Diane and Lucy!
I did not write this morning cause, I had to get up early to get to Deming. I have two clients that live down there that needed a little help so .......... "have horse, will travel"...... I made that up...... You have heard me mention Diane and her husband Craig? Well I spent the day with Diane and Craig about a month ago and wanted to follow up on her progress... She has sent me emails with what she was doing and how she thought she was getting along, so I could hardly wait to see for my self, her progress, or her lack of...... I can't tell you how proud I was to watch her work with her horses, she has four. She is doing such a great job with them. Here is a lady that works five days a week, anywhere from ten to twelve hours a day, so to say the least she does not get to spend a ton of time with her horses.. But, she takes the time that she has serious, and her progress shows it. I have spent a lot of time working and thinking of ways to make horsemanship possible for the average person. The persons or people, just like Diane. I have often thought, what is the sense of having a horse if you have to spend seven days a week, eight hours a day working with them to get done what, it seems, everyone else is getting done. I once was told that it takes two life times to become a great horseman..... Well, guess what? I only have one. So I thought that is a ton of B. S. So I wanted to come up with a way, a program, that the average horse owner could follow, even if they only had a few minutes a day or, like Diane, only had two days a week to spend with their horses. The results of that effort was proved. Diane is doing a great job. She was doing a few things that, I thought, were a little unsafe and pointed them out to her. She saw right away what I was talking about and made the adjustment.
I showed Diane another exercise, that in order for it to work, her horse needed the skills that she was working on. When I showed her what I was talking about, I think, she was blown away. Not that her horse could do the exercise, but that she could get her horse to do the exercise. Remember, horses know how to walk, trot, canter, backup, and everything that we will ever ask them to do. The secret is not in the doing, but in the asking. It's how we teach them what we want and when we want it. They have all the other stuff figured out. They are just waiting on us...
I can't tell you how proud I am to see someone like Diane, who works so hard for her family five days a week, spend the days she has off, working to be a better horseman.. I take my hat off to you...
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.