Don’t Be Nervous, Baby

by Equestriangradstudent

Studly worries about everything. I’m not sure how to overcome this because he doesn’t consistently act on it. Sometimes he sticks to me with pursed lips and a looky eye, sometimes he rollbacks and runs away from me. I’ve tried to stay calm and invite him back to me, which works most of the time, but I’d like to find a way to stop his worries. As I get closer to riding him (I can’t ride until Ron gets back, so we just do mounting work repetitively), I’m thinking more and more about what could go wrong if he doesn’t relax.

Since we’ve had to do the same thing for almost two weeks, he’s settled into the routine and is the most relaxed he’s been. I think it’s partly due to Ron’s absence, which makes it less stressful for Jo and me. It probably helps him to know exactly what we’re going to do every day.

Of course, once Ron gets back everything will change. We will move forward instead of repeating the same routine over and over and over. Jo and I will be stressed out again and Studly will have to learn new things. This is why I’m questioning my ability to maintain his the little dude’s relaxation. I want things to go as smoothly as possible. I want him to be completely okay with each new step. But he’s a worrier…

I guess I am, too.