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“Make ’em do it”! When I was a youngster, that was the advice I got in working with horses. If a horse refused to do something, it was time to cowboy-up and make ’em do it. Thankfully I’ve learned different as I’ve gotten older. This story by Crissi McDonald does a great job of describing that better way of working with horses.
A few months after I’d attended one of Joe Wolter’s home ranch clinics, I got bucked off my gelding. I had a small window of time on a Saturday morning to ride, and I ignored some odd behavior. In about 10 minutes my horse threw me under the pasture fence. In thinking about what went wrong, I remembered the gelding seeming bothered when I tightened the cinch and that was unusual. I’d ignored it because I only had 30 minutes to ride. I called Joe and described what had happened and he told me the gelding was trying to tell me something. Here’s a short article from Joe’s newsletter asking us all to think about whether our horses are ready to ride before we climb aboard.
“The more positive experiences you share, the more trust between you, and the stronger the bubble. So, you stay positive, say please and thank you, and let the trust grow. Focus on the relationship; less correction and more direction.” When I was 12, I rode my horse Tiger along a railroad track between a boundary fence and the track. It was incredibly stupid because there was no way to get away if a train came — and a train came. I got off of Tiger and held him as the train appoached. The engineer kept blowing the whistle and Tiger trembled as I probably did. He was a 16 hand Quarter Horse – Thoroughbred cross and could have easily bolted, but he didn’t. Evidently our bubble was strong enough that day to avert disaster. Working on building that strong bubble is something I can work on every day, as Anna Blake explains here.
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