Gave Casino some time tied to the rail yesterday after his big ride the day before and took one of my riding students out for a long ride. Ruth has not had a lesson in some time. She spends part of her time here on the ranch and part of it back east and when she is here she is pretty busy, so it was a treat that she had the time to do it. There are so many really pretty places to ride here that it is hard to decide where go. The weather was perfect and we both had a good time.
Will get Casino back in the arena this morning and start working more on control and him standing still. Who knows why horse do what they do. When you think that they have something figured out they always seems to know you think you are doing a pretty good job. So, they want to keep you humble and they start to go backward. So we will just start at the beginning with the skills he needs to understand that standing still is his job. I’m pretty sure it won’t take him long to figure out it’s much better to just stand still then the work he will have to do if he chooses to move around..
What I see happen with folks when their horse seems to forget a lesson or a skill, like standing still, they get frustrated. They start to blame the horse, when it is probably something that they did. I think that’s were we are with Casino. I have put Casino in some places in the past week that he has never been in before and I think it may have been a little too much for him. Not that that’s a bad thing. You have to give your horse new experiences to know where the holes are in his training. Those give you the chance to help your horse. But at times, when we give our horse to much they will get confused about what we want and try hard to find the answer. Trouble is they may fine the wrong answer and think that it’s the right one. You and I have to always ask the question: What can I do better to help my horse? How can I become a better horseman? If we do that, then we will be able to find the answer or the tool we need to help our horses.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.