I've just returned from vacation, time well spent to rejuvenate, reenergize and take some time to just "be". We all need to relax and it's amazing how much clearer everything becomes.
I believe the same is true for horses. We always treat our own horses the way we would like to be treated. What do I mean by that? Try to think and react like a horse, it really helps. Don't anthropomorphize, just empathize. Just like us, they need some time off from training and a sometimes tough show schedule. Even a few days can allow them the mental rest they need to be eager to resume their jobs. We always rest our horses a day or two before a long haul and of course they always get time off even after a short show that is near home. The horses deserve this time off and will always perform better for it.
See you next week! JD