I very often think of all the horses I have encountered through my life. I may not be that old yet, but I have been around a lot.
I have met so many different horses, so many different characters, personalities, strengths, weaknesses, types, builds, mentality.
Not every horse is a, let’s call it, “type of horse I like”. But not one single horse has left me without furthering my knowledge, not even the ones I’ve only sat on,or taught once. Everyone has taught me something.
The one horse who really has changed me in the biggest way, is Danza, my current big black mare.
I thought, before I bought her, that I was fairly open minded, willing to take in most of what others tried to tell me, lessons I took part in, horses I rode, clinics I participated in. And I was. Like honestly! But not compared to what I am now, after my encounter with Danza. She has opened a door, or even two, I never even knew existed.
She is the most challenging horse, not in a “I am going to get you off” way. More in a, “how do I show her how to understand” way. Much more than any other horse I have met, do I have to keep my mind open, and a completely fresh eyes, EVERY time I go to work with her, cus not twice, is she alike.
I have to say, I have found most horses to have some sort of “patterns”, triggers which can make things worse/better, things that scare them, things they dislike/like, a preferred way to get asked to do things, a preferred way to get warmed up, and so on, I think you get the point. But Danza, she certainly has no such things. Up til just a few weeks ago, at least she had one, you could pretty much guarantee she would be most difficult to work in walk. When I first got her, you were pretty guaranteed to have a donkey til after you’d cantered and then a rocket.
But not anymore, she has decided, to have such things, will make my life way to easy 😂
She is my university course, she is my best tutor, my best teacher. And in her own strange, interesting little way, she is actually fairly patient with me, NOW. Not in the beginning.
But now, it feels like she wants to really become a team, for us to really build a strong relationship. It takes a lot of listening, sweat & tears from my side. But at least, if not more, happiness, laughter and love.
She has given me so much, opened my eyes and allowed me to find more doors to open, and not least, given me confidence to believe, if not purely in myself, at least in US, I couldn’t have asked for anything more in a horse, a partner, a best friend.
Thank you for believing in me, I wouldn’t be where I am today without you.
You’re my very special dance partner ❤ Danza ❤