Kevin the cow dog!
You may remember Tim. He is the horse I got cause he was bucking people off. I thought I would give you and update on him. I ride him just about everyday, mostly while giving riding lessons. He continues to be calm and relaxed while he and I give directions on riding in the arena. I got Tim while I was day working a bunch and never really had a chance to put him in a training program. You can ride him, well I should say, I never had a lot of problems riding him, but he was never in the ground school program, which I think is one of the most important facets of a training program. We started from the very beginning and , because I'm not in any big hurry, not getting paid for this one, I am forcing myself to take my time. When you are training for a living folks only want you to have their horse for a set amount of time, say thirty or sixty days. Some will leave them longer but most folks are not willing to swallow that magic pill, time, cause it cost money. So you only have a limited time to get as much done as you can so when they go home they will have a better chance of getting along with their owner. That means you have to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time. But here, with Tim, I don't have that worry. I teach, at clinics and private lessons, that if you are not having to hurry then don't. I have been doing this with Tim. So when we are working on a particular skill and he does it well, I move on to the next skill or I quit. Yesterday I only spent about fifteen, maybe twenty minutes. He was doing the skill good so what a great time to stop. I think that is something I have learned from doing clinics, and visiting with folks after they are over. I have found out that folks don't know when to quit. They feel that if they are doing a good job, the horse that is, that they should do it again, and again, and again. And the horse is saying "what more do you want? I'm doing what you asked. Is this ever going to be over?" So I try to not put a time limit on how long I will work. Some days are longer then others, some shorter. What I try to do is read my horse and listen to what he is trying to tell me. I often tell people, when they are working their horses, that if you think your horse is tired? He probably isn't. You probably are but the horse is probably ok. Horses can go a lot longer then we can, so try to listen to when your horse is telling you, "I can't do this exercise much better, today, then I am right now." Takes time to learn this but you will....
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.