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We’re in Savvy Times, and what that meant for me today

A few months ago, the Savvy Times editors asked us to say — in 150 words or less — how the FreeStyle Patterns have changed our relationships with our horses. I submitted our story and Rocky and I were among those chosen! (Savvy Club members can view the issue in the vault.)


Here is what I wrote:

My confidence has soared
Regina Preciado, Grass Valley, CA, U.S.

Rockstar never liked passenger sessions. As he withdrew, I lost confidence. I compensated by asking even less of him, which made things worse. But during a game of extreme Touch It involving a tree, a hula hoop and a chihuahua, more engaged than we had been in weeks, I realized Rock felt my passengering as a lack of leadership. Boring! Unsafe! Pointless!

Everything changed with Follow the Rail. The instant I aimed my belly button at a barrel with a strong intention of getting there, Rock’s ears swept forward, and he stepped out like drum major. He flowed through each corner, and I don’t think I lifted him back to the rail more than five times in twenty minutes. Our relationship is stronger than it’s ever been; my confidence has soared. He’s even started offering some Liberty. Now I have to watch that DVD so I can keep up!

It boosted my spirits to see that today. I’ve been on deadline for a 3,000-word cover feature for a trade magazine along with planning out the workload for three concurrent documentation releases for one of my software clients, and have not played much with Rock this week. I was dwelling on my “failure to commit/dedicate” rather than noticing that I invented a new-to-us game and rode bareback (with pad) on Monday, spent undemanding time on Tuesday and Wednesday, spent undemanding time on Thursday and hosed the blood off a gash he somehow acquired on his left hind, AND played with and rode Sterling naked bareback (look Ma, no pad!) on Thursday as well.

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He chose me in the pasture

I went into the gelding pasture with Rocky’s halter on my shoulder, not because I needed to get him, but to have something to whirl about should I get mobbed. Mainly I wanted to check him over to make sure he still had all of his limbs, his eyes were clear of snot, and he wasn’t bleeding.

This IS Rocky we’re talking about, y’know.

I walked well into the enclosure to give everyone room. Rocky immediately perked his ears, gave me two eyes, and walked over to me with enthusiasm and energy. He left the herd of five and a pile of hay to come stand by me.


I am still trying to figure out how to describe the joy I felt. It welled up and spilled over and I could almost see it with my regular eyes. A rainbow of pleasure, well-being, gratitude, approval, emanating from my body in concentric rings. I think Pursuit felt it because he perked up and asked permission to approach as well, and then Paco, and then Nakota….

I stroked Rocky a bit and then left, feeling him watching me (but not following me) all the way through the gate and back into my house.


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