Casino's big boy cloths!
Casino, you will remember is here cause he tried to buck off his owner. Why he did it or why he does it, who knows. The important thing is that he is taught that bucking is not acceptable behavior. That’s what we worked on the day before and yesterday, when I saddled him up and asked him to lunge around me he did not buck. That is a great sign that he understood the lesson. I will keep an eye out for any indication that he is thinking about bucking and if so we will repeat the lesson. Now we can focus on the rest of his fundamentals ….
Leo still is a little nervous. Well, he is still REALLY nervous but he is trying to understand what is asked of him. Yesterday I asked him to side pass down the rail and at first he freaked out, trying to get away, but as soon as he figured out what I was asking he settled down and did the exercise like he had been doing it for years. He’s got a ways to go but it looks promising.
Thunder. Long day!
Thunder had a good day under saddle yesterday. I notice that when you up the speed, from a walk to a trot, he would try to exert is own ideas about where he should go. That usually happens when a horse does not have much of a foundation. So we trotted for, a long time, until he settled down and started to focus on what I wanted. He did so well that I thought I would take him outside for a short ride. I took him up behind the barn away from his herd mates to see what would happen. He was a little nervous of things out side, a tire, a drinker, a green tree. But every time he took his attention off of what we were doing I gave him something else to think about, going around bushes, lots of them, in tight turns. I got him up where he could not see the barn or his buddies. One of the problems he has had is not wanting to leave the barn. He had no problem and when we got to the top of the hill, he was happy to just stand there. Good progress…
I wanted to share a video that a sweet woman Jill did of the work that Kathy and I are doing training horses and training people.
I hope that you will take a few minutes to view the video and let me know what you think. This is the first time that anyone has shown enough interest in what we do to take the time, so please take a look and let me know what you think. Good or bad.
Coffee? Yes PLEASE!
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.