Moose's second day back at training camp, and he really got a work out. This is one of those things that I don't recommend you try at home unless you have the experience. Notice I did not let him just run around the round pen. He is at the end of a 16 ft lead rope so if he gets too excited, I can help him slow down. He did, in time, began to see that standing still was a much better deal the running around in circles.
Moose is a little worried about things moving around him, so my hope is he will, in time, not worry so much about those things and his owner will be able to relax more and more when she rides him.
In the picture above, Pat, Moose's owner, is spending a little time with her boy before she head home.
Quincy is doing really good as well. After working a little on the ground and getting him to respect me as his leader, he gets the chance to stand tied to the rail.
I'm often asked what I do with a horse that paws the ground after being tied up. First is good to understand why a horse does that.
Most horses never get tied to the rail or trailer, or whatever. The reason they paw is because they lack patiences. They have never been taught how to stand tied. How do you do that? Good question. You tie them to the rail and let them stand. If they paw, just understand that they need a lot more time learning how to be patience. I try not to worry to much about it. They will get tired in time of pawing and will put their heads down and fall asleep. It will take time for that to happen but it will.
If you react, like yell at the horse or throw something at the horse, he will pick up on that and will paw, just to get a reaction out of you. If you ignore the bad behavior, the horse will figure out that it's going to get him nothing but a sore leg from all the pawing.
You have probably heard me talk, or type, about the process. It could be made of many things but it is a process, a way, of going about your training.
Moose has been at home for a few weeks because of my getting sick. But now that he is back, we are back to the process. He has been a little jumpy about things he's not familiar with. So, I started the process of getting him use to scary things like tarps and plastic that make lots of noise. Yesterday we started in on the process again.
In the picture above you can tell by looking at him that he's not happy, but he stood still for me while I put the tarps on his saddle. That's a huge improvement from when he first got here. His owner, Pat, has been working with him at home and it shows.
We will continue the process and he will continue to get better and better.
The horse above is Quincy. He has only been here a couple of days and we are starting from the begining with his education. He is 10 years old, but has not been ridden in the past couple of years. So, we are starting on his ground work and teaching him to stand tied. He started out pawing the ground,
but it did not take him long to figure out he would be better off just to take a nap. He is a good boy and I can't wait to see how he gets along.
Stopped by to see my neighbor and buddy Mark yesterday and got the chance to meet the new member of his family, "Mister". He's just a little guy but you can already tell he's going to be a hoot to be around as he grows up.
A new horse here for training is Quincy. As you can see he is a hansom guy. I went to pick him up from his owner Joeann yesterday morning. I guess he was in a trailer once in his life when he was just a baby 9 years ago. I should have video taped his loading in the trailer.
I offered the trailer to him, and at first he stuck his head in as far as he could to smell the smells of the trailer, but didn't have any interest in getting in. So, we went to work, using my trailer loading method and within 10 min he was loaded and ready to go.
The owners friend was there and I over heard her say, that the horse had just gotten a hundred dollars worth of training right there.
I think that trailer loading is a pretty important skill that every horse, and owner, should have. I will start Quincy in my trailer loading program starting today and hope to get is video taped so you can all watch his progress.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.