I’m not a patient person. I don’t do well in construction zones. I don’t enjoy waiting for packages to arrive in the mail. I hate it when the internet is slow. You can imagine this is not an ideal personality characteristic to bring to the barn. I strive for zen-like patience when dealing with horses, but it’s a struggle sometimes!
Despite my best intentions, I did not proceed through the 3 month longeing portion of Training the Young Horse with Candy. I did about two weeks of longeing, figured that was good enough, and started riding.
My thought process was something like, “Candy’s not unbroke; she’s just green! I won’t ask much while I’m riding. We’ll walk a lot, and do a little trotting. Maybe we’ll canter if she feels really excellent!”
And that was fine, for a while. I firmly believe hauling out and trail riding has been beneficial. She’s also done some excellent work in the arena. However, I clearly pushed too much when I asked for some canter and when I put her in a group in the open. It seems like she’s lost some confidence recently.
So back to the longe line we go. I’ll force myself to be patient and follow a schedule. No jumping ahead, no skipping steps. The longe is a great place for Candy to find balance, build muscle, and regain confidence. There’s no reason to hurry her along or leave gaps in her training.
Do you struggle with patience? How do you deal?