Waiting for me!
Good ride with Pepe yesterday. He still gets is pants in a wad sometimes but he seems to come back to calm faster each time. So that is good. Will ride again today. Getting him ready for the trip home with Laurie.
I have talked about barn sour horses and what causes it and what we can do to help our horse get over it or learn to deal with it. One of the things we do a lot around here is tie our horses up. Not tie them up like a kidnaper would, although there are times, but tying them to the rail. This happens here just about everyday here when a horse is in training. Why tie our horses? Good question again.
Consistently tying our horse, in a safe location, teaches a horse so many things. It teaches them patients. Yes it teaches them to wait for you. Some folks thing that, that is cruel and unusual punishment. The problem is people equate tying a horse to the rail with punishment. It’s not. It is a big part of a horse’s education, not punishment. This is, again, a case of the human putting human emotions on an animal that is not capable of understanding it. If you watch horses when they are together, which I have the opportunity to do everyday, you will notice that the will stand together, head to the tail of the other horse and……………. Do nothing. That’s right, they will stand next to each other and swish the flies from the face of their herd mate. They will stand there for hours and do nothing. When you tie your horse to the rail what does he do? He will stand there, fall asleep and do nothing for hours. So what’s the difference? The horse standing tied doing nothing is doing that for YOU. And he knows it. It teaches him to relax and wait for you.
I use this skill to teach the horse to not be in such a hurry to get back to the barn. Most folks when they get back from a ride will unsaddle their horse and feed him. Not here. When I get back from a ride I take my horse and tie him to the rail. I go and get something cold to drink and let him stand for a bit. This teaches him that when he gets back to the barn something is still going to happen. I don’t reward him for getting back to the barn by feeding him. This way he is no big hurry to get back to the barn cause there is going to be work there. Yes, he considers his being tied as work. I suggest that you teach your horse how to be tied before you attempt this. I have a program for this too..
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