A day at the office!
Got a little sad news over the weekend. Our vet. back in Kansas, his father passed away Saturday. I have started a few horses for Dr. Bill and one for his father. His mother and father were in the rodeo business as trick riders, back in the day. I know that Bud will be missed by many, but not near as much as he will by his grandkids.
Charlie is doing great. We are working on opening gates, so he will have that skill down well before he heads for home. Now that he has shoes on we will be spending about half our time, in training, riding outside. There comes a point in a horses training when he needs to get out in the world and see how it all works. So we will start to do that more and more as he gets closer to going home. He has made some major strides in the past few days. I think I told everyone that his owners are hunters, and they would like him to be use to the sound of a gun going off. Well, we have been working on that as well. He does a little better each time. My goal is to get him to just stand when he hears the sound of the stock whip cracking around him. He still moves a bit, but not much, and I'm hoping that will get better and better as we go along.
I do not suggest or encourage anyone to take their horse out with a gun and start shooting it, or a stock whip for that matter, and start cracking it. I have spent the first month of his training, getting him ready for this event. I have done that by using a stick and string, striking it on the ground. Easy at first, and making it harder and louder, as we go along. If you were to just take a gun a fire it over your horse's head, it might work, but my bet is, it won't. Like everything in a horse's life my goal it to try to prepare him for what will come next. You can't mimic every situation, but you can do your best to get him ready for some, and, you can sure help him understand what to do if something goes wrong, or if it's something he does not understand. And that is to do nothing, just stand there and wait for me, the human, to tell you what to do. So you may want to think about preparing your horses for things that may come up, like. Someone on a bicycle, or someone wearing a back pack, or little kids. You may be surprised at what seems like a little thing to you, can be a very big thing to your horse.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.