I took your great advice and took all the pressure off for a few days. Monday we went on a "trail ride." Since we are on VS lock down and can't leave the property, I tacked him up and just walked around on a loose rein, socializing. Was able to geek out with a fellow rider over Portal (I may sing Still Alive in the shower) and the October Daye series of fantasy novels, which I really want to read more of. Fawkes was a bit cranky at the start and I think meandering around while not asking for anything was good for his brain too. He really started walking out instead of his normal slow turtle walk. Then I groomed him and put him away, no muss, no fuss. Just a nice evening with friends, because my horse is definitely my friend.
|The barn crew recently re-wrote the stall plates and apparently renamed |
my horse "Flakes." Love it.
|End of summer sunflowers|
I guess we are ok.
He even did the line in 5 and jumped out the other side just fine.
Then I relaxed and just enjoyed the rest of the lesson. Trusted him to go over everything - which he did. He was still strangely spooky in the corners but in a weird way that was a good thing because he didn't carry that spook to the jumps. Fawkes was happy, I was happy, exactly what we needed.
While I am sure my barn funk isn't entirely over, it has been great to just reconnect with the good parts of riding and horse ownership.
|Duh, this face draws you back. Now, cookie.|