My neighbor, Mark and I went for a pretty long ride yesterday scouting for elk for the big hunt in Oct. I took Casino on this trip and he did really, really well. As you may remember he has been a little jumpy about stuff, so I was looking forward to seeing how he would do. Well right out of the trailer, we headed up the forest service road and there was a rattle snake. Not a big on, only about 2 feet long, but the snake was making that rattling noise, that can scare a man half out of his pants. Casino did not react at all. He just kept his head down and went along his way. My buddy Mark, has a little trouble hearing, well he has a lot of trouble hearing and he did not hear the snake at all.
A little further and there was a forest service crew out cutting down small trees. Casino was more interested in that but did not shy or spook. He just kept a watchful eye on them till we were past. Another mile or so and we came across a few deer, which Casino saw and just watched them move out. Then came the elk. Again, not a problem for him. I was pretty proud of him and Mark was pretty impressed. Mark has seen Casino from the day he got here till now and could really see the improvement in him.
Today Casino will get the day off and Pepe will start in the double reins. This is a process that I have talked about in the past that I learned from Al Ragusin from south Texas. It is a great tool to teach the concept of collection and away to really get control of a horse. We will start out slow in the round pen and work from there. He has been in the bungee reins a few time, on his own and now it’s time to add a rider to that mix.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.