If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a hundred time, my mom use to say that, when you are working with horses it takes TIME! With some horses it takes more time then others, but it all takes time.
When giving Bitsy her bath day before yesterday, I noticed that she is really touchy about her back legs. Now her owner, Andrea, says that she has had her back feet trimmed with little trouble but she will admit that her horse would rather you not bother her back feet. This is a little mustang and there is still a lot of wild left in her. That’s all going to take time to help her learn to trust. Fortunately we will have that time. Andrea has been planning on this training for a while and had budgeted enough to insure her horse gets 3 months of training if she needs it. I’m hoping that we can help her pasts some of these issues before that but, the big thing is, we don’t have to hurry.
Some horses have little or no issues with you handling their feet. Others, on the other hand, don’t trust enough to allow anyone to touch them without a conversation. We are in the process of having that conversation now. Bitsy is doing better and better everyday.
Drying off after her bath!
You are probably like me when it comes to giving a horse a bath. It makes them look good but they really don’t care for it much. Well that was sure the case with Bitzy the horse. I don’t think she has ever been given a shower on purpose. She did not like it very much at all, but we got thru it.
Water is a great tool to use on horses that are a little nervous about having some one touch them on the legs. With water you can touch a horse everywhere, without worry about getting kicked. I use water a lot on horses that don’t like to have their legs handled, especially their hind legs.
Having touchy legs is something that Bitzy has problem with. Not her front feet, she is just fine with that, and from time to time has her front feet shod. But, she does not like things around her back legs. Like, a rope or flag. So we will continue to work on that area as we go along. Not making to big a deal about it, but, taking advantages of opportunities that come our way.
Bitzy continues to make good progress. You may be saying, “Good progress, she wants to kick your head off”. And although that may be true, it’s my job to find those problems and help her with them. In turn, the owner needs to know about these issues before they go sticking their heads down there to try and pick up a foot, only to find the horse does not like it much. It’s all a part of the process and she will just get better and better.
Some neighbors of mine have a trailer for sale. (picture below) it’s a pretty nice 3 horse, bumper pull. If anyone Is interested, send me an email and I will put you in touch with them. I think they want $4500
Bitzy and the flag!
You can sure tell spring is here with the wind we are having. Happens every year and can be a pain in the, well you know what. Horses don’t like it . I don’t like it. Can just be hard to get anything done because of it.
Yesterday I worked with Bitzy a little in the morning and rather then tie her up outside in the wind I tied her to the rail in the barn. Kept her out of the wind and me too.
Today we will try to get a little done outside and then see how the wind treats us.
All in all good progress with Bitzy. She is still uncertain about the things we are doing. She does them, but she is still a bit jumpy and that is just going to take time.
Time is a hard thing to sell to most folks that own horses. We live in a “now” generation where all you have to do is get online and have whatever your heart desires in your home the next day. It don’t work that way with horses. They don’t wear a watch and care very little about time. So, to reach a horses mind and heart you have to take the time it takes. I get folks who ask me, “how long is it going to take to get my horse to “? You can fill in the blank. My answer is always the same. “It’s going to take whatever time it takes and the horse is the one who will decide that”.
So when working with your horses don't be in a hurry. Enjoy the time you can spend with them and take as much time as it takes.
Bitzy and the trailer.
I’m home from a very long week with my daughters in Ca. My middle daughter was hurt in a snow mobile accident. It was touch and go in the hospital when she got there and we are lucky to still have her. The detail of how the doctors saved her life are pretty graphic, even for me. But, she is improving everyday. She hurts like, well she hurts a lot. And, no surprise with a stage five ruptured spleen and broken upper arm that took a titanium rod to put back together and a fractured scapula. It will take her a lot of hard work to get back where she was, but she will do it. She’s tough.
Yesterday I spent a little time with the horses just reviewing some of the things we were working on before I left.
Bitzy is doing fine. She is very reactive to what is going on around her and that will just take time. She needs the chance to know that not everything is going to hurt her and she will learn the difference in time. We have worked on loading and unloading in the trailer. She had some trouble with that early in her life and I want to make sure that she does not have any issues in the future. She loads and unloads in my trailer without much conversation. We will continue to work on these things. There is no hurry to ride her. Andrea, her owner, has ridden her enough that I know that shouldn’t be much of an issue.
