Going to School

…well lately I’ve been speeding up the training with my mustang. I am still trying to make it as playful as possible, and always end on a good note. I have the opportunity to spend much more time with him now, and we usually have several short training sessions every day. Short sessions often works better for young horses, it’s also much easier to keep it fun for them. It is very important that they enjoy this time, since it can shape how they feel about work, and their time with humans for the rest of their life.

Earlier today I shared another photo on Instagram showing how comfortable Rebel is with a saddle now. I am saddling him up almost every day, for a few minutes only. To make him feel completely comfortable with the saddle, and the process of getting ready for a ride (SOON.)

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I often start young horses with a bitless bridle (without a bit in their mouth.) My experience is that it makes them more relaxed. With Rebel I am making an exception. Why? Because he loves to have things in his mouth. He likes to pick things up, and explore new things with his mouth. The other day I bought a new, very mild, snaffle bit for him. To make the experience a positive one I’ve rubbed the bit with apple juice, and put it in his mouth. After that I placed a bucket with some feed in the pen with him, and let him eat, and get comfortable with a bit in his mouth. I’ve done this twice now, and it’s very easy to put a headstall on him. He lower his head, and opens his mouth.

I believe he is comfortable. I am going to do this a few more times, before asking him to give in to the pressure of the bit (put reins on the headstall and ask him to turn in different directions.)

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I feel very positive about the progress Rebel is making. I love that he always wants to do things, that’s a great trait in a horse 🙂 I am excited to see how far we can take our partnership. He is intelligent, surefooted, brave, got a strong body (legs/back,) and  a big heart. I am interesting in exploring what’s possible. I truly believe that our greatest limits are the ones we’re setting for ourselves.

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. – Albert Einstein

I hope YOUR day is awesome!

/Maria

4 thoughts on “Going to School

  1. Hi Maria, he looks beautiful, and maybe a bit cheeky… what training method are you using to train him? I have a friend he’s a master horseman and he has produced 4 training videos which may help you, let me know if you would like to know more about him… Cheers, George

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