I absolutely love spending time with this horse! I am honored to feel his trust in me growing every day, and I want to be especially careful to never betray that trust...for it truly feels like a gift. And, you know what else? My trust in Eagle is growing every day too. When we first got him, he was so spooky and would bolt away at the drop of a hat, that I was very nervous around him. For all I knew, he'd jump right on top of me, but I know longer believe that. He's still more spooky than I'd like, but he's improving greatly, and he's never spooked towards me, even when he had nowhere else to go, but towards me. That gives me confidence in him. I'm still more cautious around him than I am around the other horses, but then again, I've been around them for years and years. On August 13th, we'll celebrate our first anniversary together. Our story is still new, and is just unfolding.
There's a fine line between working on his acceptance of unexpected movement and new things, and spooking him. If he needs to move away, I always let him. When he comes back, I always reward him. He's leaving less and less often now, and realizes he can leave if he wants to, but there's safety and peace in sticking around.
I'm thinking it's about time that I begin stepping up and down in the stirrup. Depending on how that goes, I'll be mounting up very, very soon. I think he's ready. I hope and pray that I can be as relaxed in the saddle as I am working him from the ground. I just need to remember to breathe deeply and sing if I need to. My heart has always known this is a good horse. I just hope my mind follows suit. We've got all the time in the world. I'm having so much fun getting to know this horse, and I'm thrilled that he enjoys it just as much.
What more could I ask for?