I have been working with this horse once or twice a week since November. For most horses, this is plenty of time to understand what motivates them, and to develop a relationship with them.
Up until the start of this intensive training, I honestly thought I was on the same page with this horse. We had several mini victories and I took that as confirmation that we were working together.
Now that we are starting to ask for more, it is coming to the surface that he has not been as fulfilled in the work as I had originally thought. He started refusing to volunteer movements, which didn’t show up with naughty behavior by any means, just a tension in his neck and gaits that was holding us back. I spent 3 days not asking for anything new under saddle, and spending quality time letting him graze after rides, and the results are obvious. Just a comparison of this week vs last week is a complete change – even Ellen said that this is a completely new horse.
Mascot is a great example of an Akhal Teke. More relational than other breeds, once they are being fulfilled and treated with respect and kindness, they will do anything for you. Make no mistake though, this is not a breed for someone who wants a horse that you can hop on without even acknowledging.
The dignity and grace in this animal demands to be noticed and appreciated. Once granted, the Akhal Teke will surpass your wildest imagination.
So if you’re looking for a true partner to pursue your equestrian dream, look no further. I can honestly say that you won’t regret it.
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Stay tuned as we continue to develop and show off how incredible a Teke-equestrian team can be!
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”