Pffft. A few minutes on a long rein is not trotting. Well, technically it is trotting. But it’s not working. Circles. Contact. Basic stuff. Canter more often than once a month.
Quiet side: It’s all about anxiety management. He knows how to do everything already. As soon as his brain is online, the body will follow.
Competitive side: Interesting how the sensitive horsemanship answer is the same as the weenie answer.
Quiet side: That’s rude.
Competitive side: Yup. And may I also point out that he is 20 years old. That’s a whole new level of starting late.
Quiet side: May I point out how how far we’ve come.
Competitive side: Jumping. Remember jumping?
Quiet side: —
Competitive side: I thought so. Ain’t gonna get ready for jumping by walking around on the buckle.
Quiet side: Festina lente.
Competitive side: Lots of lente; not so much festina.
Quiet side: It takes the time it takes.
Competitive side: Life is short. Yolo.
Quiet side: We are smelling the flowers.
Competitive side: We are wandering around aimlessly.
Quiet side: Potato, potahto.
Competitive side: We have the chance to own a fantastically talented horse and this is what we chose to do with him?
Quiet side: Are you trying to help or trying to crank up the guilt knob?
Competitive side: Whatever it takes.
Quiet side: Be quiet. It is wonderful to be walking our horse.
And there you have my brain.
Does anyone else’s brain send mixed messages?
Thank you for reading,