I've been working with G for the past few days. And he is doing ok. As I told you yesterday, he is having issues with being touched around his head. Yes, his ears have been checked for issues and none have been found. I think that he has developed this issue by getting a certain reaction from his owner, or anyone else that wanted to work with him.
For me, it don't matter how he came about having it. What's really important is helping him get passed it.
So, yesterday afternoon I laid him down. I have talked about this in the passed as well.
Why do I do this? Good question. Horses lay down for two reasons, in my mind, One, is to rest, sleep. The other is to die. If the horse did not lay down on his own, in his mind there can only be one other reason.
When I have the horse on the ground, I talk softly to him and rub him all over. This is the time that I will pay special attention to his ears. Rubbing them, sticking my fingers in his ears. As was the case with G, he did not move a muscle, but lay quietly. After some time had passed I let him get up. I then tried to touch his ears, as if I were putting on his halter, and this time he did not jerk his head away. He was nervous, but he did not try to take it away from me like he was in the beginning.
He's getting better but has a very long way to go.
I know it's been awhile sense I wrote anything here in my blog so I thought I would give you and update on what's going on around the barn.
As most of you know, I'm back to playing music and last Sunday the Band and I were playing in Silver City NM at a place called the Little Toad Creek. Great place and nice people.
One of my clients came out to see me, Jene. You may remember that I had her horse, shown in the picture above, and worked with him for 4 months. Well, Jene and Casino are getting along great, according to Jene. She's very happy to have him. And to think at one point she was thinking about getting rid of him. She told me I was crazy enough to work with the horse and that's just what he needed. Anyway, was great to see her and Mark and his wife who also came out to see us play.
We are working on a clinic in the Cliff NM area so if you or anyone you know are interested let me know and I will let you know when it all happens.
Another student, Andrea, come out to see us play as well. I have worked with her and her horse for a few years and she says they are getting along fine. You may remember that her horse came down with some sort of allergy and she is still treating that.
All in all we had a good weekend.
Norma, from Deming, NM brought me her horse to work with again. He has become a bit of a pain about his head and she needed a little help. So, will work with him for a month or so and see what we can do to help him over come that.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.