Napping in the sunshine?
Friends for breakfast?
Maybe some pensive and reflective "me" time?
What's out there in your world today?
If you’re looking to return to your usual sweet conversation/work with your horse, you have to accept him where he’s at. Fighting his behavior when he’s stuck doesn’t give him a way out. Less correction, more direction. You have to go into his hole with him and lead him out. That’s why they call it leadership.
Then let the transition-cycle work: Cue to connect with him, let him answer, and then reward his response. Politely ask for a bit more, reward that connection again. Perfect or not, now he starts to feel better about things and he tries a bit more. Reward his bigger effort, continue the cycle, and before you know it, it’s all hearts and flowers again.
Positive training works; it’s the difference between partnership and dominance; the difference between putting the horse first or having your own tantrum.I had just read that earlier in the day, and having arrived home after being gone for a two days, I was sitting in the living room with Abby. I do that often, so it was not unusual, but two things disrupted the routine and sent her into an out-of-control cycle of bouncing off the walls, furniture, my lap. Normally, she has her chew time with her little bone, one of her favorite pleasures. Alas, she was out of her chew bones, and nothing could console her. I would redirect her to her chew kong, filled with a treat but that did not hold her attention long. On one of the last jumps to my lap, obviously saying, "Hey, mom, I am not getting what I want here!" her toenails got entangled in the fringe on my sweater, and then panic set in, and she was really out of control and anxious.
That's why they call it leadership.