Yesterday I shot a video of me loading the stallion the second day in a row. The video did not turn out very well because of the placement of the camera. I'm still getting use to it. But I did take a picture with it of the Stallion having a bit to eat in the trailer. I will shoot more video of him loading this morning so you can see what it can look like with just a little practice.
The Stallion continues to make good progress in the ground work program. Will have him jump some barrels today after he loads in the trailer a few times, to get his confidence up. Not sure you can tell it from the picture but, he is starting to love being in the trailer.
The Gray is making good progress under saddle. We did a lot of small circles at a trot and at a walk. Starting to teach him how to stop. The great thing about his progress is he is starting to relax when he is in these circles and when we are flexing to a stop.
Flexing our horses to a stop is where they first start to understand the concept of a WOOOOH! Most folks teach a stop by pulling back with both hands on the reins till the horse stops. That works, I guess, but it teaches the horse to do a lot of other things you don't want. It teaches the horse to grab the bit in it's mouth and brace his jaw and in turn, his entire body. Just so you know, you don't want that. It also teaches the horse to brace against your hands and the reins. Again, something you don't want.
With the, flexing to a stop, the horse learns to stop off the cues from your seat and legs, and then only using your hands if he does not respond to those cues, with the one rein stop.
I promise you, that if you will use the one rein stop, to stop your horse for one week, and not use two hands to pull on the reins, your horse will develop a great stop.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.