Discouragement and Ms. Know It All Know Nothing - 1
My Molly - sold as a well trained 8 yr old - well, we've had our go-arounds to say the least.
At this point I now have 198 hours on her - that is a HUGE amount for a horse but apparently not for Ms. Molly. Rode her yesterday, alone, which has been done many, many times. Well, it was probably the worst ride I have ever had - and believe me, I have had some pretty awful ones.
She just was NOT going to go away from the barn. It took 1/2 hour to get her across the road and just onto the trail. Then we were somewhat ok - until she decided, nope, she's done and is not going any farther away from the barn. Period. End of statement. That's it.
Well, I spent 1.5 hours, freezing, to convince her - did all and everything I knew to get her moving. Well, it just wasn't going to happen, she is not going unless it is where she wants to - on and on and on we went - and it did get pretty scary. I never lost my patience - a good and quite miraculous thing actually - but I was exhausted, disheartened and unbelievably discouraged.
When we did get home - equines are so used to humans giving up - and I do not give up - but I "kinda did" yesterday and we simply reached a stalemate or compromise or whatever. Neither of us won though we both finally did make it home in one piece.
It was a horrendous, discouraging ride. I mean, 198 hours where we are great, and this happens? Are you kidding?
The rest of the story in the next blog.
Adventure Horse Riding in NYS Smilla13@gmail.com (Mary Dixon) www.RideNYS.com