After a little work out Mona and Henna both got a shower. They both took it really well. I would even say they enjoyed it.
Mona wore her first snaffle bit yesterday as well. She took it like she had been doing it all her life. She was a little nervous when I took it out of her mouth this morning but no big deal.
I like to let a horse wear the bit over night. That way they can learn that they can eat with it as well as get a drink with it. Just's get them use to the bit.
Last week Henna wore her first saddle. The first time I saddle a horse I use a surcingle rather then a real saddle for a couple reasons. First, I don't have to worry about it turning and ending up underneath the horse and have a huge wreck. The other reason is horses are not so worried about what's on their back as they are about what's wrapped around their body. Most horses, when they feel this for the first time, will for sure buck. But, Henna gave no indication that she was interested in that at all. We when back to work and she wore the surcingle the rest of her session.
She is really starting to understand her place in the heard and is trying so hard to get along.
Will continue to work on trailer loading. She is having no problem getting in, or, out of the trailer like she was before.
If you have any questions about working with your horse I hope you will drop me a line.
PS: I spent one day, all I had time for, at the Mule Starting Competition that is held every year here in T or C New Mexico. I learned a ton about mules and how to work with, and get them started. I'm looking forward to getting a chance to work with a mule in the future and perhaps owning one of my own one of these days. To Joe Bice and all the others that made me feel welcome thank you.
This passed weekend Kathy and I, were at the Cowboy Symposium in Ruidoso NM. Kathy was working her booth and I did a horse demo on Sunday morning.
This year was the biggest group I have ever had. With those that came and went, there were some where around 50 people I would guess. I used my buddy Car and the new little filly here, Henna.
A lady, known as the Mule Lady, let me keep the horses at her place and taught me a lot about a mule. I'll get to that in a bit. But, Henna, WOW!
She started out all wound up pacing at the trailer and trying to run me over. But with a little work in the round pen she made the leap. The leap you ask? Yes, the leap. She finally gave up her place in the herd and became part of my herd. She has always, up to this point, fought lunging and just about everything I asked her to do in the past. But she was amazing. Soft in my hands and willing to get on the trailer and off. I kept telling people she was not like this just days ago, before we made this trip. Mark, my pard and neighbor, came to the event to help me out and what a great help he was. He knows Henna, and had seen all the trouble I was having with her when she first got here and he could not believe his eyes either. It's a testimony to my process and time. That's what I tried to share with the folks their.
I asked folks in the audience how many of them had been hurt riding or being around horses. There were about 8 or more who had broken bones bruised ribs, lost a tooth and on and on. I told them my story and how it could have all been avoided if I had taken a little more time, and had not been in such a hurry. The group had great questions as well.
I had one lady, who could see beyond what I was showing them. She could see how my method was going to work with other things in the training process. She really seem to understand what I was trying to get them all to see: That you MUST have a process, a way that you go about training a horse that is safe for the horse, but more importantly, safe for YOU.
Did I say that Henna was amazing?
The Mule Lady! Her name is Diane and she has been working with, breeding and training mules for more the 25 years. She taught me that all the bad stuff I have ever heard about mules was wrong. We talked for a long time about the process of training a mule, and assured me that there is little difference between them and a horse in the training process but, there was no comparison to the ride you get with a mule, as apposed to a horse. She even asked me to take a ride with her. Which I did. Only my 4th ride sense my wreck.
I hope to have some pictures that I'll be able to share with you tomorrow or the next day.
In closing out this blog this morning. I wanted to point out that there was another clinician who was there. Well known, on tv, who was starting a colt. As I was watching he just about got bucked off that colt. The method that he uses to start a colt is not meant for just about everyone there, including me. Most of the people there could never do what he was doing. Entertaining? Yes. But, for most people, to dangerous. I'm troubled when I see so called experts showing people how to start a colt, or do anything for that matter. I'm afraid that one of them will go home and think that they can do the same thing and find themselves in the hospital or worse off then that. Nothing I can do about it, except complain here.
The method that I have learned and continue to improve upon is for everyone. Not just the young buck who wants to ride a bucking colt. Starting colts is not for everyone. But, I had really good conversations with people that came to my demo, about how much they love their horses and how they want to be better horseman . How they want to learn how to fix the problems they have. But, they too need to know when they need help and, they should not feel ashamed to ask for it or, be made to feel ashamed.
Take your time, the magic pill, and watch what your horse or mule, will do for you, to be apart of your herd.
Here is a video I shot yesterday of Henna getting in the trailer. I think this is like her 4th time. She is doing better and better everyday.
She has had a hard time leading but as you can see she is getting better at that as well.
All of these skills that I'm teaching her take time , the magic pill. So, take the time. Enjoy the time you get to spend with your horses. There are a lot of people that will never get that chance again. I was almost one of them. So, be as safe as you can be. Use you process to get your horse where you want them to be. If you don't have a process contact someone that you trust to help you develop one. Starting colts is not for everyone. The older we get our skills begin to get rusty. Let me know what you think about her progress.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.