Sorry so long in writing my blog. Have been in Kansas with family helping Kathy's mom. She got out of the hospital last night, so that's good. Will just have to see how she gets along. May have to go back.
Yesterday was a big day for Charlie. He had his first few rides. He did great. By that I mean he did what every other colts does that has never been ridden before. I think that we sometimes expect way to much out of these babies. All I really want is for a colt to pack me around the round pen. I don't expect him to know how to turn right or left, or how to stop, that will all come in time. As far as that goes, most colts don't even know how to go. That's why I take my time. I try to teach them a cue to move forward while I'm working with them on the ground. The cue that Charlie seems to really respond to is when I kiss to him. I use this cue for this very reason. When I am working with a colt alone I have to have a way to get him to move without kicking him, and this really works well. But in order for it to work you have to teach it to your horse on the ground. He did great, packed me at a walk and a trot, both directions and then toward the end of his third ride, we started to make more turns and added leg presssure. I won't ride him with spurs for several more rides. He doesn't need them right now.
Teaching the turn!
We will continue to work on his ground skills, adding new ones each time we work together and ride each day after those. Each day from here on out will consist of less ground work and more riding. We will be in the arena by next Tuesday or Wednesday and after a few days of that we will be out on the trail. I try to break up the arena work with rides out. That way we can practice the skills he is learning in school, in the real world.
You can do it!
I'll tell ya who I am very proud of and that's Charlie's parents. They realize that the best way to help this colt was to give him the magic pill, time. They have committed to ninety days of training for their boy, and it is going to make a huge difference to him and them when he goes home in Jan. This is something that most folks don't understand. It is best not to hurry these babies. If we can take our time and give them a chance to ease in to what we are asking, it is better for them physically and mentally.
I will use more of his pictures as we go along to show some of the skills he is learning and perhaps they will help you with your horses.
Coffee and then to work.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.