But what I really mean to hint at is the gloriousness that is the level of bonding Bacardi and I have reached as of late.
He nuzzled me guys.
THAT only took 5 whole months but god bless it, my flighty, nervous baby nuzzled my shoulder and it was ADORABLE.
I could never put my finger on Bacardi. Does he like me, or nah? He LOVES his face being brushed and petted, but when I first got him, GOOD LUCK touching his face without him running backwards. He would come up to me with interest, but if I made a move towards him he would retreat to the back of his stall again. He always had this look, like he didn't quite trust you. And I was already ready for him to spook and RUN AWAY.
I didn't consider myself his person. And I knew he didn't consider me HIS person. He was just a horse I owned.
He always did what I asked of him under saddle too, but there wasn't that *connection* ya know?
Yeah you guys know.
When you can just shift you weight and your horse knows what you want instantaneously. When you sit deep and they give you a flawless transition down. When they canter just as you lift your heel to ask for it. When they halt with a slight movement in your seatbones. When they rock back with the tiniest of half halts. When you are connected mind and body.
You know *that* feeling.
I hadn't felt that with B, until today.
He literally did all of those things with just a touch. It was magical.
I has a horse guys.
I finally feel liek his person.
|My mud pony on our hack today|