Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
I'm not a pro, but our mares would be bored crazy if they were stuck doing ring/ground work for an extended period. There are times, however, that due to weather or whatever, we need to change our activities/plans, so we...
- Are always flexible. Horses have off days, too, and some things just won't work on a particular day. Be the boss, but realize when it's time to switch to something else. Better that you make the choice before your horse does.
- Always end on a 'good note', even if it's something very easy and/or simple.
- Never get into a 'fight' with your horse. Everyone gets frustrated and loses.
- Especially with very repetative work and/or young ones, be sensitive to the difference between being lazy/not wanting to work and exceeding their attention span.
Most of it comes down to being a leader/teacher instead of just the boss/task master, IMHO.
On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.