Yesterday was the day! Charlie got his first pair of new shoes. This, for me anyway, is always a big deal in a horse's life, when he, or she, get their first pair of shoes. As a trainer, it is something that I try hard to prepare them for. Not just for them, but for the farrier that is going to have to get underneath him to put the shoes on. Charlie spent a couple of hours on Wed. getting ready for this day. We have been working on picking up his feet, which is owners had done a good job with, but on Wed. we really worked on him standing and not trying to take his foot away. Carl, my farrier, has tons of experience with young horses. I think that Carl started out shoeing when he was somewhere around twelve years old. He is in his sixties now, but what I love about him is he understands how the young horse feels about this whole ordeal, and he was patient and gentle with him.
A good fit.
You may notice in the picture at the top of the page, Charlie does not have anyone holding him and, he's not tied up. Teaching your horse to stand still is a skill that most people, and trainer, never give much consideration to. I don't like to tie a horse to be saddled or shod. If something happens and the horse feels the need to get away, I don't want him landing in my lap, and if you have him tied he won't have any choice but to end up there. I have a couple of ways that I teach this skill that I will share another time.
We will continue to work on his feet and him giving them without issue before he goes home. He will probably get another set before then and I want him to be better then he was this time. Toward the end, he was kind of jerking Carl around, especially on the back end, but Carl kept telling me that he was doing great for his first set of shoes and, that we had done a good job getting him ready. That made me feel good, but I would have had a time if I had to do him myself. So, he did good but we have a long ways to go.
So there ya go. Charlie's mom and dad should be, and I'm sure they are, very proud of their young man. He did great. There is a lot more to starting a colt then just getting them ridden. Honestly, I don't think that many folk understand this. There are lots of opportunities to get hurt and is the reason I don't think it is a good idea for just anyone to try it. I'm not saying that I'm anything special or that I'm any better at starting a colt then the next guy, I'm just saying that, with a colt, things can go bad, no matter how hard to try to protect them and yourself, stuff happens, and if it's going to happen, it WILL happen with a colt. Getting a young horse rode is the easy part, believe it or not. It's the other things, that will really matter in a horses life, that take time and attention. I sure wish more folks understood that..
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.