Stud with his halter on!
The two new horses are off to a good start.
I started working the Stud Horse in the round pen. His owner said he was hard to catch and turns out she was right. I had to rope him. But, once he was roped I was able to get him to settle a bit. He has not been handled much at all and is very nervous about everything that is going on. He jumps when you try to touch him or rub on him. It’s going to take this fella some time to trust, but we’ll get there.
The GRAY spent his morning learning to load in the trailer. When I went to get him he did not want to load and you just can’t have that if you’re going to have a horse. So we spent a little time working on the ground and then I asked him to get in the trailer. He couldn’t wait. We will continue this for the rest of the week and he should be good.
Rode Bitsy in the arena again and she is starting to understand neck reining. This will really take some time for her to really get good at it but, she will. She started her first day of hobble training and did really pretty good.
People often ask me should their horses be able to move with hobbles on? The answer depends on what you want your horse to do. I for one, don’t mind that they get around a little in hobbles. If something comes after them I want them to be able to get away. Hobbles don’t prevent a horse from running; it just makes it more difficult. If I am in the backcountry and I have my horses hobbled so they can graze, I want them to be able to move around so they can do that. I attach a bell to their halter so if they do wonder off, every time they jump to move, I will be able to hear them and know where they are. The bell also helps keep predators, bear and cats and such, at bay.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.