I got a nice email from one of my clients a couple days ago. She wanted me to know that her horse, Chota, who was one of my students here for 90 days had won the go round in the World Championships of the Barrel Futurities of America this pasted weekend and took 5th overall. This was her very first competetion and to say the least Keli was way excited. So was and am I.
Keli remeinded me that it takes a team to reach any level of sucess and I must say, it was an honor to be a part of this one. I have some videos of me working with Chota when she first come here to work with me that you might enjoy looking at again.
Here is her first ride: https://www.facebook.com/pg/MackieRedd/videos/?ref=page_internal
I'm so exctied for both of them and wish all the best.
I've been asked in the past how I introduce a new horse to my herd of horses. I do have horses come and go a lot here and my solution for those horses is much different then horses that will be with me a long time. Horses that are mine.
First, if the horse is here for traning, he will never be in the same pen with one of my horses or another outside horse. It's just safer if I keep them away from each other. That way I don't have to worrie about their being any issues. They in stalls that are next to each other and they can visit thru the bars of the stall but, they can't get their heads thru the bars and thus can't bit on each other. They get the company of another horse without going thru the process of who's the boss.
I'm noy sure how many folks that follow my blog train outside horses. But, if you do, you probablay already have this part figured out.
But, lets say you have just gotten a new horse the you plan to keep and you need to introduce him to your herd of 1 or more horses. You could just put them in the pen and hope for the best. I promise you, that nine times out of ten, their is going to be a fight and someone might get hurt. Kicked, bitten ect.
Here is how I would rather do it. I will ususally keep the horse in one of the stalls that the other horses can't get to the new horse. They can talk to each other, smell each other, and generally get to know one another, without the risk of injury. Trust me. If you put hourse out together that have never met, their is going to be a issue. Having said that, if you have lots of room, say a pasture, the chance of their being an issue is greatly reduced. Why? Becasue the subordinate horse will have room to get away from the aggresive horse, until they get a chance to know one another.
I will usually keep the new horse in this stall, letting him out everyother day while the other horses are in their stalls or in another area. After that week I will turn them out together. At times their are some sorting out that has to take place, but for the most part they already know each other and have figured out where they each belong in the herd with this new comer.
In the picture above and below is Zeb the Black and Mona. Zeb has always been a bit of a bully. Wan'ts to be the leader and wants you to know he's the leader. So I'm reluctant to put him with other horse. But, I just got two new horses yesterday and he was going to have to learn to get along. Zeb has been across the alley from both Mona and Chrlie for over a year. But, this was the first time they had been out together. Mona is only 2 years old but Zeb does not give her any issues. If anything, it's the other way around. Chrlie, who you don't see in the pictures knows he's not wanted by either of them. So, he keeps his distance and has plenty of room to stay out of their way.
You will notice that their is hay in the stall where Zeb and Mona are. Food can be a triger that will set a dominate horse off. The dominate horse wants to eat first and does not want to share. Be aware of that when you introduce horses to each other.
These horses have been together for over a week and they are getting along just fine. The new horses came yesterday and we are starting the process of them all getting to know each other.
Have any questions about this or any other issue you may be having just let me know.
I know it's been awhile sense I have posted anyting to my blog. Lots of reasons for that I suppose. My wreck with a young colt that could have taken my life, has slowed me down a bit.
Time in a wheel chair, realizing everyday, how lucky you are to even be in a wheel chair, will make a guy think. Think about what's really important in his life.
Horses will always have a special place in my life and my plans are to continue to work with them and their owners. Was not the fault of the colt that I almost died. It was my fault. And, I'll have to work on getting my courage back and my sense of leadership. And I will. And I'll get back to writing more about horses. And, I hope that the time I spend here in front of this computer is not wasted on me. I hope that soneone out there will find a "way", to work with their horses. Or, will learn a little more about them, even if you don't ride or own horses. At times it's hard to know if anyone else is out there.
I woke up this morning to a coating of snow on the ground. Does not happen that much here. And, I got to thinking how excited I was to see it again. To feel the cold on my cheeks as I fed my horses. And, at least today, thanked God I was not a horse, and that I had a comfortable cabin to return to. To, sit by my fire in the fire place and rub on my dogs. Because, there are others out there that will never, ever, get a chance to do those simple things ever again.
Kathy and I lost one of the most beutiful people we have ever known. It is impossable to describe her beuty and grace. Her silly, funny, playful side. I'm not sure how a person gets to a place in their lives where they feel it's no longer worth living. But, she found herself there and, it has been a very sad week for us, her husband and their children. Sometimes, I guess, even love is not enough.
So, I'm so glad for all the little things in my life now. My brothers and my sister, even tho we so rarely see each other. For my brother from a different mother and how he has enriched the life of our family. For the snow this morning, which will make my doing chorse that much harder. For my daughters and the love they continue to show their Pop, even tho he has done things that have changed their lives forever. For my Brothers at the Kingdom Hall, who would, after my wreck, make sure that we would have enough fire wood to last us thru the winter and propane to keep us warm at night.
But espicially my Wife and the Best Friend I have ever had. Who took such good care of me after my wreck. Who refused to go home, till one of the girls could get there to make sure I was ok. Who did so much to make my return home, in a wheel chair, posable. Who huged me when I would cry for no real reason, and would tell me things were going to be ok. Who told me not to worry about a thing. To just get better. I thought I would be on my feet and be kicking at the world. She knew it woiuld take a lot longer then that.
So, next week I'll get back to writing horses. There are a lot of exciting things coming up for me and them. But this morning I just wanted to say, THANK YOU, for you thoughts, prayers, and help thru all of this. I've still got a way to go to get better. But, at least I have that chance. I remember someone saying. "Don't complain about getting old. Some people will never get the chance".
And, there are so many, that will never see it snow again.
Helping horses with people. And, people with horses!
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.