Here’s another installment in our colt cam chronicles!
I put ride #13 on Fridge yesterday. We basically just chased Avie around. I gain more confidence on my furry buddy with every ride, and he’s getting softer.
I realized after watching the video back that I’m undoubtedly doing more than I need to in order to get him to move out and to roll his hips. And I’m still steering too much. But I’m doing better at the following:
1. Relaxing my shoulders.
2. Focusing on helping my horse, and less on external distraction, like the barn cats, Perry and Rafter.
3. Keeping my hand in neutral when I do focus on moving him out.
So today I will keep all of the above in mind, and smile, a lot, while I ride Fuzzy!
Since the weather is straightening up I’ve added another colt into my rotation.
Meet DX Nutter Butter! He’s a paternal half brother to Dino, out of Fridge’s paternal grandmother, so he’s related to both of those boys!
We started him two summers ago, and it went about like we expected: we saddled him, moved him out, and got on. We were swinging a rope by ride #2. Then we got busy, and since he’s gentle we figured we’d get back to him when we were able. This past summer we built our barn, and have been busy with that project, and now, well, time permits. He’s a fat, stocky stud colt (He’s a replacement for his grandmother’s/half brother’s- WDX Nukem – line), so he’ll more than likely stay a stud.
I am often inclined to do “too much”, on the ground too – does anyone see an underlying theme? So today when I handle “Butters”, as I call him, I’ll work on doing less to help him. I will take him from where he is today, and work to make him better!
As an aside, if you’re in the market for a started colt, and would like something that’s been started “this way”, you should totally check out the YouTube channel for the Montana State University Colt Starting Class. It is taught by the beautiful, talented and kind Reata Brannaman.