Tenawa tied to the rail!
So, you’ve got your horse so he will stand tied to a safe place in your arena. You’re able to let him stand tied for say, 1 hour or so. Keep this up for several days in a row, if you can. You can add more time as he gets better and more comfortable at being tied up. This is the key to your horse learning to wait on you.
Horses that get used in the cowboy world will spend most of their time tied to a rail on in hobbles somewhere. When you get to the pens there are things that need to be done to get ready to work cattle and you will do most of that a foot. So, your horse will have to know how to stand tied without pulling back and breaking your reins. If you want to go to a roping, your horse will have to learn to stand tied to the trailer and wait for his turn to go. If you are a barrel racer, your horse will have to stand tied until it’s his turn to race. If you ride trail, your horse will have to learn to stand tied while you take care of necessary business behind a bush from time to time.
This is a skill that is worth taking the time to teach.
What if your horse wants to paw the ground while being tied up. There are many things you can do to help your horse get over this, but what I have found to be the best is just let him alone. If you have worked him before you tie him up, he will be ready for a rest. And, once he sees the value of being tied to the rail he will quickly learn that it’s a good time to sleep. Most of the time, not all the time, but most of the time the bad habit of pawing the ground will go away in time.
Tenawa’s owner was here yesterday for a couple of hours to see her boy and to work with him. We worked on his round pen skills and showed her what she would need to do when she takes him home. Ilene did a great job and could see areas where she could make improvement. Next week when she comes back we will work on his ground skills and teach her what Tenawa knows. I think they are going to make a great team.
The Gray horse known as Bop of Buddy is doing great as well. We spent a lot of time yesterday working on his ground skills. After the day where he thought he could go wherever he wanted, he has really settled down to trying hard to understand what I want and then giving it to me.
Next week both horses will get saddled and start working these exercises with their working cloths on.
Found my camera yesterday so hope to have more pictures of the boys working.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.