Yesterday was Kathleen's first ride out side the arena. We took a little ride out around our place here on the ranch. She was excited and a little nervous but did a great job.
She is making great progress with her riding and we both look forward to more rides out, to see more country.
Henna is making great progress as well. As you probably know, we have been working on loading and unloading in the trailer. She is having little or no problem getting in, but was having a hard time getting off the trailer. Well, my buddy Mark stopped by to see how we were getting along and I asked him if he could help me. Of, course he said, "Sure". So, as I asked Henna to get off the trailer, doing that by pulling gently on the lead rope, I asked Mark to take one of my sticks and, from the outside of the trailer, tap her gently on her back side. Mark only had to touch her with the stick, and off she came. A little excited, but she came off. I loaded her again this time, Mark just touched her again, and off she came.
The next time I had Mark come up to the back of the trailer where I was, and I loaded here in the trailer. This time when I asked her to unload, she came of like she had been doing it all her life. Easy, slow, and safe.
More to come on her progress.
Yesterday was Henna's first time being tied to the rail. I had Charlie and Mona keep her company.
People often ask why I tie my horses to the rail. So, let me explain. Horses, in a world of humans will have to learn to be patient. Most horses, that are used, will spend a great deal of time waiting on you and me. If we are out with friends on a ride and we decide to stop to have a little something to eat, our horses will have to learn to wait till we are done. We may tie them to the trailer or we may decided just to hang on to their reins until we are finished. Either way, they will have to learn to stand quietly and wait for us. The list goes on and on for reasons you will need to tie your horse up. So, I teach them how to become patient.
When I first start teaching this skill, I stay right with them so that if there is a wreck I can help them get out of it. Some horses will pull back to test to see if they can get out. Henna in this case, stood for 2 hours without pulling back. She is the exception.
I think that is helps to tie another horse, that has experience, being tied up so that the new horse will have company. I think that has done a lot to help some of the younger horses I've worked to learn how to stand tied, by following the older horse's example.
Just some advice. Do not tie your horse to ANYTHING they can pull over. Like a panel you might use for a round pen. Or, to a tree or brush etc. There is nothing more scary for a horse, and owner, then to see their horse running out of sight with a tree or a panel chasing them.
Be smart, use your head. This is a MUST skill for every horse that comes here to be trained. Most owners never know about it, but are amazed at how well their horses stand tied when they get home.
If you have any questions on how or what to do to get started, let me know.
Henna got the day off yesterday cause I had things to take care of in town.
But, I wanted you all to meet my newest riding student Kathleen.
Kathleen drives a ways to get to the ranch but considers it the highlight of her week. She is making great progress and we are hoping next week we will be out on the trail together. She was taking lessons from someone else but in the year she took lessons she was only on the horse 3 time and that was just to ride in the round pen. Here, my goal is, to get you as safe as I can, horse back, and then get you out so you can see some country and enjoy seeing the world from the back of a horse.
Come join us.
Henna has been staying a stall at night and has taken to it pretty good. She has Mona as a buddy. Mona is not too sure about her yet but they will figure it out in time.
Henna is getting in the trailer with little or no effort now and is learning to lead without much trouble. She still gets a little stuck every once in a while and I have to help her out, but for the most part she is coming along great.
Remember, Henna is just a baby. You don't want to put to much pressure on a little one for fear of burning them out. Their attention span is very short. Having said that, they still must do what they are asked and Henna is starting to figure all that out.
In the picture above you have Charlie horse on the left and Mona, who you can't see, on the right. That's Zeb the black across the alley way.
People always ask if the horses have a hard time learning how to use the automatic drinkers that we have here at the barn. The answer is no. In the picture above you see Henna using the auto drinker her first afternoon in the stall. Horses are pretty good about figuring out how things work. It's a little scary at first, but I have never seen a horse not be able to figure out where the water is.
Yesterday was a great day with Henna. She is starting to get the idea of forward movement and learning to lead.
Henna had a big day yesterday and after it was over took her first shower. She did great. Did not know what to think at first but I think it felt so good she was willing to allow it.
We are working on getting her to move forward. She has no problem going backward, but has got to learn to move forward when asked. Why is that so Important you ask? Well, you can't teach a horse a thing if they will not move forward when asked. You can't ever teach them to stop, if they won't go forward. So, we will work on that today. She is very young so it's important to take our time and not to make to big a deal out of it. She will figure it out. Will just take time.
Reily is settling in just fine and sure gives Kevin the cow dog a run for his money.
If you have questions or comments, let me know. Is nice to know that people are out there.
Meet Henna. She is a kin to So Be It, the horse that bucked me off and buggered me up. She is just a yearling, but pretty darn big for her age.
Her owner, Terri just wants me to teach her how to get along in a two legged world. Teach her how to load in a trailer. How to lead. You know, stuff that will make her a well behaved young lady.
I went to pick her up last week and for got to bring my gloves.
This is what your hands can look like when you forget to bring your gloves. Henna had never been in a trailer before and, it took a little longer the normal about an hour. But, she figured it out and, once in the trailer, was glad to be there.
For a horse that has never been in a trailer or been told what to do, getting in a trailer can be a hard thing to do. But we both managed.
I have worked with her a couple times here at the ranch and she is coming around well. Her real problem at this moment is learning to go forward. She wants to resist direction and just wants to go, run, backward. Well, if I can't get her to go forward I can't teach her anything , like how to stop. So we are working on that right now. Moving forward in the round pen and at the end of a lead rope. She knew nothing about lunging so this has made this process even harder. Now you're probably wondering, why didn't the owner teach this horse how to lead before you came to get it. Well, her owner runs a pretty big operation, alone, and can't get around to everyone. So, it is what it is and we will make the best of it and get her on the right track.
She is very sweet and is willing to stand to be caught and haltered . Which, is a pretty big step for this little girl.
My GoPro is on the blink right now but I'm hoping to have it up and running by the end of the day and will take some video so you can all see what her progress is.
Update on So Be It: He is doing fine at the trainers in Phoenix. He is slated to race in October and if everything works out I'm hoping to be there to watch him run.
Time to get to the barn.
Howdy Folks. I wanted you all to meet a new member of the Mackie Redd Horsemanship family, Reily.
Some of you may know that we lost one of our best mates around here Wally.
He was a great pal and a heck of a hand around cattle or horses. He passed this summer and we still miss him and always will. But, Reily has sure filled a big hole in both Kathy and my life. She was a gift from our youngest daughter and her husband and son. She's learning how to be around horses and is working with Kevin the cow dog trying to figure out what he's up to.
Here at the ranch I'm getting better and better everyday. My surgeon, has told me to go back to my life. But, to take my time and listen to my body. He said my body would tell me when I'm doing to much. So, back to work I go, thank God.
Here are the last X-rays, there are about 4, but will share one with you. Doc says I'm healing well ahead of schedule. Pretty happy about that.
I have a horse coming in tomorrow. A 2 year old who has had very little handling. So, way excited about that, and will document her progress. Then in two weeks I'll have her brother here and will get the chance to give them a good start in a two legged world.
Lot going on but I always have time for you. So if you need some help or advice, just let me know and I'll do all I can to help ya.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.