Got around to riding Casino on Saturday. He finally started settling down enough I felt safe enough to get on him. He has been doing pretty good in the ground work program and we needed to see if he was going to try to buck me off. He did not even think about bucking. Why you ask? Good question as always. During the ground work we are addressing any tendency he may have to buck. After only one day of my don’t buck program, he decided to give it up. You may ask what is the “no bucking program”? Another really good question. Horses buck for two reasons: One they are scared, the other, they have been taught. I guess there could be another reason, they are just a little excited, fresh is what cowboys call it, and are kicking up their heels. Either way, it is unacceptable behavior and they must learn that I will not allow it. They way I do that is I make them buck. How do I do that? There you go again with those good questions. There are a couple of methods but the idea is the same. When you watch a rodeo look and see what they have on the flank of the horse or bull. Yep, it’s a flank strap. It is designed to encourage the animal to buck. When the ride is over the pick up man will unhook it from the horse and the horse stops bucking. I use the same idea but I don’t take it off till the horse stops bucking on his own. When he stops, I take it off. See bucking is a lot of work for a horse and when we cause the horse to buck he does not know what is going on, just that he wants it to stop cause he don’t like to work that hard. So, when he stops bucking and the flank strap comes off, he has figure out a way to get the thing he does not like to stop, and that’s to not buck at all. I have had a couple horses that it took a few days for the horse to figure out that bucking is not a good idea. Most, like Casino, figure it out in one trip.
I do not recommend you do this on your own. You need to have a good set of pens and understand what’s about to happen before it happens so you can protect yourself first, and your horse. But it will sure enough work.
Thunder and Leo will be heading home this week. They have made good progress and their owners are excited about what lies ahead for them. I am too. If these horses are going to survive in our world, the world of humans, they are really going to need the on going support and help of their owners. I have talked with both of them about what lies ahead and they are very excited. I’m excited for them too..
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.