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 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 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!