I was going to write about Sunday's ride today. The fact that Sunny and I did wonderfully together. How he loves to prance, that he is responding to me better, and I have learned a few more of his already trained commands. But it looks like I won't because I have to spend this time explaining something that people chose not to read, or maybe I didn't make myself very clear.
Let's start with the paint, Tacoda. Tacoda was 4 years old when my neighbor bought him. He was abused and ignored. My neighbor was the first one to ever treat him well, or to break him. He got in the trailer the first time, for food. But he has learned that trick and will not fall for it again. So they are attempting other things, and in no way harming him.
Sunny, my horse is somewhere between 18-21 years old. There is a disagreement between paperwork and vets. He is a retired barrel racer, and has been properly trained. I apologize that I haven't said daily that part of my every day with him, is ground work. He has not been worked in a least 2 years, that we know of. If I didn't work him because he doesn't want to be worked, than he would never be worked. I know horses have feelings. I am not an idiot. I can just allow him to rot in the pasture I guess. But once he gets out and we go on our ride, he actually seems to enjoy himself. He loves showing up the paint. And according to all the horse owners around me, not just the neighbor I have been riding with, but the cattlemen down the way, the hobby riders and the race horse trainer, I am doing everything right, as best to my own abilities. I have not harmed him in any way, maybe his pride a bit when I don't allow him to do what ever he wants, but I don't allow my children to do whatever they want either.
I am doing what is right and what is best for both of us. Sunny has years of running in his background and some of his old commands are still ingrained in him, sometimes the slightest shift in weight is a command, so I am at fault, and have attempt to be more careful. As I said in the beginning of this post, We had a very good ride on Sunday.