In Anna’s Words:
If you had asked me to describe the partnership between our horses and humans there are so many words I could bring forth: love, trust, compassion, connection, mutual respect and understanding…communication, collaboration, fun, enjoyment, relationship, leadership.
Today I FELT something that went beyond this description, something difficult to put into words for “B” (we shall call him); a Belgian who described how he lays his life on the line when he teams up to pull the wagon – just like she does driving him. He has to trust his person in the wilderness they live in and call home. He has to rely on his person to be there for him. He has to be able to listen and work truly as a team for survival and success. Nothing quite compares to the lifestyle they live…naturally.
They are to grow old together. His excellent training stands him in good stead as an upright citizen, but they still need to be patient with one another as they explore their relationship and build it on true trust. As he learns her language, her needs, and expectations, she learns about him. It’s a partnership built on honesty.
The care that was overlooked previously and the suppleness needed to stay athletic are only a small part of the overall picture. Not everyone can take the reins to drive a team – it’s not about technicalities or queues, it’s about the experiences they share to get them to the very point of trusting one another. This cannot be transferred to another, instead they share this journey. It’s the journey less travelled as they experience the natural world becoming true friends and partners.