Had a nice morning riding with my pal Mark who lives out here on the ranch. We took his horse and Casino on a 2-½ hour ride in some pretty rough country. It goes up and down a lot. Casino is doing well. I’m surprised at how much horse is in such a little package. Because he is so short and small, his turning radius is pretty short so when he makes a turn or a move it’s pretty quick. He did well. He just needs more of it.
When we got back to the barn Mark’s horse, Pete, was ready to go home. He was standing there getting pretty upset that Mark would not head that way and when he gets like that he has a tendency to think about bucking. So Mark and I talked about it and Mark started flexing his horse at a stand still. Every time the horse started to walk off, with out permission, Mark would flex his head from side to side until Pete decided he just wanted to stand still. It only took a few minutes of that until Pete just cooled his jets and was happy to wait for Mark.
I teach this skill to all the horses that come here to me for training and all of my horses know this skill too. It’s important to have a way to get your horse to settle down and wait for you. Yes, you could do a lot of other things to get that done too, but it will require you to move your horse. What I have found is when we try to wear our horses out, in order to get them to stand still, they just get more stired up. You may want to give it a try at home.
The picture is of me ant Tim the Gray at Sue’s clinic a couple of weeks ago. I have been working with Tim to step up on a pedestal with his front feet. We have never done it with me on his back so I thought we would give it a try and, sure enough, he did it… was fun.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.