Steele was getting his pedicure when Paul said to me "you know when you told me that you were buying a baby to raise and train I wasn't sure what to think"
I looked at him curiously.
"well I knew Irish was a nice horse but I didn't really know the role that you played with that. I was concerned that I would end up with a horse that would be a problem to shoe"
That made sense. Why should he have faith in my ability to install ground manners in a horse? Anyone can talk it's results that truly count.
"but you have a really nice horse who's easy to work with and a real pleasure to be around"
I was thrilled at what he said. He works with all sorts of horses and does not throw compliments around freely.
Now I'm not a fool. I know that Steele came with a sensible character to begin with. That was why I bought him (well one of the reasons, love is not completely logical). But he could have been a real brat. He certainly has tried on occasion. But if there's one thing I hate it's rudeness- in animals or people. So I did my best to install ground manners in Steele. As a result I have a horse that will stand still in cross ties, single tie and ground tied. In fact up in the ring he will stand with no tie at all as I fix the stirrups and made adjustments.
So all the work on insisting on manners has paid off in all sorts of ways.
Most importantly I still have my farrier.
|I'm smart enough to know that bouncing is for the paddock and not the barn|