Matt letting Casino rest!
Had a really good ride with Casino yesterday. Took him out for a little ride around the place and asked him to do a lot of transition work, which he did very well. During our ride he had to encounter somethings that he does not see everyday, and, although he was nervous, he kept is composure and walk passed or dealt with the scary objects or places. He is still, and probably always will be, a watchful horse. That’s not a bad thing just a thing that you have to be aware of and make allowance for when I ride him. He will be heading home around the middle of July for the start of another adventure.
Pepe and I rode with Montana and Barz in the arena yesterday as well. Montana is my middle daughter that is hanging out with Kathy and I for another week. She has ridden before but it has be a few years, so she wanted a lesson in the arena. Both she and Barz did a great job and we both had a good time.
Pepe is working on Flexing. This is a skill that is so important in a horses life and training but is a skill that most horses that come here, don’t have. It takes time to teach this skill and is something that I still work on with my horses that have been in my program for years. I often tell folks at clinics, where we are working on this skill, that they can not do the flexing exercise enough, and that usually proves true. It can get a little boring but it’s so important. I think that if people understood how important, it is they would do it more. In the process of working with Pepe in the arena I asked him to back up under saddle. It was as if someone drove a steak thru his back to the ground. I could not move him no matter how hard I tried or how much pressure I put in the reins. So I stepped off of him and asked him to back up again, using the reins. He refused. I think that most people would have stayed in the saddle and yarded on his mouth with the reins until he either backed up or flipped over backwards. I have seen this happen and the only one that gets hurt is the rider. I worked with him on the ground till he understood what I wanted from him and then got back in the saddle. When I asked him to back up, on the very first attempt, he backed up like he had been doing it, right, all his life. I think, and believe, that most, if not all problems a horse is having under saddle, can be fixed on the ground, where it is safer for the human. I teach this in clinics so that folks can understand the skill, and or skills, without getting themselves or the horse hurt.
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