Friday, January 30, 2009

Training Coyote and Flippee - setback?

Coyote has been sick for the past few weeks. He has mucus and puss draining out of his right nostril. It seems like it is the same condition as a few months back. He looks miserable. On top of that last night I came into his stall to halter him and he just wouldn't have it. I was retty disappointed. The bigger setback came today: the vet and Dacia were scoping him out in his stall and he suddenly went from his relaxed self to a rearing, pawing and kicking maniac in a matter of seconds! I am wondering if he learned that it is OK now to paw and kick at people to get out of situations.

One thing I did not mention about Coyote is that he has an ear pinning problem. He will see you coming and pin his ears. You will call him, he will come to you and he will have his ears pinned. Feeding time? Ears pinned. Riding time? Ears pinned. So, a horse like that kicking and pawing is not a good thing. We will see.

Training Coyote and Flippee (part #2)

This last weekend Dacia joined me in the apprenticeship. It is fun working together. On day one we worked on basic exercises with our horses. Day two was much more work (and more fun too) as we got to do the passenger exercise. Basically, we were in an arena where the horses were trotted for 30 minute sessions and allowed to go anywhere they wanted. No steering was allowed and the only stipulation was to keep them going. It was nice being back in the saddle! Some photos here.

Training Coyote and Flippee (part #1)

The first weekend in the apprenticeship saw me working with Coyote through the basic John Lyons exercises. At the end, James let me try and work with Coyote on makin him go into the pond and finally underneath a bridge. This was a great weekend. See some pics here.

Horses are amazing animals and actually very smart creatures. You got to respect them.

Training Coyote (introduction)

Dacia and I adopted two horses, mine we call Coyote and her's is Flippee (photos). Coyote came to us emaciated and plain sick, fighting for dear life. Flippee was better but it turned out he has navicular disease. He now has special shoes to correct the issue. We hired a local trainer for three months where the horses boarded and her place and got training. We rode the horses on a local trail and around the neighborhood (photos). It is when I was bucked off Coyote that I realized that the horse needs real training. While our local trainer was alright, she did not have the expertise to do the real training. We turned to James Malcolm (website) as he is a John Lyons certified trainer. This blog will show our progress as we go through James' apprenticeship program training our horses and learning about them.