From the greenest of the green to those more advanced and comfortable with what they were doing, I am always amazed at how this style of horsemanship includes everyone. We do not need to work on levels and classes for everyone to get something right where they are at. After spending 2 1/2 days inside the arena working on basics, we went outside to see if it all worked. Lo and behold, it did. As the life was brought up in their horses, everyone was able to handle it successfully.
It has been my observation that one the greatest hinderances to people enjoying a ride with the horse; what to do with the high animated life that comes up through those feet. Hopefully, everyone left with some understanding and tools to help in that area.
Weston Equine Services
June 2-3 2012
Weston Equine Services, LLC
June 25, 2011
This dun gelding in the following photos is what is commonly referred to as green broke. He is one of those that is real easy to be around and handle. However, he has never made a viable connection to the human and mostly ignores them. Because a horse of this type is fairly easy to get along with they become overloaded by our requests and never really get a chance to express themselves which causes further shutdown. When asked to do something that was uncharted territory for him he really came apart. It lasted for maybe 3 to 5 seconds, not long enough for the photographer to get a good shot, and when he found himself in that much trouble he started to look to me for some support.
The flank and feet are highly vulnerable areas to the horse. The rope is a tool that allows us to make connection with the horse where he finds that we mean him no harm and he can learn to follow a feel and respond without fear and hurting himself. Presented properly, this technique will keep the horse from panic mode if he ever gets tangled up in something. This guy came through in a real nice manner. The next day he was looking for support and responding in a willing manner, acknowledging the rider. If the horse means something to me, I need to mean something to him for us to work in harmony.
The Following Weekend
These next photos are of the following weekend with the same horse above, plus one other student and her horse. Both owner/rider are learning a form of riding that is new to them. They have owned horses their whole life, but never acquired the correct natural riding aids necessary in communicating properly with the horse. In these photos they are informed how to use leg, hand and seat cues.
McIver State Park
Notice in these photos that the first horse Charley is working with is the same horse he uses in getting the others to overcome their fear and distrust. This six year old gelding had previously been to two other professional trainers who were unable to get him in step with people. He was with one trainer for four months, and another for two months. With Charley it took a few hours for this type of sweet harmony to take place.
Looks like fun would love to come watch someday. Let us know when and where. I might even get Frank out of town. Val
Thank you for coming out to TBM Farms. It was a totally amazing experience! I still have a lot of work ahead, but you have shown me the subtle ways that a horse can change to make a real difference. I have the pleasure of using a horse that is very well trained and enjoy her company very much. It’s as if we “understand” each other, and she is very responsive. Again, Thank you so much for showing the Cowgirls how yu work.
Hi was wondering if you will be in Oregon, Bend, Redmond, or Prineville any time soon. and dates and info, thanks.
Charley is a rare find in a world full of posers. The one on one care he takes is so valuable in cementing the amount of knowledge put out at one of Charey’s clinics. God willing, I hope to continue learning and riding with him.