Diane and Lucy
I thought I would share an email I got last week from Diane, you will remember her from my last blog post. Anyway, I spend a couple of hour with her working with her horses and she sent this email. I think it's really good for other folks to know that there are people out there really working hard on their horsemanship, despite their having to make a living, having a family. They make time for their horses and it shows.
Thank you so much for coming and spending some time with me again. Thank you also for your write up on your blog. That was really special for me.
So-- After you left on Friday I worked Lucy some more then I saddled her up and did some sitting,flexing,etc. Then I got real brave and had her side passing down the rail a little bit while I was on her. Like you said Lucy knows stuff. She did really well. I was so impressed that I could get her to do it while I was on her. I just followed your directions and she did it.
I put Amor in the round pen next and she did much better. She is starting to really settle down and work. Or more than likely I am just communicating better.
Today I put Niña in first and had her side passing both directions. She did well but she will get better as I get better with the asking.
I tied Niña to the hitching rail and went and got Mack. I had only had him in the round pen for a little bit when again, I thought about what you said about lining them all up tied. I tied Mack and went out and got Lucy and Amor and tied them to the hitching rail and put Mack back in the round pen. I worked a lot more with him on the yielding the hindquarters and forequarters. I didn't think I knew what I was doing well enough yet to try it on him. I will keep practicing on Niña and Lucy for a while.
When I was done with Mack I tied him to the rail and put Lucy in. After I worked on the exercises with her for a while I was side passing her down the rail. She did so well going to the right. When I tried to do it going to the left I had her so confused she didn't know which end was up. I know it was me. I told her "time out". I did some more trust exercises and went back to things she know pretty well so that we could end on a good note.
I tied her back to the rail and put Amor in. She is doing so much better. I still think she is going to be a lot like Lucy. If I can manage to get my "poop in a group" and get better myself she will be amazing.
Thanks Diane, looking forward to seeing you and working with you again in the future.
Time for coffee.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.