Tucson? Meet Marge!
Had a great day with Tucson! We are starting to take long rides outside the arena, and Tucson continues to make really good progress. He is still a little frightful of new things, mail boxes, green electrical boxes, rabbits, but he does not try to bolt away from them. He just gives them the “eye” and we continue on our way.
One thing, when you are training a colt or any other horse that has not had a good start, sometimes horses need to go to learn they don’t have to go! By that I mean, most horses have never had the chance to really stretch their legs for any distance. We will usually trot them for a little ways, or, like my friend Hanna, canter them long enough to find something to jump, but they don’t usually get to trot or any real distance. When riding Tucson, not long after leaving the barn, he had the need to trot so, he trotted the rest of the 6 miles ride. When we got back to the barn, he was in no hurry. He is learning that if he trots, or does anything else with our permission, when we are riding, he could wined up doing it for a long time. This teaches a horse to wait for direction, rather then just choose for himself or herself how fast to go. The problem is most folks don’t have the skill, or desire to trot that long, but it’s really what the horse needs.
On our ride, I stopped by the home of my Saddle Pal Marge. I have written about Marge in the past, many times. She and I use to ride together, helping the ranch manager, Charles and his wife Nancy, along with Butch, gather cattle. I remember when we started out Charles would tell me to keep track of her, make sure she does not get in a wreck. Before the season was over, almost a year, Marge had become a hand. A good enough hand that Charles would send her out on her own to cover country. Believe me, a ranch manager won’t send you out on your own if he’s not sure you can do it.
Marge is having some real issues with her back and, for now, is not able to ride. I thought she would enjoy meeting Tucson. She said she missed the sweat of a horse. I tell ya, me and the horses have missed her.
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