Since I started riding (some 45 years ago) I happened to change both tack
and perspectives, and to reset the odometer, a few times: from plain
english to plain western riding, and then on to PNH, and finally I met
Leslie in 2003 ... in this last dimension I feel so good that I have
nothing else to do but to observe, try, and learn, and then to rejoice
and be thankful; yes, because when excitement and satisfaction overcome
frustration and anxiety, then you can accept a slow but steady progress
along your path to horsemanship.
The first - and probably the greatest - lesson I've had from Leslie so
far is about the power of vision of an "educated eye", which in our case
(thanks to her and Bill) resides not in a telescope (which most people
would search for), but in a microscope ... how true is the saying "that
which is great proceeds out of small things" !
I don't care about ribbons; I never used horses to compete nor to
work, but this is not to say the challenge (understanding them and being
able to establish a sound partnership) isn't mine as well.
Though if we'd like to put on Bill's and Leslie's lenses, and soon be
able to look at things and act differently, my witness is about a process
that is rather similar to molting ... which takes time and patience, and
requires that old habits (which die hard) fade away and leave place to a
new paradigm, one that horses show evident signs of appreciation, because
they have the final say ... haven't they ?
Once again: it's worth the effort, regardless to the amount of results
you may get in the beginning, as long as you have that "burning desire"
and you put in enough time, and you get adequate support and supervision,
and I think this site is exactly meant to help us all along that way.
Many happy trails to y'all !