Ilene and Tenawa!
Everyone taking a break!
A couple days ago I got the chance to work with Ilene and Tenawa together. Those are the pictures you see above. Ilene loves her horses and is a very dedicated owner. She has come to realize that in order to provide her horses with what they need she is going to have to be a better horseman/trainer.
Often that’s the hard part for folks. They really don’t think of themselves as trainers. They may think that you have to get paid to be a trainer, but that’s not the case. We are always training our horses when we are with them. We are either teaching them good things or bad things but they are always learning. She is up for the challenge.
Tenawa continues to make good progress. We worked yesterday in the round pen and then some flexing. He does not know this skill as well as I would like and it’s going to take some doing to get him to really work at the skill. He goes home in a couple weeks so we will be working on this a bunch so that Ilene will have a good head start when he comes home.
Bop/Buddy is making good progress. Not as much as I would like, but every horse is a little different and you have to work with them where you find them. I thought he was a horse that had had some training. Folks have been riding him after all. My mistake. The training that he has had, has been hard to find, in my opinion. I rode him for just a little bit yesterday and found out that he does not know how to move off leg pressure. He does not know how to flex, fights it most of the time. He is not a horse I would take on a trail today. He is not trying to rear up and stand on his hind legs anymore, that's a good thing. He stands tied to the rail very well, and his ground work continues to improve. I have been talking with his owner Katy and she agrees that he needs more time so I’m hoping that he will be with us another month..
On another note: Some have the opinion that my training center is more a “torture chamber” then anything else. I did not know anyone felt like that or would talk to others like that but I guess it’s true, a reliable source gave me this info. I think that what folks don’t understand they ridicule. Or folks who can’t do criticize. Anyone who has spent anytime with me knows I only want what’s best for the horse and it’s owner. Horses that come here are in real need of help and so are their owners. I’m always honest in my assessment of the horse and the owner. Sometimes that assessment is not pretty, but it’s always the truth in my opinion. Horses that come here, most of them, have never worked a day in their lives till they get here. And, yes, it’s true, here they work. I’m sure that some folks that don’t know or don’t want to know will always have opinions about what they don’t understand. I have worked with lots of folks who have benefited from their horses being here and from coming themselves. I have been honest with them all. Just ask them.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.