Part 58 – Saddling, Riding and ‘Wanting’

We had a break over the weekend – and during that break I had an apology from the student who had been keen to say my question re the saddling was an ‘attack’.  I was relieved she was thinking about it.  Maybe I wasn’t mad after all!

When we went back to class the following week, I was surprised that Kert announced he would work on the saddling issue with Snap and continue to riding.  Did he do this because of my question?  He could have easily said that ‘destiny’ said it was not the right time…  Was it because I apologised for my question??  I really don’t know – but at least now there was progress!

Here are some of my notes:

“He started with some lungeing and introducing the saddle pad – it goes on and off – then the saddle is introduced.  The horse is worried when it sees the saddle –  there is time spent with Kert walking with the horse and holding the saddle -and finally the saddle goes on and Kert and Snap walk together – he doesn’t do up the girth – then the session ends.”

I liked how the session came to an end there.  It was certainly enough for the horse.

There was another session later that afternoon – some more notes:

“Kert lunges him again and then had one of the one year students , Jaime, assist him. It takes ages to get the horse to accept the saddle.   Kert takes him to the corner of the arena as the horse won’t stand still.  To me this is a very messy process.  The horse is not happy.  Finally the saddle goes on and off then he does it up with a loose girth.  Snap walks around with the saddle on and eventually becomes calmer.  His ears are more forward and there is a lot of licking, chewing and blowing.

Surprisingly,  Kert instructs Jaime to get on.  He instructs her to sit softly in the saddle and stay upright and grounded – as the horse will be expecting pain.  I hold my breath, hoping she is not bucked off.  Kert is holding the horse.  She sits there for a very short time, then Kert tells her to take her feet out of the stirrups and jump off.  Jaime is an experienced horse rider and does this very well.”

The next few days are mainly about watching the one year students working with their horses.  It is mainly instruction in the lungeing technique.  Then by midweek there is another talk on ‘the wanting’!!  Oh no!

Here are my notes:

“Kert says it is always better to trust and wait – we are WANTING too much – again we hear this is a disease of the brown world.  Kert continues – if he pleases the WANTS he is supporting the energy of the ‘brown world’.  If you are wanting things you are not protected by destiny.

With the horse – the next step is always not to spoil the nice experience.  He says ‘ the entire picture from the horse world is changing – it’s not about riding or doing – just ‘being’ gives happiness.

Do not haste – have NOTHING in mind – never rush with horses.”

I agree with some of this – never rushing with the horses – and wanting too much.  But I still didn’t think my question of saddling was such a terrible ‘want’!!

And the next few days surprised me!

COMING UP – MORE PLEASANT DAYS

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