‘U’ and Riding
‘U’ has been doing really well and, as you know, even participated in a clinic this year. He was also doing really well with regards to coming to the mounting block and inviting me to get on…or so I thought.
He was happy to come to the block and even let me on. He was also happy to have Shannon continue to play the games we had played on the ground while I was on his back.
We all got so excited about this that we started to go back to more normal riding stuff, fading Shannon out and having me do the click and treat for simply walking around the cone circle.
Well this went well for a couple days and then ‘U’ stopped offering to come to the mounting block!
So what do you make of this?
Traditional trainers would just say ‘get over it’ and make him go to the mounting block and continue with what they wanted to do. But ‘U’ has a voice, that he is allowed to use, and has learned that he will be listened to and his opinion will be taken into consideration.
So what do we do?
As Alexandra Kurland would say go and have a cup of tea. What this means is removing yourself from the situation and trying to look at what is going on and what the options are to resolve it.