We've had a couple of rainy days here at the ranch. Not complaining, but it does make working with horses a little tougher. Today we made up for lost time with a good workout in the arena. I got Cholla to just some barrels and continued to work on her ground skills.
Today she wore her fist "real' saddle and, handled it like a pro, no problem at all.
She will wear a saddle just about everyday she is here from now on. Just like you and me putting on our work cloths for the day, same will be true for her.
She also spent some time tied to the rail. She is still a little impatient, but that's to be expected. She's only two after all. But, she continues to improve and, is learning the best thing to do is catch some shut eye.
It is a real joy to watch a horse make progress. And, yes, its great when they do things like jump over barrels or wear a saddle for the first time. And, even standing tied it a great accomplishment. But, I'm talking about the things that most people would not even notice. Like, the first time a horse stands in the alley way to be unsaddled. And, does so without moving. Just waiting for you to give them direction. Or, the fist time a horse lowers their head to allow you to put on the halter and, keep their head their while you tie the knot.
There are so many things, little things, that go in to making a good horse. They don't lick it off the fence. They have to learn it. And, its up to us to teach them. Not just how to do a behavior but, teach them how to learn. Something they will use the rest of their lives in a two legged world.
Time for a refreshing beverage.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.