Kert surprised me by doing a characterisation of Saadi. I really don’t know why he did this – but it was relatively accurate.
Kert says when Saadi is pushed to do things he is feeling misused – he wants to do slow steady work. He can perform when the work fits. He would like to be treated like a King’s horse – to live with dignity. He also feels he is happy to be ridden.
He then says my horses are in bad condition – that I’m trying to do my best – but it’s a disaster! But it’s typical of the part time horse owner.
He tells me I should build stables for them, brush them each day – feed them three times a day – look at what I’m feeding them.
He suggests I start with Saadi first – some short lungeing and eventually put a saddle on and do some gentle riding. He also suggests that I try to reduce my horses to two….
Now all this was said in a very different way to my previous experience. He seemed to genuinely want to help me.
Some of this was helpful – and in blogs to come I will talk about what I did.
This threw me into more confusion. He was being so nice to me. Why couldn’t he be like that all the time!
He also asked me whether I now understood what he had said about Ducati. Did I have any questions. I smiled and said I was fine – no problems – and I was – I was quietly smiling at the thought of the mustard gas.
So why was he behaving like this? Was he worried he had upset me too much? I doubt it. Was he trying to confuse me? Maybe… Was he just in a ‘nice Kert’ phase? I don’t know…
Maybe it was his way of calling a truce.
And it did make me feel better in some way – but cautious – like walking on eggshells.
We also had another saddling and riding demonstration with the same horse – Snap. The horse was still worried about the girth and it took some time in the arena.
Here are some more notes:
“Kert says that if these things cannot be overcome he will never successfully be ridden. He lunges him with just the saddle pad – then decides to take him to the corner of the arena to saddle him. He says some good things – like never be angry with the horse – if the horse is not calm with the saddle there will be tension and stiffness when riding – always look for another solution.
He reminds us he is only doing this now as the horse will be going home – but normally there would be a much longer time before this happened. Once again Jaime is helping him – he reminds her to stay grounded – keep her shoulders low, appear strong – and breathe.
When the saddle is finally on, Jaime is then ready to mount. Kert reminds her to just sit with loose long legs – then gently she moves off around the small arena – he corrects some of her movements – keep her head upright, her elbows close, move the pelvis from left to right…”
It was just a short session, but I was pleased I got to watch it. The horse was calm and willing.
This was almost the end of the course and surprisingly Kert invited the Level 3 students to his house for a farewell dinner……
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