The horse we have in for training, we call him "G", is going to get a visit today from his Mom and Dad... they are driving up to see how he is getting along and see his progress... which I think is great. It's nice when owners come and spend a little time while their horse is in training. It's one of the things that we try really hard to get people to do.. It's important, I think, if the horse is going to keep progressing when he gets home to have the owner understand what the horse has learned and how to keep him going down that good path.... These folks seem very excited to learn so hope to have a good post at the end of the day to add to this... We will show them how he has progressed in the round pen and let them play with him so they understand the concept and ideas. I think that most folks don't really understand how the horse thinks or feels and although they are well meaning when they work with their horses they make things harder for themselves and horse.... We humans are TAKERS and horses are givers. We show our horses by the way we act that we just WANT...but when we start to understand how the horse feels and we stop taking every time we are around them then you start to see real progress in the relationship between horse and owner... and that makes everything down the road so much easier to get accomplished.......... and that's something that you have to experience... you can read about it all day long.. you can watch DVD's till you go blind..........but until you experience it with a horse.. most folks just won't get it... and the really crazy thing?.............it's easy...........
UPDATE: Well G's parents came by today and thought he was making great progress.... he has only been here for less then a week and they could not believe the progress he had made so far. When we were talking they mentioned that they had been though 5 or so trainers... and said that every one of them had their own ideas on the way that things should be done... I get that...but somewhere there has to be room for what the horse needs... we talked a ton about that too.. I know that we say "It's all about the horse" but I see people doing and feeding their horses things that are not at all good for them... . I think that the horse industry has convinced most of us that we need certain things in order to take care of our horses....... and as I look at the things on the market I have come to realize... much like the pet industry........ that they are not marketing things that are best for the horse but are selling things to us....... that make US feel good... and really has nothing to do with what is best for the horse... my guess is that sweet feed has gotten more people bucked of then anything else...........and yet...... we still by it........because we have been told by experts that it's good for them... I think that it can be hard to find someone that will tell you the truth about your horse and you.....after 5 trainers I can see how these folks would not know who to trust......... don't get me wrong......I think that all 5 trainers had some good ideas and made some progress with the horse.......but my guess is they did not have a program of training........and without a program a routine of training the horse will find it very hard to learn and or remember anything we are trying to teach them....so that's what I tried to show them yesterday was our program........the process that we use to help their horse find his way in a world of two leggeds...
I will probably start to ride "G" next week about this time...his parents are coming back on Saturday afternoon to check on his progress again.. So look for another update........
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.