Saturday I had a lesson with a rail bird from our Aug. clinic in the valley, Andrea. We had a great time, with her little mustang horse. Andrea has been planning this trip over here ever sense Aug. After the clinic she contacted me to ask how much I charged if she came to my place for a, one on one lesson. She then started preparing her horse for the trip. Her horse did not know how to load in a trailer and she worked on it right up till Saturday, when she came over, and had no problems loading or unloading her pony when she got here.
We started at the beginning with both of them. I watched as Andrea worked her horse in the round pen, and to tell you the truth, there was a lot that she was doing very well. I pointed out what I thought she could work on and we started in on it. After two hours her horse was much calmer, then when she got here, and Andrea was more confident then before she got here.
I think the biggest thing when working with your horse is, your horse has to work. I often say that the quickest way to a horses head is thru his lungs. What that means is your horse has got to start breathing before they will listen to you. The quicker you understand that a dominate horse in the herd will make a subordinate horse move if they are not behaving like the leader wants, then they are going to move, and sometimes I have seen the lead horse chase another horse for hours, until the sub. horse gets the message. So you are going to have to work at it, not YOU, but your horse. The other thing is, make it very simple for your horse. Just work on one thing at a time. With the method that I use I am working on one thing at a time but it is a piece of a much larger puzzle. The thing is, the horse does not know that, and by the time we are done, the horse has learned a lot of little pieces, that in time, will all connect to much bigger things. If you have been to one of my clinics or have worked with me one on one you know what I'm talking about. So, again, take your time, make it simple for your horse and you won't believe what will happen for you, and your horse.
Another Rail Bird brought Andrea out to our place Saturday, Dave. Dave will tell ya that he has some years on him, but he loves horses. They have always been a big part of his life, but because of his age he's not sure if he should get another horse. I have met lots of folks in that place in their lives, some of them pretty young, but I don't think that you have to ride a horse to own a horse. Shoot, I have a bird dog, but don't hunt birds. So I encouraged Dave to take a look at that. I'm a firm believer in the saying, "there is a horse for every job and job for every horse". You don't have to ride a horse for a horse to know that he is needed and has a job. There are competitions were folks do nothing but work their horses thru an obstacle course. And they have these events all over the world.
If you find yourself in that place where you just can't ride anymore remember, there are lots of horses out there looking for a place to be and someone to be with, so think about it.
Now time for coffee.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.