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It’s a game we love to play. We turn the horses loose in the arena and wait for them to want to come back to us. The rules for the horses are trot or canter, maintain the same direction and don’t cut thru the middle.That last rule is important because that’s where the humans stand. Tony called her “sassy”! Sassy she was indeedy. In the above picture, her goal was to be the leading horse. She cut the corner to pass Spike and JR.
Not only did Powder cut thru the middle and change direction, but she bluffed me out as well. My “suggestion” that she change direction was met with total ignore. It was a game of chicken and I stepped out of her way.
We did three horses at a time in the liberty game and Powder was lucky to get two geldings. She got JR, who has long learned the rules of the game and Spike who was new to the game, but decided to follow JR.
Powder’s game was to become the leader of the herd! She broke all the rules to do it too! In the above picture, she is breaking the “go the same direction” rule. She’s out to have a meaningful meeting with JR!
Powder’s job is to control the herd. Making them back off and even stop is her desire. JR got a little to close to Powder and she’s in the process of letting him know!
Powder had a great time at this game and was revved up for quite a while after the game wanting to do it again!
We all suggested that this might be the opportunity to have Tony ride Powder, but he graciously declined.
At the end, JR came into Lynne. I looked at Powder and gestured her to come to me…and she did. Spike ran around a bit longer and Powder stayed with me for quite a while. Finally, she couldn’t stand it anymore and went out to lead Spike around the arena a few more time. When Spike decided the best place for him was with his human, Powder came right back to me.
What a glorius game it is when your horse comes to you at liberty. Liberty is the Truth.