My newest student, Hyland, continues to make good progress. She is only 12 but is really trying to understand the horse and how he feels about things.
In the picture above she is riding my horse for the first time and she did a great job. Her mom and dad rode the same day. They had a good time and learned a thing or two about horses.
In this picture Hyland is pretty proud of herself, as she should be, for doing a great job riding Car.
My hope is that Hyland, and others that I get the chance to work with, will continue to look at horses a different way, a new way, and will take into consideration how they feel about the whole process of horsemanship.
Was a little cold one here this morning. It was 29 in the barn. Now I know that's not very cold where a lot of you folks are, but its pretty cold for Az. A little frosty but it's already starting to warm up.
I've told you about my new student Hyland. Well, her mom and pop wanted to see what this was all about so they are now students too. The picture above is Hyland's mom Jen. She has been around mules most of her life and did not have much to do with horses. So, this has been really good for her.
The picture below is Hyland's pop George. Now George was a calf roper when he was a younger man and has been around a lot of horses. But, he has never seen the type of training I do and has been blown away by the communication that can happen between the horse and the human.
It's been great to introduce a different way of looking at horses to folks, and exciting to see them make that connection. Looking forward to a lot more learning, on all our parts.
Jeep and I have been working on pedestal work and more grond work. Both Jeep and the horse are making good progress.
Once you have your horse doing an exercise, it don't matter what it is, it's time for you, the trainer, to pay more attention to detail of training. What do I mean by that?
There are lots of things that make up a training program, if you have one, and often because we are in a hurry to get to the next exercise, we will over look the little things that make a horse gentle and a pleasure to be around. For example, It is really nice when our horses will lower their heads to be haltered or bridled. But if your horse has not been taught how to lower his head he won't know what to do. Or, how nice is it to have your horse turn his head to his side so that you can put that halter or bridle on in a safe position? Trust me, it's really nice.
But these are the detail that gentle a horse and get him safe and fun to be around. It does not take a lot to get these and, other details done. But most of us are in a hurry to ride, that we don't prepare our horses for what "will" happen to them in the humans world.
So, take the time. It does not take much. These are the kinds of things that you chip away at thru the entire training process. So that when you are done, with his basic training, he has these skills that will last him a life time.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.