"Take the time it takes so that it takes less time." ~Pat Parelli
This session wasn't outstanding or significant in any way. Avalon was spooky and gorgeous as always. I was still limping around with a broken finger. I considered tossing this post out or combining it with another. But it's so, so important to show these seemingly insignificant barn days. This is what horse training looks like, especially if you don't have a lot of free time. Days that are repetitive. Doing the same thing again. Learning the same lessons again. Checking and rechecking those basics. You have to put in all those boring, insignificant days in order to achieve the exciting breakthroughs and adventures.
|Looks beautiful when she spooks.|
Training is much easier with taped fingers that with the metal finger brace. I had some trouble with the tape tearing my skin, but otherwise I preferred this setup.
The moment in the picture above was amazing. I let Avalon off of her lead rope and the first thing she did was walk over to the mounting block and start pawing it. I am in the process of teaching her to set her hoof on things. I used the mounting block and rewarded her with a treat whenever she touched it. Avalon is extremely food motivated.