Yesterday was the first day that the colt wore a saddle. This can be a pretty scary thing for a young horse, if you don't take a little time to prepare him for it. I have been perparing him sense he got here for this day with the ground work skills that I have taught him, not going to the next skill till he had the other skills down pretty good. By doing it that way, you are able to build on the horse's confidence and courage. He wore the saddle for a couple of hours, just walking around in the round pen, looking back to try to figure out what that thing was on his back, but never did he acted afraid of it, more curious.
He is loading in the trailer without any issues now and will finish his trailer loading program on Friday. If things go according to plan I may try to ride him later this week.
I usually start colts with a snaffle bit, but have at times started them in just a halter. Sense the folks that own him will be riding him in a bit I will start him in a snaffle. I will see if he is up for trying that out today and if so, will let him pack the bit around for a couple of days be for I put reins on it and start to use it. He will just pack the bit and we will do all his exercises still using the halter and lead rope. That gives him a chance to feel it in his mouth and get use to the feel before we start to use it to give him directions. It usually will only take a couple of days before the horse will become use to it and ignore it, for the most part.
Stan had his weekly riding lesson, and did a heck of a job. We have been working, really hard, on his focus. I could tell that he had been thinking about it all week cause the horse responded very well to Stan's direction. We spent time this lesson working on trotting. Stan did a pretty good job of it by the time the lesson was over. He felt that, if he had a longer trot, that he could get in the rhythm of the horses two beat gate. I asured him that he was right, but just starting out, I think it's best not to beat the student up with trotting for miles. Next week he will spend his hour doing nothing but trotting, and I'm sure he will get better and better at it...
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.