It’s been 2 weeks since I last posted. We’ve had a lot of rain and I haven’t been able to work with Timber every day. Usually, in the morning it’s not raining. However, the footing is muddy from the previous day’s rain and I don’t want to take a chance at him or me slipping while we’re training. So, better safe than sorry.
The day after the last video, I goofed up and moved a bit too fast for Timber on the tie ring work. He pulled back so hard that he broke a “U” shaped tie on the trailer. Once he broke it, he was fine. However, he learned that he can get away from being tied up if he tries hard enough. So, I have my work cut out for me (a little down the road) when we get back to tying. So, no more tie ring work for a bit.
This video shows where we’re at right now. Improvements are continuing and I’m very pleased. More and more I see Timber’s efforts at trying to trust me. It’s just going to take time. There are methods that some trainers use that force horses to “get over” their issues, but those methods are not for me. I believe those methods produce a horse whose spirit is “broken” rather than a horse that has learned to trust and chooses to be with me because he wants to, not because he has no choice.
My next major goal for Timber is to let him in with my other horses and to be able to go out into the pasture. I believe he is ready for that and I’m sure he will LOVE it. If all goes well, I hope to have this accomplished in the next few days. Stay tuned…