Ruby and Pearl: Day 6 Horse Training
“Patience, time, and consistency will get you there. I have faith in you. ” Gina Haggard: horse trainer, friend
Any job of work that you undertake, especially when there are some surprises, requires an assessment of the situation and necessary adjustments. This time with Ruby I was surprised. She was a different horse than I remembered and it set me back a bit. When I started training her ten years ago she seemed very gentle and calm. I thought someday she might be a kids’ horse. Pearl, on the other hand, seemed just like I remembered her; I felt like I was starting from where I left off five years ago. A horse has a very good memory.
In a week I’ve made a thorough assessment of who Ruby is now. It is time to be positive about where we’re going to go based on my goals for her. I found that speaking to a horse out loud and positively really works to calm and shape the horse toward the training goals I have for the horse. There is a temptation to be frustrated with a pushy, nervous horse. I must resist the temptation and speak and act with “patience, kindness and consistency ” and acquire and maintain some faith toward the horse’s good behavior.
Day six was similar to day five. I worked with Ruby and Pearl in the training pen and I rode them both up and down the driveway. They both slowed down and that encouraged me, especially for Ruby. Some of her frustration had decreased. She didn’t seem to be so dangerous. It made me more confident that with “patience, time, and consistency” Ruby may just turn out all right.