Originally Posted by kevinshorses
I have started my new cowboy job this week. I'm living in a camp on a Forest Service grazing allotment and working for a cattlemans association. My job is to keep the cattle off the roads and away from riparian areas (streams rivers and ponds) and campgrounds. I am allowed to have up to 6 head of horses. Luckily, I have been able to get 5 head of outside horses to train to supplement my wages.
The reason I have posted this in the training section is that I have come to realize that 90 percent of the problems people are having with thier horses are due to a lack of riding and not necessarily a lack of training. For instance, I am riding a little bay mare for a young woman and the horse though that water was going to melt her hooves right off but in less than a week she looks for water and wades right in and sticks her face in up to her eyeballs. I did not round pen her nor did I form any kind of bond with her. I didn't get off and lunge her or whisper to her. I got her good and tired before I ever ask her to step across water and I set it up so she couldn't refuse. I then ask her to cross several times during the 5 hours I was riding her. Toward the end she was not high-headed, pushy or terribly buddy sour not to mention crossing any stream or bog like a champ.
Great post Kevin, and very true! I remember attending a John Lyons seminar where he did a bit of a spoof of two horses talking to eachother. One horse was an older horse telling the youngster that back in the "old" days, they were ridden all day, not just an hour. Saddles stayed on all day, they had to stand tied sometimes for hours while the cowboy fixed a fence. Actually were ridden in the RAIN! Saddle blankets got very wet from riding.
He went on a bit more but you get the drift. That's why he said most ranch horses had few issues. They learned to conserve their energy for work not shenanagins!