Kathy's horse Barz!
Today the horses and I will have a couple of visitors. That’s always good around here. We don’t get much company this far out.
Ilene will be here to work with her horse and a friend Lee, is coming with her to work on her round pen skills. Lee has seen me work a couple of times and is very interested n the method I use in the round pen, to establish myself as leader in the herd of two.
Tenawa, Ilene’s boy, is coming along. I found out yesterday that he is more dominate then I thought. I was cleaning his pen yesterday morning, when I walked behind him I noticed that he was acting differently. I did not give much more then a thought and went about my business. When I came back into the area where he was eating he looked at me and penned his ears. That is a dominate display, one that a horse uses when he’s telling another horse he better get away from his food. Well, we can’t have that around here so I ran him out of his eating area. Then I worked with him trying to get him to come to me. He was defiant, throwing his head around and trying to avoid getting caught. Another sign of dominance. After a few minutes he did come to me. I gave him a good rub and told him what a good boy he was, for letting me catch him, and let him go back to eating.
To punish him for what happened earlier would have been a waste of my time and energy. He would not of had a clue why he was getting in trouble at that point. Horses live in the moment. That’s why being so alert, intuitive to what a horse is doing is sometimes the key to getting to do it another day.
Horses will tell you where they are in their training if you listen and pay attention. Folks that don’t, usually get hurt. He has a long ways to go, Tenawa that is, and like I have said many, many times, 30 days is not very long to figure things out.
Bop/Buddy is doing better and better. He still can get a little wound up but he seems to come down off his adrenalin quicker each time. Will ride him today as well as more ground work.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.