Now, whether you are familiar with the comedy of Eddie Izzard or not, I can't help be mentally drawn back to this clip every time I am asked about my flag...and the recurring question after "Why do you use it?" is always a frivolous, "Can you show me some of the things you do with it?" In a wave it around to desensitise as that is the only conceivable use for it, kinda thing.
When I try to explain that the exercises I am doing can be taught without the flag, and that those exercises are the aim of me working my horse on a lead rope, I get the look of puzzlement...
Now what Eddie illustrates above is the fixation with the tool, not actually the situation or task surrounding it...be it claiming new territories or working with a horse, and I find it as irritating as hell. Sorry, I'm usually a happy go lucky and helpful individual, but I find it so belittling it makes me burn.
It's not about the flag...it's not a parlour trick, it's not me lunging a horse to brain death, it is an extension of my arm. Wouldn't matter what it was, tennis racket, whip, or rope that I am going to hang myself with if someone asks me again... it doesn't matter. What does matter is the intend behind it, devoid of emotion and simply being used as an extension of what it. Sure it gets moved around, but that moving is with a purpose. Whether it is to get my horse used to commotion, or to help move a shoulder across or shape up when on a circle, it has a specific purposeful job.
If you want a tool with no purpose, go to any local tack store and find some side reins.
Now on a nice note, welcome to my new readers and newbie participants signed up for Buck's clinic in 2017. I look forward to getting to know you all. Here's a picture to prove I smile hehe x
I'm off for a medicinal drink..
See you on the flip side x