Just when I think ,“what are we doing wrong, to get no results?” everything seems to fall into place. When riding colts it’s easy to get discouraged when everything plateaus. Even though I experience this often, I forget that its part of the process of training. Larry and I had about two weeks of being on a lull. I told my mom on more than one occasion that I felt like I was just getting him rode with no progress. Just when I was getting tired of going in circles, everything came together. One day we made a complete 180, we were rocking and rolling. We had consistent spins both directions, consistent canter departs, fantastic body control, even flexion, little stops, and overall a constant cadence in every gear. Larry, overnight began to feel like a broke horse. It was not that he was bad or misbehaving, we just got stuck in our training. After our leap off the plateau, with everything coming together I feel like things are progressing very well!
We recently hauled to WK&RP owned by Kathy Pettit, to ride our colts and get them exposed. Larry has not been hauled in 10 months, and this was his first time being rode anywhere. Taking colts out on their first adventure can be interesting, you can learn a lot about them and what needs to be worked on. We took three horses, one being Larry’s absolute favorite mare. This particular mare is Larry’s biggest stumbling block as a stud colt. At home she can be a distraction for him, I was anticipating him to be even more distracted by her in a new setting. We started out by working in the round pen and then moved to the warm up arena to start our ride. Larry walked quietly, taking everything in. He paid no attention to the mare in the adjacent show arena. He worked quietly and only called out to some distant horses twice. After we did some exercises we joined our other two horses in the show arena, Larry stayed quiet and rode like he would at home. Larry didn't find anything to spook at and he didn't feel the need to talk to new horses. After riding awhile in the show arena, we moved to the trail pen and worked some obstacles. He did great and was very accommodating. I got carried away playing around on the course because he was doing so good. After we finished, everyone stood very quiet at the trailer while we finished our business.
Larry loaded and unloaded like a pro in our straight load four horse stock trailer. I am so please with how he is doing and I cannot wait for our show season to begin next year. The next thing to work on will be perfecting our flying lead changes. If you would like to see how he currently works you can take a look at his FB page “Laid Back Larry” for a link to our current video on Youtube, or go directly to Youtube and search “Laid Back Larry (LazyKat) 6 mo training.” Again, I would like to thank the PCQHA for providing this opportunity to share our journey with you.