Today was a momentous day for Klængur and me.
These past few months, I have spent many hours retraining him from scratch. I started him again as if he knew nothing and could forget everything.
Today was our first time out in the scattald (open hill) and it was trust issue for both him and me.
The more I ride Klængur, the more I get to know his funny little ways. Today he suffered from both Haakon’s and Iacs’ diseases.
Haakon always, if allowed, will go and stand in any gateway and look wistfully into the distance – for what, I am not sure. Klængur went and stood in two gateways. Huh?
Iacs’ disease is far worse. He likes to gently turn around in a circle and take his rider home when no one is taking any notice, i.e. we are chatting and wandering along on a loose rein. So, with Klængur we were tacking gently across the road. As my neighbour would say, when he watched me ride Iacs out many years ago “never a straight line”. It didn’t matter – I just kept Klængur going forward and ignored his little ideas.
Klængur was wonderful to ride. Cars can now go past him without a flicker and he is relaxed almost all of the time. Today, for the first time, I took him into the scattald – the open hill. I would not go on a nervous horse as you have to trust each other without question especially if they are new to this kind of ground.
Klængur listened to me. He went where I said to go and let me tell him where the safe path was.
He did his very best and I was so proud of him.
Finally, it has come together. We are a team and my little orange horse is very special.