“Because, as a rule, the horse must take pleasure in his work. Otherwise, he and his rider will not be able to accomplish anything graceful.” Antoine de Pluvinel
Weto is a great horse for liberty training. He pays attention, reacts to my body language, and has a very high motivation to do something together. He always gives his best. The less equipment I use, the more eager he gets. To work with a horse like him is such a pleasure!
Unfortunately, my own horse, Nazir, had most of his spirit broken during the years as a riding school horse. I remember one of the old masters saying that the spirit of a young horse is like a blossom: once ruined, it will never return. Something along these lines. There are days when nothing seems to motivate Nazir except food. Then we quite often end up not doing anything, because I’ve decided not to push him anymore. He wants to stand around for half an hour? Then that’s what we do.
The first week of doing liberty training with Nazir looked like this: He stood in the middle of the arena and ignored me. The most I could get out of him was an ear flick from time to time. I didn’t give up and hoped that, eventually, he might take an interest. I was so happy that after some days he started following me! But we’re baking small bread rolls, as we say in German. What I achieved with Weto in one session could take me years with Nazir.
I’m just glad that on these kinds of days I have Weto to put the smile back on my face.