Buddy and his owner Sue, had a great afternoon yesterday. Buddy is going to go home for a week while Kathy and I are off to an art show back in Kansas. So, I had Sue come over so she could see what I have been doing with Buddy and she could continue that work till I get home. As I have mentioned Sue knows me and my methods pretty well and she certainly will be able to keep up this part of he training, including riding him each day, without any problem. After showing Sue the ground work stuff we have been doing she took Buddy for a little spin the arena, running a pattern I have been using to get him, Buddy, thinking about collection and circles. They both did great. I took my camera but forgot to take pictures. Next time.
I worked with Zeb on the ground introducing him to the plastic bag. He freaked. It’s little wonder that he is so nervous when you are on his back. I mean he literally came unglued when I was trying to rub him with the plastic bag. I’m not sure what happened with him in his other life but the sure did not prepare him for anything like this. You are wondering, why in the world would I try to ride him? Great question. I have no idea. You can get up on him, you can ride him, at a walk, around the round pen, but now, after yesterday, I can not imagine taking him out on the trail. We have a long ways to go before I will feel safe enough, trust him enough to be doing any of that.
I finished off Zeb’s training day introducing him to hobbles. Again, I’m not sure why this horse, or any horse for that matter, would not have been introduced to hobbles somewhere in their training. But, Zeb had no idea what they were or how he was suppose to act in them. After struggling for a little bit, he finally settled into them and understood that his job was to just stand and wait for me.
I’m not sure if I have talked about hobbles but it is something, I think, every horse that has an owner should learn to stand in. I'll explain why tomorrow.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.