Got a message from my new Student's owner yesterday to explain that my new Student's name is "So Be It". So there ya go.
The picture above is the colt after a session in the round pen and a bath. Not sure if he has ever had one or not but he did pretty good with it.
I love using water when working with colts cause you can touch them in areas that you may not want to stick your head for awhile.
So Be It moved into his new digs yesterday after his bath. He seems to be getting along with that as well. I'm working, as I type, on a video I shot of him yesterday during his round pen work that I hope to have up for you all today or tomorrow.
One of my other students is "G Man", that's what we call him here at the barn. He has been here with me before and this time around he is making really good progress. He has always had a little trouble with his ears, not wanting them to be touched, so we are working on that, a lot.
He takes the saddle without issue and I will start riding him out probably next week. Should be fun.
And of course, Kevin the Cow-dog watches over all the ponies to make sure everything goes as planned.
I was excited about finally getting this handsome boy here at the barn. His name is SoBelt. I'm sure that Ted will have another barn name for him before the week is out.
I went and picked him up yesterday. He had never been in a trailer in is life and, well, it took a little bit but he is a quick learner.
SoBelt is a thoroughbred who will one day find his way to the track. His owner, Jack, wanted someone that would take their time and give him a good safe start.
Today we will start working in the round pen establishing myself as the leader of our herd of two and, then get him in the next day or so working on the trailer loading program. Need to make sure he will load without issue and, I know he will pick it up quick.
It's going to be great to see how he gets along and I invite you all to tune in to his progress.
I know what you're thinking: That's not a saddle! And you would be sort of right. It's really a surcingle . I use it for lots of things but I use it a lot for a horse's first saddling. Why you ask?
Good question. Horses, I have found, are not really bothered to much by what's on their backs. What seems to frighten them is the pressure that is created when you pull the chinch tight around their chest. I use this device so that if they are nervous and feel they need to buck they can without hurting themselves by getting a saddle turned upside down underneath them. I've had that happen to me before and it is really a wreck. This way if the surcingle turns it will not cause the horse any harm.
The next time she is saddled it will be with a real saddle. She's getting close to being ready.
Hope this finds all of you out there well. Fall is in the air here at the ranch and it is a welcomed site.
I just returned home last night from the Cowboy Symposium in Ruidoso NM. I was asked to do a demonstration on Sunday morning. I had the chance to do a demo last year on account of the regular guy not showing, so some folks knew who I was. Last year I think there was about 6 people that showed up for the demo. But, this year, there were around 50 or so thru the demo.
I'm always interested in how folks feel about the demo and when they offer their take right after it's over I really pay attention.
I had one gentleman ask for a card and then told me that what I was doing, teaching people how horses feel and how to understand them, was an important endeavor.
There are times when a guy gets a little discouraged in this business. Not in the business of training horses, but working with people. So, to have a few people tell you that what you are doing is important, is what I needed, as a reminder, of why I write this blog and take the time to help folks.
My goal is to give folks the tools that they need to become better horseman. To the point that they no longer need me. I know that goes contrary to the business model that many clinicians use today but, it's my model. There are folks that want to continue to learn and others who are happy where they are with their horse now. And, I'm ok with that. I just want them to be safe.
So, I'm going to make an effort to do more writing in this blog, in and effort to help folks out there that appreciate it.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.