My Journey With Max
As the vet palpated Max’s spine, waiting for the flinch that indicates discomfort, I thought about my journey with this gelding. Seven now, he was 3 when I got him—and I was a colt-training newbie.
I’d had ideas, though. I wanted a journey that didn’t sacrifice his playful individuality to my ego. A friend suggested I check out clinician Jonathan Field. “He’s good on partnership stuff,” she said.
I ordered his DVD set and spent the winter working through the lessons. The next summer, we participated in our first clinic, and have caught at least one clinic or camp each year since.
And… it worked! By sticking closely to the program, I got trained along with Max, and it’s led to a fantastic relationship between us. I’m now an issue-identifier, problem-solver, and darn happy rider.
He’s a happy athlete, too. The vet smiled as she felt a nicely muscled back, free of all tension and flinching.
It was proof our journey was traveling the right path.
…Jan Bagot, Edmonton, Alberta