These three things have been the focus of work between Jean-Luc and I over the weekend. He’s really quite smart. I honestly can’t believe how much he learns and retains.
We are still really focusing on leading. He just needs to be a bit more respectful. I found a new trainer online that I really like. She is very “step-by-step”, and easy to follow. Her name is Missy Wryn, and her training techniques are known for being exceptionally gentle. I like her because she appears fair and very calm. Horses literally rear around her and she’s still cool and collected.
All the trainers I tend to be drawn to are trainers that do not take calculated risks. They put the work in first, and build upon it gradually. Warwick Schiller, Clinton Anderson and Ivy Schexnayder (pronounced shex-snyder) are those I respect most.
Thinking about the things I worked on over the weekend, Saturday was a big surprise. I actually was able to get on Jean-Luc. Now, I guess this should not be any sort of surprise, after all, Jean-Luc is broke. That said, for various reasons, my confidence isn’t what it once was. I did not believe I was leader enough for him to work that well with me.
Thankfully, Liz, being the confident and clearly knowledgeable buddy that she is, popped right up on Jean-Luc bareback first. Even though we had to have another horse in the barn at all times (in this case it was Stan), Jean-Luc did everything he was asked. He didn’t even need a bit – probably the most shocking thing of all. We rode him with a hackamore.
Overall, I didn’t ask anything that made him (or really me) incredibly uncomfortable. I’m learning that confidence is something that just cannot be given – it has to be earned. Though slow moving, hopefully I’ll start to earn some back soon.
My name is Chelsey.
Generator's Cuevo Gold, or as he's known around this barn, "Jean-Luc Ponycard", was foaled in 2004 from Generator's Hurricane & Cheyenne's Little Bit.