I had a longe line lesson on Jimmy last night. This is in pursuit of my goal to be "fearless." I wonder how many longe line lessons it will require in order to achieve bravery. Is that something that you can actually develop?
I am more comfortable with no stirrups than no reins. Guess the balance needs more work. This was an extremely uneventful lesson - biggest excitement was noticing all of the wounds that Gio has inflicted on Jimmy. Jimmy needs to learn to fight back, judging by all of the patches of hair missing from his body. I thought Wildchild was the bully in that pasture, but this year it seems to be Gio who is calling all the shots.
One thing that is bothering me is the push to turn Blondie into a hunter or western horse. I don't want her to be a hunter or a western horse. She has done well as a classic pleasure or show pleasure horse with a stronger rider - heck, we did pretty well at Schwartz Creek. Can believing in something be enough to make it come true? It's disappointing that nobody else believes in her as much as I do.