What a great day I had with my grandson yesterday. As I have mentioned I have been giving him some riding lessons and yesterday he had his second lesson. A friend that lives in Iowa was out to the ranch to visit her family and stopped by while Matt and I were riding and she took some pictures for me. I keep forgetting to bring my camera but not this time.
I’m sure that those of you who are grandparents know what I’m talking about. I know that my grandparents, bless their hearts, did not teach me much about life or living or anything else for that matter, not sure why that is, could have been their generation I guess. I was never around them much either, we traveled a lot when I was a kid. The same is true with my grandkids and daughters. I don’t get to see them much these days. This is a long winded way of me trying to say that I want and have wanted to share horses with them for a long time, and to have this chance and have them WANT to learn, is a blessing beyond compare.
Matt helped me work Pepe and Casino and then he got his chance to ride. He learned to trot yesterday and I could not be more prod of him. Bay, my granddaughter, is going to get her chance to ride and work with horses today and I hope to have pictures of her tomorrow.
Today we will work with the horses in the morning and then off to the vet to get Casino’s vaccinations for the year.
Better go get some coffee.
A farrier at work!
Gave Matt the day off yesterday, my grandson, so he could stay here at the ranch and just relax for the day. He is on vacation after all.
Went over to the Membres valley to have two horse shod. I could not believe I could not find a farrier over here but I tried. I went over to Sue’s place cause her farrier was going to be there and he would have time to get it done for me. It takes 2 hours to get to Sue’s so it’s pretty much the day by the time you get their get shoes, and get home, but it's done.
Casino got his first pair of shoes and Jene, his mom, will be happy to know that Mondo was the one that put them on for me. Mondo is Jene’s farrier. Mondo thinks the world of Jene and Jene thinks the world of Mondo. So, although it was not planned I think it turned out pretty well to have Mondo put on his first pair of shoes.
Mondo, besides being a really good farrier, is a heck of a nice guy. He pointed out to me what the was doing and why he was doing it. I told him that I shoe my own horses, mainly because of the cost. He said he understood that, and was more then willing to help me out. I’m not sure if anyone in the Silver City NM area is looking for a good farrier but if you are, Mondo is your man. I’m not sure if he is taking on any new clinics but if you are interested let me know and I will get you his number.
Going to work with the grandkids and horses after I work with Casino and Pepe. Should be a fun day.
A little smoke this morning but not bad. I don’t think it will stay long when the wind picks up.
Had a really good time with my grandson and granddaughter. Matt, my grandson, had is first riding lesson yesterday. He did a great job. He is only 10 but did just what grandpa asked him to do and he did really, really well. Looking forward to the day when we will be able to go see country together. There is so much I want to show him. Bay, my granddaughter, will get her first lesson in the next couple of days.
Today, Matt and I are off to get a couple of horses shod. Use to be that there was a farrier under every rock but not any more. I have called two in the past couple of weeks. One would not take the time to help us and the other did not return two calls that I placed with him. It must be nice to be so busy that you can tell folks that you don’t need their money. That’s sure not the case here at Mackie Redd Horsemanship.
Pepe and Casino continue to make good progress. It’s fun to see the difference between a horse that has been here for a couple of weeks and one that has been here for over 90 days. Sometimes when you work with horses, a lot, you get to thinking that things are just not moving fast enough. But when you have horses that are so far apart in their training as I have in these two horses, you start to really see why time is so important in a training program. Pepe will be just fine. He just needs more time and I think that’s what his owner wants for him too.
Better get going but first COFFEE!
We are fixing to start another week of training and general work around the ranch. We have the grandkids here for a couple of weeks so am looking forward to working with them and horses. They have never had the chance to ride so we are going to have a few lessons in the round pen and arena and then I’m hoping to take them both on a long ride here on the ranch. Will be fun. Their parents will be here in a week or so for a short visit and then take them back to their world. All ready not looking forward to that.
There is a haze of smoke from the big fires that are burning up north and west of us. They are a long way’s away but we are feeling the effects of them. If you have not heard of this fire you may find it interesting to see some of the photos from it. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/20120523-newmexico.html
I’m looking for places to put on a round pen and trailer loading demo so we can try and stay in front of people so if you have any suggestions or would be interested in hosting one for us please let me know.
Had to put two new tires on the truck the other day and just pulled a nail out of one of them yesterday. I swear that someone is seeding the roads with nails and they are starting to grow around here..
Better get to work.
Owner loads her own horse!
Kathy and I have our grandkids here for a couple of weeks, Matt and Bay. I can’t tell you how good it is to have them around the house. They are both getting so grown up. I went to the barn to work with horses yesterday, while the kids slept in. They had a couple long days in the truck to get here. Then Matt went with me to the hardware store to get a few things so we good get the AC going in the bunk house so they wouldn’t fry. Then on the way back we stopped in to check on the horses and then home. Got the AC going. Matt is pretty quiet but it was nice just to have him sitting there next to me in the truck.
