Working with Mara!
Had a good day yesterday with Casino and Tim the Gray. Some folks may wonder why I am working with Tim, isn’t he a finished horse? And that is a good question. We talked about this at the clinic. To tell you the truth, I have never owned a horse, and I have had my share, that didn’t have something that needed to be worked on. Tim is a great horse. We got Tim because he was bucking people off and he was headed to the sale barn, which meant he was heading to the end of the trail. Kathy and I saw something in Tim. He was good on the ground and was not a pushy horse. So it took us a year to finally get the owner to call us back, but she did and here we are. Like I said, Tim is great, but he still needs help in some areas and that’s what we are working on.
We are getting really nice emails back on the clinic and how much everyone learned, in spite of the weather, and they are talking about doing something again before the years is out. Kathy and I are looking forward to that.
We have a private clinic coming up in a couple of weeks and we are pretty excited about that. I hope that we will have pictures of that too.
One thing that keeps coming up, weather doing clinics or private lessons, is the need to be consistent and take our time when working with horses. I often tell folks that horses don’t wear watches and their concept of time is not the same as ours. Having said that, I also tell folks to take a watch or a clock to the arena when they go. I do, and the reason I do it is I don’t have a very good enteral clock. So I will be working a horse and think to myself, “I have sure been at this a long time” only to look at the clock and realize that I have only been working at it for 5 minutes or so.. Most of the time it’s me that gets tired way before the horse does, or I don’t give my horse the chance to rest like I should. So wear a watch or do what I do and get a big clock you can hang in the arena or round pen, and let your horse rest as long as he works, you won’t believe the difference it will make in your horse.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.