Lance and I just finished today on the Mustangs. Last Sunday at cowboy church the became officially domesticated as we took their neck tags off and named them. The gray one is named Rainbow Bright and the brown mare of lances is named Starbucks. On Saturday we road them at the ranch horse show at lake Saint Louis. They were quite bothered about being separated from each other at the show but they worked through it and they now have their second trip to town under their saddle so to speak.
Sunday during the service I laid Rainbow Bright down for the first time and she laid there quietly for quite a while. This did her a lot of good and was a boost for her confidence.
Today we worked at getting forward motion with a soft feel on the bridle. This is something that we will work on every day from here on out. We will also work on riding them separately to deal with the separation anxiety.
The mustangs are really starting to come around. They have done this
in several ways. They are starting to fill out and gain weight. They
also have been getting a better hair coat as their nutrition has been
balanced out along side the daily brushing we do. We have been working
on getting forward motion as well as control of all four feet so we
can use this as a tool when it comes to expanding our training with
The past weekend we had the opportunity to take them to the MoRHA horse show that
was in our back yard practically. We did not actually show them
in the show but were able to put experience on them in a different
They are very attached to each other so we worked on getting them
attached to us while under pressure instead of being attached to each
other. I believe that taking them down to the city and getting them
the experience was very beneficial to them.
This past Sunday they were the message of Hope Givers Cowboy Church.
During the service we were able to ride them giving them more
experience among people. Usually it is pretty quiet in the barn when
we work them so this was a big change for them to have 25 other people
all sitting in lawn chairs around the barn. After working with them we
had the ceremony of removing the neck tags that they wore when we
received them. The taking off of the tags was a symbol of them going
from wild to domestic horses.
Ride Your Picture,
Dennis Cappel & Lance Dixon