Yesterday started out with tractor trouble.. you will remember how much I was complaining about having to go after hay? Well I use the tractor to get the hay off the trailer.. It has had a fuel leak for quite some time. The roads out here are pretty rough and I have to drive the tractor about 8 miles from Ted's, where I do all the outside horse's training, to my house to get hay off the trailer for his barn and ours... because the road is so ruff... stuff seems to come off the tractor...and then I have to put it back on.. well the fuel valve on the bottom of the fuel tank had shaken loose... so I had to take it off.. now you would think that would not be a deal... well you would be thinking wrong... the spot where the valve is located must have been put there by a five year old, cause you can hardly get a grown hand it that spot...anyway it was a mess.. diesel fuel all over me all over the place... a mess... I'm no mechanic... I can get stuff done but this is not one of my favorite things to do... well I was in the middle of all that when Stan came over for his riding lesson... so let me talk about that for a bit...
this was his 3rd lesson. The first lesson was on the back of a 55 gal. drum.. it is a great tool to explain the mechanics of riding. I think that people make the process of riding way to complicated. Having said that, riding, in certain disciplines , can be very complicated and take years to master, but to just go down a trail is not that complicated. It is however very important that a new rider understand how a horse travels and learn to feel the horse's rhythm and learn how to get in sync with that rhythm. That too takes time and effort... Stan's second ride was on a horse that we have here who is a great teacher..... I taught Stan how to mount a horse and how to dismount a horse safely.. another skill that I don't think most people have.. then I lead him around the round pen and had him just think about the horse's movement and find that timing... he did ok...his third ride yesterday was again horse back but this time he went on his own... he could not get the horse to move forward... he was squirming around on him and telling him to get going, which the horse has no idea what he is talking about, so he was having some real trouble understanding what I was trying to teach him.. so I had him get off and I showed him that the horse has no problem going forward... and tried to get him to understand that HE was the problem and he would have to work on HIM....I think he understood.. Stan is a real thinker and sometimes he thinks to much.. and like most people make a simple thing very hard because they think to much about it.. He has a long way to go before we are out on the trail but he is determined to learn to ride and learn to ride well.....
Back to the tractor... finally got the valve out and repaired and reinstalled later that morning then had to do some dirt work around the barn for Ted.. then Kathy helped me get the tractor back to the house. Will go after hay later this week for our barn.
Ok NOW Coffee..
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.