Good ride with Pepe yesterday. He is coming along pretty well. The double reins are working out great for Pepe. When he collects he pays more attention to what is going on with you and less with what’s going on around him. At times he is a little nervous or excited, depending on how you look at it, when we start out, and when we are getting close to home. Most horses are like that and it just takes time for them to realize that leaving the barn does not mean we’re never coming back, and coming back does not mean we’re never going to leave.
Barn sour is a problem that a lot of folks face with their horses. Most of the time WE make our horse barn sour. When we are coming back to the barn, we may be late for an appointment, so we lope back to the barn or we trot hard all the way back to the barn. Another common cause of horses being barn sour is, when we get to the barn we quickly take off their saddles and give them grain or a treat, thinking that they deserve it, and maybe they do, but we are planting the, barn sour seed when we do these things.
Sometimes we do have to hurry back to the barn, for lots of reasons, but it should be the rare, very rare, exception.
If you have a barn sour horse how can you fix it, or at least help your horse? Lets visit about this tomorrow.
Coffee time now.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.