The Mighty Gray!
Yesterday was a pretty good day, well sort of. Let me explain.
My buddy Mark stopped by the barn when he was out on a ride. I was waiting for the boys to finish their breakfast so we could get started on training. Ask Mark if I could tag along with the Gray and he said of course. So, saddled him up and off we went. We got to the end of the pens when he came in to. Started bucking. I was able to say in the saddle for probably 8 seconds. Good rodeo ride. Then, he started to come over backward. I slipped my feet from the stirrups and hit the ground. Not hard, not hurt. The Gray just walked a few feet away and stopped. He just stood there waiting for me to come get him.
I'm not sure what set him off. I think it could be I was asking him to back up and a mesquite bush got him in the hind legs. Could have scared him. Don't know for sure. It was sure a surprise to me.
When you are starting young horses, stuff can, and usually does happen. It's not for everyone and am fortunate that nothing really bad happened. After I caught him we went on our ride. He did fine after that without any issues.
When we got back to the barn I put him in my " no bucking" program. Chances are good it will never happen again but, horses, all of em, have the ability to buck. We do all we can as trainers to never let a horse buck, but there are times when you have to let a horse buck so the horse will know it's not that great a thing. That's what my bucking program is designed to do. Some of the best horses I have ever owned I got, because they were bucking their owners off. Those same horses were on their way to the killers. If I didn't get them fixed they had no future.
I don't blame the horse for bucking, it's not his fault. But now I know. We, the horse and I, will ride out again today. I will let you know how it all goes.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.