Storm's day...Good, Naughty and Great!

Good, naughty and great all in one session? Welcome to horse training! If you think there aren't ever any days where they give you some "tude" then you're dreaming!

Storm's rebellion for the day?

I said "walk forward" (and this happened to be away from the gate) and he (for the first time) said "nope"! So he got a great big swat on his fanny. He's had that before and been a peach, but today, he got his panties in a wad and bucked and kicked out...then he got a REALLY big smack on the fanny...and then we were fine. Got to nip that right in the bud! You ALWAYS go forward when told....very, very, very important. Horses that don't get this down solid are the ones that start refusing to to foward, then that escalates to backing up and then that leads to rearing and spinning. So...yep....big, big mistake....but I was sooooo happy he made it today. Colleen looked at me like I was crazy. But I much rather settle this in the long lines than have him wait and pull it out when we're riding.

He's a smart, super kind horse and I find I'm liking him a lot! There are a bunch of pictures here of me lunging and then reviewing his long lining. Then Mike, as usual, took over for me for his first "step ups"!

Colleen's arena has beautiful lighting and she's done a good job on the footing. If you're going to train a horse, you've got to have a space to do it in and this is a nice little arena to start one in!

Another plus is that those clear panels up top make for some really nice soft lighting for Mike's photos!