Tempestad ("Tempest") is the
name of Gails three year old filly by Dr. Thunderbask.
She is strong endurance wise, exerts very little effort and is
highly trainable. Work doesn't bother her and she always has
her ears forward, a good sign. She is going to make a good horse.
Each ride starts and ends the same. I saddle her for about an
hour and a half before the ride. Here, she is learning to stand
and not paw or fidgit. I am surprised she has taken so long but
she seems to be getting the picture. She gets unsaddled at the
end of the ride and tied for at least an hour. It's amazing what
they learn and how it carries over into the ride. She will receive
this throughout her 4 year old year. One thing to remember: don't
tie her in or close to her own pen. Always tie her away so she
doesn't get to think about being tied in her own pen.
Tying her at the end of the ride is more important than before
the ride. Tying her at the beginning helps to take some of the
freshness off of her. The value after the ride is that she doesn't
get to look forward to being released into her own pen when she
returns to the barn. Boring. Too bad. What does this eliminate?
Easy, the dancing and pushing near the end of the ride.
It is very important to be consistent with this technique and
any other habit you want to develop. The horse is a creature
of habit and we allow habits knowingly and unknowingly to be
developed by the horse, good or bad.