Chaka is making good progress. I've started to ride her outside. The first time it was like a controlled wreck, but the next day she did better. She worked pretty hard so gave her Wednesday off. She still has a long way to go but I think she is going to make her owner a good horse.
SBI is making good steady progress. His owner is looking for a racing barn to enroll him in. Not sure where that will be yet or if it will be later in the spring, but he will for sure be going off to high school soon. He is really becoming a joy to be around. Even for a stallion.
I've been working with him on loading and spending time in the horse trailer. Wherever he goes he will be spending a lot of time in a stall. The horse trailer is a little smaller then that but work as a good training area to get him use to being comfortable in a small space. I give him a little treat while he's in there so he will view it as a good place and he will walk around and stand, sleep. We are riding every couple of days. I'm learning a lot about how to get a horse ready for a career on the track. We all have high hopes for him.
Has been a couple really good weeks here at the ranch. SBI owner, Jack, came by the other day to watch us work a bit and even got the chance to play jockey on SBI. Jack is pretty happy about the horse's progress. He is also excited about his future on the track.
This is the first "race horse" I have ever had the opportunity to train. I have not changed my program but have been doing some reading on how the pros do it and have picked up some really good tips. The most important tip? Take your time. Like I said I have not changed my program at all. SBI is a really smart willing guy. He's still a baby but he's figuring it all out.
Yesterday was the first time that Sandy has ridden her horse here. I've been working to get Chaka to settle down and relax and, as far as that goes, Sandy too. The horse and rider have a ways to go but they are looking at it like an investment of their time and money.
FYI Sandy has been taking advantage of the bunkhouse here at the house and is able to spend a couple days in a row working with her horse. If you think you would be interested in coming and spending a day or two or more, working with your horse or my horses, contact us and we will give you the details.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.