So while little Tucker is currently curled up with my stuffed horse, Apollo, and sleeping, I thought I would go ahead and finish off part two of Sunday's blog by telling you what happened last week. Think of it as a sequel to Sunday's blog. Hey movies have sequels, why can't blogs? LOL
Last Monday, Marsha and I took Raider and Balou
over to Trey Young's facility. Trey is a local trainer who excels in the
natural horsemanship methods and has worked with several renowned
trainers such as Chris Cox. He's a really good teacher and really great
with the horses. I learned a lot in just the few hours we were there.
what we were there for was to expose the mustangs to cattle. Marsha had
done this with Splash a couple times before taking her to the Supreme
Makeover (sometimes during the trail course, one of the obstacles will
be riding around or even moving a cow or two), so this time was no
different. We each took turns playing around with moving and cutting the
small herd Trey had in the arena, during which Trey would occasionally
talk us through what to do and give us hints on how to make certain
maneuvers go smoother. Balou had fun, but he wasn't too interested in
the cattle. Raider on the otherhand, was a different story.
we let them see the cows, Raider kept an eye on them. Not in a
spooky/skittish way, but instead watched them with alert ears. I noticed
this and quickly realized that he was watching how they were moving.
Very rarely during the time we were there was he not watching them in
some way or another. When it came time for me to introduce him to moving
the herd, Trey told me to simply let Raider follow the herd before
slowly starting to push them. He followed them with perked ears for a
couple moments, but as soon as we started pushing them in different
directions, he started surprising everybody. He started pinning his ears
back and actually lunging at the cows like a real cow-horse! Pretty
soon, I had to try and keep him from lunging forward and biting the cows
so he would keep listening to me. At one point, we were pushing a
single cow from the herd down to the other side of the arena before
letting it go and he actually took off from a rollback and started
chasing it down the arena! Even some of the other guys that worked at
Trey's kept saying he had a natural cow-sense, which is surprising since
it's mostly bred into horses from performance lines (such as Sunfrost
lines, which is what Snazzy is out of-he's got some cow-sense too).
Needless to say, Raider had a blast showing me he could be a little cow
pony (hint for anybody who's looking for a future cow pony).
playing with the cows, Marsha and I took the mustangs to a smalltrail
set-up where Trey had a cowboy curtain (basically a tarp tied between
two trees and cut into strips), a tunnel, and a see-saw bridge that we
walked and rode them over. It took a little bit for Raider to walk
through the curtain but eventually he started walking through it like a
pro (albeit, still wary about it). Over all, it was a very good,
productive day and we both had a lot of fun. I asked Trey if at some
point I could bring Snazzy over and ride and he said he would be more
than happy to have us over. So once I get Snazzy up and going again
good, we'll be going over to his place and make a day of it.
rest of the week went smoothly too. We worked on my 90-second
Compulsory pattern, which all I have to show is walk, trot, canter,
backing up, 90-degree hind-quarter turn, and we're planning on a lead
change of some sort during the pattern. Right now, we're having some
troubles with his leads, but we're getting them fixed pretty quickly.
I'm still happy that Raider got his right lead and he going into it
We also picked out my freestyle song
and we're going to start playing around with what do in it this week.
So we've started riding too it and Marsha by the end of this week, we
should have a good idea of what we can do in the song. It's a really
good song and I'm very excited with what we're talking about doing in
the freestyle. We've also started teaching Raider how to lay down and
he's getting the idea pretty good, but he tends to get sticky in his
hind end (doesn't know where to put it lol), so it's been a little hard
Well, I guess that's all for now. I'll write
another blog either Saturday night or Sunday. Saturday is the BBHA Pink
show and we're going to take the mustangs there for the western
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