Well, I am sitting here with a black eye today (but still you have to love them…….horses I mean). In my last report I was telling you about my progress with my little ‘extrovert’ horse, well everything was going so well……..So I decided to sit on him in the arena, unfortunately my confidence was not matched by his and taking fright at the latest stage in his training, he did what is natural for horses in the wild when something attaches itself to their back, he bucked! Well I have never ridden rodeo and I certainly dont think I managed 8 seconds, probably more like 3. My involuntary dismount came in line with our prickly hedge, the springy branches broke my fall but the prickles were another matter. Luckily all I hurt seriously was my pride and it reminded me to write again to tell you that as I had previously thought, I was going too fast with my youngster. I told you all to be patient before and now I am telling myself. It is not our God given right to ride horses it is a privilidge and a partnership that we need to work on every day! Tomorrow is another day so we will be trying again soon…….
Archive for May, 2011
As instructors here in the office of Equestrian Escapes we are often asked for tips and advice relating to the training of young horses. The answer is there is no simple answer! Like all animals every horse is an individual and so even the best thought out training plans can come to nothing when presented to your equine youngster. That doesnt mean that you make no plans but what you need to plan on is flexibility especially in terms of how long it is going to take you to achieve each stage of your training plan. Horses always benefit from time and the investment of your time in the very early stages of training will be more than repaid to you in the years to come. Start by making sure your horse is completely relaxed in your presence, make sure you can put the head collar on and off easily and that you can groom him all over. Some horses will be happy with this on day one, some will take days the odd one will take weeks! This is the hardest bond to achieve but once this is totally secure everything else should be plain sailing! I have recently been training two half brothers but they couldnt be more different in terms of confidence. They were both born here and have lived here all their lives, they have both been handled and looked after in exactly the same way one is extrovert, loves human contact and is as brave as a lion and the other is introverted, is concerned by even the smallest of changes in his daily routine and who has been suspicious of humans since the day he was born! (Did I mention you need lots of patience!) The introverted horse took me at least a month to sit on, the extrovert horse I sat on first time yesterday on only his third training session (I wouldnt advise doing things this quickly but sometimes you just can!). The introverted horse incredibly is much more confident under saddle (thank goodness!) and is a pleasure to ride however he remains rather tense at times handling him in his stable, but as soon as you have a bridle on him he visibly relaxes. I will report at a later date about the extrovert horse, if he is so relaxed when being handled will riding him have the opposite effect on him (gulp………I hope not) watch this space.