The bugs weren’t harassing us. It was a cooler day. I worked at ground driving first with a snaffle bit and then with the bosal. I could definitely see that he was treating me like the lead horse. During my first lessons with Kimi, he seemed so unafraid that I thought he might be sizing me up to see if he could be my leader, but today the third day; I could clearly see that he respected my space and he also wanted to be close to me following me.
When I rode him he was bareback. I did not use the bosal. I allowed him to just stand there. I did not push him to move. However, I moved around. I was moving my legs, stroking his neck with my hands. He was not stressed. He didn’t arc or stiffened his back.
Of all the horses that I have trained, I’ve never experienced one who was this comfortable with the first saddling and after a bareback ride.
It was hot and buggy. I’d used up the cans of flies-spray, but neither us Kimi or I could endure the aggressive insects. Nevertheless, I put the saddle on again with no protest or fear from Kimi.
I put a snaffle bit in his mouth. This was the first time he showed himself as a beginner. Just like every colt; he spent the rest of the session mouthing it and attempting to spit it out.
I took the bit out of his mouth and put on a bosal. I jumped on bareback and this time I threw my right leg over his back. I petted him moved around a bit and then jumped off. He stood solid unaffected. After that I gave up on account of the nasty bug situation, I turned him loose in the bigger pasture
Kimi means (Swift Thunder) in a Plains Indian language.
I received Kimi 8/12/2019 for training. My guess as to his height and weight is about 15.3 hands and about 1100 pounds. His breeding Bashkir Curly and Mustang.
In the round pen, he was unusual because he was not afraid. Although he started to show signs of submission after about 20 minutes like other horses. At that point, he followed me to the middle of the pen. I put the saddle on him. He stood quietly with no restraint, as I threw the saddle on his back and then cinched up. When I asked him to trot again, now with a saddle on, he showed no sign of fear or discomfort. This was very unusual. He did not buck or even arch his back when I asked him to trot on. After a few rounds around the pen, I asked him to stop. Again he followed me to the middle of the round pen. When I took the saddle off; I got on his back. I didn’t totally commit myself by throwing my right leg over rather I laid across his back and wiggled around. He showed no concern.
Kimi’s composure with me driving him in the round pen, receiving the saddle, and finally receiving my weight calmly and without fear has never happened to me before with a horse with no previous experience. He followed me around in the round pen as I gathered up my tack and then I turned him loose for the night.
After the training session with Taj, I got out Mission. He is three. His dam was Fanny and his sire was Titan. I have been intermittent with his training. I started his training last fall, but not often enough to have very many sessions with him. In the sessions, I’ve been getting him used to the saddle which he continues to buck.
I have been leading him rather than riding him down the driveway. At this stage I don’t want to get in an argument with him about leaving the farm. Finally a little past the end of our quarter-mile driveway I mount bareback and ride him back to the barn. He doesn’t buck or protest, but he has tried to bite me twice by turning his head back to bite my leg. That behavior is new for me. I don’t think I’ve ever had a horse attempt bite me while I was riding him. Otherwise, he doesn’t arch his back or show any concern when I’m on him. On the way back to the barn we practiced walking quietly, turning, stopping and backing.
Taj Mahal received his name because my daughter, Josie, was traveling in India and visited the Taj Mahal on the day that he was born. At the moment, I don’t remember his exact birthday. Maybe Josie will have a record. I think it was May 2001 making him 17 years.
Taj Mahal’s dam was Dancer (100% Arabian) and sire was Stampin kid (75% Arabian and 25%” Saddlebred). Taj is about 16 hands. He is hot-blooded both in blood and attitude. My neighbor bought him from me in 2010 and kept him as a lawn ornament all these years. He has been fat and happy. I aim to change that leisurely life. I road him back to our place about a week ago and have been riding him every day.
He is very light to every touch making him very responsive, but he is worried and pushes to go faster. He backs up awkwardly and stops too soon. I was trying to ride him through a gate which he was worried about and he backed up away from the gate with a great deal of dexterity, but when I asked him to back up he stepped awkwardly backward two steps. Right now my goal is to help him relax and trust me.
Training him before I kept a log, I forgot what his problems and strengths were. It’s new for me to be training an older horse. He obviously remembered at least some of the stuff I taught him. When I saddled and mounted him there was no hesitation or objection. He was light and responsive to my touch immediately.
It’ll be fun to see if I can teach an old dog new tricks.