It was a pretty exciting day around here. Turk got his shoes reset...Amazing. Absolutely amazing how much difference there is already (pics and post to come).
I scooped a used, but nice Sharon Camarillo barrel saddle for a little of nothing.
Bugzy Boy went to the trainer...
I have to say, I am impressed with this young man. I've had a couple people shake their heads when I said he is where I was taking some horses, but he is exactly what I want. I was not looking for a finish trainer. I was looking for a colt starter.
Once upon a time, I was just like this young man. I started colts. Now that I have 'graduated' to more of a finish trainer, I realize, after watching L work with Bugs that I have forgotten a lot of what I used to know. This is going to be a good refresher course for me too.
I thought Bugs handled things super well. It's way more difficult for horses to go from a female handler to a male handler than visa versa. I always hear women saying how their horse's 'don't like men', but it's very often a case of horses just aren't used to men. Men move differently than women and very often wear cowboy hats. You'd be surprised at how a horse can react to a stupid little thing like that. Even my horses look at me funny when I put on the cowboy hat.
Bugs worked very well for L though. L moved him around the arena just a couple of times and Bugs was quiet and attentive. L immediately moved to the saddle and that went fine. L moved Bugs around some more, did some flagging and then pulled out his rope.
That's where the hole showed up. Bugs was resistant to giving to the rope. So the lesson was all about working on that....
(In this vid clip-He wanted to Bugs to roll to the inside and Bugs wouldn't bring his shoulder in and move over to change direction. Even after he came around at the end, when L tried to walk up to him, Bugs wanted to leave.)
I think L handles his rope work exceptionally well. He has a good feel for the release of pressure. If Bugs was a more supple and giving horse, L would have probably climbed on him. It was pretty obvious Bugs wasn't going to 'do' anything. But...since Bugs has to really think about giving to pressure, L was wise to wait.
I completely understand. It's not a good feeling to climb on a horse, for the first time, when you know you aren't going to be able to bend them around and most likely have no Whoa.
The only thing I did tell L was that Bugs was genetically inclined to be one of those horses that likes to try to bull his way through things. It was a specific trait associated with those colts by our old Lady Bug's Moon stallion.
Bugs will obviously get softer with work, but most likely it will be something that will always have to be worked on, just like it is with Moon, who is Bug's 1/2 brother(same sire). Also, like Moon, Bugs is l.a.z.y! He may end up making a good reining horse, cause he sure does like to stop...Hahahahaha.
Another possible culprit for Bugs' lag at moving his shoulders could be due to his old injury. Bugs has a hoof injury similar to Turk's, but not as misshapen. I have been working on his feet as he is very inclined to grow a lot of heel. Dropping those heels down has made him a bit tender in the front. I know that by dropping those heels, it has caused pulling on the scar tissue around his heel, so I am uncertain if his hesitation is due to tender feet or if it is just going to take some time for that scar tissue to loosen. If necessary, I will take Bugs to the same farrier I take Turk to.
Overall, I'm pretty excited though. I think L will be on Bugs in short order.
L did make me laugh though, when he was done working the horse, he came over to unsaddle him and said, 'Well, at least you didn't lie when you said he wasn't a bucker'. Haahaa...I'm sure more than one person has brought him a horse and said, 'Oh he won't buck' and then the horse proceeds to give a full on rodeo bronc performance. No, having been in L's shoes, I wouldn't lie about something like that. A 10y/o restart is a tenuous project anyway. If I had not kept working with Bugs these last few years, even if I didn't ride him, I'm not sure he would be as good about things as he is, but then again, if he had shown any inclination to be rank, I wouldn't have wasted the time to keep working with him either.