We had a little weather here yesterday late afternoon. There was hard white stuff falling from the sky and all the boys headed for cover. We sure need the wet, hope there is more coming.
Had a good day with Casino and Pepe. I put Casino in the Al Ragusin’s double rein method. http://www.trainingyourownhorse.com/ I have been riding him using this method I learned from Al for some time now. He does very well in it and I can gain more control and refinement. If you are interested in learning this method of using the double reins, please give me a call or email me and I will be happy to explain it and show it to you. Check out Al’s website and if you have any questions I know he would be happy to talk to you. Tell him I sent you.
Pepe is doing pretty good with his groundwork. His owner, Lori, has done a good job teaching him some of the skills that he needs to get along in the human world, and that is a good thing.
I’m often asked how it is that I can get things done with a horse, a skill for example like side passing down the rail, when the owner can’t. What happenes with owners, most of the time, is they start to treat their horses like they are pets. What I mean by that is they start to baby or spoil them. Then what happens in the horses mind is they, the horse, becomes a little higher in the herd of two. They may do what the owner ask, but you can tell the horse does not want to do it, or they go thru the motions but there is little, or no effort put into the skill. The owner begins to accept whatever the horse is giving them because they don’t want to get after their horse, or they are afraid of the reaction they may get if the horse gets really upset.
When horses come here to me for training, I can’t let how I feel about them affect how I train them, if I do, I will be cheating the horse and the person who brought the horse to me. So, I treat the horse the way a dominant horse in the herd would treat them. If the dominant horse told the sub horse to move away from the feed, and he does not move, the dominant horse is going to make him move. What most horses need is a leader. Well they all need a leader if they are going to get along in a human world. That leader better be us or our horses will assume that position. That’s the reason horses react differently to me then they usually do to their owners.
I can’t express how important it is to be the leader in your herd. It means your safety. So if you want a better horse, be a better horseman.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.