Once you get a taste of how soft, relaxed and happy a horse can be in work without force, you can never go back. There are moments where you may not know what to do, but you know your old ways aren’t it. You may not always be on the money with your timing or aids, but each effort you make to set things up for the horse to think through is like money in a savings account – it draws interest; and when you need it the most, it’s there. The horse may take time to respond, but they know the intent is different, and meaningful.
Keep plugging away. It’s so much harder than what you used to do or what others do, the results are slower, but they last, and they create a solid partnership you can be proud of.