Big day yesterday here at Mackie Redd Horsemanship Training Central.
Thunders mom came for a visit and she got a chance to work with her boy. Thunder is making really good progress and it was time for Cindi to catch up and catch up she did. We are working on exercises that will help to gain better control of Thunder. Thunder is a lot more horse then anyone knows. That could be the reason he was passed around in the valley. We hope that Cindi will be able to have the skills to help Thunder down the road. Cindi continues to work hard at the exercises and trying to understand why Thunder does the things he does, and I think she is getting it. Thunder is the type of horse that is always on the alert to any danger that may be around him. That’s in it self is not a bad thing, but if we can’t control his movement he could leave his rider laying on the ground wondering what happened. So that is our goal and I think we are well on our way.
Leo’s mom came over too and Donna got a chance to work with her horse in the round pen. When Donna first got this horse you could not catch him. She has worked with him to the point that he will at least face her and wait for her to come catch him but he would not take a step to come to her. I have been working with him on that. He has only been here a few days but he is doing better. You have heard of people stealing rides from horses? This is one of those horses. I would not ride this horse right now and it will probably be a week or more before I try. Donna was surpised because she has taken him for lots of rides, but I think she understands what I am talking about now that she could see him move and in action. Donna did a great job in the round pen working with her horse. Donna is starting to get the feel for how she needs to be around this horse and before she was done Leo was coming to her and following her around in the round pen. He has a ways to go but he is doing great.
We have a new addition to the barn, Cisco. He is a great little horse that Jene brought over for me to just work with a bit. She had not ridden him in awhile and the last time she took him out he almost bucked her off. He didn’t but she is a little nervous about getting back on him, so she asked me if I would work with him a bit. We have worked together in the round pen just once, to make sure I could catch him and I think he is going to be fine.
People often ask how I know what to do with so many different horse and problems. Here is the key. Have a program! I have a basic program that I put all horses into. I may have to tweak the program to help a horse with a certain problem, but I have a program. Most of the horses that come here have problems because they have never really been trained. Sure people have ridden them, they can make them get in a trailer, but most have never been train on how to act in the world of humans. Once that happens they are happier and so is the owner. Lots of horses make their own way in our world and we think they are trained and are safe, and they probably are for the most part, but these tend to be horses that have been around for a long time and have lots of experience in living. I find that most horses never get a chance to make it to a long life with one owner because they were never trained. So if you find your self with a horse that fits that description take the time, or get someone to help you. Attend a clinic or a demo and see if there is something you could add to your program to help you help your horses.
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