I didn't touch my horse for two whole days this week. I just didn't feel well after work. The third day my heart wasn't really in it either, but I went out and groomed him. He was tense and unsettled. It wasn't very productive.
I left thinking that the thing I need to do is not touch him a lot or teach him, but just lead him. Be a leader. Be someone he feels safe following.
So that's what we did yesterday. We went to the front field, we went behind the hill, he grazed on the new green grass. Then we went back to the front field and got closer to the donkeys. They were scary at first but eventually he wanted to go check them out. We went up the driveway and out into the trees. When we started he was worried but by the time we were done he was relaxed and happy to follow. I think it was most definitely the right thing to do.