When horses come here I often don’t remember their names. People will ask me and I have to tell them, “the owner told me but I don’t remember”. That’s kind of how it was when Casino came here. Jene told me his name but for the life of me I could not remember it. You may be wondering why I’m talking about this or why it seems so important or so unimportant to me, this morning.
What I tell folks is that horses don’t name each other in the herd, at least not in any verbal way that we can make out, so I figure it's really not that important to the horse. I usually call horses lots of names when they first get here, why? Well, they are usually trying to kill me when they first get here. They are afraid or they just don’t want to give up their place in the herd. That means there is a time when the horse and I, are just trying to get to know each other. What I hope happens is at some point in their training, and it almost always does, I start to call the horse “Good Boy”!
Well, the reason I’m talking about this, this morning is that’s what happened yesterday with Casino. I took him out for a pretty good ride yesterday. We stopped by a neighbor’s house to visit for just a min. when their dog came out of the house raising a ruckus. Now Casino has been around my dogs here at the barn and he does not pay them much mind, but you never know how that’s going to go, out in the big world. He handled it just fine. He stood like a gentleman, something that would not have happened when he first got here. He went forward when he was asked and stopped when he was asked. Something he would not do when he first got here. He turned right and or left when he was asked. Again, something that he would not do when he first got here. He was in a bit of a hurry when we headed back to the barn, but nothing that a little conversation wouldn’t fix.
All in all it was a day that I could call him “Good Boy”, something that I look forward to with the training of any horse that comes here…
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