Kathy and Barrs!
Kathy and I had a nice weekend in Kingston NM, riding in town for the New Mexico Centennial celebration. Kathy and I and our good buddy Mark were the only ones in town on horses and it was fun to see the reaction of folks, who don’t get to see horses everyday. Then, Kathy and I played music for the folks on the stage they had set up behind the lodge.. Was a good weekend and was nice to see Kathy horseback again.
This morning is Stan’s, one of my riding students, first long ride outside the arena. He is pretty excited. We will ride from Ted’s barn to our house and then haul the horses back in the trailer. Will try to take pictures, if I remember.
Casino and I had a really good session last Friday. He is doing great. He is walking by things that he use to look at and get a little nervous. He still looks but I can feel that he is not near as nervous as he has been in the past. He is a young horse. Not in years necessarily, but he has a young mind, an immature mind. What do I mean by that. Horses usually as they get older, will start to mellow, slow down and not be as worried about things as they did when they were older. And this is true of Casino, but just about everything is brand new to him every time he sees it. That part is getting better but you can feel, sense that he is not sure of himself. He lacks confidence that his age should have given him. So is there something wrong with the horse? Not at all. Horses are like us. Some of us are not sure of ourselves, we lack confidence or courage. Some of us get that in time, some of us never do. The same is true of horses. It is their personalities. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just a thing that we have to keep in mind when working with them and around them. I have a horse Tim the Gray. He is around 9 years old or so and has seen a ton of stuff in his time. But the other day when we were riding we came to one of those green electrical boxes that are out here on the ranch, and he jumped. He didn’t jump far, I stayed on, but we have been by that box a ton of times and he has sniffed, eaten by, stood by them so many times I can’t count. So, why did he just about jump out of his skin when we came by this box, this time? Who knows. But, because of his training he did not run off. He jumped and then waited for me to tell him what to do.
But this is one of the things I know about him. So, I have to watch out for him, help him when we come to those kinds of places and make sure that he sees them and that I’m ready. Most horses will get passed stuff like that, some horses never do.
It’s our job as a trainer, a leader, to understand what our horses can and cannot handle and try to help them past them. Time, it all takes time.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.