Friday, January 7, 2011

*Simon Says, "I don't wanta!"

Simon and I had another lesson last night.  He's living in the big barn for now while he's too small to live with my big horses.  He has a stall with a big lean to behind it and a large run.  There's a big step down between the lean to and the run.  Simon's been up there for a week now and hasn't been out in his run.  I figured it was time he got out there.  So I put a lead rope on him and asked him to walk through the gate.  He wasn't really sure he wanted to so he balked.  He's not real sure he trusts me so I wasn't surprised that he balked.  I worked with him for a while and ended up reminding him what leading really means with a butt rope.  When I got him listening and focused on me, he did follow me through the gate.  I turned him loose when I got him though.  He was so cute running and bucking.  He's got just the most amazing movement!  He just floats along.  I left him to enjoy his freedom.  When I walked out, he followed me back through the gate and into his stall.  I think it was a good lesson, lol. 

7 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great turn-out situation for him. I bet he was so relieved that you showed him the way, and you scored some big brownie points with him.

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  2. Tell Simon he hasta LOL. He is a funny little boy! I did some work with his mom the other day - she is a lovely mare - more to follow on that when I get time!

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  3. Isn't it amazing? Sounds like easy basics, but it is hard work to get them that far!

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  4. You are SO right Caren - it is a LOT of work with a horse from start to finish!
    Shelly
    www.curlystandardplace.com

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  5. We pretty much had the same lesson tonight though it took half as long to get him to go down into his run. Such a smart boy!!

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  6. Emmy,
    Sounds like he is making great progress with your patient, calm, leadership. Keep up the good work.
    Angie

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  7. Emmy! Simon sounds amazing!! He is lucky to have you as his human!!! I so dont understand how people out there can say these amazing creatures are "livestock"!! Keep up the CurlyRiffic work

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