Thursday, June 18, 2009
THANK YOU & new story
Cheryl, Remington's owner mom, pointed out to me tonight that many of you following Remington's journey have signed on recently so I should look at the comments on my first posts.
I am amazed!! I wish to tell all of you "THANK YOU" from the very cockles of my tiny Irish soul.
This horse is truly amazing. I have trained and worked with horses most of my life, but never in some 40 years have I come across anything like this horse. He has not only occupied my life with challenges, but always gives us new reasons to laugh and an anticipation of what the new day will bring. He never disappoints us.
Now to another story---
That being said. Y'all need to know about rookies. All professions have them, but few are harder on them than in the horse industry. You see, people love horses, but they are not like cat or dogs that can be kept as pets, so many who love them have no idea what is really involved in their training or upkeep. Therefore when a horse professional encounters someone who, "Always dreamed of having a horse" we know the education process is going to be a bumpy ride.
Years ago, when Cheryl (Remi's owner mom) was a rookie she would try her best to support the training and rules that make the horses manageable and safe to work around. You know the things like don't charge to get food etc. I had explained to her that one must always be in command. Even tho you are you are smaller your attitude and body language will tell the horse that YOU are in charge.
Every night the horses are put in stalls and hay bags are hung at the door for them. I would simply tell the horse "BACK" with an authoritative voice and demeanor that commands my space and then hang his hay, that done I'd say "Ok good boy" and he then knows he can eat. Cheryl, being the softie with a big heart, however could not get the knack of this. Daily, for months what I would hear when she hung Remi's bag was--- "Back, Back I say, GET BACK!!, REMINGTON BAAAAAAAACK!!!!!
Today she is an accomplished horsewoman, handling her boy with confidence and ease. He know he is loved and doted on, but he also has manners and respects the commands of Momma Cheryl, but for a while I truly thought I would have to get her the whip and chair that I always pictured her with when feeding time came.