Kobi and I had an interesting lesson in trust on Saturday.  We went on a nice, but short, trail ride.  The terrain was very uneven, and had different colors where it had been flooded over, but now had full, solid footing.

He didn’t know the footing was even or solid, so he kept pulling the reins from my hands in order to drop his nose to the ground, to investigate where he was walking.  I tried to be gracious and understanding enough to let out the reins each time he asked for them.  But every time would pull them back up, giving me some sense of control.

After awhile, I realized that if I trusted Kobi enough to be the leader on this trail, I needed to trust him enough to give him the lead over the uneven, discolored terrain.  So I did.  I let him have his reins.  He was working completely off of my legs and if he spooked – we’d have been in for a very fast, very wild ride.  But he deserved and earned my trust. 

He dropped his nose when he needed but delivered me safely to the barn after our (thankfully) uneventful trail ride.

There’s something to be said for trust…

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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