My play time with Dreamer has disappeared lately. Be it time, weather (it's raining AGAIN), travel, or whatever the excuse, it shows up in Dreamer's confidence.
Admittedly, I was feeling smug that after three years. It seemed like I was beginning to read Dreamer's right-brain introvert characteristics. For the past few months she has been a calm, thinking partner that rose to any occasion, and I was thinking I would never see that insecure, right-brain horse again. The last couple of times we played, though, those right-brain behaviors were front-and-center. Pat Parelli says, "Never say never, never say always, always say sometimes." Playing with the horse that shows up is key.
Two occasions pop into my mind. On Monday Olivia asked to play with Dreamer. We brought her into the round pen and Olivia began playing the friendly game. Dreamer hooked on to Olivia immediately, following her every move like a puppy. But then she started using her shoulder to move Olivia! Olivia's driving game wasn't good enough yet to keep her off. This was left-brain behavior.
Olivia moved to the fence and I started playing with Dreamer. At the slightest pressure from me to move her shoulder, she moved out and started racing around the pen. A right-brain extrovert showed up. Not allowing her to run crazy, I asked her to change direction frequently. Getting her to transition down to a slower gait was difficult.
On the new Savvy Club DVD, Pat Parelli works with all four horsenalities, and the right-brain introvert is classic Dreamer. How interesting!