Chota, the colt here in training, continues to make really good progress with 3 or so rides on her, she is starting to figure things out.
Remember when you are starting a colt, they know NOTHING. They don't know how to do any of the things you are asking, so take your time. Be as gentle as you can, but as firm as you will have to be, to get the job done.
The hardest part, I think for all of us when it comes to starting a horse, is being happy with the progress we are making. We, as humans, always seem to want MORE! I don't usually judge a horse's progress buy how much time I spend, but rather with how well they do. If they figure out say, backing up, I'll stop with the backing up and go to something else. I don't want to work on a skill till the horse gets frustrated. Just work on the skill till the horse gets the idea. Then tomorrow, when you come back, ask again and see how quickly the horse remembers what to do. You will get a lot more done with a lot less effort, on you, and the horse.
Yesterday was the first day of Chota the filly's first day in training here at the ranch. She did a great Job. Her owner, Keli, has done a great job in getting her to be ok with humans. By that I mean, she's not afraid of humans and has no issues with having the halter on. She is pretty much halter broke and will follow me with out much work. Now, I must say that I reinforced all that with the round pen work we did but, She is off to a really good start.
I took some video and If I can figure out how to make that all work, I'll put some of it up here or on my FB page. mackie redd horsemanship.
She has never been where she has a automatic waterer and we, Keli and I, were not sure how she would react to that, but she did just great as the picture below shows.
We will work on adding more skills to her round pen work today and will see where we can get with a saddle pad and perhaps her first saddle. I'm not going to try and force any of this. But, she will tell me when she is ready for the next step and I'm excited about where she is going to go.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.