Going into the competition with Remington I felt like I had a solid bond that would help carry us through, but when it came to the competition, my emotions failed me. My nerves got the best of me and I failed to be Remington's source of comfort due to my own shortcomings in such a chaotic atmosphere. I will not let this happen again.
Once again I've been doing research on what works and doesn't work for the top trainers in this competition. I was reading a blog about the training of a mustang for the Tennessee makeover in 2010. The trainer was explaining how her mustang was reacting to new surroundings and she talked about getting the mustang to the point where it is not worried about it's surroundings so that it's only concern is what she is asking it to do. I thought this was a great way to look at how a horse should respond to a trainer. They should have that trust, no matter the circumstance.
I also can't wait to apply all of my new knowledge to this mustang. Remington taught me so much in the years after the competition. He opened up so many doors due to my desire to continue training him. I now know more about finishing colts instead of just getting them to a solid green-broke... which is what Rem was at the competition. I took dressage and reining lessons. I have seen the benefits of cross training to keep horses fresh. I also see the huge value in continuing education of both the horse and the trainer.
More than anything though, I want this to be my own journey. I do not want to worry about the progress of other trainers the way I did last time. I need to throw those insecurities out if I want to do my best for me, and the mustang. I have goals in my mind and I am working out how to meet those goals every day. Of course they'd be a little easier to work out if I had my mustang already... but alas, I must wait until the 27th. So until then, I will ponder, and wish, and hope, and dream.