Following Up On My Last Post
I wanted to share with you a personal story about when my horse reacted to my tension. Oddly, enough it was the day after I wrote the post all about that!
I Have A New Horse
If you have read recent posts, I have a new horse. I have had her for two weeks and two days now! Not that I’m counting or anything.
She has been doing really well since getting here. Settling into the routine and all that good stuff.
I have been taking her on walks around the farm and spending a lot of time grooming her. I’m especially happy spending time grooming her because neither of my geldings like being groomed. It’s fun to have a horse that likes attention!
Anyway, The Story
I had Kate tied up on the crossties and had been grooming her for probably like a half hour. It was all good, she was relaxed. I was relaxed to still reveling in the fact that this mare was actually standing in my barn!
I brushed out her tail really nicely and then moved to her mane. She has been a broodmare for a while, so she has a long mane. I prefer for my horses to have their manes pulled to a shorter length to show off their necks better.
Since it was a day that I could actually feel my fingers, I figured it was as good a day as any to pull her mane, or at least start to.
Not A Pulling Comb In Sight
I looked, and looked and looked some more. I could not find a single pulling comb anywhere in the barn. I was getting irritated.
Kate was getting nervous because I kept walking away from her to look everywhere, the feed room, the tack room, and even the locker room.
By this time I was mad that I couldn’t find a pulling comb and the big mare was super tense wondering what I was so uptight about.
She went from standing with her leg rested up, to standing on what looked like the tips of her toes and giraffe stretching her neck way up in the air. She had a very concerned look in her eye.
I realized immediately that Kate had picked up on my tension and anger when I couldn’t find a stupid pulling comb. If I would have just shrugged it off and gone on with my grooming session she would have never gotten tense and worried.
Moral Of The Story
This just goes to show that even professionals need to be reminded to practice what they preach sometimes !!!!