(limitedly) to pick his or her route. If, say, Tyra elects to take an easier route, this is just fine with me. She’s using her own mind in figuring this out, and consequently building new neural pathways.
Some might wonder if Tyra might decide to think in a more autonomous fashion while under saddle. Yes, limitedly. She has a few times taken shortcuts. I have let her do this because she ends up where the other horse is, on the trail. It has been limited, and I don’t see this as a problem. She’s aware that she has a rider on her back and that the rider is determining where she is to go.
I truly believe that autonomous training makes the horse more confident when under saddle. It also strengthens the horse physically since the back is not having to carry the load. And additionally, it creates a bond that might not be there otherwise.
I looked forward to our outings. And tomorrow, I hope to do the same with Hrimmi. This is quite the sacrifice, time-wise, because I am not getting my writing done. Doing the work in the evening isn’t working. I need to do what I need to do with a fresh mind. What to do? Well, tomorrow I am going to have to bite the bullet and do my writing in the morning. I have two interviews to write up.
I do know that I’m on the right track in the approach that I’m taking, which is spending more time in the woods. Tonight I was reading about the benefits of hiking – it’s like hitting a reset button. Task negative activities provide one with much-needed perspective and also to think in a more creative fashion.
Next: 309. 11/8/17: Self Study