In the last update I mentioned something about Moonshine that also ties into our story together. “He is a confident boy who is very sure of himself, until he isn’t.” As a trainer, I relish in helping others overcome their confidence issues. As an American HorseWoman’s Challenge competitor, I’m feeling the emotions that I often recognize in my students! I never expected to feel my confidence challenged by the pressure of competition. I’m always self assured for my clients and their horses, but now that I’m planning to compete and setting expectations… I feel like Moonshine when he’s having a tough day!
Moonshine is adjusting to new dynamics as well. I’ve noted that, in turn out, he is constantly attempting to move the other horses around while being the best friend to the lead mare. When that mare is absent, the lowest gelding can move Moonshine! He needs that guiding hand to feel confident and I’m so pleased that he is looking to me more and more when he needs help.
He’s doing great with desensitization, but his fearful behavior has resurfaced on occasion. We took a little time to visit with some barnyard animals to work through Moonshine’s concerns – check it out: