Goldie continues to be buddies with Timber. I’m starting to think she should be the one training him. I can see it now: Goldie, the canine horse whisperer.
Anyway, last night I threw the rope at Timber a few times working toward catching him. This morning I was committed to taking however long it took to catching him for the purpose of taking us thru another hurdle. With a rope around his neck, I expected to be able to gently help him reduce his flight instinct and realize that if he chose to stand still and deal with me it wasn’t going to be all that bad. In fact, I was going to convince him that being with me is better than running away from me.
I had no illusions that everything would be solved in this session. However, I expected great progress and a more complete foundation on which to build. I was still wishing there was a better way to get thru this next step than by roping him. But, at this time I hadn’t found any.
In the next post and video, you will see that I did indeed find a better approach (at least for me).
However, this session gave us some huge breakthroughs and I have no regrets.
The session lasted about 3 hours. I mercifully cut the video down to 41 minutes, for your sake. I know it’s still long, but if you want to get a good idea of what it takes to gentle a wild mustang I think this video is worth viewing. I repeat, I do not consider myself an expert. I do think I’m further along as a horseman than a lot of other people, but I still have a lot to learn. I hope you enjoy this video as much as I enjoyed having the experience that the video captured.