Charlie went on a seven and a half mile ride yesterday. He saw some deer while we were out and called to them, like he thought they would come down and save him. It's funny what will startle a colt. We were riding along and passed by a huge rock, taller then we were, and there was a smaller rock behind it, that we could not see. When he caught sight of the little rock he must have thought the little rock was going to try and eat him. So we circled both rocks until they became his friend. There are other things that you work on and work on and you think that they have it figured out, only to find out that when they get stired up they can, and will, forget everything.
I try and prepare a horse for things that will happen in his world with humans. Thing that humans will do when they are on his back. Like, getting in their pockets to get some candy out or whatever. One of the things I do when we are starting out riding is slap my leg while we are going along. My leg, my chest, I take my hat off and swing it from side to side, things like that. He has done pretty good up till yesterday. Not that he did anything really bad, we were going along and I started to pat my leg and he about jumped out of his skin. As soon as I got him shut down I flexed his head from side to side. Then on the side that I was patting my leg, the right side, I kept him flexed in that direction and started to pat my leg again. This time he went " Oh it's just you doing that" and off we went without any other issues with that.
Don't forget to FLEX!
I know that we hear from folks that they are working on an issue with their horses and their horses are doing fine and then they seem to go back to the begining. Well, I want you to all know that it happens to all of us. But if you stay patient with them,they will figure it out. Remember the magic pill? TIME? Well, no matter how hard you try, you can't train a horse without it. When Charlie goes home he will just be starting out on his great adventure. He will still need time to settle into his place in his family of humans. He will have a really good start on that adventure for sure, and I know that his mom and dad are going to do the best they can to help him down that trail.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.