It is obvious to see what Uralita means to me in this photo taken by Deborah Heynes Photography at last weekends clinic with Ylvie Fros.
Uralita had just made massive effort to make canter transitions in Quarters In from collected trot Quarters In on a circle, with me working alongside her closely with a single line and a Willow stick held over her back to help her understand where to place her hindquarters.
For this beautifully built Spanish horse to be able to do this physically demanding movement is no surprise, – but for her to not be afraid or confused by the process could have tested to our relationship, connection and communication skills to the limit as this is a mental and spiritual challenge for her.
So I was conveying my appreciation for that effort and the fact that we remained very good friends throughout the effort while trying out something a bit more difficult together. Once upon a time, not so long ago, she was afraid of all people, now she accepts praise and love with grace and dignity after making a huge effort to do something very difficult for me. Just for me. And just because I asked her.
But the most important thing for me was not how well she performed, but what did she think of me afterwards.
I hope to be able to show some more of the responses from her using other photos from the same photography session with Deborah at our clinic. For now, I am just loving this one.