I keep swearing that I'm going to set down and write out my blog every week, (kind of like people saying they are going to the gym..) but life just has this way of interfering with your plans, or best intentions. Basically this all ties into this week's, months, or post... I have a horse that I absolutely LOVE, most days, he is just my favorite horse. I've had Cash a little over a year, and I have literally tried everything with this horse, being nice, being mean, ignoring his "attitude", and basically making excuses about him. He's that kid, you know the kind that is a saint for everyone but me. So finally I had my last straw with him, in the words of Clinton Anderson "Do what you have to to get the job done". When he is mean to me; being lippy, a look, etc, he has been getting his hind end lunged or worked off. And you know what? His attitude has changed! In a matter of days, he is already acting like a new horse. Being mean doesn't do anything, tiptoeing around issues doesn't do anything, but making him work super hard when he does something wrong, and letting him rest when he doesn't has done the trick. Just like in a herd, when a horse gets in trouble they are run out and kept from the herd, then one day they are allowed back in. He is no where near finished, and he will never be a loving, sweet horse, and he won't be a one time discipline horse, it will be constant, and a challenge to everyone, but it will teach people something, and how to not pick at a horse. Like in my last post, don't make excuses. You don't have to be abusive or mean, but do what you have to to get the job done.