I seem to be in a kind of constant pendulum with respect to my horse. I try to be assertive without being a bully or a wimp. Sometimes the pendulum swing is slow, and sometimes not so slow. I am very good at being balanced with my clients’ horses . . . but it’s another story when it comes to my own horse. Objectivity is out the window for the most part.
My horse Skigh has been very head and ear shy in varying degrees since I’ve owned her. There have been huge improvements in the last two years, but I still ask myself “Is this an old resistance picked up from her days at the racetrack?”, or “is she just giving me the finger?” It depends. If I don’t come to a good feeling of balance, I’ll ask someone I trust to have a look.