Donna at summer clinic!
Yesterday was a good day at the barn. I had two riding lessons in the morning. One with Stan. As Stan was riding in the arena some folks drove by, who have seen Stan ride from the beginning of his lessons, and commented that he was really doing good, and he is.. Then Deb. She has not been riding very long but she is starting to get the hang of it and seems to be enjoying her time spent with the horses.
In the afternoon Thunders mom came by to see him and to work on some of her horsemanship skills. I showed Cindi some exercises that I wanted her to work on with Thunder under saddle. These seem like very simple exercises but if Thunder is going to have success with Cindi when they get home, Cindi will have to be able to control Thunder when he gets excited. Thunder is a lot of horse. I think more horse then most folks think. Anyway, Cindi and Thunder worked at these skills for the hour that I would have spent with Thunder. Cindi spent more time with Thunder in the round pen doing ground work. They are both making really good progress.
Leo’s mom stopped by too and work with him in the round pen doing round pen work and then some ground work at the end of a lead. They are both doing really well too, so I added a little more to his program so that Donna could see what that looks like and so that she could see how reactive he is. They did great.
Just as Cindi was getting ready to leave and we were all talking she made the comment. “Just look at them, (talking about their horses) they are so calm and relaxed. I just can’t believe it.” It is amazing the transformation that horses will make when they have a program, a job, and they understand what their role is in the herd of two. They seem to give to their new position in the herd and relax into the relationship that we are trying to create with them…
So a good day and good students, 4 legged and 2 legged.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.