Jene and Casino!
The Gray horse we have here in training has made some major improvement the passed two days.
I always keep a new horse in the round pen for at least a day to make sure I can catch them. Then I will move them to one of the stalls or the larger paddock. Well the Gray horse has stayed 3 days in the round pen. Why you ask? He has been trying to jump out of the 6 ft. tall pen. I was not sure if this is something that I should mention here in my blog, but you may as well hear it, in case it ever happens to you.
Horses will do this when they are: 1. Afraid or 2. Very insecure. In this horse’s case it is his insecurity. This horse, to my understanding, has lived a very protected life. He has always been around other horses and in a very protected area, barn. The round pen that we use is with in spitting distance from the other horses here. I know cause I have spit that far, when I was younger of course. He can see the other horses, but he would still pace and when I would show up to feed he would set back and rear up to where his front hoofs were on the top rail of the round pen.
The past two days has seen a real break thru with this horse and his insecurity. How so? Horses are looking for a leader in the herd. Once they find out that they are not the leader they are, usually, willing to give up their place and allow you to be that leader. Of course, that means you have to be a good leader or they will take that position back. Once this horse realized that his attempts to get out of work by trying to avoide the work, only resulted in more work, he quickly gave up his place in the herd of two and settled down. He went from a horse who was worried and nervous, to a horse that stood quietly tide to the rail. I will keep working with him to build his confidence in himself and being alone so that he can relax when other horses are not around.
The big Yellow horse continues to make really good progress. He now wants to pull you in the trailer with him. That’s a good thing. Before it took the owner over 2 hour to get him loaded to bring him to me. He is a very calm horse, which comes with it’s own set of issues you have to address. His unwillingness to move when asked, but that is all improving. His owner will be here tomorrow to work with me so that I can get them both on the same page. Looking forward to that.
I take my camera to take pictures for you all but the battery is about toast. I ordered another the other day and I hope it will be here to day..
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.