Undemanding time with my horse was fun for me. This is where I allow him 51% of the leadership responsibility and I become his shadow. My focus was to match his energy and keep up the best I could. I only stepped into leadership if another horse was invading our space or he was getting into trouble or danger. We covered a lot of ground in an hour and a half. I was definitely ready for lunch at the end of that session!
It was interesting to observe a pattern with regards to where I place myself as we explored. I made it a point to change sides frequently and to stay at his withers as much as possible. I noticed that when I was on his left side he tended to move and explore more readily. When I was on his right side, he was more apt to stop and observe or stop and eat for awhile.
At one point he was vigilantly attempting to open one of the feed bins. After a bit he began to lick my hand and then the feed bin – back and forth and looking me in the eye. I had to laugh at his tenacity of asking me to open the bin – poor guy has no opposable thumbs!
In case you’re wondering – yes, I did grab a handful of grain for him. Then he was happy to move on.