I got a message from a student yesterday that really made me smile. This student has worked with some of the best trainers and teachers in the world. The horse is a wonderful animal and one they are very proud of. When they came to me they were, and are, having trouble with the horse being heavy. Not weight, but in the way he handled. No this horse has had tons of training and riding and education. I suggested, after working with him for a bit, that we start from the begining. Most people don't want to hear that. They think that there horse is way beyond the elementary lessons and exercises and should be doing more complex things not going back to grade school. Trouble is, if our horse does not know how to add two plus two, chances he is going to have a hard time with calculas. The owner agreed to give it a try and contacted me to say I might be right. Well right or not, what really impressed me was, not that the horse would respond, but that the owner would. That the owner had enough courage to at least, at the very least, take a look at their horsemanship and say, I think I forgot to do this along the way, and, it may be the reason my horse is having so much trouble. So my hat is off to the owner for having the heart to try something, to take a look and try.
Stan had a good lesson yesterday. Put spurs on Stan to use on the horse I have him riding for the first time yesterday and he had to learn not to keep poking the horse or things are going to get bad.. So he did great. Am proud of him for hanging in there. When he comes for his lesson there is no one watching him but me, so I know he is not doing it to please anyone else. He really wants to figure this out.
Scouted for elk with Mark yesterday and did not see a thing. Is very dry and the guys managing the ranch have let all the drinkers go dry so there is not much, if any, water back there.. Still have a couple of months before the season so hopefully we will get rain and they will start to come out of the mountains.
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Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.