“In the midst of transformation, the chaos seems never-ending. It is difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
But when you get to the other side, order resumes and your higher vision shines brightly in the fresh, new light you have created.”
Sometimes the journey of natural horsemanship can look like chaos. It’s all ups and downs, tiny, halting steps forward then falling, rolling, leaping backward. Then tiny steps forward again. It’s a give and take that requires a lot of commitment to the actual journey and very little thought of the finished product. If you are in this for the horse then there really is never a finished product. There is always learning, changing, making your journey at once chaotic and joyful.
“You know you are putting the relationship first when rapport, connection, trust and confidence are more important than achieving the task or goal itself.” ~Linda Parelli
When you put your horse’s needs first then great things will follow. If you are taking care of your relationship before you know it you will have surpassed all your goals. This is something that I keep telling myself, hoping that it proves true for Billy and I! Our journey has been a bit uncomfortable lately… they do say that the best learning happens outside of your comfort zone! Sigh. I am definitely doing some licking and chewing over here.
But having my horse offer to load himself in any open horse trailer, jump a single down barrel whenever he sees one, boldly walk up to any pedestal and put all four feet on it, come sideways towards me with just a wave of my hand, is the most amazing feeling. Having Billy feel so willing to do what I ask and eagerly look forward to our play time is an amazing feeling. This makes me feel like I am on the right track.
Chaos and all.