It was a good match up. Tyra was challenged by her and she was challenged by Tyra. And they both enjoyed learning from one another, doing unmounted work in the Playground of Higher Learning and doing mounted work in the Playground and on the road.
Intrinzen work preceded agility work, a good thing because Tyra needed some autonomous time. And the agility work, at liberty, was also good for her because she needed to figure out some things on her own. Later the kid said that the groundwork wasn’t easy because she had to “explain” to Tyra what she wanted. I told her I thought this was most apt because this meant that there was the intention of a two-way feedback system.
The ride – I attempted to make a shortcut by not putting shoes on Tyra. I also went with the treeless saddle. Two mistakes here – the kid fell off Tyra, onto her back when the saddle slipped. The lack of shoes also made Tyra balky. I wisely decided to return to our yard and put Raudi’s saddle and boots on her. And so, the second time around, things were much better. I used a single image, which is of a spruce tree, in working we elaborated on that image, having her grow roots and stand tall. This worked – after, Tyra moved out nicely.
After, we wrote about our experiences in our journals. I was pleased because Tyra was so cooperative. She in fact, seemed proud to be doing the job she was meant to be doing. I later realized two things. First of all, my rather unorthodox ways of teaching work. And secondly, I really enjoy taking the time to work with people. I can’t really provide a real lesson unless I have at least four hours to do it. How to explain all this to horse people? I cannot so I won’t even try.
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