Jody tells me that I need to jump on Zum’s back and ride bareback to really feel what Zum is feeling. I have zero confidence with this right now. I am a long way away from building the confidence I need to be able to do this. This will be Jody’s job….to build my confidence so that I trust Zum and Zum believes me.
Jody tells me that I don’t need to be afraid of making mistakes. Mistakes always happen when you are trying to learn. Accept my mistakes and move on. Jody says horses are very forgiving. Zum will forgive me when I make mistakes. Jody tells me not to listen to anyone who has ever frightened me or who has ever put me down. He rides Zum bareback and with a halter and lead rope to show me that Zum is a good horse. Jody says we are going to make Zum a great horse!
Jody, my new horse trainer, tells me that I need to hang all over Zum. I need to show Zum that I trust him and that I believe in him. Jody tells me he asks Zum before he does anything with Zum. He asks with his body language. He says invading someone’s space is being a bully. I agree wholeheartedly.
I was riding Huszar yesterday and I met a woman on her horse. We rode for two hours on the trail. I told her about Zum and my problems with him. She told me that she has a great horse trainer that really helps her with riding her horse. I got his name and when I got home, I went to his website. I was happy to see that he is a natural horseman and he teaches natural horsemanship! I called him. His name is Jody. He said he specializes in problem horses and he could work with Zum and I from the ground up!
I found a business card for a horse trainer at Tractor Supply. I called him today. I told him the story of Buddy, Zum and the ranch saddle accident. This trainer said it sounds like all Zum needs is an experienced rider who is not afraid of Zum to ride Zum on the trails 8 hours a week. This trainer said Zum needs to sweat on the trails. So where am I going to get this rider?
I have made mistakes that I regret deeply. I wish I had never seen a ranch saddle. Zum got seriously hurt by the ranch saddle accident. Now I cannot ride Zum and he still refuses the saddle. Before the ranch saddle accident, I was riding Zum on the trails. I need to stop beating myself up for the past. What I do to repair my mistakes is what counts. I will learn from my bad experiences and never do the same mistake again. From this day forward, I will never let Zum get hurt when I am with him. He needs to trust that I will protect him from danger.