Yesterday morning was a day full of lessons. I had a lady that lives here on the ranch take a lesson, riding lesson. Her name is Ruth. She has taken several lessons from me in the past but she is a very busy person and so does not get to ride as much as I would like her to and I'm sure she does not ride as much as she would like to. She is not full time here on the ranch so even though out the year she is not able to ride much with me. She is however, making really good progress. She thinks a lot about her riding, even when she is not riding regularly. She really analyzes how she did and what she needs to work on the next time she rides.
Stan had his 4th lesson yesterday morning. Stan rode in the arena for the first time yesterday. I have been having him ride in the round pen, until I was confident that he could at least stop the horse. I think he was pretty excited about getting out of the play pen. He did good, not great, but good. Stan, I don't think, has ever ridden in his life or if he has it was on a dude ride. We worked on following the rail. This is a riding exercise that I use to help horses learn to follow their nose and to teach riders how to focus on where they are going. I have noticed that most riders, even experienced riders, will watch their horse not where they are going. Then they wonder why their horse will not go where they point them. They, in this case Stan, would complain that the horse would not go where he wanted the horse to go. As I watched him I could see that he was watching the horses's head. And the horse, sure enough, was wondering all over the arena. This idea of focusing on where you are going when you are riding is a hard concept for lots of folks to get. We are so use to driving a car that we think horses are the same. Well, if you haven't figured it out yet, they are not. Horses get their confidence or lack of confidence from us, you, me. So the idea of being a good leader comes back. If we are not a good leader on the ground we won't be a good leader in the saddle. Stan is working hard at his riding, and he is determined to get better. I hope he sticks with it.
I had another student sch. for yesterday morning but she canceled. She said that her horse was acting up and until she had that fixed she saw no need to come out for a lesson. I'm not sure what that meant for sure but, when it comes to working a program for our horses we all have to come up with something that will work for us and our horses. Some folks have the vision to see what that is and others need a little help from time to time. Guess that's why I'm here...
I give a lot of advice, not just here but in other setting too, and I it's free. Some of the advice folks ask for, other times I just can't help myself. But I want anyone that reads this to understand, there are lots of ways to get something done, some of them good, I think, others not so good, I think. But I know that looking at things from outside our own window is often a great way to see another way of doing something or, at the very least, looking at something. So it's just advice, it's not law. There are some trainer out there that, it's their way or they highway. Or if you don't drink the koolaid with us, you must be against us, and that is a sad thing. When folks think they have it so figured out that they don't want, or more importantly need help. What happens is the more we learn the more we realize that, there so much we don't know. The better we get at our horsemanship we realize that so many folks have no idea, really what they are doing, so we can't just ask anyone off the street how they would do things. We have to start looking for folks that will help us with our horsemanship, challenge us, to be better, to improve, but not to make us feel stupid. Is not easy to find folks like that, but it's worth the look.
Cut off the back doors to my stock trailer yesterday after lessons and am having a new set put on this morning. My buddy from TX. Randy built them for me and they look cool... will take pictures if I don't for get... Coffee time.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.