Jody climbs to the top of the round pen panel and asks Zum to move his hindquarters to the pen. Jody asks Zum and if Zum does what Jody wants, Jody relaxes. Ask and relax. Jody says that because Zum is an Arabian horse, Zum over thinks things. As an Arabian horse, Zum gets anxious and worried easily. I have to be very calm and slow with Arabian horses like Zum so he can slow down and calm down.
Jody wants me to pet Zum as if I have my heart in my hand. Court Zum. Let Zum want to be with me. Don’t force him to do things. Ask slowly. Act slowly. Let Zum believe that it is his idea to be next to me. Have fun with Zum!
Jody says once you lose the ‘try’ you have failed. He says you can keep trying, keep making mistakes and keep learning from your mistakes. I have made lots of mistakes with Zum but I keep on trying. I don’t ever want to lose the ‘try.’
Jody says horse training is all about the mind…bringing the mind of the horse and the mind of the rider together in harmony. He says he will teach Zum to look to me for guidance and emotional support and he will teach me to trust Zum. I was pretty amazed when I could sit on the ground in front of Zum’s front legs without fear that Zum would trample me!
Jody wants me to sit on the ground in front of Zum’s front legs. This is to help Zum and I build confidence in each other.
Jody says that I need to act like a horse with my body language. Hunch over if I want Zum to move his hindquarters. Flap my elbows to get Zum to back up if Zum invades my space. This is acting like a horse with ears pinned down and charging forward to take leadership.
I need to be my own hero. I also need to be Zum’s hero. Zum needs to learn that I have his back. I need to believe that Zum has my back. If we both trust each other, our relationship can grow. How do I start to build trust? It is a very slow process and it starts with trusting my own heart.
Jody wants me to crawl around Zum on the ground. Zum needs to believe that I trust that he won’t hurt me again.