Parks and Jasper had to work through some issues. This was the first time that Parks has lunged Jasper. They do a lot of ground work, but never in the small arena. Lunging requires the horse to follow your commands. It requires you to read your horse’s body language. The final result is amazing! An unbelievable bond between human and horse!
Last week, I wrote about a lesson that my oldest is learning currently-trust. Well Tuesday, he began working to rebuild his trust in Willy. He learned how to read Willy’s body language. He entered the small arena uncomfortable and nervous. By the end of the session, he was a new person. His confidence and comfort increased. His interactions with Willy were awesome. He still has a long way to go to get back to the level of comfort and trust that he had before the fall, but even small steps are progress.