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Russ and Sherry headed out this morning for home.. We sure had a good time with them and we are hoping that they will come back next year. We will see them in a couple of months at the WVF. That's always fun too but they are pretty busy that time of year and we just don't get to pick with each other like we would like. So this was very nice.
Sherry and Shelby took a riding lesson from me yesterday, and I was reminded of some things. Was reminded that horses will act or react a certain way with different people. I had Sherry ride Quatro. It takes a little to get him going at first, especially if he knows you don't have riding skills.. Sherry as only ridden twice in her life so she really does not know how to ride, and she would be the first one to tell you that... It took her a bit but it was not long before Quarto figured out she meant business... and she did fine.. Learning to neck rein a horse and how to ride with her seat and less with her hands.
Shelby who is 17, and has only ridden twice did a good job too. I put her on my horse, Car, cause it does not take much to get him going. I felt that Shelby did not have a lot of energy in her body so, I thought, that it would be easier for her to get Car to move forward. But I was wrong. As they went around the arena Car would just stop. I gave Shelby some ideas on how to get him to move forward but he wouldn't. It was then that I realized that she really did not want to go forward and Car could feel that... So he would not move... She thought that she was doing all the things to get him to move, but deep down inside of her, she was done, and the horse knew it... I let her sit there for a bit and just worked with Sherry... After a little time she started in again and this time she was really doing the things that I had taught her... and off they went with little or no problem... I guess what I'm trying to say is if your horse will not do what you are asking from the saddle... chances are pretty good you are not really asking. You think you are but your really not... example.. asking your horse to move forward and when you do you pull back on the reins... Like stepping on the gas peddle and pushing on the brake at the same time.... Won't be long and your horse won't know what you want and will stop trying... So if my horse is not doing what I ask.. I try, to ask myself... What am I doing wrong, cause that is usually where the problem lyes...
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.