Morning. Started yesterday with review for two horses Kathy and I have. I don't spend much time with one of the horses, his name is Car, I have had him for better then 10 years now. He is a horse that I started when he was three and he has be come my pard. I can count on him to do just about anything I ask, from roping calfs to starting other colts from his back.. We have spent a ton of time together on the trail but, I just don't work with him much on the ground. So yesterday we started to review what I thought he already knew.. he did ok but you could tell he was not sure what I wanted him to do in some situations. So will continue to do that with him... Like I said, we have done a ton of stuff together and I can pretty much trust him in most situations. But let me tell you a story that will illustrate why you can't give your horse one hundred percent of your confidence. We were in the back country packing on the Animas Creek and we were on our way out...when one of the pack horses's saddle was beginning to move a bit so we, the party I was with, stopped so I could secure the pack saddle... I just loosely tie Car, that's who I was riding, to a limb on the trail so I could get back to the pack horse. Was a very narrow area where we stopped. As I was working on the pack saddle the pack horse bumped Car on the hind end and Car took a step forward. When he did he came untied.. I thought, no big deal he will just wait for me, after all he is my PARD... well about a mile later and steep climb on the trail, on foot, he finally stopped. The only reason he stopped and did not go back to the truck, which was about seven miles away, was there was a tree down on the trail and he was not sure how to get around it... so the moral of the story is, he may be your pard but he will leave you a foot in the wilderness if your not careful..See it was my fault that I had to walk that mile and I'm lucky I did not have to walk seven mile. I let him, Car, down by not making sure he was tied well. If I'm going to be the leader I have to act like one.....
So be careful out there... Time for Coffee
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.