Thursday, June 21, 2012
More of Nell
We took Nell and a couple of the other horses to a de-spooking clinic last weekend.
I decided I am no good at this Natural Horsemanship stuff on the ground. In the round pen I feel clumsy, un coordinated and confused. So I am sure that Nell feels this way too.
Thankfully David stepped in and helped out. I think she appreciated him a lot more.
I am so much better at working horses under saddle than on the ground/ at liberty.
I would love to be one of those masterful horse people that can work multiple horses at liberty using only a stick to point and voice commands and get the horses to do things that would blow your mind.
I just do not have the skills nor do I think I ever will have the skills.
I have much more confidence in my riding.
I've also decided that Nell must have been switched with a Quarter Horse foal at birth; because she is so unlike all the other TBs I have ridden in my life. She jogs like a Quarter Horse; she's even built like a QH - or at least an appendix QH. If it weren't for her lip tattoo I'd think she was a full blooded AQHA mare.
I joked to Kevin that I need to change her name to "Switch" because of this.
Anyways.... still hoping to make some progress with Nell so I can begin riding her.
I am on the verge of forgetting this round pen stuff and just skip right to the riding part; even if it means getting tossed on my butt a few times.
It's tempting but I am going to keep trying.