my buddy Car!
I don't usually write on Saturday's but wanted to share a great day I had with Charlie the horse. You will remember he is the colt that we have in here for training. Well, yesterday we started out our training day in the usual way, with flexing, one rein flex to a stop at a walk, trot and canter. We started to teach him to follow his nose down the rail at a walk, trot and canter. Then I started to ask him for more difficult moves, side passing down the rail. You may remember he was doing this move well on the ground going to his left, but to the right he was having trouble. He has been doing better on the ground so I thought it was time to give him a try at the rail horse back. He still has a little trouble to his right, so what I thought I would try is let him come a little further off the rail. Well, when we did that he put his head down and collected himself a little and side passed, leg yield, like a champ. He still gets a little sticky, not sure if he should stop or go, but he got it.
I took him to the corner of the arena and asked him to stop so he could rest a bit. After a little rest, I asked him to step over to the other rail but keep his nose in the corner. He did right to left and then back again. We rested again for a bit and I asked him to do it again. With very little rein pressure he was moving from side to side in the corner, the same way he will need to move to open a gate, so to say the least I'm very proud of him. Proud enough that I would write this blog on a Saturday.
After that work out I thought he should get out a bit. So I took him for his first ride outside. We did not go very far, only about a quarter mile or so, but he did just fine. He was a little nervous when we went by the well house, but you have to remember he has only been around for a few years and there are a ton of things he has never seen in his short life. All in all, a really good day for Charlie. A chance to get outside and see a little bit of the world he will live in, in the future with his owners.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.