Zeb the black is doing well too. I have laid him down a couple of times before I left, and although it got a little western, he did finally laid down and settled. I think it will take more of this to get him to understand that he is not the cock of the walk around here. It will take time, but I have time.
It’s been a good start for Bittzy, thanks to the hard work of her owner Andrea.
Round pen work!
Bittzy is making good progress. We have been able to move along much faster then most horse that come here. Andrea has done a great job on the horses ground manners. She still needs work in that area too, but nothing compared to horses who come here with no training.
Bittzy has always had an issue with things that move around her. A plastic bag for example. We are going to focus on that issue and keep her working. She accepts the saddle without issue, thanks again to Andreas work with her in the past.
Zeb is doing well too. I had my sister, Nadine who is here for a few days work with Zeb. Nadine does not get to work with horses so it was an experience for her, and Zeb did a good job letting someone he doesn’t know, move him around.
Bittzy and Zeb on the rail.
Yesterday was Bittizy’s first day at the office. We worked on round pen skills, which she pretty much has down, thanks to the work of her owner. I will work more on the round pen skills again today but will add the saddle into the mix. These are things that Andrea, the horse owner, has been doing for sometime so I don’t expect any problems. All in all a very good day with the horse.
Worked with Zeb the black as well. Getting him in the mix and will keep working on getting him more relaxed and less worried about what's going on around him.
Mark, my neighbor came down with his horse yesterday while we were working. Is good to have him back from Alaska.
A good friend from town came out as well, Gary. Gary comes from the old school of training horses. He watched his dad work with their horses. He does not remember much about the work his father did but he said the horses, as he remembers, were pretty well trained.
Better get after it.
Andrea’s horse arrived yesterday morning and we will get started today with her training. The horse’s name is Bittizy but I’m not sure that name is going to last long. We’ll see.
Is a pretty morning here today. Will be a great day to get started on this new horse. Andrea and her horse have been to several of my clinics and has been making really good progress in the program. So, you may be asking yourself, why is she bringing the horse to you to train? Good question. Andrea is a full time mom, has a full time job and is a full time wife. That does not leave a lot of time for her to work with her horse, let alone get many chances to ride. Andrea wanted to get her horse to a place where she would be able to ride more and do less work on the ground. That makes perfect sense to me. When we are finished with her horse she will have a well-mannered trail horse that she will just have to do maintenance should her horse need it. I’m pretty sure we can get that done for her..
Will take pictures of the horse today so you all get to meet her.
Had a good day yesterday helping my neighbor move cattle. We drove them for about 6 hours to their new home. With the weather the way it is, no rain, he is having to feed them more and more all the time and getting them at least a few miles from the house will make that easier. Kevin did a great job, Kevin the cow dog that is, for those of you who are Kevin fans.
My sister is here from Kansas. She was here when I pulled in yesterday. Hoping she will have time to stay a few days.
New horse arrives this morning for me to start working with. I have worked with this horse and it’s owner at clinics in the past. Andrea, the horse’s owner has a full time job and is a full time mother and wife and just does not have the time she would like to get her horse going. So, I’m going to give her a hand.. Will take pictures for you all and keep you up to date with her progress.
Kevin on the trail!
Kevin and I are off to day work for our neighbor to the west. No wind right now so that’s nice. My horse is having his breakfast and I’m about to have my coffee. Kevin is having a few milk bones before he heads out.
Has been awhile sense I’ve had the chance to follow a cow down the trail. I’m looking forward to it. Will try to take pictures for ya..
Oh, coffee time.
Went to bed last night with the wind blowing hard and woke up to it doing the same thing. That’s what happens here when spring is in the air.
Acted like it wanted to rain last night but, no.
Horses are all hunkered down out of the wind so think I will just let them do that for the day.
Kathy finished her show at Cowboy Days in Las Curses NM. She did well but we were both pretty tired by the time we got home last night.
Have two horses scheduled to come in this week and next so am getting excited about that. Both horse have been ridden just need a program that they, and their owners can work with.
Need to get to town this afternoon for supplies.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.