I mentioned my little buddy "T" in my last blog, well I got the chance to spend some time with him yesterday and he helped me aoround the place, cleaning, draging pens and other stuff... It is always a treat for me to be around young people that are respectful and want to learn. Whenever I asked him to help me he always was willing and did the best that he could do... Am proud to call him a friend. He will be here for a little while so I hope we get to spend more time together. I thought it would be a good idea for him to learn to drive Sliver, that's what we call our ford bronco. It is a standard shift, which most kids now a day have no clue how to drive. So I put him in the saddle of the bronco and down the road we went. He did great. Had a bad habit of looking at his feet, trying to figure what peddle was what, and did not keep his eyes on the road a couple of times.. but what is he going to hit? A bush? But he kept in in the tracks and we made it to the barn. So I gave him a manure fork and said "get after it" and he did.. Then we needed to drag the pens.
But the best thing we did yesterday was work with Tim my gray horse. I have been doing round pen demos around the area all summer and have worked with all sorts of people with different horse backgrounds so I thought it would be fun to let "T" work with on of my boys.. I showed him what I was doing and why I was doing it. I then asked him if he wanted to give it a try, he said sure. Now remember "T" does not own a horse or have a horse so I was very excited to see what was about to happen. Often folks are intimidated by the size of a horse and they show that to the horse. Then it does not take long for the horse to figure out he doesn't have to do much. But that did not happen.. I explained to "T" what to look for in a horse when you are schooling them and he saw these sighs the first time they came around and then I asked him to have the horse come to him. And you can see the results in the picture. A horse that has no problem with him and is glad to get to stand next to him. I have found that horses are sometimes, most of the times, afraid of children. I think it is because of their size and because the move quickly and unpredictably. I have seen it time after time when a young one come in or near the pens a horse will head for the back forty. But I think in this case, because "T" handled himself with confidence, the horse saw no need to be fearful. "T" took direction and payed attention something I don't often see in adult let alone a kid...What a treat for me....
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