Tucson at the rail.
Was a good day for Tucson. He did much better with his lunging and over all ground work. Will saddle bridle and long line him today, with more ground work. I think that he is starting to understand that he is not on vacation here.
He stood tied to the rail for about 3 hours yesterday. He started out pawing the ground. He is impatient. But, it was not long and he realized it was getting him no where. He then put his head down, like in the picture, and went to sleep.
Was a very big day for Zeb the Black. Zeb is a very dominate horse. He seems sweet, and I think he is, but he does not want to give up his place as leader and submit. So, yesterday I laid him down on the ground. As some of you may know, this can be a very traumatic thing for a horse.
Horses laydown for 2 reasons: 1 is to rest the other, 2 is to die. If he lays down, on his own, he thinks he is going to rest. If he gets laid down, guess what he is thinking? So when this happens to any horse, they are expecting the worse. Well, it was very traumatic for Zeb. He fought it with all his might, which he has plenty of. After he was on the ground I started to expose him to all the things that he had shown me he was afraid of. The plastic bag on the end of the stick. Loud noises like the sound of a stock whip cracking over his head. The big blue tarp that I cover him in. When we were done, I let him up. Horses who have had this happen to them, get up looking at you differently.
When Zeb was up, I asked him to walk over the blue tarp, something he would have never done before, and he did great. Today I will keep building on the experience from yesterday, helping him to over come his fears and submitting to a new leader.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.