Today, I had a cancellation, so I had the time to work with Little Horse.  I haven’t been able to do much with him since his fall(s), so I was surprised when I wasn’t excited about this opportunity.

I could say that it was because I haven’t been feeling well lately, or that it wasn’t the best of weather and footing conditions for working him, but those weren’t really the reasons.  I will admit that I do have a little anxiety about going back to work with him.  He was uneven behind, and there’s a little part of me that is panicking it will be a permanent state.  But, even that little bit of anxiousness wasn’t the reason.

I began to suspect that the law of inertia was in effect.  The law of inertia as I understand it: an object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in motion tends to stay in motion.  I know that isn’t the actual definition.  I remember vaguely from my high school physics class that there was something about an external force in there.  However, I began to suspect that my real issue was just my lack of motion regarding to my work with Little Horse.

So, I encouraged myself to go out with his halter and bring him in.  Then, I told myself, if he wasn’t acting right, I could just put him right back out.  And, I only had to groom him, not necessarily do anything else with him. Basically, I gave myself every out imaginable, as long as I at least tried.

Well, once I got him and brought him in, everything was different.  My outlook was much more energetic and positive.  That’s why I think my inertia theory was right on.

I did end up lunging Little Horse a little in just his halter.  There were a few off steps, but for the most part, he looked even behind.  He’s still a little more spooky than usual, might have been the weather.  It just feels good to know that we’re getting back on track.

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