Had a really good day with Casino yesterday. He is getting better and softer but still has his moments. We worked on circles and loped for a bit. I wanted to see if he had any idea of how to settle. He did as I expected. When ever you ask for more speed you will find out just how well they understand what you have been teaching them at a walk and a trot. The more speed you ad to your exercises the more that things can go wrong. Well, Casino did ok. He was a little our of control at first, fading in the circle and wanting to get back to the gate, but after a little while, he realized that, that was just going to get him into more work. He started to figure it out as we got closer to the end of our day.
His break is really starting to come around. I want a horse to learn to stop off the feel of my seat and legs with out me having to pull on the reins. Don’t get me wrong, if the horse does not stop of the feel of my seat and legs, I will pick up the reins and bring him to a stop, but when people use the reins first their horses will stick their nose’s in the air and brace their necks. Why? Good question. They are bracing because they know that the next thing that’s going to happen is your going to pull, hard, on the reins. So, a horse will brace against the bit in order to protect their mouth. By using the method that I use to teach the stop, you encourage the horse to get his hind end up underneath himself, which encourages his head to come down. He has to get his head down in order to get his hind end under himself. There are lots of ways to teach a stop, but I have come to really like this way over the years.
I talked to one of the owners of the feed store in town yesterday about doing a demo at their store. They are very excited about doing something so Kathy and I are looking forward to that..
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.