Had a good day and long ride with Casino. He continues to make good progress, but like all horses seems to find himself slipping back to some bad habits. Standing still while you mount and dismount is so very important when it comes to horses. Most accidents happen when we are getting on or getting off, so it’s very important that he understands this skill. He has been doing really well up till just a couple of days ago. So we are going back to some basic work to make sure he has this figured out. His owner does not need to have this as a problem when he gets home.
Other then that we had a good training ride yesterday. Most of the time he spent either trotting or loping. Very little walking for him. He has tons of stamina so it’s no big deal for him to do either of those things for long periods of time. We have a lot of green electrical boxes out here on the ranch and he sure gives them the eye when we pass but he does not shy away or jump away from them, which is good.
I think that horses that shy are sometimes encouraged to do so my US! When our horse sees something that makes them a little nervous and then we get a little nervous, because of what might happen, our horse gets more nervous till he just won’t go that direction or come up to the object that he is worried about. It’s hard for us to keep calm when we see our horse getting worried about something, but we need to remember that our horses get their courage, or lack of it, from us. So, altho I’m paying attention to what he is paying attention to, I think in my mind “ride on” and do not look at the object. I look where I want to go, where ever that is, usually straight ahead, and I focus on that.
Some folks say that you should force your horse to go up to the object and face his fears, and I’m ok with that if the rider is up to the task. What I prefer to do, and is what I will do with Casino, is just ride past the object again, and again, and again, and again till he gives it no consideration. True, we are going to come up to other things down the road that may cause us a little problem, but over time, as the horse gains experience and age he will come to trust that no matter what it is that we are going to face, he can count on me to protect him and I can count on him not to dump me on the ground. It don’t always work that way, but that’s what I’m shooting for.
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