Good day with Tenawa yesterday. I worked a bit with him on collection, getting him to understand the concept, and then rode him a bit. He is doing much better about getting softer in circles and is trying harder I think. He is still very stiff but I’m hoping that his owner will be able to continue to work with him and get him softer as he goes along.
Folks that bring horses here often think that their horses are going along pretty good. Mostly, I think, because they can get on them and ride a bit. But my idea of broke and other folk’s idea of broke are hardly ever the same. It takes time, and work, to make that all happen. Most folks don’t have the time or want to work to make that happen. Guess that’s why I have a job.
Bop/Buddy is doing better too. Rode him a bit yesterday he is getting softer as we go along but he too has a long ways to go before I would call him broke. I asked him to back up when I was on his back and he had no clue what that was. Rather then get in a tug of war with him, I stepped off him and asked him from the ground. It took a little while before he understood what I wanted from him but when it was all said and done he would do it. I thought we were going to have trouble with his skill from the way he acted when asked to back up at the end of a lead rope.
I had a truck once that did not have reverse. It was a pain in the rear too.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.