Ok, so how it all went. I was out with the horses twice today. The first time, there was a lot of undemanding time. It was my goal to see what my horses would do and what they would be interested in.
Wilbur saw me and left. Mini-Me ignored me totally. Whiskey and Fosse came to investigate. I did have Fosse putting his front feet in the trailer; I then tried to get him to load with the savvy string only. I think that for today, he was pushed too much. He did come back several times but was not convinced he wanted to stay with me, totally. (Oh, did I mention that there were dog cage panels behind the trailer and he was basically in a 10x10 dog cage with one side swung open? I was shocked that he came in--Whiskey did too, at the same time--no claustrophobia here folks). Whiskey came a few times but really was more interested in what Fosse was up to. When I went to get the halter, Fosse and Whiskey left. I found this all to be interesting and depressing. I question why my horses are not interested in me--could it be today? Could it be because we have done little since November? I am just not sure. Other times, they seem so much more interested in me.
I went back out this evening to feed. They all came running down to their trees to be haltered and fed their grain. So what is this all about? Am I just their waitress? HMMM
After they were finished, I released everyone and took Whiskey with me to the arena. I played with him a little, saddled him with my English saddle and Parelli Natural Hackamore. I then rode him. Overall, I think it was successful on many fronts. He was willing to move forward and we weaved in and out of cones, side-passing, and stopping. This was all at the walk. He also bucked a few times. Rather than bailing out, I worked through this threshold of mine and was fine, I lived, I was ok and so was he. Whiskey is an emotional horse. I am convinced that this behavior was a left-brained temper tantrum. I really thought long and hard about this and he probably wanted to be up with the other horses. I dismounted one time and played on the ground with him again. Remounted, only for a few minutes and then dismounted again. I took his tack off, blanketed him, fed him cookies, and he was reluctant to leave me. Does this mean he really does like to spend time with me? HMMM
Overall, I am really satisfied with our time together. I believe that we are making progress. And no, I did not trot today. Why? Because, I believe that would have pushed the limits a bit too hard today. This is the first real, successful session I have had with him since November and I believe that we made true progress, both of us.