As the year draws to an end, I have started to reflect on the progress both Eli and I have made this year. Whilst we have achieved a big milestone this year by completing level 1, I feel our greatest achievement is reflecting on where both started in this program and how proud and excited I am to see what the future holds for us.
I feel very grateful to have meet Allan and Vicki who introduced me to the Quantum Savvy programme, which had me join up as a member even though I did not have my own horse. Searching for a horse I connected with was a long process but the day I meet Eli (or what he was known as then ‘gun smoke\ Smokey’), I knew we both had something to learn from each other.
Whilst the progress was slow, almost two years in the making, we developed confidence in ourselves and each other. I recorded my first attempt at liberty the other week and as I was moving my sting over his back, I had a very ‘proud horse lover moment’, as I had a flashback of the terrified, snorting, rearing Eli back when he saw the stick and string for the first time.
Reflecting back on how far we have come, has made me realise how lucky I was to have found Eli at that moment and to help him through the program that has given him the confidence to think through situations, move towards release and comfort. I worry about what kind horse he would have been labelled and what kind of treatment/training he might have endured had we not met at the right time.
We celebrated our level 1 achievement with a beautiful canter on the beach and we also enrolled in the summer lessons with Meredith. I am so excited for the future and I am really enjoying developing our connection. Eli has taught me so much about myself and can’t wait to see what else we can achieve together.