colt jumping barrels.
Was another good day for the colt and me. We continue to work on his ground skills. He is lunging better, still pulls a little when he gets excited, but that will get better with time, and I added side passing down the rail yesterday. He did pretty good one direction, once he figured it out, but is having more trouble going to his right. This tells me that when we get in the saddle, if he don't have it figured out on the ground, it's going to be a fight when we start to ride that exercise. So, I will spend a ton more time on his bad side to help him get ready for the riding part. I say bad side, but I don't mean bad in a bad way. He's just like me, I do a lot of things better with my right hand then I do my left. If you wanted me to sign my name with my left hand, I could do it, but you probably would have a hard time reading it. Not a bad thing, just a thing. I could get better at writing left handed if I worked at it, and the same is true with the colt. We will just keep working on the side he is having trouble until he is better.
I have not mentioned the trust exercises that I'm teaching him between the exercises he is learning. Most trainers, that I know, would call these exercises, desensitizing exercises. I however, don't want a horse that is dull and not sensitive. What I do want is a horse that will trust me. That if I am around, there is nothing that is going to hurt him, no matter what it is. So I teach, at clinics and demos, these skills so that folks will have that same trust in their horses and their horses will trust them. Trust is the third principle of the three principles that we teach, and at time the hardest one to help people understand, but it's worth the effort.
Now time for coffee.