Marge and her other horse Quattro!
Still so many stories to tell you about Marge, but I thought this picture, would sum up some of her loves, and better then I could.
The Stud horse and the Gray did a good job yesterday. Both these horses are only about a day or so apart in their training. So, they both got the chance to drag me around the arena yesterday as I started to teach them a little about lunging. Both of these horses are big and powerful. I’m trying to get the materials together to make a circus pole so when I have horses like these I can let them pull on the pole and not on my arm. All in all though they are making good progress.
The Stud horse I had to rope, the first time to catch him. Now he comes, although slow, to be caught. We will keep working on being caught. Need to know that I can catch him in the arena.
Both of these horses are nervous and afraid, a bit, about what’s going on with them, but that is to be expected. I think that a lot of folks get frustrated when trying to teach these skills. I know it happens to me from time to time. It’s important to understand that the horse does not see things the way you do, and sadly, most folks have a difficult time seeing things from the perspective of the horse. Without that skill of understanding the horse, it can become a battle, a battle that the human will probably not win. Taking the time to see things, from the horse’s point of view will give yourself permission to take it slow. Wait for the horse to figure out what you want. At times that will mean being pulled around a bit till the horse figures out, that's not the answer to the question you are asking. But, the minute the horse does get the answer, knowing when to reward the horse with rest. These are things that take time and practice. It’s not easily taught, but I think, everyone who works with horses must have.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.