I have been told from family members, horse was one of my first words. Who knew my passion would be stronger than ever nearly 50 years later. Horses were a daily thing for me from my first pony at age 6 through my high school years with 2 of the most wonderful horses a kid could ask for. Flash forward thru a 20-year hiatus from horses which was when I was introduced to Natural Horsemanship. I have had some really great mentors along the way and bounced around a bit with the natural horsemanship programs, but realized I was not in it whole heartedly, that is until I got my RBI Dunkin. I had a few horses in my adult years but never have I been so challenged. The first few weeks were pretty rocky – he went from very quiet and dull [which I didn’t realize was a very introverted state of mind] to spooky, reactive and unpredictable. At that point I decided he was not a match for me. When I called the barn to let them know I would not be keeping him and was interested in looking at other horses I found out he had already been returned 3 times. So I let him stay here while I looked at other horses. Turns out that was a good choice because despite my efforts to find another horse, turns out my match was already here. He has been an incredible amount of work, patients and understanding and learning. Through our journey I had been using NHS methods but we have made the biggest improvements in our relationship since I got back in to doing things with the GSSC. That really put my focus back on “why” he behaves the way he does and I am learning how to understand and interact with his RBI horsenality. The support from this group is incredible from the teachings of Sandy and Laura to all the really awesome members of the group. I am so excited for Dunkin and I to meet Linda and get and even better understanding of reading him and seeing things from his point of view and how to become better partners so he can become even more confident and trusting.