I never realized how hard it is to stay focused for a long period of time. Looking back at it, I always thought I was focused while riding. I was so wrong…
That’s something Fordson taught me. He’s the kind of horse who never gives you anything for free. You gotta earn it.
As soon as your mind starts slipping away and you lose focus of what you’re planning to do next – he stops listening.
He’s favourite thing to do is to simply go to the gate that leads out of the paddock. Then you know, you failed to keep him interested.
It’s a harsh teacher but the best one I had so far in my life. No forgiving riding school horses could teach me this; To always be in the moment.
It’s much harder than it sounds. It really is.