Monday, July 26, 2010
This week I kind of lagged on working with bullseye and he normally only got worked once a day. Not to say that we weren't productive! He now lunges by voice commands and lets me pick his feet. He is really smart and I am pleased with our progress. One problem that we are still having is that he still turns his butt towards me until I catch his. Its quite aggravating because I am never sure if he wishes to kick or not. I am however happy that the problem has improved greatly from last monday!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Today was amazing. Thats about all there is to it.
I went out in the morning, not having a clue what to do. I put him into a corral and decided to try a join up. Stupid me, why would a wild mustang want to be my "herd"? After an hour and a half of him threatening me and nearly kicking, I herded him back to his living quarters. I went inside beyond frustrated. He hadn't even let me touch him.
Twenty minutes later I was back at it. I never give up. Obviously this mustang was not going to start a friendship with me, I had to initiate it. So I got him into a confined area, got a leadrope on, and held on for dear life. It went well, after three minutes of sheer terror, he realized the "snake" wasn't going to kill him and he was going to have to deal with it being attached to his head. By the end of the day, well the pictures obviously speak for themselves. These pictures were taken after just thirty minutes of working with the lead rope on. I decided to work him in just a dirt area near the big pasture. This mustang went from letting me pet his neck in a stall and nothing else, to this.
Monday, July 19, 2010
So today is Day two of having the mustang and day one of working with him at my house, I got home yesterday at 7pm from mississippi. I drew a bay gelding under two. Hes crazy. I can tell he is used to being boss and he has looks to prove it, really nice coat and a decent weight. He isnt very scared of me, more curious actually. He was however very worked up in the trailer, For the first hour of the trip he would back up to the front of the trailer and then run at the back gate and jump. He eventually calmed down and only acted out when a truck or motorcycle passes. Once we got home however is a different story. My father put his hand on his rump to encourage him out of the trailer and Bullseye reached around and attempted to bit it off, twice! He also attempted to jump the corral (and nearly made it!) as soon as he was in it so we actually ended up locking him in a stall much the the trailer he got used too. He seems to enjoy that alot, especially considering he has never been in one before. We do plan on letting him in the corral again tomorrow after we increased the height. As of today though, he lets me pet his neck and sometimes his face. I have also been able to put pressure on his halter.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Well, I leave on the 15th from Telford pa to Piney woods mississippi to pick up my mustang! It is going to be a long haul (19 hrs each way), especially for the lucky driver, my dad. Have been having a few second thoughts about if I really want to spend the rest of my summer training a wild mustang, but tough luck, I'm in it for the long run now!