"My new shoes!"
Yesterday Charlie and I tried out his new shoes. We continue to work on some basic skills like, turning, stopping, walking, trotting and loping a straight line and he makes improvement everyday.
Yesterday, while he was standing and resting, I took my rope down and threw it out three or four times. I have been preparing him for this for sometime now. I'm not sure if his parents will ever rope off of him but they may need to drag fire wood to camp or they may need to rope one of their other horses or mules, to lead them home, so this is a good skill to have. He did pretty good. He did not move his feet, which is the goal. Today we will do more of the same, but this time we may drag a tarp or barrel around the arena so he will understand why I'm throwing the rope.
We have also been working with the stock whip. If you have never heard a stock whip cracked, it makes a sound much like a rifle or gun. Charlie will someday be used to take folks on hunting trips and he needs to understand, that when he hears that noise, his job is to just stand still. He was a little frighten at first, when we started a couple of days ago, but it did not take him very long to figure out that his job was to just stand still. Like I said, we will continue to work at this till he goes home.
Today more of the same. I have a friend coming out, Don, who use to be around horses a lot, but in is later years he has not had the chance. So he is going to come out, from town, and watch me work with the colt, so that should be fun.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.