The horses are experiencing some difficulty in accepting the seasoning of traveling to different places. There is some frustration mixed with self preservation and at times confusion. As calm as they started it is a bit unusual that they are experiencing as much difficulty as they are. At the barn at home they are looking like trained horses it is just the anxiety of places that are strange to them. They are not together but when we are away from home with them they sure want to be close to each other.
This is just a spot to iron on and I expect it to not be an issue at all. Self preservation is strong in the wild horses as that is how hey survive. They do not like being put in places that they are not familiar with so going to a lot of new places is key to getting them comfortable.
The journey that Dennis and I have set out on has been teaching me alot lately. I am very pleased on how the two mustangs are coming along. Lately Dennis and I have been working on getting them feeling
soft but at the same time also retaining forward motion. Both of these things are vital tools that we are beginning to use in our favor. Without being able to control every muscle in their bodies we would be facing confusion between them and us when we ask them to do something.
We have been activating these tools by working them in circles while asking them to move their feet in different places and also riding them up into the bridle. These are just a few of the things we have been doing to prepare these horses for taking on more pressure as we progress with our training.
We only have 100 days to get these horses broke and seasoned, so it is a challenge. We can’t make these horses do anything that they do not feel comfortable doing. We have to be able to ask them to do it and then they must have trust in us to not ask them to do something that would put them in harms way. It takes a whole lot more to gain trust
and it only takes a second to lose it.
This past weekend we had the opportunity to take them to a cattle clinic that Dennis was putting on. This was the first time that they have ever seen a cow so it was a new thing for them. We had to have them trusting us so they wouldn’t be afraid of the calves when asked them to work them. Day by day we are working to gain that forward motion, soft feel, and most importantly gaining and retaining trust.
Ride Your Picture,
Dennis & Lance