“If my painful, plodding, raw honest revelations can help even one of you have an easier time on your own journey, this will all be worth every moment of frustration and fear.” As Esther recovers from a fall, she takes a moment for some self-reflection.
“In order to ride him effectively and be the best rider/teacher I can be for Kiwi, I need to ride him like he belongs to someone else. Someone who has hired me to ride and train their mustang, not mine.” A post-fall analysis by Esther Roberts.
A road trip gave both Kaliwohi and Esther the opportunity to mark their progress as a team and as individuals — a long trailer ride for Kaliwohi, and a long drive for Esther to test her snacking resolve!
“But, like my friend and her horses, I, too, had to find the courage to be honest, sincere, and humble, and finally admit to my stubborn self that this relationship was not the right one for me. Or for my husband.”
“0323 was in a pen of about fifteen yearling geldings in the far back corner of the arena. 0323 — who would become known as Kaliwohi — was brave and curious, gentle and willing to accept change, to begin a relationship with a human.”
“For those of us who are not young and reckless and fearless, this is the beauty of horseback riding. When we get so completely attuned to our horse and his needs of the moment, any fear we may have felt simply evaporates.”