I had a great time a few days ago when my niece stopped by on her way back to school to visit. Now, I have not seen Molly in a very long time. I mean a very long time. And, for her to stop here, which by the way, is way out of the way, well just let me type, there are no words to express how happy Kathy and I were to have her here as our guest.
Molly was interested in learning a little about horses so, we went to see Zeb and gave her a chance to work with him. It did not take her very long to catch on to the process of becoming the leader and took no time at all for her to get Zeb up on the pedestal.
It was a wonderful day so we decided to take a little ride in the afternoon.
We started out from the house and I took her to see some pictographs and old indian ruin or two. We were out for a couple hours and, well, it was a wonderful time. We finished off our day watching the night sky for satellites and a meteor shower.
I think Molly enjoyed her time here with us and we can't wait for her to come back.
A guy don't get many nieces in his life time. I'm proud to call Molly one of them.
I've been talking about ground work for years. Most of the time when someone comes to me with a problem with a horse, riding or other wise, I will ask them, how their ground work program is coming. Most of the time, they will tell me they have no program or, if they do, they only do very little.
I saw a post on a trainers site that I follow, and she quoted someone talking about how ground work helps horses to accept the rider in the saddle, and what the rider is going to ask of them from the saddle.
Ground work is one of the things I spend a lot of time on in clinics I do. Most folks don't seem to understand how ground work can help them in the saddle, but it does.
In the photo above, a little boy is able to get this huge horse to step up on a pedestal. True, I taught the horse how to do that, but if he didn't want to do it, there is no way you could ever get him to. So, why did he step up on the pedestal when asked? Because he "Trust"! He trust that no matter what a human ask they are not trying to hurt him. He is relaxed and confident and all of that makes everything else in his life, including being ridden, easier to understand and to accept.
I'll give you and example of how ground work will help a horse understand and accept a skill in the saddle tomorrow.
If you are interested in my ground work program and what it looks like, let me know. I'd be happy to help you if I can.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.