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- • Taking time • ⠀
I've realized that even though I thought my expectations on horses I work with are not that strong and specific anymore, they still are. I *want* them to learn panther walk and crunches, I *want* them to run with me and do big movements. But initially my goals were just confidence, contentment and health, not those specific things. These I wanted to be the *path* for my three main goals, but *only* if they are the way to my initial goals for the individual horse. ⠀
*I* love running with horses. My favorite exercise of all. Fine and Flo love this too, they are so full of energy and want to play. But this is not what they need right now, or at least not the most important part. Their confidence and health is amazing, so we don't need to work on that a lot. But contentment is a different thing. It's not that they aren't content at all, but they easily get frustrated and nervous if they see the other one getting a treat. Even though there is other similarly valuable food openly available. So I think this is about the desire to get my attention, to be entertained. They sometimes literally come running if they see my car and always leave the fresh green grass, because these young babies are so bored. When we train, they show some signs of aggression and frustration from time to time (it's not dangerous for me, because I'm behind a fence). So what we need to do at the moment is not a lot of high energy work - which *I* would love (and they love to participate) - but to work on calmness to get more contentment. ⠀
With Armann it is a whole different story. He is very calm and barely shows signs of frustration. He is healthy and pretty content - happy to see me, happy to leave me - but what he still lacks is confidence in certain areas. He has gotten a lot better though, especially this week, but with him encouraging high energy work is actually helpful. But also doing nothing is important, because then he knows to not participate is okay too. Today for example I waited around 15 minutes for him to approach me, which does not sound long, but psychologically it is a huge deal. ⠀
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