Nicko and I had a great couple of rides the past couple of days. He headed home yesterday after our ride. We had some excitement on our ride Tuesday. He was going up a little trail and had to step up on to a ledge. His horse did not want to make the step and slid off in to a very small wash. Nicko did great by staying on top of the horse and did not get in any trouble. The horse on the other had was in a bit of a pickle. I'll talk about that another time.
Looking forward to getting to work with Nicko in the future and wish him and his family all the best.
Wanted to introduce my newest student Nico. He is only 16 and has had a few encounters with horses in his short life. Enough that he is nuts about them. He lives back east and he and his family come to Hillsboro just about every summer and sometimes during holiday.
I have been teaching him about ground work and it's importance. He is taking to it really fast. As you can see in the picture above he is working with "G". He is using his stick and string and is working on, what I call, Trust Exercises.
It's been great to have him around for the past couple of weeks. I think it's great when I can have someone else work with horses that I have here in training. That way the horse learns to understand that it's not just ME. That humans that comes into his world, is a leader and he needs to respects them the same way he respects me.
Nico will be heading home tomorrow but, we are already talking about, perhaps, an apprenticeship program for him when he comes back over the holidays and for sure next summer.
It's nice to meet a nice, respectful young man these days. I think that kids get a bad rap from all the things that I see on tv. But, Nico has been a breath of fresh air and I look forward to working more with him in the future.
Had a really good ride with G in the arena yesterday.
I don't know how many of you have ever ridden a Peruvian Pasafino (sp), I had not. Their gate is different but way smooth. Am working on getting him to settle down and just take his time. We worked on circles and then on moving his hip from side to side in the corner of the arena. He did pretty good. He was nervous at first but once he caught on he did great.
I will keep doing more and more of that work and get him neck reining soon. Because of the work I've done with him on the ground with the double reins, he understands collection a lot better and will just continue to improve in that area.
In the picture above you see G wearing the ever popular brown shaw. It is all the rage in Peru. That was a joke!
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.