Monday, September 29, 2014

Second Ride

Yes, that is Sirocco and I.  This is my second ride on him.  We had a little issue of getting the halter on and a big issue with standing still, so that, I could get up on him.   I went to ride with my daughter and we just could not get him to stand still long enough for me get up on him and then, the fear issue with me kicked in and I did not get to ride him that day.  Friday, Brian was home and able to work with Sirocco and I and we got it done together.  It takes some getting used to making myself bring up my energy and making him realize that I am boss not him and he needs to listen to me.  I have to admit that I am a wimp, not an assertive kind of person.  It is very hard for me to get assertive with Sirocco.   Sirocco has some major issues with his ears being touched, he is a lot better now that Brian has had him.  Brian just needed to show me what I needed to do, to get him to let his ear be touched long enough to get his bridle on.  The standing part, I could not figure out what to do to make him stand still, especially since then the fear issue started to kick in and I wasn't in any mood to try to figure out what needed to get done to make him stand still.

Now that Brian has had Sirocco for a couple of months, Sirocco knows that he can't get away with that crap with Brian.  After Brian and I worked together with Sirocco, I was able to get on Sirocco and have a nice ride.  Once I was in the saddle, Sirocco listened real well.  Now all I have to do is work on my fear issues and hopefully be able to ride with little or no apprehension.  When Sirocco's energy kicks in, I get scared and panic that he will run off with me.  NOW that is what I have to work on.

Hope you have a great day.


Far Side of Fifty said...

I hope you get some time everyday to work with him. Horses seem to be able to "remember" what gets them out of "work" ...keep at it! Just keep working with will come:)

Shirley said...

Love that you are riding him! However, I suggest that you work with him on the ground to build a better relationship with him and to help with your fear issue. Even if he already knows that stuff, he doesn't know it with you. If you get a chance to go to a clinic with him, or if your trainer can take the time to go over it with you, perfect. He needs to know that you can control each and every part of his body; if you control the feet you control the mind. You bet he can feel your fear, and of course that means he won't trust you. In herd mentality, horses don't follow the fearful horse, they follow the brave and dominant lead horse. So if you show leadership with him it will begin to build his trust of you, and vice versa. A Parelli or Clinton Anderson clinic will help, or better yet, Mark Rashid. It's always a journey with horses! The neat thing about doing the ground work is that you can literally see the changes happening in your horse. Kai was fearful and non trusting when I got him back, now he is willing and the trust bond has really improved- not 100% yet but very much better.

Crystal said...

I think its great you are willing to admit the fear, that's a big step. I also think the more you do it the less fearful you will be, just go out and do stuff with him, take him out and in the yard and don't let him try to push you around, you can do it and the more you do and the more often, the more confident you will be.
They always test you, even the super nice broke ones, they just give in easier

CDH said...

I agree with Shirley. Trust is a huge issue. Goes both ways too.
He looks like a big guy. And you don't want him to get away with any shenanigans!
You can do it.

Terry and Linda said...

I hope you get to work with him will be good for him and for you in the trust department.