Today, if the wind lets us, we are going to go and work with Casino and Pepe this morning and then get the kids horse back and let them ride in the arena for a bit. I’m hoping that we will get to take a long ride over here to the house so Grandma can get to see them. They have never really had a chance to ride. We don’t get to see them here at the ranch very often so we want to take advantage, now that they are here. Will take pictures.
Time to get a cup of coffee and get after it.
Owner looks on!
Well we are home. Kathy had a show in Alb. NM showing her art and the Cowboy Man Bar. They were both hits and Kathy is excited about her up coming show… Go Sweetie!
I have gotten a few very nice post on loading horses in the trailer. And I want to thank all of you that posted. If you would like to read their post just check at the bottom of each blog and you can see if anyone posted to the blog and read them there, and send your own comments if you like. It’s fun.
What I am seeing, as I read them, is there are lots of ways to get a horse in a trailer, and like I say, I have a WAY, not the only WAY, but a way that has worked pretty darn good for me over the years and I know will work for you as well. The other thing I am seeing is people use food, a lot, to get horses in trailers, and I don’t have a problem with that, as long as you have food with you all the time. I don’t, so I can’t, and don’t rely on it to get the horse in the trailer. I want my horse to load because I asked him to, not because there is a food reward for getting in. Having said that, I will use food, later in the program, to help him get comfortable with the trailer, but I’m not giving it to him because he got in the trailer. Does that make sense?
I know that trailer loading can and is a problem for lots of people. It was for me for a long time too, but with the method I use now, I have not had a lick of trouble. I hope that the info you find here will help you too..
The boys have had a couple of days off but that’s over.. time to get to it.
I was wondering if any of the folks have had any problems loading their horses in trailers in the past? If so pass them on to me. I'm always interest in how others are getting things done. I promise not to mention names of you or your horse. Would be a nice way for all of us to learn.
Well, we have our horse looking at the trailer. Now we want to ask him to get in by pointing and clucking to him. Each time he makes a move to the trailer we want to take the pressure off. When he stops his progress to the trailer we will ask again, and keep up the pressure till he makes another move to the trailer or he gets in.
When he gets in, and he will, most people want to shut the doors to the trailer. DON’T DO THAT! He has to know that he can get out if he wants. If he only stays for a little bit in the trailer and comes out, go back to work lunging in circles behind the trailer and then ask him if he would rather do that, or get in the trailer. Each time he gets in you need to let him rest there. Let him know that the trailer is a really, really good place to be. Each time he gets in the trailer he will stay longer and longer. When you have to ask him to get out of the trailer will you know that he is ok with being in there and now sees the value of the box stall on wheels.
Once I have my horse going in the trailer, and coming out with ease I will start to feed him in the trailer in the morning and in the evening. Just a little so he sees there is real value in that trailer. I don’t use food to get him in the trailer but will reward him AFTER he is loading well. I will do this for 5 days in a row.
If you give this trailer loading program a try you will be amazed at how well it works and how well your horse will load in your trailer and in another trailer if you go riding with friends. If you ever have problems, just ask your horse if he would rather work outside the trailer or rest inside. It won’t take him long after a week in the trailer loading program to figure out the answer.
There ya go. My trailer loading program. Of course it’s much easier for me to show you then tell ya, so if you ever get the chance to come to a demo, do.
Ria loads her horse!
Yep, trailer loading again. So hears what you do. Start behind your trailer and let your horse lunge in a circle, of course. When he first goes by the trailer he will probably shy away from the trailer, especially if it’s not his trailer, but he will probably do it anyway especially if he does not like getting in it. Each time he goes by the trailer take all the pressure off your lead rope, out of your body. Make going by or being close to the trailer a good thing, or at least as good as you can make it for now. Don’t push him to much to get in the trailer right now, that will come in time.
After he has done this for a bit and you don’t see any change or desire for him to get in the trailer, try lunging him off to the side of the trailer, both sides of the trailer doing the same thing. Each time he gets close to the trailer take all the pressure off of him. If he should try to stop to look at or smell the trailer, please, please, please let him. This is what you are after. You want him to look at, smell the trailer so he can over come whatever fear he may have or to fuel his interest in the trailer. You will want to move to the back of the trailer after you have done this for awhile, and as your horse is making his circle toward the open back of the trailer, step to the side of the trailer but still at the back, and ask your horse if he would like to get it the trailer. Now when I say ask, I don’t mean you actually ask him, I mean you point to the trailer, indicating that you would like him to get in. If you have done my ground work program, your horse will know this cue means to go in the direction you point. If you have not done the program, it will be harder but not impossible.
Most of the time this is when the horse will stop and look in the trailer or smell the trailer. This is when you want to let him rest for a bit. See we don’t really care if he gets IN the trailer right now, we just want him to consider it.
More tomorrow but now coffee.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.