This was the first of my horse books, written in 2007. The two years preceeding this book were the start of a phenomenal growth curve for me, that continues to this day. Even though that growth has me a heck of a lot gentler these days, the blueprint that Bobby came up with for this book is still valid today.
Bobby’s Diaries are literally his diaries – the summary of all the notebooks I carried in my pocket when riding Bobby – everything he told me and taught me for two years about better listening, about the roadmap that he wanted to tell people about, about how to find the talent in my riding.
This generosity brings tears of gratitude to my eyes when I write this, because it came after I’d had thrown him away in disgust when I thought he was such a “bad horse”. His liberty work was spectacular, but everything else – ugh! He had been bucking higher than my head, he had developed resistance to just about everything, it felt like he’d swallowed a plank – we’d been going backwards in a our saddle work at high speed. And back then I blamed him.
You’ll read the story in the book – two years later I pulled him out of the paddock and through a series of coincidences (yeah NOT! 🙂 ) , discovered that he could communicate with me and the magic began.
At 2019 he’s still with us, retired now from riding, but still wearing his Master Teacher hat and still a herd leader even though he has significant blindness.
Thank you Bobby for making riding fun again. Thank you for showing me the path to a confidence I thought I’d lost because it was foundationed on quicksand when I wasn’t listening to you. And thank you for everything you’ve brought to the horses of the world.
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