Had a good weekend. Kathy and I got to play a lot of music, which is always a blast.
The horse we got in on Friday is settling in. I moved him from the round pen to a stall on Saturday. I keep them in the round pen till I know that I can catch them. I worked with him a bit after Lori, is owner, left for home on Friday morning, just enough so he could get to know me a bit. For this horse, so far anyway, I think that his problems have to do with respect and knowing who the leader is. This should not be a big deal; you just have to be willing to teach a horse that lesson and it takes a little time. I’m excited to see how he turns out.
Casino continues to do well. The great thing about having a horse here for 60+ days, is you really get to know who he is. Most of us only get to spend a little time with our horses every day. If we have real jobs or a family, we only have so much time to spend with them. They, the horse, on the other hand, have all day to be with his herd mates. It’s little wonder then that they would rather be with other horses then with humans. So in order for us to teach a horse where is place is in the herd, when we step in the pen, requires that the time we do spend with our horses is well spent. That the reason I talk so much about having a program. A way, a method of working with the horse, so he understands where is place is and how he is to act, and not re-act. What I have learned about Casino is, he is a very shy horse. He is also very suspicious of humans and what they are doing or what they are going to do. It takes a kind yet firm hand, to work with him. He is smart and physically very quick. So, staying calm when working with him is a must, so that he stays calm. I think that as he grows older he will mellow, like the rest of us I guess, and that will all work to the advantage of the owner and rider.
Time, time, time, it all takes the magic pill.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.