I’m almost done reading Spank the Bank and should have a post up in the next few days! Interesting read!
I’ve also been riding a lot lately. Getting my old gelding back into regular work after weight loss (long story). Yesterday I asked him to carry himself like the 1st level dressage horse he is and he was able to start to do it again. It was brief, given he’ll need to get stronger, but I’m proud of him. I’m also riding a variety of other horses that belong to other people. We’ve got a Morgan gelding, ex-saddle seat horse, who is drop dead gorgeous and whip-smart, but anxious. We’ve got a pretty half-Morgan mare who is learning to use her topline correctly. And a young OTTB mare who is still learning how to turn off of seat aids and to trust the reins while she also develops her balance for ring work after a life on the track.
I do enjoy green horses. But I’ve still never worked with a totally unstarted one. What if I have too much fear to do it?