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.