I Listen To My Horse….

Sometimes the best thing we can do is the most simple of all.  We look outside for answers and forget to listen to what our horses are telling us. Cheyenne Harris recently posted this message on Facebook:

“I listen to my horse. When I knew the saddle wasn’t working for her, I got another one. It doesn’t have any “bling” or fancy tooling. But she doesn’t care because she’s comfortable. When she kept refusing to turn with a certain bit that worked for someone else, I changed it. When she was cutting me short in my turns, I listened to her. When she would pin her ears when I wore spurs, I took them away. I listened when I knew a certain feed wasn’t working for her. When she wouldn’t go in the alley, I made my hands lighter and my mind stronger. When she needed some time to just be turned out because she had stopped meeting me at the gate, I let her go be a horse. Now she’s back to putting her head in the halter and happily following where I lead. I don’t listen in the warm up pen when my horse throws her head to the outside and they say she needs to be collected because we have our own warm up routine. She now will give me her heart and lay it down when I ask. So for that, I listen to my horse ❤”

Thank you Cheyenne for reminding us that sometimes the best thing we can do is just listen to our horse! Share this on Facebook if you agree!

One Response

  1. Marjorie Dobbs

    I agree about listening to your horse.
    Many years ago I had an Irish Draft cross mare. She was no oil painting but we had a good few years together. Mostly trail riding and so forth (in the UK) I was green when I got her (aged 15) she too was fairly green but was about 8 I think. She had been used by kids and never educated much.
    We built a rapport and I remember her as the best teacher I ever had. She didn’t always do the ‘right’ thing but she always performed when I needed her to. She would ask me for a canter when I wanted to trot and sometimes I would say “why not?” and let her go. My horsey friends thought I was stupid. But give and take always worked. When I really needed her to respond she did.
    Loved that mare.


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