Shelby, Sherry, Quatro
Had two lessons yesterday. The first was Stan. You will remember Stan. He just started taking lessons to ride and this was his forth one. He is doing much better. I had him ride a different horse that would not be as difficult to get to move forward. He had ridden Quatro in the past and he can be a little tough to get going if you don't know what you are doing. I like to use a horse like that in the beginning so that folks understand what you need to know to get a horse to move forward. But Stan was having a time so thought we would try something else. Car would move forward ok, but he would also stop ok... and Stan would be giving mixed signals to the horse so the horse would just stop. Stan asked why the horse was doing that. I told him it was not the horse. So rather then ask why the horse was doing that I told him to ask himself what HE was doing to cause the behavior. We are way to quick to blame the horse for everything that goes wrong and it usually is not their fault... I think that Stan is starting to understand that. I left him in the round pen by himself so that the horse was not influenced my me. Stand did a good job. Trotting when he wanted and getting the horse so slow down when he wanted him to...
Karen, a lady from town, was next. She brought out her horse. She wants to be the one that gets this horse started, and honestly for having no help to speak of, she is doing a very good job. She is a very kind, soft person, and I think sometimes she has a hard time knowing how much pressure is enough. This is a common problem with folks that don't train horses for a living and takes time to learn. I could tell when she took her horse out of the trailer that the horse did not respect her, or her space. We talked a little about where she thought she wanted to start and then I pointed out my observations. I thought that she needed to address this lack of respect and space issue now, or it would come back to haunt us. She agreed and so we put her horse into a ground work program.. She is going to go home and work on the exercises that I showed her for a week, and come back on Monday, and we will see how they are doing..
Kathy and I had dinner last night at Steve and Linda's. These are folks that had a jumping horse back in Chicago and had asked me to help them several years ago. Remind me to tell you that story, is a good one. Anyway they have a new puppy, cute little guy but he always wants to be in your lap and he is a little guy, so no big deal. But it got me to thinking about how important it is to teach our horses NOT to be in our laps. We tend to treat our horses like they were our dogs, and that just freaks them out. They don't know how to act like a pet, dog, and when we force that mentality on them they don't know how to act. That is when people get run over, stepped on or stomped on. It is also very hard for most people to understand that horses don't want to be treated like a dog. And when people come around to that way of thinking they are amazed at how well behaved their horses are and how much more they get done with them...
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.