“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” by Newt Gingrich
I like that quote as it reflects quite my journey with Misfit over the last 20 years 🙂
I have started him as a 4-year-old with not much knowledge from my side. We had ups and downs, I taught him new things, re-did things, changed my approaches a million times, kept repeating and polishing, was also sometimes frustrated and not happy with the outcome. But we kept going and still are going 😉
Since he got skin problems eight years ago caused by metabolism disorder, I train him mostly from the ground because he does not like the friction and tightness of the saddle especially in the summer months. But there is so much to discover from the ground that I never get bored 😀
Today, I am very happy with where he is at. Things do not have to be perfect anymore (and what is perfect anyway, it always depends on the individual’s point of view), but I still aim for quality in the training.
Here, it looks more like a Pesade instead of a Levade but it does not matter as he does it with ease and carries himself properly …. when I see and feel moments like this I am just happy how far we came 🥰
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt -
These two are getting better and better.
And with the new riding pad my daughter's seat has improved automatically :-)
Lucano was relaxing in standing first while I got Misfit ready to ride so I thought he can just stay if he doesn’t bother us 😀
But after a few rounds he dropped down sleeping for at least 20 minutes.
I guess he feels pretty comfy around us 🥰
My Welsh-Cob ‚Misfit‘ will be 24 this April and I am impressed every time by his effort 🥰
For some horses it comes easy to collect by nature and for some it is a no-brainer 😜
A few years back I have never thought he would actual canter around me in a decent way but I feel the older he gets the better he becomes 😀 💕